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Sam Caplan’s Complete Breakdown of live season finale for sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter

First things first, last night’s finale was simply awesome. The fights between Jon Koppenhaver vs. Jared Rollins and Clay Guida vs. Roger Huerta were so good they could have carried a show by themselves. But to get two matches like that on the same card is simply amazing. I hope Dana White is in the Christmas spirit and gives all four guys a $40,000 match of the night bonus.

Now, let’s break the show down from a overly-analytical perspective.

Is it just me or did last night’s telecast go longer than usual and contain even more commercials than normal?

The commercials nearly killed me. Really, I could not stop bitching about them. They had too many breaks that lasted too long. It’s like this for every live UFC telecast on Spike but I felt last night was especially bad. Maybe there’s no change and it just felt that way?

Or, because Spike is paying the UFC more for its content they have to squeeze more ads in to help offset costs?

Whatever the situation is, without awesome fights between Koppenhaver vs. Rollins and Guida vs. Huerta, the pacing of the show would have killed almost any enjoyment for me.

The pacing on pay-per-views is usually slower than a lot of shows but I’m okay with that. The pacing on Spike TV fight cards is usually a little better but it just seemed to take forever to go from match to match.

I kind of get the feeling that Spike and the UFC wanted to stretch the show out because they wanted to cut into the Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton fight as much as possible. I’m not complaining, as I like seeing more matches and I think it’s smart business to show as many of the TUF guys officially fighting for the UFC as possible.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REMAINDER OF SAM CAPLAN’S BREAKDOWN OF THE TUF 6 FINALE (INCLUDING HIS MATCH-BY-MATCH BREAKDOWN, WHETHER HE STILL FEELS ROGER HUERTA IS OVERRATED, THE LONG-TERM PROSPECTS OF EACH TUF CONTESTANT, HIS ANALYSIS OF KENNY FLORIAN’S DEBUT, AND MUCH MORE ON HIS PROELITE.COM BLOG

9 COMMENTS
  • Zack says:

    I think Huerta is great for the sport and am a big fan of his exciting style, but we still need to tap the breaks a bit before we anoint him with oils.

    This is very Japanese or Euro of me, but I still think we saw that Guida was the better fighter (minus the knee, obviously). Can’t wait to see the re-match. Guida needs to keep the Jesus look – my wife only watches occasionally but knows exactly who guys like Guida, Mayhem, and Soko are…they stand out from the crowd of shaved heads.

    Huerta
    I’m a big Huerta fan but at this point I don’t think he has enough knockout power in his hands and feet to knock out any of the top LWs, and he sure as hell isn’t going to submit Penn or Stevenson, outwrestle Sherk, or outstrike Kenflo.

    That being said, after watching Guida dominate him on the ground, I think Tyson Griffin would do the same to Huerta. Kenny is the better next fight for Huerta, because we need to see how he would do against an elite level striker.

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  • Bay City Rollers says:

    Huerta is a champion in the making. Vote for him http://www.triumphunited.com/breakoutvote.htm Want to make sure this mexican sensation wins this award!

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  • mike wolfe says:

    I agree about with Sam about the number of ads on broadcast UFC shows. Quite a while ago I started recording them with DVR and then watching them with a 30 minute delay so I can zip through the ads. Despite this cushion, I was very close to “catching up” to real time last night.

    That having been said, I think it’s a good move for UFC to have more live broadcasts. I question whether you can broaden your fan base with such a heavy emphasis on pay-per-view. I watched UFC on Spike for quite a while before I was willing to pony up for a pay-per-view, and I’m still pretty selective.

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  • el boxeo says:

    i think they just wanted to put more ads to squeeze out some more revenue.. i dont think it was really trying to compete with the boxing fight… i mean ufc on spike gets paid by ratings.. but ppv once the people have already paid , they dont care if people are watching or not…

    and i doubt anybody who actually bought the fight is not gonna be tempted to switch over to watch something for free that is gettin replayed right after…

    wtf was the point of having this card on the same day as the fight btw… i mean wouldnt it have been beter to have it a week later…

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  • curt o says:

    really don’t care for the free ufc, due to all the commercials. i understand for the fights to be free, you need to endure endless commercials. but it’s a pain in the ass. so i just record and watch what i want.
    props to mandalonez vs hightower…i still consider stand-up fighting ten times more exciting than a take down love fest. don’t get me wrong, i appreciate the ground game but NOTHING beats a standing K.O.!!! throwing a precision punch on the chin takes skill, compared to throwing elbows on someone’s head just to cut…come on…even a caveman can throw elbows.

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  • MMA SKOOL ™ says:

    Sam, I agree about the graphics. The newer DVD’s have pretty cool menu graphics and the mini-websites for the events are really good, but once you get into the “tales-of-the-tapes”, etc, its the same old graphics. Out dated.

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  • Dizzle says:

    This the absolutely best show I’ve seen in a while from UFC.

    Every fight had me on my toes.

    Also if any of you aren’t doing UFC Fantasy…you need to get into it. It’s a really great and you could win prizes.

    Here was my rankings not bad for my first time.

    Point Score: 78
    Your Ranking: 145 out of 14311

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  • Dizzle says:

    Also, I’m really interested in knowing who got the better ratings out of boxing and mma this past saturday. I’m hoping UFC will have the most viewers tuned in.

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  • Clay Guida was denied a spot on TUF 5 for being overqualified, but Mac Danzig walks onto TUF 6 with no problem…I don’t get the UFC sometimes…

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