Edit: I'm a moron. There's a thread over in TV that I've been ignoring to evade 24 spoilers this week. You probably are better off replying there.
One of the highlights of my week was hearing a local traffic reporter periodically remind the listener that her reports were sponsored by "the Ultimate Fighter."
That's it. Not the "the Ultimate Fighter, Monday nights following RAW on Spike TV" or anything remotely descripitive. Possibly, it was just some guy living out in Arizona paying for these traffic updates with an odd name.
Did I mention it was Chicago's NPR station?
Anyway, I've watched the first three episodes, and besides trying to figure out if Willa Ford was actually supposed to be the narrating host/star and they've cut her down to three minutes because she's not very good or if her sporadicness is by design, weird design, I've kinda been wondering how authentic the show is to people who are more familiar with MMA.
I've read that outside of first out Canadian, hardcore fans are at least familiar with everyone else's name, so you're getting more experienced people than Tough Enough, but how big are they - Velocity level guys? Local talent on Velocity? People who watch Velocity from home and write about on their message boards?
Does the rest of the show - outside of the always goofy challenges - make sense? Was losing 20 pounds in a day a big deal for a MMA guy? Was the fight at the end of that episode typical? (Because the first round was kinda lame - they really could've used someone talking while they were fighting to explain the intricities.)
Valuev won by TKO in the 11th, really only looking good for about a round and a half, albeit in the 10th and 11th when he could finally work a jab, which stopped Barrett in his tracks every time he used it properly.