A few observations from the Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale:
-In the context of a season of TUF, where the competitors are handpicked by SpikeTV executives based on their ability to guzzle booze and act stupid, Chris Cope and Chuck O’Neil are a tough pair of welterweights. In the context of the UFC’s dense 170-pound division, though, oh are they dead men.
-No way did Kyle Kingsbury deserve that decision. But alas, that’s what happens you face a Brazilian who elevates “Been There, Done That” into an art form. Fabio Maldonado looked about as intense as a dude at the grocery store shopping for Doritos.
-I would say Ed Herman is back as much as I’d say Tim Credeur is so far not back that he’s “front”. Seriously, is anyone alarmed that a guy who took time off for brain irregularities got knocked out so easily? I’m alarmed.
-Scott Jorgenson is still a strong contender in the bantamweight division. He may never be able to beat champ Dominic Cruz, but as Ken Stone learned, Jorgenson’s still very capable of smoking fools with a quickness.
-Josh Grispi’s nickname is “The Fluke”. I daresay it’s because the quick and impressive wins that propelled him up the featherweight rankings were flukes, ‘cause homeboy has come off as insanely one-dimensional his last two times at bat.
-Not only did Anthony Pettis’ guaranteed UFC lightweight title shot get flushed down the toilet by his grinding loss to Clay Guida, but now Guida gets to call himself the WEC lightweight champ.
-Of all the fruit borne of the TUF tree in recent years, Tony Ferguson alone stands out as a TUF winner with true potential. Good wrestling, fantastic boxing and knockout power? Puh-lease. If Ferguson is fed the same cans TUF winners usually get fresh out of the gate, he’s going to end up killing people.