This past Friday night on The Ultimate Fighter: Live, we were treated to the first sudden-victory round of the young season. However, that caused some problems with both the fighters, coaches and FX, as the network cut away for a three-minute commercial break after the second round.
Normally, there is just one-minute breaks between the rounds, but FX went to a network commercial break and the UFC was left with nothing to do but wait.
Al Iaquinta and Myles Jury sat and tried to stay ready inside the Octagon, but you could tell they were hindered by the extended break.
UFC president Dana White informed MMA Junkie’s Dann Stupp and John Morgan that things will change from here on out if a third round is needed.
We were on a network commercial break. You can’t break a network commercial break. We need to fix that. This is a live sporting event, and we need to be on our toes knowing that we can go to another round. We have a 60-second commercial, and you come right back to the fight. That was bad. What are you going to do? We can’t pull out of a network break, so we need to figure that out and fix it.
Iaquinta earned a split decision victory over Jury, giving Urijah Faber’s team his first victory over Dominick Cruz. Faber and Cruz each were upset over the long wait, especially Faber, who thought it helped Jury recover. I would not think this would happen again, especially with White making such bold statements about it.