When i heard they were doing a TUF Canada vs Australia i thought it was a joke, they could have done a Southeast Asia/Pacific edition to counter the rise of One FC or North America vs Europe, where they could showcase some of the Eastern European fighters & stem their flow to Bellator.
I feel like the TUF shows have been run into the ground & the next one featuring Rousey vs Tate is nothing more than a sideshow & does little for the integrity of MMA as a sport.
For me the The Ultimate Fighter shows were about bringing through new talent & the TUF Live format was the best as it made MMA look like a professional sport & you still got 15-20 mins of the in-house antics for those who wanted to see grown men cry & petty arguments. (TUF Live was built around the fights & thats the way it should be.)
UFC should do TUF Live once a year as one is enough. It should be aired mid Jan as MMA doesn’t have a set date like other sports to kick start a new season, this should be UFC’s way to present the fans with the knew faces of American MMA.
TUF Regional shows are a good way to recruit foreign talent. Old TUF format should still be used and the way the UFC is broadcasting these shows via TV contracts in the region & the UFC website for others is a great way to keep the sport relevant & UFC as top dog worldwide.