MMA fans want to see the recent brawl between rival coaches Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva on the TV set of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil". Most of them are searching for the video online. But, that is not for "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey. The UFC women's bantamweight champion was also a coach on Season 18, but she isn’t interested to watch any reality TV show these days.
Rousey said: "I don't watch 'The Ultimate Fighter' now that I know how much bull is in it. "I don't support it." "I used to watch it all the time. Now I won't watch it," she added.
Rousey said she didn’t like the way the production treats the athletes. The series started in 2005, is produced by Pilgrim Studios which specializes in reality TV.
Rousey said that the production doesn’t know anything about fighting. They treat the fighters as though they were part of the acts, thus, they dictate what the fighters should do or not to do.
Dana White is aware of how the women's champion feels about the TV show and claimed that most fighters weren’t happy with their experience with the show. He continued that there are times when the show caught you off guard doing or saying something without thinking.
White said: "Not everyone is crazy with reality TV and it's no secret that Ronda butted heads with people in production and on the show. You can't change her mind, that's the way she feels."
White also shielded the reality TV show, which has spawned spinoffs in Canada, Australia, Brazil, China, Mexico and the United Kingdom. The filming of the newest season will take place this month. White believe that the experience that every fighter is different from one and for many fighters, it help change their lives. Sometimes, the show helps the coaches too.
White said: "The show took Chuck Liddell to the next level, Matt Hughes to the next level, B.J. Penn to the next level. A large number of the superstars of the UFC blew up after being on 'The Ultimate Fighter.' It's not going to be an amazing experience for everybody. Every season fighters have different experiences on the show, and they're not always good. That's part of reality television."
The UFC use the show to promote its product on TV. Those who want to be a UFC fighter spend six weeks in a house together with other likeminded individuals sharing the same dream. There, they are denied access to the outside world other than to train and fight.
Long-time UFC fighters serve their as coaches, the cast members compete against one another to be the last man or woman standing. In the end only the toughest will earn the UFC contract.