"Sgt. George Lockhart, an instructor trainer at the Martial Arts Center of Excellence here, beat out hundreds of other applicants late last year and earned an invitation to appear on "The Ultimate Fighter," a reality television show in which professional mixed martial arts fighters live, train and fight together for a chance to win a multifight, six-figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
But for Lockhart, it wasn’t meant to be — at least for now. Despite the Corps’ endorsement of the "The Ultimate Fighter," the commanding general of Training and Education Command told Lockhart he couldn’t go. Op tempo at MACE is too high to accommodate the six weeks of leave he would have needed for taping, Brig. Gen. Melvin Spiese decided.
Plus, Spiese worried the barbaric behavior displayed by some contestants during past seasons could become a public relations nightmare for the Corps, reflecting poorly on Lockhart and the service, according to 2nd Lt. Brian "Scott" Villiard, a TECom spokesman."