Last week I wrote a fanpost on TUF and how the show, in its current form, has reached a point where it is hurting the sport, not helping. So, the next logical step in that thought process is what kind of programming would help the sport and be engaging for both hardcore and casual fans. Right now, with the acquisition of Strikeforce by Forza, there are a ton of interesting personalities in the sport with Dana White at the center of it all. Because there are so many actual fights taking place over the course of a year the Zuffa/Forza combo could easily put on a compelling, weekly show that highlights both the personalities and talents of the entire roster.
Today, as we peruse the amount of material on the internet and TV, there are already some damn fine entertaining vignettes and vlogs. Look at all the training videos at KINGS, THE REEM documentary, Silva's LIKE WATER documentary, the vlogs of people like Dana and Nick Diaz, the Gracie breakdowns, the SPIKE programs like IN THE MOMENT or PRIMETIME or COUNTDOWN, I can go on and on. There is a ton of material for riveting programs. I think there is a way to stream this all into one weekly program.
At the heart of the show would basically be an expansion of Dana's video blog. He would be the glue of the show. I love seeing behind the scenes stuff. Let's see some more. Watching Dana hang on the edge of his seat in his last video blog at the Diaz/Daley fight was a blast to watch. I would also love to get inside his conversations with Joe Silva about guys they want to bring in, guys who are on the bubble of being cut, and fights they want to set up. Let's see them scouting, reviewing and reacting to video or actual live fights. That is a launching pad that sends us out into the fighter's worlds and look at who is preparing for what fight, what the stakes are, spend time with the multitude of fascinating personalities as they prepare. Not just the main event, the way Primetime covers them, let's see what that guy who is on the bubble is going thru, what his real life family situation is, and how he is preparing. The stakes he is dealing with leading up to a make or break fight. Further, I would love to see, for example, Randy preparing for what might be his last bout and Lyoto working with Seagal and other members from Black House. For the next Strikeforce event, the Grand Prix, let's go inside Golden Glory and see The Reem with Sergei lurking in the background and give some back story there. I've loved the KINGS videos with Anderson and Werdum sparring and talking about fighting. Let's spend some time with Gina as she prepares for her return. Then, you can just have a camera follow guys with intriguing personalities like Nick Diaz or Rampage just to see what the hell they say next leading up to a fight. A weekly show for the trash talk to flow. We saw the impact it had on the lead up to the Evans/Page match. It can be a wonderful tool to build more depth into each fight card that is coming up while demonstrating how great this sport is. Ultimately, the show can be a long build to the clashes to come between Strikeforce and UFC stars. Every event, every training session a step closer to these Superfights. I believe the show could be hysterical, dramatic, heart wrenching and thoroughly entertaining if it is structured properly.
The show could have a format that is a combination of HBO's HARD KNOCKS, that follows a NFL team thru training camp, and the vocational reality shows like DOG, CAKE BOSS, THE DEADLIEST CATCH, etc. We have seen these shows gain tremendous popularity and they don't have half the personalities or drama that takes place in the UFC offices and training camps in one day. It would be great to move away from the frat house sensibility of a show like TUF and really put this sport on display for all audiences. And dear God, please, not a chord of death metal.