It's not a secret that this is an awful season of The Ultimate Fighter, even considering the way the talent in recent seasons has taken a major hit. The fights have been bland and we've seen UFC president Dana White have to do some old school motivational speaking to the cast to get them to understand how important it is that they impress.
But if anyone didn't really believe him, it appears that the UFC has no intention of simply granting UFC contracts to everyone on the show's cast as they have in season's past.
One UFC source confirmed that very few members of this season's casts are going to get regular contracts, noting the company already has a deep welterweight roster with little roster room for additions. If names were added, they would want those names to be fighters who have the potential to be at some point in the title picture. With the exception of flyweight John Dodson from season 14, it has been years since a fighter coming off the reality show has become a title contender.
Another aspect of this decision is the uncertainty of the future of Strikeforce. If the Showtime deal up early next year isn't renewed, that would likely result in a few Strikeforce welterweights also moving to UFC.
The tournament winner is a lock to get in based on the premise of the show. The loser of the championship fight, if they put on an exciting fight in what will be a featured match on television, would also have a good shot. From there, the odds are not good for anyone to even get a shot, let alone get in.
This is great, great, fantastic news.
One major issue with the UFC roster is that a promotion which is supposed to have a roster of the best fighters in the world has long been bogged down by far too many mediocre fighters from TUF. Cutting the unimpressive after the season finished isn't the end of their careers, they can take any lessons they learned on the show, work on getting better and, assuming they find success on the regional scene, get a shot down the road.
But the fewer bad TUF alumni fights we see in the future, the better.