'The Ultimate Fighter': UFC Star Brock Lesnar Is Losing at Reality TV, Crying All the Way to the Bank
So UFC superstar Brock Lesnar’s debut coaching stint on “The Ultimate Fighter” has so far been a failure. From what ESPN The Magazine tells us, he won’t have trouble drying his eyes.
Just look for the nearest crisp, new Benjamin lying about.
The former UFC Heavyweight Champion went 1-1 in 2010 and lost the championship he’d defended twice successfully. Still, pocketing a reported cool $5,300,000 must make quite the consolation prize. Lesnar also joined Mike Tyson as the only two one-million-buys pay per view draws over a single year for his title defenses against Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez. Tyson eclipsed one-million buys three times in 1996, with fights against Bruce Seldon, Frank Bruno and Evander Holyfield.
Success in the ring as a fighter apparently doesn’t translate directly to reality TV success.
Lesnar is competing in the current season of “The Ultimate Fighter” (the 13th for the show), which features unknown, professional MMA fighters living together in Las Vegas. The show follows them as they train and compete for a coveted contract with the UFC.
While the Spike TV show is popular with audiences (including Yidio users) and a success in the ratings, the sport’s biggest draw (Lesnar) has been less than successful with his team on the show. Lesnar’s current crop of could-be UFC welterweights could land him a seat amidst fellow coaching flops Ken Shamrock and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Charlie Rader’s second-round submission loss to Ramsey Nijem from Junior Dos Santos’ rival team last week marked the third fighter Lesnar has lost to elimination this season, to Dos Santos’ one fallen team member.
Each has lost a fighter due to other circumstances. Team Lesnar lost Myles Jury to injury, while Keon Caldwell left the competition voluntarily.
Lesnar has also dealt with an unsurprising brewing mutiny amidst his team, after telling them week after week that coaching them to victory was “making chicken salad from chicken s***.”
After the season ends, Lesnar and Dos Santos will battle June 11 at UFC 131 in Vancouver, British Columbia. More likely than not, that bout will determine who will be Velasquez’s first title defense. Velasquez took Lesnar’s title via first-round TKO at UFC 121 on Oct. 23, 2010.
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