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Mike Coughlin from Wrestling Observer got his hands on a tape of the first episode of The Ultimate Fighter and gave out details on the fireworks and happenings of the first episode:
“The first episode was fantastic. It’s apparent that Corey Hill will be one
of the more talked about fighters, at least initially. He’s a 6′ 4″ giant of
a lightweight, a two-time all state wrestler, and he likes to talk. A lot.
He is a nonstop sound bite if there ever was one, and it seems clear that
from the get-go he’s doing a fine job of getting under people’s skin.
Hill wasn’t the only person aggravating others. BJ Penn seemed to go out of
his way to make Dana White’s life difficult as he and Pulver chose teams.
After a coin-flip, Pulver had the option of choosing a fighter first, or
choosing to play matchmaker first. ‘Lil’ Evil’ opted for the latter. Penn
then asked all the fighters to raise their hand if they not only wanted to
be on his team, but definitely didn’t want to be with Pulver. 10 of the 16
fighters indicated they preferred the Hawaiian jiu-jitsu black belt. It not
only put Jens on the defensive, it also forced him into a corner where he
would have to swallow his pride because some of the better fighters wanted
Penn. If Pulver wanted a competitive team, he would have to pick guys that
didn’t pick him. BJ literally laughs as he tells the camera that he enjoyed
putting the fighters in a position where they rejected Pulver. It’s clear
Penn wanted to rile up Pulver and he did just that.
“I think he was trying to get everybody to raise their hand to make me look
like a dumbass,” said Pulver. “He was trying to make them slap me in the
face. I was upset because this ain’t about BJ Penn. This ain’t the f**king
BJ Penn show.”
Pulver wasn’t the only person fed up with Penn at the fighter selection
ceremony. Dana White informed BJ that he was only allowed one pick, but
Penn, and even Pulver agreed, was saying that they should just have all the
guys who raised their hand stand on one side and do teams that way.
“Whoa, what the f**k is going on here,” White said.
A back and forth verbal battle ensued with White continually telling Penn
that he only had one pick. Penn would say, “Leave it up to the fighters,” to which White would reply, “One guy. You get one pick.”
“This is like f**king anarchy here,” said White. “One pick, you get one
White’s mood seemed to change from amused bemusement to annoyance as Penn pressed the issue. The, “You get one pick” line was uttered repeatedly.
Eventually, though, Penn picked one fighter, Jens picked another, the
pattern repeated, the teams were sorted out and the show moved forward.”
It looks like this season will deliver where season 4 wasn’t and that is with drama. Judging from this limited preview it sounds like this season is shaping up to be one of the best ever. These spoilers were from the first half of the episode and is far from complete so you will want to check out the premiere episode of The Ultimate Fighter 5 on April 5 at 10:00 after UFC Fight Night 9.