The season finale of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 4 came and went this weekend without much pop and sizzle ... just like the entire season.
Other than a crazy Scott Smith knockout of Pete Sell, and a tremendous performance by Din Thomas over Rich Clementi, the three-hour event on SpikeTV was a dud.
Perhaps that is a bit too harsh, but there's just no reason to sugarcoat the fact that TUF 4 was lame.
For all the praise heaped on Matt Serra regarding his jiu-jitsu prowess, he failed to consistently showcase his skills to a national audience. His victories over Pete Spratt, Shonie Carter and Chris Lytle were underwhelming.
And did he really beat Chris Lytle?
Now, he gets a shot at Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight championship in April (Yep, time to pass the torch, Matt Hughes). It just doesn't seem like "The Terror" will stand a chance.
Travis Lutter, on the other hand, is a submission machine. He's definitely not exciting to watch – or listen to for that matter – but he sure knows how to end fights early.
It will be interesting to see if he can get UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva to the ground on February 3 at UFC 67. Because we have all seen the damage "The Spider" wreaks on his opponents when he is upright.
"The Serial Killer" appears to match up nicely with Silva – if that's possible – and could expose a weakness in a seemingly flawless MMA repertoire.
If, however, is a big word. Lutter has to get close enough to get Silva down, first.
And, file this one under probably the most interesting news to come out of the TUF 4 finale, UFC announcer Mike Goldberg rather nonchalantly confirmed during the telecast that BJ Penn will return to the lightweight division.
"The Prodigy" has lost three of his last four fights in the 170-pound class, which is shocking when you consider his world class talent. Granted, those three losses have been against top-tier opponents, but something is just not right with BJ.
Is it a slump? Disinterest? Injuries?
The move down to 155 is perhaps a good change, providing him with an opportunity to get back on the winning track. He just needs to cut A LOT of weight.
Only time will tell how this decision pans out.
So, that's a wrap for the forgettable TUF 4. We can only hope that the 155-pounders inject some excitement into the fifth installment, which has already begun taping.
The good news is we are less than a week away from Hughes-St.Pierre 2.
Here are the official results for the TUF 4 Finale in case you missed it:
--Travis Lutter defeated Patrick Cote via armbar in round one
--Matt Serra defeated Chris Lytle via split decision
--Din Thomas defeated Rich Clementi via rear naked choke in round two
--Jorge Rivera defeated Edwin DeWees via technical knockout in round one
--Pete Spratt defeated Jeremy Jackson via tapout in round two
--Scott Smith defeated Pete Sell via knockout in round two
--Charles McCarthy defeated Gideon Ray via armbar in round one
--Martin Kampmann defeated Thales Leites via unanimous decision