The Ultimate Fighter is a great platform for unknown fighters to make a name for themselves in the UFC. It also gives the UFC a chance to market which fight between the coaches that they choose. Over the years, the shows ratings have been decreasing. Unfortunately, it is probably due to the lack of interest in the weight classes selected and potentially the lack of interest in the coaches on the show.
For example, Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin are not the most exciting of personalities in the UFC. Sure, Nelson has a big belly and looks like he lives in the mountains, but that only goes so far. Carwin clearly is not craving the limelight, but is on the show and doing what he is supposed to do.
In order for the show to make a comeback and draw an increasing amount of interest, the UFC can do 2 things.
One thing the UFC can do is create another comeback season.
Bring back a bunch of talented UFC veterans, and give one of them a shot to resurrect their career. Look at what the Comeback season of TUF did for Matt Serra. He went from a mediocre career, to beating GSP in the biggest upset in UFC history and becoming welterweight champion. After winning the belt (eventually losing it back to GSP) Serra had the opportunity then to Coach on TUF as well against his rival Matt Hughes. After the season ( and after Serra got back from injurty) Serra took on Hughes in an exciting veteran welterweight fight.
Option 2- The UFC needs to swing for the fences and elect two of their top marketable fighters to coach against each other on the show. Yes you guessed it!! Jon Jones vs Chael Sonnen. Could you imagine seeing Sonnen on tv for that long and having the chance to take verbal Jabs at Jones? It would be a drama filled season. We would also potentially get a chance to see a little personality out of Jones ( we dont have to worry about seeing Sonnen's personality) Having Jones coaching against Sonnen would not only draw insane ratings, it would give them a long time to promote the fight. Would we see Jones crack? Will Sonnen get into Jones head? All I know is that it would make for some great television!!
Who would like to see Jones coach against Sonnen on the next season of TUF??