Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back on cable television last night (Fri., April 27, 2012) with episode eight of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 "Live" on FX.
And if you bothered to tune in (no one would blame you if you didn't) then you saw the fight of the season.
That's because Sam Sicilia, an early favorite thanks to his deadly combination of speed and power, and Chris Saunders, an unheralded but dangerous foe, went toe-to-toe for two rounds that had UFC President Dana White downright gleeful by the time the 10 minutes were up.
In the end, the judges awarded Saunders the split decision victory, a huge upset considering the odds heading into the bout.
Both men gassed, so a third round would have likely put a damper on the proceedings, but they had already put together a veritable TUF classic. It wasn't UFC pay-per-view main card level, necessarily, but I would feel comfortable saying it wasn't any worse than anything you might see on a Bellator telecast.
And that ain't not bad, folks. Especially considering the 45 minutes you have to sit through to get to the live fight.
This week's episode was highly uneventful. The first half of the show was centered mostly on the fact that Ronda Rousey was brought in by Dominick Cruz to train with the boys and show them a few tricks of the trade.
All went well, too, until she got all gussied up and came to the house to watch UFC 145: "Jones vs. Evans" with the rest of the house.
It was quite the sight to behold, some 20 guys acting like they'd never been around a female before. Rousey sat on the couch and while she looked like a million bucks, she must have smelled the complete opposite because no one would come within five feet of her.
Her discomfort at the situation was palpable. You dudes are locked up in a house with no contact to the outside world and this beautiful woman comes strolling through and not one of you even has the balls to cozy up next to her?
Fail. Even Urijah Faber called everyone out for freezing in the face of the "Rowdy" one.
Outside of that, we got another lame prank from Team Faber, which consisted of "The California Kid" and his buddies stripping down to their skivvies and working out in Team Cruz's room. They sprayed water all over each other and screamed and acted like fools.
Surely FX was pleased by the compelling television TUF was delivering on this fine Friday night.
They'll be back to do it again next week, too. This time Andy Ogle -- who still isn't comfortable in front of the cameras -- will take on Mike Rio in the final elimination bout.
For complete results and the running live blog of last night's TUF 15, episode eight click here.