Some thoughts that ran through my mind while watching the Season 13 premiere of "The Ultimate Fighter" with coaches Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos:
- Feel bad for Myles Jury, who blew out his ACL during the evaluation workouts. The guy worked to get this far, then before he even gets a chance to do anything of note, he gets sent home with nothing more than "you'll be back" from Dana White.
- Glad to see no one had to fight to get into the house. A nice wrinkle to at least say this season was different from a production standpoint.
- Through 43 minutes of television so far, Spike was able to humanize Brock Lesnar, and his little interviews with the fighters was a nice coaching move.
- Watching Junior Dos Santos struggle with the English language for the next few months could become annoying from a viewing perspective. Or, it could help endear him to us in a new way.
- Shamar Bailey would easily win "Ultimate Layer-On'er."
- Which reality competition show has produced more injuries in its history: "The Ultimate Fighter" or "Dancing With the Stars"? The numbers have to be close.
- Let's hope this season doesn't become all about the coaches.
- How many more seasons of "TUF" can Spike and UFC really do before the majority of people realize the show is too formulaic and begin watching something else?