I didn't see any other threads on TUF 8, and since the first episode just aired, I thought I'd start one.
A few comments on the first episode:
1. I am sure that the video was edited in a specific manner, but I was not impressed (as GSP would say) by Guida's handling of the weight situation. I must have sucked for him not to make weight, but to make fun of Gabe Ruedigger as well as some of the other statements he made wasn't so classy.
2. Mikey Stewart, who stepped in as Guida's replacement, looked really familiar. Then I realized that he used to train at the NYAC when I was there and he actually showed me a bunch of submissions... too bad he got KTFO by Krystof Soszynski.
3. I thought the Phillipe Nover fainting incident was kind of pointless to include, but I guess it helped build drama. I thought Nover's fight with Joe Duarte was the best fight shown tonight. Lots of action, and Nover hits pretty hard.
4. I have a new crush, and his name is "Junie" Allen Browning. Cocky and bleached blond... what a great combo. I didn't really care for the fact that he was psyched for the free alcohol in the house though. I did feel a bit bad for his opponent, since it seemed like Mir, Dana, and Nog were all screaming for Junie and no one seemed to be giving Aguilar any direction. But whatever, Jose likened himself to Hitler so I'm sure he didn't make too many friends with that statement.
5. I was bummed that Rashad Evan's brother didn't make it into the house.
Anyways, I'm looking forward to seeing Bader fight next week. I'm also looking forward to later in the season when we get to see Anderson Silva since he is on Nog's coaching staff. I am sure the Spider will have some awesome technique to show.