Following last night’s premiere of IFL Battleground on MyNetworkTV, the first ever such show for mixed martial arts on network television, instead of celebrating, IFL CEO Kurt Otto has found himself amidst a firestorm of controversy.
With scenes such as Wes Sims being choked unconscious with a heartbeat flatlining in the background and the now infamous “one fighter will leave on a stretcher” teasers, many MMA fans that watched the show were teleported back to the controversy of the mid-1990s.
Although most fans were excited to have MMA on “free TV,” most have of the feedback now seems to be negative with comments such as “they set the sport back years with last night’s show” and “they turned MMA into an episode of Rescue 911.”
With filming for The Ultimate Fighter’s fifth season under wraps, Jens Pulver was scheduled to guest on MMAWeekly Radio on Friday, but do to some crossed wires we were unable to have him on as planned. In hopes of learning his thoughts on his pending rematch with fellow TUF 5 coach BJ Penn, we’ve rescheduled Pulver for tonight’s show.
Tune in for what should be one of the more intense episodes of MMAWeekly Radio in some time with IFL CEO Kurt Otto talking about the backlash from Battleground and Pulver giving his thoughts on the reality show experience and his upcoming fight. The show airs live tonight on MMAWeeklyRadio.com at 6pm PT / 9pm ET.
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