Like all of you, I've watched a couple of episodes of The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen. In sum, I'm impressed with the production.
Sure, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and former middleweight contender Chael Sonnen are looking pretty serious about coaching, which is a good thing. Yes, the fighters are appearing pretty talented. But that's not what I'm talking about. Rather, I like the changes in the telecast by those behind the scenes. The way on the first episode we got to know a little of the back story on the fighters with their families present (during the elimination round). The way they invited the families in to watch that first fight as well- liked it. Heck, in the past it seemed like they didn't do a whole lot of editing of things, either, which offered a raw look, but not the kind of neat and slimmed down version this season is giving us. Reminds me of The Contender (yep, boxing). Really nice job.
Now did I like Jones' first pick at a fight? Nope. But that's a different story and subject. Overall, The Ultimate Fighter 17 has me kind of stoked. It's worth a look-see if you haven't already done so.
PS- Word is that the next episode will offer viewers a great, great knockout. Might be time, folks.