Originally Posted by M2
Hard to think of a worse advertisement for their gym. They look like a bunch of knuckleheads who'd wreck your career in no time.
IIRC, didn't Tito Ortiz gain a ton of respect and business off of the positive work he did in TUF3? I'd think Jens Pulver (another Miletich guy) carved out a training future for himself in TUF5.
And here's the big question, are Hughes, Fiore and Lawler handling Hughes' training for the Serra matchup? If so, Serra might be looking at another upset victory.
Yeah, I think the timing of it all is very bad, this season of the show is not doing Hughes any favors at all in spreading goodwill about his new team. I'm sure he won't be hurting for students just because of his fame, but as far as actual name, competitive, full-time fighters looking for a gym, this might be where he's hurt.
You're correct, Ortiz did definitely get an increase in respect off his stint on the show... you could hardly find anyone with a good word to say about him before it.... but especially now with the explosion of popularity in the sport, people who didn't know Tito before that show probably have no idea of his previous reputation.
I would imagine Hughes is still training for the Serra fight at the MFS gym. With his own fight team being so new, I think he'd still be training with the Miletich crew for this fight, especially since his gym still is affiliated with Miletich's. As bad as Serra has made Hughes look from a coaching standpoint, I just can't see him pulling off another victory. Hughes is plainly and simply the better fighter, though we know he's not a better coach. Similar to how we saw the blow-off on Penn vs. Pulver from last season.
Then again, with all the upsets in 2007........