This all ends with surfers preventing within the UFC, doesn’t it?

A brand new actuality competitors present debuted earlier this week, and if its identify sounds acquainted, there’s most likely good motive.

“The Final Surfer” paddled out Monday and Tuesday on ABC for a two-night collection premiere. Right here’s ABC’s official description of the present:

“‘The Final Surfer’ will collect a number of the world’s best up-and-coming surfers to coach and reside collectively as they battle it out on the World Surf League’s (WSL) state-of-the-art Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, powered by Kelly Slater’s human-made wave expertise, within the hope of competing amongst one of the best athletes on the planet’s fastest-growing sport. … Alliances and rivalries will likely be entrance and middle in ‘The Final Surfer’ as women and men compete in particular person and staff challenges targeted on particular browsing disciplines. Weekly eliminations will go away two males and two girls as finalists who will vie for the female and male titles of the The Final Surfer and the chance to compete on the elite WSL Championship Tour, the top {of professional} browsing.”

It sounds a bit of bit just like the UFC’s “Final Fighter,” doesn’t it, proper right down to the present’s title? It is sensible. One of many present’s government producers is UFC president Dana White, and the present airs on ABC – the mother or father community of UFC broadcast associate ESPN.

The very fact White is concerned is a little bit of a no brainer, too. He and Slater, arguably the best surfer of all time, have been friends for years, and he’s even taught White’s sons easy methods to surf. UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya just lately hit the waves with Slater, too.

Hopefully White’s involvement with the present doesn’t imply we’re going to out of the blue see these elite-level surfers on the UFC Apex in Dana White’s Contender Sequence fights.

However in all seriousness, try the trailer for “The Final Surfer” above. Despite the fact that White’s monetary backing and Slater’s fandom are the one actual tie-ins to MMA, we now have to provide main props to the Surf Ranch and that completely superb 700-foot man-made wave pool that simulates actual browsing situations.

“The Final Surfer” airs Mondays and Tuesdays on ABC at 10 p.m. ET.

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