Think how boring the world, especially the world of fight sports, would be without heel personalities. Heels give you antagonists, individuals that grab your attention simply because you want to see the guys get the crap kicked out of them. Without heels, pro wrestling wouldn’t exist and sports like MMA would be far less successful, if around at all.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Jamie Yager. Your new favorite heel.
For the non-UFC/non-The Ultimate Fighter crowd in the audience, Jamie Yager is a mixed martial arts fighter who competed in season eleven of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter. Yager was a perfect fit for season 11 of this show as he entered a house filled with guys that, combined, have roughly one-half of Yager’s personality. You see, heels like Jamie Yager thrive when surrounded by goofs. When this season is over and done, fans of The Ultimate Fighter will be able to tell you two things; the winner of the competition (maybe) and that they wanted to see Jamie Yager get knocked out, brought back to consciousness and then knocked out again for funsies.
What about Jamie Yager makes him such a great heel? Everything. For starters, Yager “looks like a black Sideshow Bob” as one of my buddies so eloquently put it. Yager is also cut enough to look like somebody who can knock you into cartoon-land. For a heel to be effective at all in his role, he must have at least some skills. Yager displayed impressive knock-out power in his first two The Ultimate Fighter matches, finishing off Ben Stark and Charles Blanchard early on in those fights.
While heels can be tough, they’re also known to back down when the going gets tough. Yager was finally challenged during his third fight of the season, as Josh Bryant drilled Yager with punishing blows to the body and head. The fight was scored a draw after two rounds and both fighters were called from their corners for a third and final round. Yager, in classic heel form, didn’t answer the call. Instead, he claimed that he couldn’t go on due to injury, the ref award the fight to Bryant and Yager was branded a coward, a quitter and other words that cannot be published on this particular website.
As with any good heel, though, this wasn’t the last we would see of Jamie Yager during The Ultimate Fighter. Yager took an in-house prank war a little too far, upsetting several of his housemates. This was hardly the first time Yager had annoyed his fellow fighters, and Kyacey Uscola had seen enough of Yager’s actions. Uscola dared Yager to “step outside” so the two men could settle their differences. How did Yager respond? He stayed inside, taunting a few of the fighters in the house, all the while calling them out for being (insert inappropriate words for “coward” and “wuss” here). When the melee concluded, at least four different guys wanted a fight with Yager, just so they could knock him out.
Yager explained on-camera that the heel persona was going to get him exactly what he wanted; a fight on The Ultimate Fighter season finale. Sure, Yager showed some talent and promise in his two TUF victories. Let’s not kid ourselves, though. Yager is on the season finale because he’s a great heel, a jerk that everybody wants to see get his head kicked in…over and over and over again.
Regardless of what happens on The Ultimate Fighter finale, I demand more Jamie Yager on my television. If UFC doesn’t want him, put Yager in Strikeforce, Bellator, I don’t care. Yager cutting promos on geeks and then either knocking them out or getting repeatedly punched in the face is something I wouldn’t tire of anytime soon. Personally, I’d love to see Yager get stopped during the Ultimate Fighter finale, then claim that Rich Attonito (Yager’s opponent in the show finale) had a loaded glove.
And whatever you do, Jamie, don’t cut the hair.
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