The Contender crowns a champion
On top of that, the format of the show changed. Before, each week there was a competition. The winning team got to pick the fight for the week. This season, the team of the winner from the previous fight picked the next one. That left a big chunk of time to fill in each episode. That wasn't automatically bad, but the way they chose to fill it wasn't the best. From the episodes I saw, which was probably three quarters of them, more often than not a lot of that time went to showing us the same story for each fighter. Doing it for his family. Rough past. Orchestral music swelling. It got a little tedious.
I think the show could have still been good despite that, but there was one more big problem. Horribly produced fights. This is a show about boxing. Everything should center and build on that weekly fight. But if you tried to watch one of those fights it was almost impossible to tell what exactly was going on. Rather than just ring the bell and let 'em go, the fights are all edited for effect. So you never know exactly what order these things are happening, or just what it is that was cut out. And again, orchestral swells.
The producers behind The Contender could take a lesson from the team doing The Ultimate Fighter for Spike. It rarely plays that sappy emotion card, and you always see the fight. Short, long, whatever, you have to see the fight.
I think the idea behind The Contender is still a good one. If they are going to move forward with another season though, I would like to see a professional host. Someone that has experience with this kind of thing. It doesn't have to be a boxer, just someone good on TV. And more than anything, we have to see all of the fights, in real time, start to finish.
In the end, Lawton, Oklahoma's Grady Brewer bested everyone and was named The Contender.