Previously on TUF: Serra got into an argument. Then Serra beat International a couple episodes ago. Bam Bam takes on The Predator. Mikey Burnett ran into a wall and the fighters threw a bunch of crap around the house. Now you’re caught up.
– This episode’s lead-in was all about our beloved Matt Serra. I think he might even outdo Russell Hantz in Survivor: Samoa for airtime.
– Fight recap. Din says the fight was not explosive. Serra agrees that Travis is a world class ground specialist. GSP jumps in to say Travis is a really good all around fighter. I wonder who will be getting the title shot?
– We are treated to a montage of Charles McCarthy eating. He ate in a bed. On a stairwell. Outside. In the kitchen. On a couch. He eats everyone else’s crap. He’ll take Bam Bam’s frozen pizzas and eat the whole pizza.
– Gideon has set up a prank. They will put a barrel of water on top of the door. When someone opens the door they get clobbered with the barrel of water. We are treated to incessant giggling as each person falls to the prank individually. Bam Bam then puts a stack of pizza boxes in McCarthy’s bed. McCarthy chases Bam Bam into the bedroom where the barrel of water trap is set up. Charles shoots in to take Bam Bam to the bed then walks away. Gideon and Spratt cannot stop laughing.
– Bam Bam is in the gym. Doctor says the stitches will be weak but not threatening to stop the fight. It is incredible that cut does not look worse. He spars on the mat.
– GSP thinks Patrick needs to change his style to fight Bam Bam. He apparently deviated from the gameplan for the previous fight. GSP says if he does not change he will lose. Patrick’s strength is his stand-up game.
– House time. Mikey is on the phone with the doctor. His neck has been bothering him. Doctor says Mikey needs surgery. 6-12 weeks of rehab but 6-12 months to re-gain its strength and be in top form. Ouch. The doctor is a UFC doctor so Burnett’s career will be sidelined for nearly a year. Moyer had a one year injury at 48 years old and that didn’t stop him from returning at an age before the norm for his sport.
– Weigh-ins. Lasts six seconds. Bam Bam does not make eye contact with Cote in the press face-off pics.
– Fight Day. It is going to be a 15-minute borefest. Crap.
– Cote wishes to be the first Canadian to be in the finals of the UFC. While Bam Bam is training in his locker room we see Mr. International in a chair wearing a suit and a hat that has a feather in it.
EDWIN DEWEES SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA 34-9-0
PATRICK COTE BEAUPORT, QUEBEC, CANADA 8-3-0
– A couple more new shameless booty shots of the ring girls. Heh. A reminder that it is SPIKE TV.
– Mazzaggatti our referee.
– Cote comes in with punches but then jumps back after each delivery. Lots of fake-outs and feints by both fighters. Bam Bam sneaks in a leg kick. Clinch with Cote against the fence. Dewees has double underhooks. Cote is defending well. Edwin wants a takedown and ties his legs around Cote but all that happens is Cote landing on top of him. Cote has side control. Edwin is struggling to escape. Half mount for Cote. He stands up and walks away. Edwin stands. They are in the centre of the octagon. More leg kicks from Dewees. They clinch temporarily but break quickly. Cote fires leg kicks. Patrick lands a big uppercut that drops Edwin. Dewees gets up before Cote can follow it up with a ton of punches. They dance around the centre. Cote puts together some combinations. Patrick lands another solid punch that knocks down Dewees. Edwin is resilient and gets back up. Dewees fires a couple kicks that miss. Edwin shoots but it fails as Patrick uses the momentum to take Edwin down. Shoulder pressure and wicked hammer fists from Cote in half mount. Cote stands up and they trade in the centre for the remaining seconds. End of round one.
– They touch gloves. Several combinations but nothing connects effectively. They are dancing around picking carefully. Edwin goes for a leg kick but Patrick grabs the leg and throws him down. Full guard. Punches from Cote. Edwin slaps on a triangle and motions for a wrist but Cote instantly stands up out of fright. They shall trade. Edwin ducks but eats a combination from Dewees. Edwin’s stand-up is not the greatest. He is not defending as well as he could. Edwin lands a leg kick that trips Patrick. Cote retaliates with some combinations. They are resting more between each set of strikes. Cote fires a punch and Edwin falls. Patrick swoops in with a ton of punches on Edwin’s noggin. He elbows the sides. North-south. Serra instructs Patrick how to take Edwin’s arm and twist it into a submission. It is very close but Edwin circles on the ground and suddenly Patrick is in side control. The cut on Edwin’s forehead is wide open. Patrick becomes aggressive and rocks Edwin with some harsh punches from side control. You can hear the impact. He lets Dewees up. End of round two. Serra says the cut is open. Cote isn’t even sitting in his corner during the break.
– They hug instead of touch gloves. Hugs turn into combinations from both. Whenever Edwin fires he uses his arms to cover his cut. Edwin’s game is highly compromised. Some kicks from Edwin but not much lands. Patrick has done surprisingly little. They clinch and Edwin’s exhaustion takes him to the ground. Patrick is in half guard. Edwin is laughing but I do not know why. Shoulder pressure from Patrick. Cote smothers Edwin for a few seconds. Some punches around the back of the head. He shoves Edwin’s head into the mat a few times. Edwin is issuing punches from the bottom but they are not effective. Patrick aims for the cut. Elboooows. Position does not change. Whoa. That was a quick three minutes. Shoulder pressure. Punches. Scooting from Edwin. Same old story. Shoulder strikes. Further smothering. The end of round three. Cote pumps his fist and shouts loudly.
– All three judges score the fight 30-27 in favour of Cote.
– Fight recap. For the first time it is not the fighters talking about it. Randy, GSP, and Dana all comment. Oh wait, Cote and Dewees talk about Patrick aiming for the cut. The giggling from before was regarding Patrick opening up the cut.
– Cote rips a bottle of wine from somebody’s hands upon leaving the octagon and busts it open instantly. GSP and Cote drink the wine to celebrate; Edwin takes it to ease the pain.
– Promo time. Everyone shares their predictions. Fighters say they will win blah blah blah. Parting is such sweet sorrow.
Next time on TUF: The live finale. 200k and a shot at the title–the biggest prize ever. No other matches are promoted. That is too bad.
– Nevermind. Michael Bisping is coming back to fight submission specialist Eric Schaeffer.
1) Edwin DeWees vs. Gideon Ray (As Dexter said in the hotel room during season one: “So much blood. . .so much blood”. I have seen some blood baths in the UFC but that fight should be PVR’d by John McCain. Anybody who is advocating against the UFC needs to show this fight to those on the fence and they will agree to ban UFC once and for all. The fight makes history for being the first to go to sudden victory which means five fewer minutes of showing promotional crap leading up to the fight or redundant s— in the house. It helps that both fighters are even and seeing DeWees overcome bleeding out a quarter of his body was impressive.
2) Chris Lytle vs. Pete Spratt (The short and sweet fights need to be sprinkled in any season of TUF. Lytle picks up the first submission as he uses a rare armpit choke to gain the victory. How many armpit chokes can you claim to witnessing? Go ahead. I’ll be here waiting.
3) Din Thomas vs. Mikey Burnett (Mikey “Nothing Bothers Me-But What Bothers Me” Burnett’s return to the octagon. Seven years! It was neat to see old school fight competitively against new school. It turned out to be old school’s striking vs. new school’s ground game. Din was getting hit but Mikey was made a fool on the ground. Both wished to bring the game into their realm and Din succeeded. A slick triangle choke gives him the win and earns himself a decent slot in this fight ranking.)
4) Mr. International vs. Rich Clementi (Season premiere fights are typically a dud, or in the case of Kenny from TUF 2, they don’t happen at all. This one is the first to break the disappointment streak. These two were even and had some good exchanges during the fight. This battle neither excelled nor failed, and is a great way for viewers to orient themselves and look forward to seeing what the season has in store. Also, International nearly tops Leben’s urination and drunkenness for most outrageous season premiere. Nearly. Urine trumps cubic zirconia when it comes to TUF. Sorry Shonie, but I don’t make the rules.)
5) Mr. International vs. Matt Serra (A six year re-match in the making. International dominates the stand-up while Serra dominates the ground game. Both fighters were fighting for position in every second of that fight. The only points taken away from this fight is a rather lacklustre third round. That is a reality of fighting in the UFC when you go full throttle in the first two rounds. Although Matt Serra says I can’t have an opinion on that because I have never personally fought in the UFC.)
6) Patrick Cote vs. Jorge Rivera (Arguably two of the biggest names in the house square off. Cote’s upward kick was pretty neat. Neither fighter was imposing their will entirely on the other. Although Cote was the clear winner there were several times where Jorge was very much in the fight. Add in the fact that I liked both fighters prior to this fight and you have a match that delivers quite well. They were both very good on the ground.)
7) Scott Smith vs. Travis Lutter (It’s not a bad fight. A textbook rear naked choke in a little over a minute won’t go down as being too memorable. If this were season two I believe this fight would be near the top for pre-finale fights. However, this season has put up excellent match-ups that this fight had too much of an expectation for it to avoid the bottom. Good on Lutter for faking that punch. Great technique.)
8) Matt Serra vs. Pete Spratt (This fight was one-sided. Luckily it ended after four minutes because Spratt was not doing crap. It would be higher if Serra advanced position faster.)
9) Edwin DeWees vs. Patrick Cote (Again this fight was largely spent with Cote in half mount. Luckily Cote stood up enough times and traded with DeWees on his feet. Sheer dominance but did it in a more exciting fashion. A couple of near submissions and we all love to see a cut open up. It is too bad the second half of the season had this many weak fights in a row. Perhaps things will change with the finale?)
10) Pete Sell vs. Charles McCarthy (These guys were not the most conditioned of fighters. They were moving progressively slower as the fight went on and were too willing to take it to the ground and stall. There were some close submissions. A sudden victory round is great but not too great when the fighters have nothing more than thirty seconds worth of fight in them. This is one of the best seasons for fights if this is the worst fight as of episode six. Gotta love McCarthy’s farewell that was essentially cut short for time. It reminds me of a Survivor contestant’s cut-off final words.)
11) Chris Lytle vs. Din Thomas (One of the least beat up I have seen two non-heavyweights exit a fight. They threw plenty of strikes but none of them appeared to have an impact and few connected. They were restarted three times during the fight. Nobody worked for position on the ground to be in either half mount, side control, or full mount. You could tell these were two friends in combat.
12) Pete Sell vs. Travis Lutter (But this fight was the worst. I doubt any of the remaining three fights this season can be worse than this one. There was nothing to it except takedowns by Lutter then laying and praying. No strikes unlike Lytle and Thomas. The only upside is Lutter went for two or three submissions in fifteen minutes. Sell did nothing to counter it. Worst fight of the season.)
MR. INTERNATIONAL 2
CHRIS LYTLE 4
MATT SERRA 3
DIN THOMAS 5
PATRICK COTE 8
EDWIN DeWEES 9
PETE SELL 4
SCOTT SMITH 0
PETE SPRATT 1
MIKEY BURNETT 3
RICH CLEMENTI 0
CHARLES MCCARTHY 1
GIDEON RAY 1
JORGE RIVERA 0
TRAVIS LUTTER 2