Blogger’s note: I re-watched Serra’s episode. His confessional count is 39. I could not bring it down any lower. For reals.
Previously on TUF: In the season premiere, Matt wants to fight Shonie to avenge his loss from UFC 31 (we are shown the spinning backfist). However, they are on the same team and Matt coaches him to victory. At this point we wonder if this is episode two’s ‘Previously on TUF’ segment. Shonie has rubbed Team No Love the wrong way thanks to studding hats, spray painting signs, and throwing water bottles into the swimming pool repeatedly. Today is the last preliminary fight where Jorge Rivera will battle against “Canadian standout Patrick Cote”. I can’t believe the announcer said Patrick Cote is a standout without laughing. Could viewers recall which one is Patrick Cote? I bet Rivera knocks him out in fifteen seconds or less.
– Recap of the previous fight. They comment on Serra’s really high leg kick and beating Spratt to a pulp.
– Shonie says he hates working with the messy grey team. Because every grey welterweight has advanced to the semi-finals, he wants to train with the blue team to get an edge on his new competition. Jorge Rivera is angry he joined them in their van and asked him to leave.
– They are idiots. Mr. International is being smart. Who cares about who’s double crossing who? This is a bloody individual competition. When everyone has advanced to the semi-finals it is essentially a merge. It is every man for himself. Luckily I cannot get Matthew Von Ertfelda’d because these are all males and not being misogynistic in the least.
– Serra instructs Mr. International to not do it again. He agrees. Note Matt narrated this entire process.
– While International is sleeping everyone else is gathering around the fire. Jorge reported that Shonie said “”F— the grey team” and “F— the blue team”. Serra says The Shonie Show is cancelled due to low ratings. If only The Matt Serra Show would share the same fate. Serra is determined to fight Mr. International.
– GSP is Patrick Cote’s training partner in real life. He is confident Patrick will do well and is preparing him well for it. The question apparently is if Patrick can get Jorge to slug with him.
– Gym meeting. Dana says everyone thought Franklin was a d— so they brought in the Ice Man Chuck Liddell. He is the light heavyweight champion and will not be fighting any of these sixteen for a title.
– Chuck Liddell is proactive and shows everyone new moves. The camera notes Liddell’s painted toenails.
– Dana says Patrick has struggled in America. He is 0-3 in UFC but is 8-0 in Canada.
In UFC 50 he was supposed to fight Marvin Eastman. That was changed to Tito Ortiz once Mezger was injured and ended his career. Four days notice to step up against Ortiz. We are shown Cote’s one successful punch before Ortiz does his classic ground and pound. Fight won by unanimous decision.
In UFC 52 he fought fellow Canucker Joe Doerksen. It’s Cote’s first middleweight fight. He launched knees into Doerksen and hit him with a ridiculous number of strikes. I recall this fight. From virtually nowhere he catches Cote with a rear naked choke. Doerksen was unusually friendly with Cote after the fight.
At UFC F N 1 Cote fought Chris Leben. They traded punches for the entire fight with minimum ground fight. At the end of the fight Leben wins by split decision.
– Cote is here to win the competition and defeat Franklin. His teammates chant ‘Cote cote cote cote’ like it is an annoying soccer stadium minus the vuvuzelas.
– Rivera time. He says he made bad decisions and has anger. UFC saved him and allowed him to release demons. Dana watched him fight at a small promotion in Boston. Rivera was beating guys at smaller promotions including defeating Lutter in WEC. His UFC record is 2-3.
In UFC 44 he fought David Loiseau. They were primarily in the clinch. One of Loiseau’s infamous elbow strikes split open Rivera’s skull. At the end of round three he nearly knocked out Loiseau but time ran out. Rivera won by unanimous decision.
In UFC 46 he fought Lee Murray. Apparently Murray defeated Ortiz at a street fight outside of a nightclub. Rivera was armbar’d by Murray in less than a minute. And off to England’s King of the Cage goes Murray.
In UFC 50 it is Franklin’s first fight in middleweight. He fought Jorge. Franklin was wincing in pain from a Rivera knee. Once blood poured out of Franklin, Franklin decided to take it to the ground and submit Jorge Rivera.
In UFC 55 he fought Dennis Hallman. The same Dennis Hallman who beats Matt Hughes on a consistent basis. Rivera beat Hallman by unanimous decision.
In UFC F N 3 he fought Chris Leben. Rivera looks down on the reality show guys apparently. Leben absolutely slaughtered Rivera.
And that takes us to present day Jorge Rivera. Is it a comeback considering how recent Ultimate Fight Night 3 was?
– Fight day. Therefore no weigh-ins. Promo time. Serra is coaching Cote in the van to own the cage.
– They go into the amp’d mobile locker rooms.
JORGE RIVERA UXBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 13-5-0
PATRICK COTE BEAUPORT, QUEBEC, CANADA 8-3-0
– Rivera has fantasized him winning by a head kick.
– Herb Dean is our referee.
– They touch gloves. They clinch and Rivera tosses him to the ground. Rivera is already in half mount. Cote pulls guard. It seems Cote’s plan to keep it standing will not go into effect. Rivera and Cote’s arms and hands are moving about. Rivera is standing up and holding Cote’s legs hoping to swoop in and improve position. He does not land any strikes. Cote is pushed against the fence. Patrick still has guard. Cote is distracting Rivera by moving along the fence. Rivera’s grip is forced to change. Jorge is looking to rotate Cote onto his back. Cote breaks it up and delivers a GREAT upward kick to Rivera and drops Jorge. Cote excitedly jumps in and fires as many rabid punches as possible and hammer in elbows. Rivera recovers and slides on the ground until he has guard. Cote may have a shot after all. Rivera’s guard took about thirty seconds to get tight. Serra is yelling for Cote to stand up and trade with Rivera. Although I would say Cote is dominating. They slide further along the ground and changing formation hoping to improve position. Nobody is successful despite the clear action on the ground. They stand up with five seconds left when Cote uses it to land strikes and Jorge gets a last second kick before the bell. End of round one.
– Rivera hops into Cote with a punch. Cote is countering. Rivera is countering too but nobody is landing anything significant. They clinch and Cote takes Rivera to the ground. Half mount in favour of Cote. Patrick is wrapping his right arm around Rivera’s neck. Jorge is doing a good job of defending despite doing very little. Cote’s left leg remains trapped under Jorge’s left leg. Serra reminds Cote to maintain his balance. Patrick nearly gets full mount but settles for guard. Rivera takes control and Cote is flipping around on the ground. In one position Rivera is dangerously close to having a guillotine. Patrick gets out of it but Rivera is controlling Cote’s body from the back. Cote reverses it and suddenly has side control. Serra is calling for more hammer fists and elbows. It is half mount. Herb Dean stands them up. They exchange a few punches before Cote clinches Rivera. Jorge is the one on the fence. Rivera uses a burst of energy to switch Cote into the fence. Patrick counters by using his upper body strength to take Rivera to the canvas. Both of them look drained. Serra is screaming for Cote to stand up. Patrick is firing very weak punches. End of round two. I say Cote won both rounds. Rivera looks disappointed.
– Cote does indeed win by unanimous decision. No suspense.
– They recap the fight. Nobody offers anything particularly interesting to say. Rivera is his flat-lining self in the confessionals. Cote is celebrated with the same chants from the earlier episodes.
– Rivera sits in the loser’s chair crying and/or sweating. He is unhappy with his performance. He hates not having the money and not being able to put food on the table.
– Next time on TUF: Matt Hughes visits the gym. Matt Serra is angry with Hughes. Oh, and two people not named Matt Serra fight next episode.
Pardon me for thinking that Patrick Cote would lose. I thought the editors would not be stupid enough to give a guy three confessionals in seven episodes for making it to the semi-finals. Is he that boring whenever something not named Rich Franklin comes up as a subject?
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) 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.)
6) 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.)
7) 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.)
8) 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.)
MR. INTERNATIONAL 2
CHRIS LYTLE 0
MATT SERRA 9
DIN THOMAS 0
PATRICK COTE 15
EDWIN DeWEES 1
PETE SELL 1
SCOTT SMITH 0
PETE SPRATT 0
MIKEY BURNETT 0
RICH CLEMENTI 2
GIDEON RAY 1
JORGE RIVERA 12
TRAVIS LUTTER 1