TUF 6 episodes 7 + 8 + 9 ranking

Seventh episode

Previously on TUF: Hughes was upset with Paul’s performance and Dan lost to a controversial decision to Ben. He didn’t listen to a thing Hughes said. Tommy and Jay Rock still have a chance to move on in the competition. #2 pick George and Jon War Machine Koppenhaver. Will anyone from Team Hughes make it into the finals and become the ultimate fighter?

– Intro time. I doubt Hughes quits. It will simply be a tool for Hughes to get the team’s respect and listen to him in the octagon. So it’s 5-1. Serra has a shot at the record. Pretty sure 6-2 is the record right now.

– Fight recap. Blake calls Ben the Green Giant. Mac talks about Dan’s huge overhand right. Dan was looking for a way to end him because he saw his eyes flickering. Then Hughes went crazy. Dan regrets not following orders. Second round was all Ben. They make fun of Dan running around the octagon. Hughes doesn’t know what to do.

– Dan is proud of his performance but Hughes is pissed. The decision is all on Dan’s shoulders. Him and the team cuss out Dan for letting Ben to recover. Hughes wants ten minutes of them in the octagon following the game plan. Matt exits in frustration. the rest of the team remains behind. It is the first time Hughes wishes he wasn’t on the show in his three seasons. Dan’s face is BEATEN UP. He is going to the hospital, pick a flower for his wife, then train some more.

– Dana has known Hughes for a long time and has never seen him like this. How worn out he looks in any season of TUF. Dana thought it was a good fight but Hughes says it wasn’t a good fight. Dana plays along. He knows Hughes is in a place that he doesn’t know what to do. Dana defends Dan’s performance. He tells Hughes to come to Jesus with them. Punish them for not listening. F—ing b—slap these motherf—ers. Bust them. Beat the living s— out of them. Such wise advice. Dana states he needs to be the leader and the rock of the squad. We see an old photograph of Hughes wearing the welterweight title over his shoulder.

– Hughes rounds up the team.

HUGHES: I can’t figure it out. Is it me or is it you? Did I pick the wrong guys? I’ve come up with good game plans. Did I pick the wrong guys? I think you’re prepared. I’m teaching you what you need to win. I’m not trying to make a striker out of a grappler, Paul. I could leave and want out of here but any man can quit. It takes a man to stay here when he should. I am here because I need to be here not because I want to be here. Someone who cusses me on national TV has beaten me 5-1. Better show me what you’re made of.

– And sure enough a really hard workout begins. Tommy punches a punching bag manically and in a hilarious manner. He wants guys to stop just doing moves. Jared cannot figure out why Hughes is upset.

– Hughes shouts that Dan was scared the first minute of the fight.

– House time. Mac was pissed how Hughes talked about Dan. It was only his fourth fight. He was a rookie. Billy chimes in that most of them are rookies. This is not a veteran TV show. Mac calls for slack. Except against Blake. Continues into the bedroom where Mac talks about how unfair Hughes is with Jared. If Hughes does that to him then Mac is going to exit.

– Dan is back. Mac comes back and welcomes him that hindsight is 20/20 and how he had a sick fourth fight. Mac wished he could do what Dan did in his fourth fight. Dan is wearing a very Raiden of Mortal Kombat hat.

– Fight announcement. Dana holds the meeting. Serra gets to pick the quarter-final fights. Serra wishes to be a fly on the wall and see how much he punishes his team. All of Hughes’ guys look absolutely battered. Serra thinks Hughes’ ego is bruised. It’s Hughes’ picks this round.

HUGHES: J-Rock wants to fight George.

It is exactly how Jared wanted Hughes to say it. He wanted to fight George all along so he can knock him first round and coast into the sunset.

– We are introduced to George. He is from Australia and has a record of 7-2. He does some calisthenics every morning and runs. He’s always liked fighting and dreamt of it and thought about it daily and nightly. Fighting is the ultimate test. George is f—ing serious. He does not want to crack under the pressure so he trains as hard as he can to avoid that.

– House time. Ben says that they have come together as a team except George. Ben says one morning George was up doing everything and did not wake his team up at the right time. He is here for himself. George woke them up at 1051am when they were just starting to wake up. He was asked to wake them up so George responded by not waking them up.

BEN: He came here to win which I applaud him for doing but you don’t have to be a d—. The world does not revolve around George.

George must be sparring hard because everyone seems unhappy with him in general. Serra thinks George is a favourite to win this. He has the best work ethic. He is like a kid in the candy store. He is milking the experience for all it is worth.

– Hughes training session. An assistant coach tore up Jared. He said he felt like the old man who just got slugged. An EMT examined it and felt something. Hughes’ witch doctor comes in. J-Rock’s ribs are damaged. Hughes tells him that he likely won’t be able to fight. Jared cries in the corner. Literally. Hughes feels bad for him. Jared continues to cry when he is standing.

– Jared says people fight hurt all the time but he is pissed this could take him out of the tournament. He is whisked away in a corner as he goes for X-rays.

What is the difference between a witch doctor and a regular doctor?

– Jared returns from the doctor. It’s bruised ribs and nothing more. It will hurt but nothing worse will happen. Jared doesn’t know what’s going on but it’s not that abd when you do know what’s going on.

– Hughes training session. Formally introduced to Jared. He has been training for eight years. He has been strong, physical and tough since he was a kid hence the nickname J-Rock for all his life and being an athlete. Blake thinks he is a dark horse because he has all the skills.

MAC: In my humble opinion I am the best one here with J-Rock and George right behind me.

Humble? Your definition of the word?

– House time. George is doing push-ups. It’s 1116am. Ben is pissed that for the second day in a row George did not wake them up. Confrontation. Ben asks George why he didn’t wake them up. George says it’s their problem. George mocks them by asking if they want breakfast too. Ben speaks for the whole team that they believe George is a d— and that he is not apart of the team. He is black listed.

GEORGE: Shut your f—ing mouth.

Go team!

– George says Ben complains about everything and that he is not his mommy. He exits the room.

– Weigh-ins. It is branded as Technician on Technician battle. Jared weighs in nude at 171. The infamous towel is draped around him. George weighs in. 168.5. Whoa. Weight difference. They have the most unusual face-off ever. They hug each other then clinch then push each other before doing the professional face-off. J-Rock wanted to stand where George was standing but George wouldn’t let him. The fighters all talk about the face-off. Serra thinks if it was a bodybuilding competition that J-Rock would win. Lawler boasts about the face-off. Nobody thinks they are friends.

– Serra thinks J-Rock is not as tough as he thinks he is after J-Rock puffs his chest out. Serra is positive that J-Rock will leave everything behind in the cage and lose.

– Fight Day. Silence. J-Rock stands by a garbage can at the breakfast table. He is silent as George eats his bowl of cereal. J-Rock thinks this is weird. Eating breakfast with his opponent. Strangest situation ever. They all giggle about it.

– Jared is anxious to fight. The cutting weight and weigh-ins and face-off is a bunch of BS and just wants to fight. George thinks he has it covered standing and on the ground.

JARED ROLLINS / LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA / 30 years old / 8-3
GEORGE SOTIROPULOS / GEELONG, AUSTRALIA / 29 years old / 7-2

– Dana introduces the seventh preliminary fight. Mazzagatti our referee. I predict a first round finish by George. Submission.

– They touch gloves. They circle around each other. George feints. George feints again. Jared misses a legkick looping. They punch each other’s hands. Attacks continue to be dodged. More circling. George somewhat lands a left hook. Jared has a sick mohawk. More hopping. Jared pretends to do a looping legkick. George connects with a punch. Crowd gets a bit louder. George lands a combo. Jared sneaks in a punch. Action stalls. George misses an overhand. Jared is dancing around. George misses a left hook and a combo. Jared lands a legkick. They are circling. Jared misses a straight left. George rushes for a combo. Jared lands something that pushes George back temporarily. Pace picks up with their combos but nothing is landing. Straight left from George that misses. Huge overhand from George that misses. Jared fires a legkick but George catches it. They spin around against the cage and roll on the ground until they are on their feet ten seconds later. Jared fired an enormous kick that missed. He was looking to end the fight. Jared misses a superman punch. Neither are punching. George catches a punch on the chin to drop Jared. George jumps in to punch Jared on the ground until his eyes roll back a bit. Mazzagatti calls it off. End of fight.

– Fight recap. Serra liked the fight. Hughes was frustrated because J-Rock didn’t look like he wanted to be in there. George thought the coaching brought him back to training and was great. Jared talks about how annoying Matt Serra was and does an excellent Serra impression. He calls it annoying. Serra said George dropped Jared and that’s all she wrote.

– George thinks Ray, Drago/Pete Sell, and Serra are like family. They prepared him emotionally and loves the love. Serra emphasizes the fact it is 6-1.

– Hughes has a confessional where he says nothing except twists his lip. Speechless. The d— is speechless.

– Jared is in the locker room. Crying. He picks up a chair and whips it AS HARD AS HE CAN against the wall. He throws some other crap. That is the biggest temper tantrum I have seen in the locker room. Far worse than Leben’s. Dana describes what it is like being knocked out.

DANA: It is like being in a company and you work your a– off to be vice president. Then one day you get knocked down and have to start at the bottom of the company. That’s what it’s like to be knocked out.

Is that really the best analogy you could come up with?

– Dana checks in on Jared who is crying outside. Dorian and others are outside with him. Jared hates being knocked out. Dana told him that Chuck Liddell just got knocked out. It happens to everyone. Dana shrieks to duck because there branch at level with Jared. Unusual end to the episode.

– Next time on TUF: Final preliminary bout between Tommy Speer and Jon War Machine Koppenhaver. Tommy is a cornfed farmboy. Jon is a hard blood case with a troubled past. Does Tommy have what it takes to win? Does War Machine have the confidence to succeed? Who will survive and have a shot to be the ultimate fighter?

TEAM SERRA

GEORGE SOTIROPULOS 10
MATT ARROYO 1
JOHN KOLOSCI 0
BEN SAUNDERS 4
TROY MANDALONIZ 0
RICHIE HIGHTOWER 0
JON KOPPENHAVER 0

TEAM HUGHES

DAN BARRERA 4
MAC DANZIG 5
TOMMY SPEER 0
BILLY MILES 0
JARED ROLLINS 15
PAUL GEORGIEFF 0
DORIAN PRICE 1
BLAKE BOWMAN 2

Rank the Fights

1) Dan Barrera vs. Ben Saunders (Regardless if Dan listened to his coach or not this fight had to be the absolute best of any preliminary fight ever in the house. Tons of blood from both fighters and it was a ten minute stand-up war. I wish there was a third round to put the icing on the cake but a fight that goes longer than 4:53 and not be a 10 minute heavyweight borefest deserves some major kudos. Five thousand dollars for both fighters is well earned.)

2) Paul Georgieff vs, Troy Mandaloniz (Sometimes a highlight reel KO is all you need to make a fight stand out.)

3) Blake Bowman vs. Richie Hightower (A 45-second game of Rock em Sock em Robots. Both struck each other furiously until only one was left standing. Nobody gave up or looked for a way out.)

4) Dorian Price vs. Matt Arroyo (He ate a huge flying knee and still won in the first round? Matt Arroyo, you my friend are impressive.)

5) Jared Rollins vs. George Sotiropulos (Zero ground game but all of it was striking until the fatal knockout punch landed. ‘Twas entertaining enough to see J-Rock dazed. His reaction afterwards essentially knocking out the locker room was an added bonus.)

6) Joey Scarola vs. Mac Danzig (A black belt jiu jitsu specialist has his guard passed quickly and is submitted by a triangle choke. Danzig = best ground fighter in the house then?)

7) John Kolosci vs. Billy Miles (Billy thinks the best position possible is to sit someone in a guard against the cage and hold them there. That should be tough to counter, right?)

Eighth episode

– Previously on TUF: Seven preliminaries have been fought. Team Serra has dominated Team Hughes with winning six of the fights. Hughes was upset by the losses to his nemesis. He was even more upset with his team. Only chance is left for Hughes to save–Tommy Speer. Can the overpowering country boy contain the explosive Jon War Machine Koppenhaver? Or will War send Tommy back to the farm? I predict the latter.

– Intro time. Neither Jon nor Tommy have had much airtime. Tommy in fact has had only one confessional in seven episodes. That is a record low.

– Fight recap time. They know about George’s jiu jitsu and J-Rock has good hands but was tentative to strike. It looked like Jared’s hands were trying to defend a takedown. George had a clear game plan while Jared was always a step behind. George caught Jared and that was that.

SERRA: Coaching for Dummies? Is that on the market? I’ll buy that for Hughes. When is his birthday?

– Needless to say Team Serra is stoked. He loves keeping pressure on Hughes. Dana introduces the last fight. He thinks Tommy is a country boy and tough as nails while War Machine has been at Lion’s Den and trained with Phil Baroni.

– Hughes never thought he’d be in a position where Team Serra has six straight wins. He is not impressed with Tommy’s technique wrestling on the ground. Hughes slapped him across the face saying he needs to wake up. All he’s doing moves but not using emotion.

– HUGHES: STOP BEING SO QUIET AND BE A BIT MORE EMOTIONAL!

Heh. No wonder the guy has zero airtime. Production must be pissed with him in interview sessions.

– Serra thinks physically that War Machine can take on anyone. But mentally he has issues. Serra makes fun of the grenade tattoo on his neck. It must be great walking through airports. Serra struggles to sum up War Machine as he takes about twenty seconds describing him. He finishes as saying he’s a nut.

– Jon is frustrated that while him and George are rolling on the ground that Serra is coaching George as opposed to Jon. There is a mild confrontation. Jon interprets it as Serra thinking he favours George. Serra assures him otherwise. Issue is diffused. Serra wants Jon to be more confident and enter the octagon thinking nobody can beat him.

– Hughes training session. Introduced to Tommy. He is a midwestern hard worker. Hughes says that Tommy reminds him of a younger version of him. Coach Hughes talks about Tommy more than Tommy does. Milking and knocking out cows supposedly. Tommy thinks he is a bit like Hughes. Dan coins Tommy as farmer strength. Tommy apparently showed emotion at practice.

– House time. They talk about Tommy as a fighting robot. Nobody thinks Tommy is a technical fighter. Jared mimes a fighting robot. He is much more fun when he is eliminated. I am surprised no injuries have brought back an eliminated fighter yet. We are 4 1/2 episodes away from it happening for the first time ever.

– Serra training session. Jon is boxing and sparring in the octagon. Serra thinks he needs a shrink on staff to get through to War Machine. Jon has been training for or five years. He is wearing his headgear over his eyes like he is Scott Summers from X-Men. Serra continues to coach War Machine. The headgear goes over his eyes again. Serra goes on to say Jon is nutty again.

JON: I’m always fighting myself. I am my own worst enemy, man.

So fighting Tommy will be his first battle that isn’t against a clone? Interesting.

– Tommy says the only thing he brings in from wrestling into MMA is quick takedowns. He does conditioning on his farm. He runs through fields and pulling tires. I think the strong farm boy counter is at about 30 this episode. Hughes believes Tommy is a champion. Tommy says he is a very game plan person. Hughes is ecstatic to hear that.

– Serra training session. Matt Serra does a Matt Hughes impression. It’s pretty good. Matt laughs to himself in a confessional recalling the impression.

– Jon watched the UFC with his dad when he was a kid. He has jiu jitsu and has good wrestling. Serra believes War Machine has tools to win the fight.

– Weigh-ins. Tommy weighs in nude at 171 like all of Hughes’ guys. Richie re-appears from the shadows with a confessional. So does Paul. Jon weighs in at 169. Serra salutes the War Machine.

– Jon claims to not have a mom or dad. He is in the sauna and in the swimming pool. He recalls his stories of his dad. Jon gave CPR to his dad at thirteen after his dad had a heart attack. His dad was whisked off to the hospital and died. Well that’s depressing. Jon is on a rock writing stuff. He cries in the confessional talking about losing parents and if it affects him. He says it doesn’t and it’s all about fighting.

– Fight Day. Jon gets really nervous before every fight. He thinks it’s because he does not have a good support structure while everyone else has it. His dad was his support structure.

JON: I ain’t fighting. If I win, I ain’t fighting again, dude, ever bro.

If dudes and bros were candy and nuts we’d all have a Merry Christmas. Or a waste of a slot on The Ultimate Fighter.

– Speer comes from a small town where everyone knows his name like a Cheers bar.

– Trash talk commences. Dana enters Tommy’s locker room to reiterate that a knockout or submission wins you five grand.

TOMMY SPEER / ELGIN, MINNESOTA / 22 years old / 9-1
JON KOPPENHAVER / SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA / 25 years old / 4-1

Jon by decision?

– We’re ready for the final preliminary bout. Mazzagatti is our referee once again. Beowulf the 3D movie spectacular is the sponsour.

– Jon goes in for a takedown immediately. He gets Tommy to the ground. He takes Tommy’s back against the cage. He as an arm wrapped around Tommy’s neck. Tommy is controlling the arm. Tommy has a ton of blood dripping from his face. Tommy keeps turning but is not yet out. Jon reigns down punches. He has his arm under Tommy’s neck against the cage. A ton of blood on Tommy’s face. Tommy is still trying to control the wrist but Tommy is unable to escape it. Two minutes in this position. I would be exhausted if I was Tommy. Tommy tries to escape but fails. Jon is awfully high on Tommy. Serra says Tommy is bleeding like a pig. Tommy is in Jon’s guard. About time. Elbows and punches by Tommy. Tommy stands up a couple times but gets half guard. Jon tries to get up but Tommy holds him down. More and more elbows and punches. He takes Jon’s back but Jon is back into half guard. Tommy has moved into mount. Jon is covering up pretty good. Mazzagatti warns about punches to the back of the head. Jon is still defending in the full mount. A full minute of full mount and still surviving. More elbows from Tommy. Those punches are weak. Jon is not even bleeding. Thirty seconds remains. It would be tough to score this round. Mazzagatti warns about the neck. Ten seconds. End of round one. No way Tommy will ever finish this fight. That was pathetic. He wasted a full mount. I don’t know who won that round. Jon complains Tommy is strong.

– Jon misses a legkick. Jon fires another legkick but Tommy catches it and Takes Jon down. Guard. Jon is out of it. Tommy is winning by decision it appears. I wish it was not so because I wanted him to have a record low confessional count. We have been stuck in guard for ninety seconds. Jon has tried a couple escapes but it has failed. Jon is firing strikes from the bottom. Tommy passes into side control. Crucifix attempt. Mazzagatti warns about the head. Jon is firing knees into Tommy. Elbows from Tommy. Tommy has control of a wrist and slicks into mount. Back into side control. The first successful escape for Jon. Tommy is close to snapping that arm. More elbows. Tommy gives up the arm. Jon is on his knees but Tommy pushes him back down into half guard. Jon manoeuvres back into full guard. Tommy regains half guard. It’s all about position. Tommy is working hard on the right arm. Tommy has full mount no problem. Less than a minute left. Tommy still has a hold of that arm. Neither of these guys have a future in the sport. Tommy lets go of the arm and opts for strikes. Punches and elbows galore. Tommy has a cut. Mazzagatti warns about the throat. End of fight. Our second decision all season.

– Jon does not even make it to his corner. He falls again. Third time is the charm to get onto the stool. The fight is over.

– Fight replay sponsoured by Assassin’s Creed. Dana thinks this was an awesome fight. Serra thought the fight would end in the full rear naked choke. Jon thinks all of his energy was zapped from the rear naked choke position. Tommy smashed Jon’s face for all five minutes for the second round. Hughes is in a good mood. The losing streak is over. Serra thinks that was a moral victory for Jon. He is proud of him. No departure speech from Jon.

Next time on TUF: Serra has control. Can he use it to his team’s advantage? Mac changes his attitude to Blake. Serra is asked to make a difficult decision. I assume that means he has to choose a replacement for a fighter?

TEAM SERRA

GEORGE SOTIROPULOS
MATT ARROYO 3
JOHN KOLOSCI 3
BEN SAUNDERS 1
TROY MANDALONIZ
RICHIE HIGHTOWER 1
JON KOPPENHAVER 13

TEAM HUGHES

DAN BARRERA 1
MAC DANZIG 2
TOMMY SPEER 9
BILLY MILES 1
JARED ROLLINS 2
PAUL GEORGIEFF 1
DORIAN PRICE 3
BLAKE BOWMAN 1

Rank the Fights

1) Dan Barrera vs. Ben Saunders (Regardless if Dan listened to his coach or not this fight had to be the absolute best of any preliminary fight ever in the house. Tons of blood from both fighters and it was a ten minute stand-up war. I wish there was a third round to put the icing on the cake but a fight that goes longer than 4:53 and not be a 10 minute heavyweight borefest deserves some major kudos. Five thousand dollars for both fighters is well earned.)

2) Paul Georgieff vs. Troy Mandaloniz (Sometimes a highlight reel KO is all you need to make a fight stand out.)

3) Blake Bowman vs. Richie Hightower (A 45-second game of Rock em Sock em Robots. Both struck each other furiously until only one was left standing. Nobody gave up or looked for a way out.)

4) Tommy Speer vs. Jon Koppenhaver (How did that rear naked choke not end the fight? And my goodness both fighters were brutalized by the end of the fight. Elbows, elbows, and more elbows by Tommy. Good fight on the ground except a few more escapes would be nice.)

5) Dorian Price vs. Matt Arroyo (He ate a huge flying knee and still won in the first round? Matt Arroyo, you my friend are impressive.)

6) Jared Rollins vs. George Sotiropulos (Zero ground game but all of it was striking until the fatal knockout punch landed. ‘Twas entertaining enough to see J-Rock dazed. His reaction afterwards essentially knocking out the locker room was an added bonus.)

7) Joey Scarola vs. Mac Danzig (A black belt jiu jitsu specialist has his guard passed quickly and is submitted by a triangle choke. Danzig = best ground fighter in the house then?)

8) John Kolosci vs. Billy Miles (Billy thinks the best position possible is to sit someone in a guard against the cage and hold them there. That should be tough to counter, right?)

Ninth episode

Previously on TUF: Team Serra won six of the eight preliminary fights and gain control of the preliminary match-ups. Mac and Tommy are the only two from Team Hughes to survive. Will Serra’s inability to make a decision make him a victim of his success?

– Intro time.

– Fight recap time. Kolosci thought first round was great with Jon’s overhand right busting Tommy open. Mac thought the rear naked choke was on tight and it was all over. Mac was halfway out the door when he heard his team going crazy that he was still in the fight. Jared imitated the elbows except in like a bad pr0no voice. Strange. Jared thinks Jon’s voice is destroyed.

– Serra asks everyone on his team if it’s okay if Mac and Tommy fight each other and guarantee elimination. The other fighters are hesitant. Richie really wants Mac to not get into the semis.

– Dana sits down with Serra and Ray. Serra asks Dana if he can put Hughes’ remaining guys against each other. Dana says he can do whatever he wants. They call in all eight fighters one at a time.

MATT: I want to fight Tommy because I can knock him out or submit him.
TROY: Richie Hightower. We match up well in styles.
MATT: I think George is best in the house.
RICHIE: I’d least like to fight George.
GEORGE: I’m the best fighter in the house. Second best? . . . .
JOHN: I’d love to face Danzig and smash his face in.

– Quarterfinal announcement. Everyone is nervous. Dana rounds everyone up. Mac thinks it would be uncool but smart to match him up with Tommy. He fears it. Hughes will throw a fit if Mac and Tommy are set to fight each other.

QUARTERFINAL #1: Mac vs. John.
QUARTERFINAL #2: Matt vs. Troy.
QUARTERFINAL #3: George vs. Richie.
QUARTERFINAL #4: Ben vs. Tommy.

Serra thought he would match up Mac and Tommy but his team wanted to pick their own fights. Although Richie clearly did not want to fight George but has to do so anyway.

– Dana says that there are two fights where it is teammate versus teammate. Serra must choose will be cornered and trained by Hughes for their week of the fight. If Serra cannot choose then it goes to a coin flip to determine who is cornered.

– Serra said this was a surprise and refuses to pick who goes to Team Hughes. He will have a day to figure out who has to go. He wonders what happens if nobody from his own team wants to go to Hughes. Serra cannot wait to fight him. Coach Serra calls over Dana to discuss the bulls—. Dana reminds him that one person walks away with the contract then steps out of it. Coin or Serra’s decision, whatever.

– Serra’s team continues to b— about the situation. Hughes is laughing about everyone else’s reaction.

– Training session for Team Hughes. Mac is alone skipping and sitting upright against the padding. Oh right. He is the fight for this episode. He’ll be up against John Kolosci. Mac acknowledges John’s advantages in size and strength but it does match up against Mac’s 29 fight experience.

– House time. Mac is losing it in the house. We are shown the graffiti on the walls from a few weeks ago. John and Billy says Mac has a monotone voice and wears a permanent frown. Some days he’ll greet them and other days he won’t. If Mac does not like food or music that you like then he doesn’t like you and says you know nothing.

– Mac ordered a birdfeeder to see if any hummingbirds would come. He sits to watch for the hummingbirds to come in a chair. Mac doesn’t know what’s wrong. He thinks his attitude sucks and how he treated Bowman. Mac thinks the animals sense that and it is not good karma. Jon was the first one to move the bird feeder and move it to a different pole. He knows that little move would piss him off.

– Mac is indeed pissed and doesn’t know who did it except it has to be someone on Team Serra. Someone put a mannequin beside the bird feeder in addition too.

MAC: I know these f—ing f—s over here did it because they’re f—ing drunk and don’t know what the f— else to do and they think s— is funny. I’ll f—ing knock them the f— out any of you mother f—ers if you f— with my f—ing s— again. I know you f—ing hear me so f— you.

We present to you an edition of Unnecessary Cursing.

MAC: I think it was George because maybe in Australia stupid s— is funny, but I didn’t think it was that funny.

Haven’t you seen Kangaroo Jack?

– Training session with John. Serra says John sold them to book this fight. He just needs to stay calm and take Mac down. Ground and pound is key.

– Training session for Hughes. Mac is tired of training. For the past three years he has had to train himself. He cannot spar with anyone here. Mac has only sparred only three times in five weeks. Paul just got knocked out. Jared can’t extend his left hand and his elbow. Billy, I mean. . .(we are shown Mac punching him a million times).  . .I can tell he hates it and hates getting punched and sparring with me. So my sparring situation is pretty much crap. I’ve had poor training in the past in my career and I have had to deal with it.

– Mac and Blake discuss things outside. They agree it is life-changing. Blake says it could change Mac but for the worst. Mac sees this and is pissed by this revelation. He doesn’t want to be that way. He wants this to be a good experience so a positive approach is key.

– He writes a message on the wall in the house.

BE NICE TO BLAKE
HAVE SYMPATHY
THINK POSITIVE
GOOD KARMA

I like how ‘Be Nice to Blake’ is written along with the others as if that task is a chore. Poor Blake. Blake invites Mac to smash glass against him. Ninja stars too. Mac likes everything about Blake aside from his fighting.

MAC: I don’t fault him for his shortcomings which are many.

That’s a back-handed compliment.

– Training session for Serra. Everyone is furious at the notion of heading to Hughes’ corner. Isn’t there supposed to be a fight this episode? Everyone talks about how much they don’t want to be on Team Hughes.

– Weigh-ins. Dana thinks this fight will be tougher than they think it is going to be and that John will have a good game plan. Jon weighs in at 170. Serra believes that John’s ground and pound is nasty. Mac weighs in at 169. The first time a Hughes guy weighs in lighter than a Serra guy. Hughes is confident that Mac can win in all aspects of the fight.

– Dana shows up to the weigh-ins. He says he is here for something other than weigh-ins. It’s time to resolve the coaching issue. Who will be sentenced to the Hughes Death Camp? Serra’s decision is to not decide. So it goes to a coin flip. Troy, Richie, George, and Matt. Hughes offers to pick but Serra insists the coin. Hughes said he wants Hightower to coach but Richie brushes him off and says that it doesn’t matter and leave it to coin flip.

– Richie is off to Hughes. On the next coin flip the coin runs miles and miles and miles before landing on tails. Ben is off to Hughes. Both Richie and Ben round up Hughes and the assistant coach. They discuss it in the locker room. Hughes is unphased by the conversation. He thought it was unprofessional. The bottom line is that he’s not here for buddies and relationships. He just wants to coach. Richie is reassured that they have their best interests at heart. Hughes doesn’t even shake their hand on the way out.

– Fight day. This episode felt like it has dragged. John said that he thinks Mac is the best fighter remaining but wishes to fight him regardless. Mac refuses to let a guy who fights part-time to win. Mac has his wife’s name and his mom’s name on his shorts. John was told to wear Mac’s birdfeeder to the ring but decided that would not be wise.

MAC DANZIG / LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA / 27 years old / 17-4-1
JOHN KOLOSCI / PORTAGE, INDIANA / 32 years old / 8-4

– Dana introduces the fight. It’s two-five minute rounds. Big John makes an appearance. He’s our referee.

– They run in to touch gloves. Legkick by Mac. They are hopping around the octagon. Bodykick by John. Mac rushes in to land a punch on the face. John feints a takedown. Another legkick. Mac comes in to clinch. He knees John’s face and takes him to the ground. Mac spins no problem to side control. John defends a mount sweep. John makes his way back and has underhooks against the cage. Mac is searching John’s face to punch. John rushes the takedown and Mac defends. We are back against the cage. Mac has six o’ clock elbows on John’s face. John is on the ground hanging onto Mac’s leg. Mac connects with more elbows to the head. John refuses to give up the leg while Mac still strikes. John falls to the ground. More elbows by Mac. John is wincing. Mac reigns down even more elbows. He has John’s back but John still has the leg. Mac snags the left arm. John gives up the leg but has underhooks. Mac is defending while against the cage. Underhooks are gone. Big John calls for time. He asks for the doctor to wash out the mouthguard. 1:34 left. Headkick by John when it resumes. He rushes Mac but Mac defends and John is in fetal position. Mac has John’s back and slips in a rear naked choke. It looks very weak. Wait. John taps? That is weak sauce. Not even under the chin.

– Fight recap. Mac thought all of the moves by John were telegraphed his nervousness came across. Dana says that John was beat every place he took the fight. Mac’s hand is raised. Onto the semis he goes. John does not know why he went into panic mode. He is hard on himself and sicouraged.

– Mac’s corner quietly celebrates. He thanks Matt, Pena, Lawler, and Fury and would not be on any other team. He apologizes for being pissed off and grumpy but that’s his way. We see a hummingbird eat from the birdfeeder. Ah. Karma has been restored.

Next time on TUF: Coach’s challenge is a game of bowling. Serra does not want to corner against his team so he withdraws from the process. Two quarter-final fights next episode. Two will advance to the semi-finals. Why fights three and four are not a single episode is beyond me. Maybe fights two and three are both ridiculously quick?

TEAM SERRA

GEORGE SOTIROPULOS 0
MATT ARROYO 3
JOHN KOLOSCI 10
BEN SAUNDERS 3
TROY MANDALONIZ 1
RICHIE HIGHTOWER 3
JON KOPPENHAVER 0

TEAM HUGHES

DAN BARRERA 0
MAC DANZIG 23
TOMMY SPEER 1
BILLY MILES 1
JARED ROLLINS 2
PAUL GEORGIEFF 0
DORIAN PRICE 3
BLAKE BOWMAN 0

Rank the Fights

1) Dan Barrera vs. Ben Saunders (Regardless if Dan listened to his coach or not this fight had to be the absolute best of any preliminary fight ever in the house. Tons of blood from both fighters and it was a ten minute stand-up war. I wish there was a third round to put the icing on the cake but a fight that goes longer than 4:53 and not be a 10 minute heavyweight borefest deserves some major kudos. Five thousand dollars for both fighters is well earned.)

2) Paul Georgieff vs. Troy Mandaloniz (Sometimes a highlight reel KO is all you need to make a fight stand out.)

3) Blake Bowman vs. Richie Hightower (A 45-second game of Rock em Sock em Robots. Both struck each other furiously until only one was left standing. Nobody gave up or looked for a way out.)

4) Tommy Speer vs. Jon Koppenhaver (How did that rear naked choke not end the fight? And my goodness both fighters were brutalized by the end of the fight. Elbows, elbows, and more elbows by Tommy. Good fight on the ground except a few more escapes would be nice.)

5) Dorian Price vs. Matt Arroyo (He ate a huge flying knee and still won in the first round? Matt Arroyo, you my friend are impressive.)

6) Jared Rollins vs. George Sotiropulos (Zero ground game but all of it was striking until the fatal knockout punch landed. ‘Twas entertaining enough to see J-Rock dazed. His reaction afterwards essentially knocking out the locker room was an added bonus.)

7) Mac Danzig vs. John Kolosci (Not a memorable fight but it ended quickly. John is not a terrible fighter but rather Mac is that skilled. Four minute beatdown on John as no matter what position John had he was getting busted up by Mac.)

8) Joey Scarola vs. Mac Danzig (A black belt jiu jitsu specialist has his guard passed quickly and is submitted by a triangle choke. Danzig = best ground fighter in the house then?)

9) John Kolosci vs. Billy Miles (Billy thinks the best position possible is to sit someone in a guard against the cage and hold them there. That should be tough to counter, right?)

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