TUF 6 episodes 10 + 11 + 12 ranking

Tenth episode

Previously on TUF: After destroying Team Hughes in the preliminaries, Team Serra would have to fight each other in the quarter-finals. Dana threw Serra a curveball. Matt and Richie lost a coin flip and are going to Hughes. They hold a meeting with Hughes to discuss their fates. Now four Team Serra members face off this episode. Matt Arroyo vs. Troy Mandaloniz in the first fight and Richie Hightower vs. George Sotiropulos in the second fight. Which two will advance to the semi-finals and get a shot at becoming the ultimate fighter?

– Intro time. It has been a while since we’ve had two fights in a single episode. In addition there is the coach’s challenge. These two fights must combine for about two minutes total. Otherwise it is a long day for the editors.

– Fight recap time. We are shown all of Mac’s hits. John stopped standing up with John after he took a punch on the nose. Gross and nasty elbows from Danzig. John broke down and was choked. Hughes is beaming that his team won the first quarter-final. John returns to the house and says the f-word. Dang. John’s face is beat up. Band-aid and two bruised eyes. Not as bad as Dan Barrera though. He is huddled in his bed crying into his arms. He makes fun of p—ies crying but he was caught crying and being depressed.

– John solves his depression by getting drunk. He rounds up all of the eliminated players to drink to his own elimination. We see him slap a wall and ram objects into the wall to create holes. Him and Jon Koppenhaver throw the foosball table into the pool. He throws mannequin and broken chairs into the pool too. Palm fronds as well. He rams his head into a tree stump. There is a ton of crap in the pool. John says it is a lesson for his daughter at home to not drink.

– Serra training session. Richie and Matt have refused to train with Hughes but will have Hughes corner them. Serra meets with both of them in the octagon. He mocks the process of cornering one over the other. Serra withdraws from cornering anyone this episode. Troy is in his black garbage bag pants when Serra gives him that news. He is unhappy that his opponent will have Team Hughes in his corner while he has nobody.

– Troy is unhappy. Serra is whispering to his jiu jitsu guys and Troy knows they are talking about beating him. Troy feels alone. He is wearing the black garbage bag shirts and is ready to knock Matt out.

– Hughes van. Mac puts his hat on in a way to imitate Richie. The impression is spot on. They slam Matt and Richie for not training with them. Mac is convinced that they were scared to be beat up in practice. Hughes is informed that Serra will not be cornering anyone. Hughes believes it is unprofessional. However it has occurred many times in earlier seasons where Liddell sits on the sidelines or Franklin. Common theme.

– Everyone heads into the Red Rock Bowling Lanes at the Hard Rock Casino I’m sure. It is the Coach’s Challenge. The coach wins a box of money. It contains ten thousand dollars. Everyone on the winning team wins $1, 500 each. The coaches are given the opportunity to warm up.

DANA: I don’t know if either one of them can bowl. Hughes lives in Illinois. What else would you f—ing do in Illinois.

– We are shown a montage of Serra sinking gutter ball after gutter ball. Hughes is missing quite a bit. Hughes has an idea that if the guys are getting only $1, 500 each and convinces Dana to double that total. Not for the coaches but the players’ 1, 500 to 3, 000 each. Dana says that is too much and says the guys last season received a grand each.

– But then changes his mind.

DANA: If Hughes can throw a strike I’ll double the fighters’ money.

We see Hughes’ bowl and it cuts to commercial right before it connects with pins. Commercial. We see the finish and it is a strike. It’s like the end of a sports flick. Everyone jumps up in celebration. Dana is convinced he has been Shamrock’d (reference to Ken Shamrock swearing he can’t play billiards in the Coach’s Challenge when he would go on to dominate Ortiz), and that Hughes is an Illinois State Bowling Champion.

– The terrible jokes stop and we get to the game.

– Serra’s first toss is a gutterball. Silly music plays. His team cringes and Serra shouts at them.
– Serra’s next toss is so slow but takes down nine pins.
– Hughes slams the ball down so hard that only three pins go down.
Dana mimes the whole process of the assistant coaches having to blow wind to make Serra’s bowling ball move and that Hughes’ ball was like a bull. It is the most animated I have seen Matt Serra.
– Montage of bowls. Matt coaches Serra on some techniques and suddenly Serra is improving. Matt is Serra’s corner man.
– Serra gets a spare in the final frame and is guaranteed victory. His team each wins 3k at the expense of Hughes’ good effort. Hughes left instantly after the game. He did not talk to anyone or shake hands or drinks. Serra does not think Hughes is a good loser. Rough for Hughes. He gave Serra’s fighters an extra fifteen hundred in their pocket and they still hate him.

– Training session for Serra. George and Matt comes into the office. George relayed that there is a rumour of Serra favouring George and Matt over Troy and Hightower. Serra thinks that is complete BS. Serra is annoyed by that suggestion in his office. He thinks Troy is paranoid and stupid for thinking he is plotting against him.

– Fight Day. Troy is upset with the situation. Matt says it is awkward to fight the guy who has slept in the same bunk with you for six weeks. They are in separate locker rooms. Team Hughes coaches Matt in the locker room momentarily. War Machine is the corner man for Troy as well as John Kolosci. Hughes gives some tips to Matt. Zero trash talk by either fighter. More of a ‘see you on the other side’ attitude.

MATT ARROYO / TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA /  24 years old / 2-1
TROY MANDALONIZ / LAS VEGAS, NEVADA / 27 years old / 3-1

– Dana introduces the fight. Herb Dean is our referee.

– They touch gloves. The clock is sponsoured by the movie Hitman. Headkick by Matt that lands at the start. They dance around. Matt shoots in after a feint punch and takes Troy down in side control. Matt is extremely fast. No strikes as Matt manoeuvres into a better position. Punches to Troy’s head. He grabs an arm and locks it out. Herb stops the fight as Troy taps. Told you.

– Fight replay brought to us by Campbell’s Chunky. Matt landed a nice highkick which froze Troy. Dana said the fight went as he expected it to go. Serra told both guys to breathe which was his only coaching. Hughes said Serra the jiu jitsu expert should have been cornering Troy to help him get out of his positions but instead Troy was at Hughes’ coaching mercy.

– DANA: How can you be good friends with BJ Penn and train and hang out with him but have ZERO ground game is beyond me.

‘Tis embarrassing for Troy evidently.

– Serra felt weird because he was happy for Matt but upset for Rudeboy. He says every champion has been knocked out quickly at some point in their career. Serra told Troy he fought the two toughest jiu jitsu guys in the house. What happened to Joey’s black belt, eh?

– Troy feels no animosity towards Serra and understands the situation that he’s in. He tears up in his exiting confessional.

– Serra training session. Coach thinks George is the top dog on the team. We are treated to a montage of him being good on the ground and standing up and is composed. Richie is breaking down.

– Richie understands he was put up against George as an easy win for George to get into the semi-finals. He believes they will be sadly mistaken. Serra is happy to have Richie’s positive outlook on the team. I would say otherwise considering what Richie just said. Serra believes Richie is a sleeper in this competition and will shock a lot of people.

– George is 100%. He’s ready. Richie thinks the only way to beat George is to knock him out or cut him.

– Fight Day. Hughes coaches Richie. Richie has never been in a situation where someone he doesn’t know personally is coaching him. George wishes to exploit Richie’s ground weakness. He is looking to finish this fight.

– Richie calls George his road dog after the day is done. Road dog? I have not heard that expression used since 90s pro wrestling with D Generation X.

RICHIE HIGHTOWER / PHOENIX, ARIZONA /  25 years old / 7-1
GEORGE SOTIROPOULOS / GEELONG, AUSTRALIA / 29 years old / 7-2

– Herb Dean is our referee. They touch gloves. George is circling right. Both are circling. Richie shaved his head. He misses a legkick. Richie tries a few punches but George works him into a clinch against the fence. Richie tries a knee from the fence. Herb warns George not to grab the fence. Richie swings from the fences. Both of them swing. Clinch is broken. Centre of octagon. Richie charges in but George dodges it. Richie loses his balance in a legkick that connects and George clinches him. George lands a knee to the body and lands some punches to the head. Clinch is broken. Both jab each other. Leg kick by Richie that is caught by George and takes Richie to the ground. Full guard. George is kneeling and standing inside Richie’s guard. He stands up only to swoop in and go for half guard but is more of a side control. Richie is elbowing George’s head from the bottom and is punching. Half guard still for George. He moves into side control. Richie is stretching his legs to get half guard but it fails. George foresaw it and has locked in side control. He has a leg trapped under Richie’s head and has Richie’s left arm. Ninety seconds left. Richie spins but George now has side control from the other side. He knees Richie’s chest and is in north-south. George traps Richie’s left arm.

RICHIE: AHHHHHHHHHHH.
HERB: You tapping?

Herb ends the fight.

– Dana says the fight was much better than he thought it was going to be. Hughes thinks George did not look good that fight because he could not handle some of Richie’s bombs. Serra thought Richie did a good job of defending on the ground.

– Herb raises George’s hand. Serra congratulates both of them on a good fight. Serra congratulates Richie first then George. Serra said this episode was an emotional rollercoaster for him and is happy the Serra-on-Serra action is over. Richie enters the locker room with a smile on his face and says it was an honour to fight George. George gave him confidence.

– Richie thinks he belongs in the UFC and plans to stay here a while. He is young and thinks he could be a champ one day.

Next time on TUF: Team Serra plays a prank that goes too far and Team Hughes explodes. The last quarter-final takes place between Ben Saunders’ unorthodox strikes and Tommy’s ground game that can rule the day. Who will get a shot at becoming the next ultimate fighter?

TEAM SERRA

GEORGE SOTIROPULOS 3
MATT ARROYO 6
JOHN KOLOSCI 4
BEN SAUNDERS 0
TROY MANDALONIZ 9
RICHIE HIGHTOWER 6
JON KOPPENHAVER 0

TEAM HUGHES

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

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) Matt Arroyo vs. Troy Mandaloniz (Matt shows off his lightning quick speed and–oh, end of fight.)

7) 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.)

8) Richie Hightwoer vs. George Sotiropoulos (George controls all aspects of the fight as he progressively works to make Richie scream from the armbar. The ending is really the only memorable thing about it besides George’s domination.)

9) 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.)

10) 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?)

11) 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?)

Eleventh episode

Previously on TUF: Mac made it clear what he thought of Richie. Tommy beat War Machine but suffered a massive cut. Ben beat Barrera but was rocked hard. Now these two wounded fighters are due to fight in the last quarter-final. Will their injuries derail their dreams? Who will join Mac, Matt, and George in the semi-finals and go on the road to becoming the ultimate fighter?

– Intro time.

– Fight recap. Dana said the fight went the way he thought it would. Troy and Matt exchanged kicks until Troy took it to the ground and put Matt into an armbar. Next fight George and Richie fought until George took him down and submitted him.

– Quickest fight recap ever. Serra is looking forward to training Ben to take down Tommy. Serra wants to send Tommy to sleep with the chickens.

– Van time. Jared says Tommy’s face makes him look like Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia. Tommy says he can fight with that cut but Mac said he wouldn’t because it looks like a career ending cut. Tommy’s stitches are taken out and the commission cleared him. Impressive. Mac thinks it is crazy for Tommy to fighting and he himself would not even train with three weeks before training. Mac believes Tommy is strong but not smart for doing this.

– Hughes thinks Ben’s kicking is counter-able. Every time Ben throws a kick Tommy will punch.

– House time. Troy didn’t feel like going to practice. Him and others drink at the house. A bunch of them jump up and run into the wall. They stick the chair into the wall and smash their heads into the wall and pour powder on each other. They are giggling really high-pitched. They were drinking too and smashed a lot of holes into the wall. Brooms are stuck into the wall. Holes were drilled for the flamingos to go into the wall. They proceed to do an upper decker in Team Hughes’ toilet.

– Richie explains to us what an upper decker is. They defecate in the tank of a toilet and leave it there.

MAC: Reminds me of 14 year old kids getting drunk for the first time on their parents stash.

– Mac and Richie get into a confrontation. Team Hughes and Team Serra team up to keep Mac away from attacking Richie. Richie thinks Mac only gets tough around him when his team is with him. Mac does not attack him and is unwilling to do anything that will jeopardize his position in the competition.

– Dorian is not impressed and cannot believe how much s— they put into the graffiti’d wall. They are still giggling. They are literally trying to hold their laughter in. Billy goes to use the bathroom and smells something funky in the bathroom. He flushes the toilet and s— comes out. He lifts the lid is not impressed. He pulled his team together for a meeting and makes Mac promise that they won’t go after Team Serra. Then he explains an upper decker. Mac walked away and did a few breathing techniques.

– I’ve never seen such a serious discussion around an upper decker. Jared is pissed. I am lol’ing. He breaks their toilet seat and busts open the door. Somebody from Team Serra takes down Jared. Whoever did that is so gone. There’s like twelve

JARED: A prank’s a prank but when you bring doo-doo into the equation that’s straight hostility. That’s personal.

S— just got real.

– Jon admits to doing the prank and says everyone else overreacted. Jared spits onto the carpet.

JON: We were drunk and bored. What else were we supposed to do?

How about NOT S— IN THE OTHER TEAM’S TOILET. It’s like he has no choice but do it or something.

– Troy and Jon clean it up. Both of them nearly vomited.

MAC: Just a prank? It’s their f—ing feces in our toilet. These are the guys representing our sport?

– Weigh-ins. Dana cannot pick a winner in this fight. Tommy weighs in at 171. He is tough and durable. Ben is weighed in at 170. Matt believes that Ben’s technique will trump Tommy’s strength.

– Fight Day. Ben woke up in the morning. He puked and was sweating. Had a fever. Took some medicine. Woke up a couple hours later and felt a bit better. He is in the van.

– Locker room. Ben has sinus problems but wants to fight. Serra is concerned that Ben cannot breathe properly and knows that can drain you. He sees Ben’s lack of confidence. Serra compares Tommy to the monster from The Goonies.

TOMMY SPEER / ELGIN, MINNESOTA / 22 years old / 9-1
BEN SAUNDERS / ORLANDO, FLORIDA / 24 years old / 4-0-2

– Mazzagatti our referee. They do not touch gloves. Clinch. Ben ofers up a few knees to the gut. So does Tommy. Tommy has ahold of Ben and takes him down to the mat. He is in Ben’s guard. Tommy takes control of Ben’s wrist but instead Ben takes Tommy’s wrist. Tommy flips over. That wrist is ready to break but Tommy gets out of it. Impressive. Ben has slapped on a really tight triangle. That’s tight. Tommy yanks himself out and we’re back in Ben’s guard. Ben’s nose is bleeding. Tommy connects with some body shots from up top. Tommy stands up then swoops in with a punch and is back in Ben’s guard. Ben has an excellent guard. Once again Tommy is not advancing position. He lands some hammerfists and an elbow. Serra calls for Ben to throw elbows. Action slows. One strike by Tommy in the past thirty seconds. Mazzagatti warns he’ll stand them up. Tommy is slowly working Ben into the cage. A couple of Tommy elbows. Ben’s head is against the cage. More elbows. Ben upkicks when Tommy is standing. But Tommy jumps in with a HUGE punch to Ben’s head. That freakin’ landed. Both fighters are exhausted. Serra wants short el bows but Ben is flipping around instead. End of round one. Definitely goes to Tommy.

– Round two. They circle. Ben misses a halfhearted headkick. Tommy shoots and takes Ben down against the cage. They both stand up but Tommy has a Muay Thai clinch and is kneeing Ben. A couple strikes from Ben before he finds himself on his back and slaps on a guard. Tommy stands up and is nearly caught with an upkick. Back into Ben’s guard. Ben’s feet are on the fence. Tommy pushes him away. Ben has one foot on the face then reels it in. Tommy hits Ben’s face a couple times. Mazzagatti warns them about a lack of action. Few light body shots by Tommy. Is my screen frozen? Nope. Neither are moving. Oh. Tommy has Ben’s back but then Tommy rotates to be in Ben’s guard. Tommy has a serious inability to finish fights on the ground. Nothing. More nothing. Mazzagatti stands them up. Ben tries a HUGE FLYING KICK but Tommy gets under and clinches Ben to take him to the ground. Back in the guard and I can bet Tommy will not finish. His pillow punches and elbows must do nothing. Mazzagatti stands them up. Ben misses a headkick. Tommy tries a right hook but misses. Ben throws a straight right but throws himself off balance. Tommy shoots and takes Ben down. Ben has zero takedown defense. End of fight. Tommy easily wins. Speer is mad he did not finish Ben. No way this goes to a third.

– Dana says it is indeed the end of fight. Fight recap time. Serra says Ben went for the Muay Thai clinch but from there Tommy got him to the ground. Serra says Ben is dangerous off his back and has good jiu jitsu. Well we didn’t see it. They talk about Ben’s armbar attempt. Ben swore he popped it. Then Ben’s triangle and Tommy said he certainly felt it. Dana was impressed with Tommy’s ability to stay calm and get out of situations. Tommy Speer wins by unanimous decision.

– Dana thinks Tommy can be a force in the UFC if he trains with the right team. Tommy is pissed he had another decision. Hughes shows off that it has gone from 6-2 to 2-2. Ben jokes about what the audience will think about him and Serra reminds us that Ben is sick. Ben refuses to say he was sick as an excuse to take away Tommy’s win.

– Ben exits the house mock crying. Serra thinks Ben has a future in the UFC.

– Semi-final selection time. Dana calls in Serra and Hughes to meet together. Hughes said nothing and let Serra and Dana talk. He didn’t say anything because he got the picks he wanted anyway.

SEMI-FINAL #1: Mac Danzig vs. Matt Arroyo
SEMI-FINAL #2: Tommy Speer vs. George Sotiropoulos

– Mac thinks his biggest advantage is his experience. Matt knows Mac has SEVEN times the experience. Hughes tells Tommy his strength will outmatch George.

Next time on TUF: Semis are set. Get ready for the biggest knockout of the season. First Mac Danzig and Matt Arroyo will fight. Then George fights Tommy. One of these fighters will not be allowed to enter the octagon which means one fighter will get a second chance.

So season six is one episode away from avoiding a replacement. So close guys. So close.

But seriously I guarantee Mac is going to be the one with the huge knockout. And Jon War Machine will be the replacement?

TEAM SERRA

GEORGE SOTIROPOULOS 1
MATT ARROYO 2
JOHN KOLOSCI 0
BEN SAUNDERS 7
TROY MANDALONIZ 3
RICHIE HIGHTOWER 2
JON KOPPENHAVER 2

TEAM HUGHES

DAN BARRERA
MAC DANZIG 9
TOMMY SPEER 9
BILLY MILES 3
JARED ROLLINS 3
PAUL GEORGIEFF
DORIAN PRICE 2
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) Tommy Speer vs. Ben Saunders (I was fond of the fight. The challenging ground game for the first round was exciting to watch. Ben was working hard from the bottom while Tommy pulled off two impressive escapes. Ben’s enormous flying knee/kick is one of the most ambitious moves I have seen attempted. Yes, the fight had to be stood up a few times but they were definitely working on the ground. A lot harder than that Joey Scarola fellow.)

7) Matt Arroyo vs. Troy Mandaloniz (Matt shows off his lightning quick speed and–oh end of fight.

8) 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.)

9) Richie Hightwoer vs. George Sotiropoulos (George controls all aspects of the fight as he progressively works to make Richie scream from the armbar. The ending is really the only memorable thing about it besides George’s domination.)

10) 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.)

11) 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?)

12) 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?)

Twelfth episode

Previously on TUF: Mac Danzig plowed through his opponents. Matt Arroyo shined on the ground. Tommy Speer proved that raw strength can surpass superior technique. George showed everyone why he is one of the favourites to go all the way (which means George must be the one who cannot continue). Now it’s time for the semi-finals. First up Danzig versus Arroyo then Sotiropoulos versus Speer. Two warriors will advance to the finals but only one can be crowned the ultimate fighter.

– Intro time. My guess is that George is removed because of how he has been pumped up as the favourite from the start. The next contender would be Tommy because he has gone to decision twice and taken some vicious elbows and submission attempts. In addition both of his fights were extremely close together. Nobody has had to fight three times in a couple of weeks.

– No fight recaps. Training session Hughes. He thinks the toughest guys are in the semi-finals. He comes to the stunning revelation that the toughest guys will move on. Mac thinks that Matt will try to win the whole fight which will make it exciting. Danzig is looking to finish it standing but everyone wants to take him to the ground. Nothing will stop Mac. Holy crap. Mac is smiling in the confessional.

– Training session for Team Hughes. Matt says fighting Mac Danzig will be a big challenge for him. He is the underdog but the pressure will be on Danzig to win. Matt knows everyone did not think he would make it this far. Matt was in the cage with Richie and were doing striking to takedowns. All of Richie’s weight collapsed on Matt. They finished the rest of the drill for five minutes.

– Matt cannot take a deep breath without feeling like a knife is in his chest. Ray suggested he goes to the doctor if his ribs feel like it is cracked. Matt went to the doctor. Doctor said that there is small crack in the ribs and deep bruising. The fighters inside think going to the doctor’s is game over. Matt is unsure what to decide. He knows there will be millions of critics out there waiting to call him a p—y.

– Office meeting. Serra and Matt. Matt is honest and says that it is not such a great idea if he fights. He has never fought with hampered breathing before. Dana is called in and will make the final judgment.

– Dana and Matt are in the office. Matt says he doesn’t think he should fight. Dana makes it clear that if Matt gives up this fight he is gone. There is only one fight before he can go home, recover, and come back for the finale. What Matt will be giving up is huge. Dana said the quitters are easy to identify at the beginning and usually has a gut instinct who will quit. He believes on the other hand that Matt is not a quitter and has looked good through all eleven weeks. Dana has never been in this position before.

DANA: For me to try to explain to you in words, words cannot f—ing describe to you what you’re giving up right now. You got that, right?

I think you just described it in words, Dana. But nice try.

– Matt does indeed follow through with quitting. Dana has never seen someone give up an opportunity so easily (sans Noah Inhofer). Dana departs from the meeting and sits down with Serra and Ray. He will take input from him as to who should come back.

– Dana’s two people to suggest to Serra is Richie and John. Serra believes Richie would be better than John, but thinks Ben would be better than all of them if it weren’t for the broken nose and sickness. Ben gives a confessional hearing about that and laughs about how all that was wrong with him was being sick, nose fractured, and needing surgery.

– Dana and Serra agree to call in the guys one at a time.

JON: I want to fight with my balls off. I’ll give it a shot, I guess.

Serra is not happy to hear that.

TROY: Not enthusiastic about getting another cut.

Serra tells us that Troy also worried about making weight so soon. Just like that John and Richie, Dana’s initial two options, are the only ones left.

RICHIE: I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t worried about opening my cut further but I am not worried to fight Mac. And cutting the weight.

Dana asks him. Richie is super reluctant, but is willing to cut twenty pounds in three days. He is willing to do it to fight.

As soon as Richie leaves Dana and Serra talk.

DANA: He don’t want that f—ing fight. Tell me he wants that f—ing fight. He wants nothing to do with this fight. The last thing on his mind is fighting Mac Danzig. . .WOW.

*Door opens*

JOHN: I wanna fight Mac Danzig. How you doing?

Dana is chuckling. They found their guy.

DANA: You want this fight?
JOHN: F— yeah.
DANA: Congratulations, you got it. Make the most of it.

– Serra’s team rounds up the crew and salutes John’s comeback.

– House time. John tells Mac they are the new match-up. We are told John was the only one of the four who was enthusiastic about it. Mac is not thrilled that a guy who he already beat gets another shot and if John wins he goes into the finals. Not happy but is ready to beat him again.

– Serra training session. Matt says that if John keeps calm and cool then he has a chance to win.

– Fight Day. Mac is in the bushes meditating and gets into the van. Danzig thinks it is BS that he has to fight him again but is willing to do it. John is looking to redeem his loss. Hughes mentally prepares Mac that John will come back harder than he did the first time.

– John thinks he will win this time. I say the huge rumoured KO is by Mac.

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

– Dana introduces it as the first semi-final fight. It is three five-minute rounds. No more sudden victory.

– They touch gloves. Legkick by John. John feints before shooting then Mac throws him away. Looping headkick that misses Mac. Legkick lands. Huge flying headkick that misses Mac again. Serra says not everything has to be a homerun. John connects with another legkick and misses yet another looping headkick. They run around the cage for a bit. Serra screams for John to have his chin down. John giggles after Mac lands a legkick of his own. John returns the legkick. They are moving around. Jabs by John. Another legkick by Mac. Mac lands a left jab that rocks John and sends him flying back a few seconds before getting back to the centre of the octagon. Legkick by John. Looping legkick misses. Not everything has to be a homerun. Mac circles before firing left jab-right legkick combination. They are circling some more. Legkick by John. Mac dances before rushing in with more jabs. Mac fires a legkick that John catches. Mac clinches and uses it to fire a bunch of strikes when John’s head is lowered. They are in a standing clinch. Mac has control and knees John in the head before they are standing against the cage. Mac is against the cage. Serra calls for short elbows. Mac spins John against the cage. John lands a knee to the body in the clinch but Mac returns the favour. Mac has a leg and takes John to the ground. John clutches Mac’s head with his left arm. Serra yells for John to let go of the arm because there’s nothing there. He complies. Mac is in side control. john has Mac’s left arm but difficult to do when Mac has the better position. Coaches argue over Mac hitting the back of the head. Mac is BLATANTLY hitting the back of the head. Mac converts it into a headlock from the clinch and has a choke while John is in fetal position. John’s body is shaking before he taps.

MAC: Seven years.

A long road it has been.

– Fight recap. Serra thinks John was much calmer and landed big legkicks. Hughes thinks John was trying to put all of his energy into one kick or punch. Mac was frustrated by the silly kicks so in the clinch Mac promised himself to take John to the ground. Serra knows it was the same ending but John did much better and it is a moral victory. John is happier to leave on this loss as opposed to the last one.

– Mac is excited that despite thinking about quitting MMA a few times that he stuck with it and tears up in the octagon. Dana states that Mac absolutely deserves it. Dana cannot wait for the next fight.

– Training session for Hughes. Hughes says that Team Serra does not know how much power Tommy has in his right hand. It is the team’s secret weapon. If Tommy can unleash it against George that it could end the fight. Everyone else talks about Tommy’s real hard punching. They know George is a finisher.

– Training session for Serra. Serra sees George’s confidence has grown. George knows he has more skills to beat Tommy standing  and on the ground. His conditioning is superior too.

– Weigh-ins. Brought to us by PlayStation 3. Everyone is sitting around drinking coffee as the weigh-ins occur. Tommy weighs in at 171. Dana knows that Tommy has shown a tough heart, doesn’t know how to quit, and is durable. George meanwhile is the big monster that everyone is afraid of and the guy is going to win this thing. Dana agrees with the critics that George will win. George weighs in at 170. Hughes thinks that Tommy’s strength will match well with George. Serra truly believes that George is going to out-class this fight and beat Tommy.

– Fight Day. Tommy says he is the last horse to fight in this tournament.

TOMMY SPEER / ELGIN, MINNESOTA / 22 years old / 9-1
GEORGE SOTIROPOULOS / GEELONG, AUSTRALIA / 29 years old / 7-2

– I predict an upset occurs and Tommy gets the KO.

– Dana introduces the fight format. Winner faces Mac Danzig at the live finale. Lovely Big John is our referee. They get it on like Marvin Gaye.

– They touch gloves. George is looking to close the distance. They circle each other. Feints. And more feints. Tommy fires a combo that does not touch George. Tommy comes in with a combo but George deflects it. Back to centre. Tommy tries a Muay Thai clinch but George breaks away. Crowd gets louder. Big John warns about Tommy’s fingers. Tommy tries a Muay Thai clinch but George launches him off.  Big John warns about Tommy’s fingers. They are in the centre of the octagon. Not a scratch on each fighter. Huge right by Tommy but it does not connect. They circle some more after a quick clinch. Big John warns about Tommy’s fingers. Overhand right by George that misses. Another clinch by Tommy that misses. Tommy fires a punch but a finger stuck out that gets into George’s left eye. George is pissed. Doctor looks at it. George’s eye is bleeding. He says he is ready to go. Fight resumes. They circle each other. George’s eye looks awkward. Tommy fires combos that do not land. Tommy lands a right. Tommy rushes George and they are running around the octagon clinching. They break. Both fire combos. Tommy lands a huge right while George lands a left. Tommy drops George with a right hand. He swoops in to punch George’s face until George is knocked out. Team Hughes has gone from 6-2 to 2-0. Hughes and the whole team comes in and Tommy hoists on Hughes’ shoulders. They celebrate loudly.

– Fight recap. Dana thought George did not look like the George of the past. He appeared tentative and worried.  Dorian is wearing a hat lampshade. Hughes thought Tommy’s punches were one hundred percent. The eye poke is discussed. Serra thought George should take the whole five minutes but George fought right away. George could not see out of his left eye. No kidding. Serra thinks the eye poke made all the difference because he could not see Tommy’s right hand. Hughes disagrees of course.

– Tommy feels great. Three fights in the last five episodes. Impressive. Tommy’s hand is raised and Team Hughes applauds it. Hughes thinks that they lost some matches that they could have won but they still have two guys in the finals so they win.

– George wakes up. He is spinning his legs and is trying to roll. George has never been knocked out before. All he remembers is waking up and having people around him. George has even been in boxing fights and wasn’t knocked out there either. He is upset and asked what happened. Everyone on both teams applauds him. Serra thinks there will be much more George in the UFC. George intends to get better training in and come back harder. He is stunned.

– Tommy dances around the ring. They square off the octagon. Dana hypes up the fight. Hughes has no idea who will win. Dana thinks it was a great season. He said Hughes did a great job, the team did a great job, Serra was a phenomenal coach and phenomenal corner man. He can take anyone to the next level. Now the guys go home and rest.

– Next time on TUF: The live finale at the Palms Casino Resort. Tommy Speer versus Mac Danzig. Pure strength or technique will triumph? The main event will be Roger Huerta and Clay Guida. Sounds good.

Matt Hughes and Matt Serra were set to face off to see who would win the welterweight championship. But Serra has suffered a herniated disc and is forced to pull out. GSP  has stepped forward to take his place. Him and Hughes will fight for the interim championship. GSP vs. Hughes III. Serra is rooting for Hughes to win so Serra can fight Hughes.

TEAM SERRA

GEORGE SOTIROPOULOS 8
MATT ARROYO 5
JOHN KOLOSCI 4
BEN SAUNDERS 1
TROY MANDALONIZ 0
RICHIE HIGHTOWER 0
JON KOPPENHAVER 0

TEAM HUGHES

DAN BARRERA 0
MAC DANZIG 8
TOMMY SPEER 7
BILLY MILES 0
JARED ROLLINS 0
PAUL GEORGIEFF 0
DORIAN PRICE 0
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) Tommy Speer vs. Ben Saunders (I was fond of the fight. The challenging ground game for the first round was exciting to watch. Ben was working hard from the bottom while Tommy pulled off two impressive escapes. Ben’s enormous flying knee/kick is one of the most ambitious moves I have seen attempted. Yes, the fight had to be stood up a few times but they were definitely working on the ground. A lot harder than that Joey Scarola fellow.)

7) Matt Arroyo vs. Troy Mandaloniz (Matt shows off his lightning quick speed and–oh end of fight.

8) 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.)

9) Mac Danzig vs. John Kolosci II (Much more competitive this time around although John couldn’t quite take it to that next level. Mac never gets caught with anything and the inevitable occurs when John is finished. And watch the back of the head, Mac. Yes, I know you were going for the ear.)

10) Richie Hightower vs. George Sotiropoulos (George controls all aspects of the fight as he progressively works to make Richie scream from the armbar. The ending is really the only memorable thing about it besides George’s domination.)

11) 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.)

12) Tommy Speer vs. George Sotiropoulos (It would have been ranked as a great fight if it were not for the illegal eye poke that highly skewed things. Ah well. Neat seeing the favourite of the competition get dazed though.)

13) 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?)

14) 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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