The Ultimate Fighter 11 episodes four to six ranking

Episode four

Previously on TUF: A fractured jaw forced Chris Camozzi out of the competition giving Seth Baczynski a shot at redemption. Tensions grew between Yager and his teammates. In the second preliminary fight, Brad Tavares and James Hammortree had a three-round war before Brad Tavares took the decision.

Coming up: Two fights in one episode. Who will move one step closer to becoming the ultimate fighter?

– Intro time. I bet Brad is very close to being pulled out due to injury because much like Camozzi, it’s very tough to fight yet again on such short notice following an even three-round battle.

– I love how Seth is andomly added to the intro now.

– Fight recap of the Tavares-Hammortree fight. Josh thought Brad did a good job in round one. Rich thought James came out strong in the second. All of that was indeed true.

– Yager starts cheering for Brad. Nick and the others are pissed at Yager for doing that. Jamie said he cheered for both because Tavares is one of his Spanish boys.

– Yager and Nick have a disucssion after the fight without anyone else in the vicinity. Yager has his nose tilted at Nick.

YAGER: You have to understand that Brad’s my boy.
NICK: I have boys on the other team too but I don’t cheer for them.
YAGER: Okay.
NICK: I’m gonna cheer for my team.
YAGER: Okay.
NICK: . . .
YAGER (smiling): . . .
NICK: . . .
YAGER: . . .
NICK: That’s in one ear and out the other?
YAGER: I told you ‘okay’, right?
NICK: We agree.
YAGER: Yeah, no doubt.

– Yager and his boys talk. Noke, Tavares, Yager, and McCray.

YAGER: We set up the Minority Report.

Even in 2010 this movie wasn’t current anymore.

Remember how successful alliances were in the past? Team Dagger, anyone? Gurgel’s alliance in TUF 2? The TUF 2 alliance made sense because you could strategize your way into the semi-finals without ever being brought into a fight.

– Noke laughs when producers ask him about Minority Report. He assumes he is a minority because he is from Australia. Claps and snaps follow. Boiiiiii.

YAGER: If anybody is upset we keep the Minority Report together it’s too f—ing bad.

In one ear and out the other.

– Nick hates that Yager is prohibiting fun and breaking social contact with white people. People on Ice Man say they wouldn’t cheer for an opposing fighter.

BACZYNSKI: He’s no better than a pile of s—. He’s no better than the bottom of my shoe right now. I’m gonna cheer against you and be blatant about it.

– Fight Announcement. Dana congratulates Brad and Ice Man for the win.

– Liddell picks Rich Attonito. Applause. Against Kyacey Uscola. Kyacey is a legit wrestler with 50 fights.

JAMES: Kyacey is gonna win by Hulk Smash.

No wonder he’s not a pro MMA fighter.

– Joe thinks Rich has a good double.

– Kyacey tells Tito that his son will be born halfway through the season. He claims he is here for him and glory for the family.

TITO: Welcome to fatherhood. It’s not easy.

– Tito has no doubts that he will get control because Kyacey shall beat Rich. He trains him on his improved submission, takedown defense, and get up.

TITO: Expect to be taken down once or twice, but get up!

I thought Kyacey is a legit wrestler? Oh well.

– Kyacey believes his wrestling is better and hits harder than Rich.

KYACEY: I am hungry. Very hungry.

You need more fibre.

– Liddell training session. Rich humps the punching bag.

RICH: People know me as Ritchie the Bot, Ritchie Boom Bots, Ritchie Rager, Ritchie Raging Bull, Ritchie Boom Bot, Ritchie the Guido Attonito, Ritchie the No Nose, Ritchie Two Times.

All of which are self-proclaimed. He sounds like such a 70s mobster as he goes through these nicknames.

– Hackleman finds Rich is one of the top guys experience wise and skill wise. He does not see anybody beating Rich because he trained at Top Team.

– Rich says he wants every fight to be entertaining and excite the crowd. Oh please. He just wants the W.

– Liddell has heard that Uscola has trouble getting off of his back because he is a wrestler.

– Rich likes that coaches have faith in him to keep the winning streak going. Weird close-up.

– Liddell informs us he has prior commitments on the three days there are fights. Therefore he has to miss Rich’s fight. At least he isn’t missing it because he slept in. Liddell says his farewell to Rich for the time being.

– Kyacey has his name on his shirt. Apparently his shirt is missing. It ended up in Yager’s closet. The camera gathers in the room where everyone watches the argument play out.

YAGER: That’s a b—- a– mothaf—a, know what I’m sayin’.

– Turns out McCray admits to putting the sweater with his belongings last night privately with Yager. He got the blame anyway.

– Kyacey talks to Kris. He admits to Kyacey to taking his shirt. He isn’t mad at Kris.

– Suddenly Kyacey and Yager are on the top of stairwell.

KYACEY: After you f—face.
YAGER: Go ahead, b—-. F— you. I’m gonna do something to you.
KYACEY: You’re a punk b—-.
YAGER: You’re a punk b—-.
KYACEY: You’re a punk b—-.
YAGER: You’re a punk b—-.
RAMPAGE: Treat me like a b—-.
RASHAD: You’re a b—-.
KYACEY: We’re not on the street. Bop bop. Tough guy.
KYACEY AND YAGER: F— F— P-SSY P-SSY.

– They fight in the van about Yager being a thief. Kyacey is annoyed and asks Yager if he took Tito’s Punishment hat. Yager denies it.

YAGER: Coaches said I could take it.

Sam Hoger 2.0

YAGER: I’ll put these tips on your a–, breathe in breathe out homie.
KYACEY: Yeeeeah.
YAGER: That’s right.

– Tito enters the locker room and asks Yager if he’s doing alright. He announces what has been goin’ down. Kyacey is sitting on adjacent couch. Tito is sitting on the couch with Yager. Cursing and fighting with one another.

YAGER: You f—ing deaf, what’s your problem dawg?

KYACEY: Yager’s definitely the bad apple of our team. He’s an a–hole, immature, a thief, liar, never shuts up, annoying, obnoxious, and he’ll get his.

So flattering.

– Several F-bombs dropped.

KAYCEY: We already talked about it.

YAGER (imitating): Oh, we already talked about it.

YAGER: I didn’t touch it, b—-!

YAGER: You’re an ignorant mothaf—a, that’s what you are.

– Clayton sees Kyacey’s point because Yager acts like a child and bickers with everyone. He wished Kyacey would leave it alone. Tito says the only reason they accuse Yager of stealing Kyacey’s shirt is because a couple of his Punishment shirts turned up missing.

– Yager clears the air with Tito and the coaches. He did indeed ask.

TITO: He ain’t no thief.

YAGER: You goin’ to apologize now?
KYACEY: No–
YAGER: NO!

– Yager wins. Kyacey looks like a really stupid idiot.

– TITO: Sounds like a fun day.
NICK: It’s every day, coach.

– House time.

YAGER: How’s that coffee?
RICH: I like my coffee just like my wife–thick and dark.

Sounds like somebody has been watching too much Airplane! lately.

YAGER: Just a little sweet?
RICH: Just a little, yeah.

– Rich shows Yager pictures of his wife. He talks about strength and energy as he wears his New Jersey Devils shirts.

YAGER: That’s dope, man!

lol

– Fight day. They are in their locker rooms. Last minute advice and punching session in locker rooms.

RICH: Kyacey’s gonna fold like a lawn chair.

So original.

RICH ATTONITO
32
5’10”
72″
7-3
COCONUT CREEK, FLORIDA

KYACEY USCOLA
28
6’1″
73.5″
18-15
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

– Dana announces the preliminary fight.

– Rosenthal is our referee. They touch glvoes. Fight clock brought to us by “The Losers”. I bet that movie was terrible because I have never heard of it.

– Feints. Rich lands a punch on Kyacey’s head. I’m gonna hate typing that name. More of the same. Both aiming to shoot. Rich scores a couple more punches. Kyacey lands a shot once. Rich fires off another combo. Rich lands a big uppercut. Some more. Kyacey drops and turtles.

DANA: They were expecting him to wrestle.

– Rich drops more and more haymakers. Kyacey spins on the ground as Rich lands numerous punches. Non-stop. Kyacey is doing decent on defense. This looks ugly. Kyacey sits himself up against the fence. Rich must punch weak. He works to take Kyacey’s back as they stand. Kyacey has a hold of a wrist.

– Rich picks up Kyacey and DROPS HIM HEAD FIRST!

DANA: Holy f—! Holy s—! Holy s—!

– Fight continues. Kyacey has turtled. Rich still punching. Kyacey has Rich’s left arm as he is laying on his side. Rich is on his knees above him. Kyacey twists Rich’s arm and is on top. He tries to stretch the arm but they are against the fence. Kyacey has side mount. What is this I don’t even. . .

– Kyacey is doing nothing on top. Rich is doing nothing on the bottom. Rich rotates and is on his stomach trying to get up.

– In the midst of the scramble Kyacey connects with two huge illegal knees.

KYACEY: F— THAT!

Uh, those were the two most illegal knees I have ever seen. Hackleman points out how blatant those knees were. Dana agrees. Tito tells Kyacey he is still doing well. Judging by Rich covering his eyes and nose on the ground, I think Kyacey is going to be disqualified.

– Random scene now. Noke plays an instrument.

– Rich doesn’t even give a comprehensible response. Rosenthal immediately declares it a DQ.

KYACEY: NO! C’MON! GET UP! LET’S FIGHT!

Oh c’mon. You know the rules, Kyacey.

– Tito smacks his fist down on the mat and walks away declaring the judging to be BS.

KYACEY: Let’s see the replay before you disqualify me. This is my life.

A little extreme.

– So we get the fight replay.

THE LOSERS: They’ve lost everything but their attitude.

Surprisingly, it applies to this fight.

– Dana was impressed with Rich’s domination. Tito was impressed with the tightness of Kyacey’s kimora.

– We see the replay of the three knees. The third knee definitely hit his right wrist. Kyacey claims the first one was to the collarbone and the second to the chest.

– Rich doesn’t remember anything after the second knee. He didn’t know if he won or lost. Dana thinks it was a one-sided fight until Rich got hit with two illegal knees, and believes the decision was correct.

KYACEY: I respect Rich as a person but not now as a fighter.

Eh, it’s fine. Both of you won’t have a career in MMA based on that performance, anyway.

– Tito says he hasn’t been that mad in a long time. He breaks a door that slooooowly falls to the ground.

– Rich complains all of the pain is in his face and hand. Definitely where those three knees landed. He’s not impressed he won in such a fashion.

– Suddenly Liddell appears out of nowhere. Just missed it. He heard Rich did well. The players mime what happened for Rich in amusing fashion. Rich’s hand is broken from the knee. It doesn’t look like Rich will continue after that brutality.

– Van time. House time. Rich reveals he is done and out of the competition. He talks to Kyacey and sits by him. They both joke it’s like a double elimination.

– Fight Announcement again. Liddell shows up without Dana. He picks the next fight.

– Charles Blanchard vs. Jamie Yager. He thinks Charlie will match well with Yager. Yager is a solid six inches taller than Blanchard.

TITO: Only way Yager will lose this fight is if he slips on a banana peel in the cage. If he loses this fight, I’m gonna shoot myself.

I’ll hold you to it.

– Yager barks in Charlie’s face.

– Rich Attonito impersonates Ahnold. He finds it to be a talent and amusing. Oh, it was a random scene.

– Liddell training session. He thinks Charlie has great takedowns and can block high kicks–the ideal kryptonite for Yager.

LIDDELL: It’s tough to land a kick when you’re heading backwards.

– Blanchard seeks the win bonus and secure the season win for Team Liddell.

– Ortiz training session. Heavier music plays. Yager has quite the afro. Yager believes he is a genuine person beyond the facade. He claims he did not have a serious family foundation.

TITO: Yager came from nothing so he has to defend himself in every situation. I understand that because I came from nothing too and had to do the same thing as well. He has the talent and works hard. That’s what it’s all about. He needs to win by not stopping his feet. Circle, circle, throw some shots. Should be an easy win for Yager.

– Yager pretends to do his victory celebration as he hops onto the cage raises his arms.

– Official weigh-in sponsoured by Marines.

RICH: Charlie Blanchard vs. Jamie Yager a.k.a. Sideshow Bob a.k.a. Crab Man a.k.a. a couple of bleeps from some other people in this house.

I approve of a Simpsons joke.

– McCray thinks Blanchard is too slow for Yager. Kyacey thinks Blanchard will defeat Yager.

– Yager feels the skills are on his side including hype factor. Kicks and punches shall be used.

– Van time. Overcast in Vegas. Labelled as fight weather. Fight Day.

– Locker rooms. Taped up. Yager gives a primal yell mixed with yawn.

BLANCHARD: Squeakiest wheel needs the oil.

– Court McGee trains with Blanchard in the locker room.

– Jamie Yager does a last second prayer as he touches edge of the octagon.

YAGER: I am the Chosen One here to do my thang.

JAMIE YAGER
26
6’1″
73″
2-1
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA

CHARLES BLANCHARD
24
5’8″
68″
7-2
COCONUT CREEK, FLORIDA

– Rosenthal is our referee. They touch gloves. The Losers bring us the clock again.

– Feints. Yager is not spinning. He is telegraphing that leg kick. Yager is circling. Blanchard backs away. Blachard comes in and shoots. They grapple. Yager looks physically stronger. Yager sommersaults over Blanchard to get away. Blanchard comes in and shoots right away again. Yager defends both takedown attempts and they are back on their feet at opposite ends of cage. They dance around some more. Come closer together.

– Yager comes in with a Superman punch. Blanchard sits up against the cage. Yager swoops in. Charles turtles. Yager throws in punch after punch. Fight over. Team Punishment has their first victory thanks to Yager of all people.

DANA: Yager sucked the desire right out of that kid.

– We see four replays of Yager’s punch. Charles tapped out due to strikes.

– Charles feels like he let himself down.

TITO: Now we’re in control.

Only two more match-ups anyway.

– Yager is happy to change the pace. He says they rise together. Kyacey still wishes he could smash Yager’s face one day even though he has more respect for him.

Next time on TUF: Jamie Yager got Team Ortiz its first win. Then Tito gets his first taste o control for the fifth preliminary fight. The wildcard speculation begins but an injury takes one fighter out of the running. Who will be one step closer to becoming The Ultimate Fighter?

CONFESSIONAL COUNT

PUNISHMENT

NICK RING 1
KYACEY USCOLA 11 X
KRIS MCCRAY 2
JAMIE YAGER 9
JAMES HAMMORTREE X 1
CLAYTON MCKINNEY X 1
SETH BACZYNSKI 0

ICE MAN

KYLE NOKE 1
RICH ATTONITO 9 X
CHARLES BLANCHARD 4
JOSH BRYANT 2
BRAD TAVARES 0
COURT MCGEE 0
JOE HENLE 1

Rank the Fights

(Need to rank both fights.)

1) Brad Tavares vs. James Hammortree (A lovely three-round decision. I love the back-and-forth nature of this fight. Both fighters were aiming to finish and giving their all.)

2) Kyle Noke vs. Clayton McKinney (Clayton went from ‘hero’ to ‘zero’ very quickly. He was considered a stud in the qualifying fight but this entire episode he was treated as a joke. He was made into a pansy with his slight shoulder following the praise in the season premiere. Kyle Noke was silent, but that’s probably because he was a boring and respectable fighter. The storylines leading up to the fight were great, but the fight itself was an uneventful affair until it went to the ground and Clayton got caught in a triangle.

“I know you are super angry about losing ten seconds ago, but just give me ONE MINUTE of your time to do a quick training session when all you want to do is break down a locker room door”.)

3) Jamie Yager vs. Charles Blanchard (Any thoughts from the Ice Man about how Blanchard was an underrated fighter or could handle strikers well was put to rest. Blanchard was noticeably smaller and simply could not keep up to defend Jamie’s relentless striking attacks. Charles not only needs to move down a weight class but needs to handle strikers better.

Yager’s Superman Punch Soulja Boy style put Blanchard to rest fairly quickly.)

4) Cleburn Walker vs. Kris McCray (Kris landed beautiful hip tosses.)

5) Jamie Yager vs. Ben Stark (It’s easy to be cocky in a fight when your opponent has an inability to defend against head kicks.)

6) Brad Tavares vs. Jordan Smitch (Classic quick knockout by Tavares.)

7) Norman Parisy vs. James Hammertree (Glass Joe has more heart as a Frenchman than Norman Parisy.)

8) Rich Attonito vs. Kyacey Uscola (Any fight that ends in disqualification leaves an extraordinarily sour taste in my mouth.

It was incredible. Most people would have been done after being knocked down, slammed down, and nearly submitted. But Kyacey stayed in the fight and tried working an arm. Heck, Kyacey was on top for two seconds before he fired multiple illegal knees. It is unbelievably tragic that the fight had to end the way it did because it could have gone down as Fight of the Season.

Instead Kyacey’s possibly intentional illegal knees ended the fight by disqualification. The only people who thought Kyacey should not have been disqualified are his coaches and his immediate family.)

Fifth episode

Previously on TUF: Clayton McKinney’s wildcard hopes were bleak after tough fights left him with nagging shoulder pains.

Rich Attonito racked up a third win for Team Liddell when Kyacey Uscola got DQ’d for an illegal knee but then Attonito’s broken hand ended his run in the competition.

And Team Ortiz finally tasted victory when House Loud Mouth Jamie Yager made short work of Charles Blanchard.

Who will stay alive long enough to become the ultimate fighter?

– Intro time. Will anyone from outside the house replace Attonito? Or will there be two wildcard fights to determine who advances? By episode five it is safe to assume the latter is far more likely. Otherwise that it would be really crappy editing if you’re a producer.

– Fight recap of Yager vs. Blanchard. Nick was impressed with Jamie’s ability to stay on his feet. They review Charles’ inability to defend and that Charles may have re-injured his ankle. We’ll never know because we rarely hear from Charles so far.

– House time. Yager reviews who have been the four losers. Kris knows anyone eligible will want that second chance. Charles and Clayton are both injured out of the losers thus far. Add in Rich’s injury after his victory and we are really down in eligible people who could even be in the quarters. And there’s still three more preliminary fights to go!

– Kyacey hopes James gets the wildcard spot, and also hopes he gets to advance in Rich’s place. James feels those in the wildcard should be the people who lost controversial decisions.

– Fight Announcement already. Dana points out how happy Tito is to have his win. We get a full thirty seconds of suspense before Tito speaks. He talks about how Jamie collects five thousand dollars publicly.

– Tito picks Kris. They clap. Tito wants Kris to shut down the opponent which shall be Josh Bryant. Kyacey doesn’t think that Josh is the fighting type. Tito is confident he will sweep the remainder of the prelims. Joe feels Josh is underestimated because he is unassuming.

– Hackleman informs his fighters that you need to fight as hard as you can regardless of winning or losing. You will forget the hard fought losses.

– Ice Man training session. We are introduced to Josh. His parents divorced young. His dad died at six while his mom re-married a jerk. He moved out at a young age, and pulls out the cliche “fighting saved my life”. Liddell thinks Josh is underestimated too because of his jolly attitude.

This guy is going to get slaughtered.

– Ortiz training session. We are re-introduced to Kris. All three of his past pro fights ended in 39 seconds. He loves to break guys early and kill them. Kris claims he has a background of Australian, Black, and Mexican despite everyone thinking he is Puerto Rican. He speaks German. We see Kris working hard as he hip tosses people and squats people on his back. Ortiz is impressed.

– Kyacey finds the training session to be too difficult and breaking him down. He thinks Kris is silly for following the training without questioning Tito. I don’t think Kyacey has been likable all season.

– Clayton went to the orthopedic surgeon. Turns out he shall have surgery. Cartilage and pieces of bone will be taken out before a hole will be drilled into his body. His shoulder looks like it is covered in paper mache as Nick and another guy talk to him during the night.

– Clayton doesn’t care that Tito suspected he was faking what is now a very real injury. Of course Tito is the guy who revealed he fought with a cracked skull after the fact.

– Official weigh-ins. Dana believes Josh has knockout power. Brad says Kris is his boy and will therefore cheer for him even though he is on another team. Nick thinks Kris could slam or suplex Josh.

– Chuck has his second of three prior engagements that will make him miss the fight. Therefore Hackleman will be the cornerman and be in charge of it all.

– Ortiz training session. He rounds up the crew in the gym. Tito apologizes to Charles in front of everyone, and mistook the lack of heart for a true injury that required surgery.

– Fight Day already? Uh, okay. We see Josh enter the kitchen alone. More people gather as well as Kris. They slowly hit up the van. Ramble about how each of them will win.

– Josh talks to Chuck on a walkie-talkie. That’s a first for TUF. Josh feels like it’s a winnable fight for him.

– Kris said he received the nickname ‘savage’ because he did things without fear in his childhood.

– Josh does an Anakin Skywalker pose for a few seconds in the locker room.

JOSH BRYANT
29
5’10”
73″
10-0
TULSA, OKLAHOMA

– Jaime signals to him with a Emperor Thumb from The Gladiator that he shall go down.

KRIS MCCRAY
28
6’0″
71″
5-0
WOODBRIDGE, VIRGINIA

– Kris tells -me- to not get up for coffee or soda because it will not last long. Luckily it’s going to commercial so now is the perfect time for coffee or soda.

– Herby is our referee. They touch gloves. Dancing around. Hands are up. Some fakes. Josh connects with a punch. Kris connects with multiple strikes. Kriss knees a few times while they grapple. They break away. Circle. More strikes.

– Grappling against the cage. They take turns spinning each other against the cage. Josh attempts a hip toss. But Kris turns the tables and completes the mothaf—in takedown.

– Kris has taken Josh’s back. He has control of Josh’s wrist. Josh escapes and now has Kris’ back. Kris has Josh in headlock. They end up on their feet as Josh has the underhook. He lands a good hook. Kris counters. Kris throws a few knees. Josh throws short punches. Kris answers those as well.

– Kris goes for a leg. Josh takes it away. Kris has Josh’s back while standing. He fails to slam Josh onto the ground. They end up slowly on the ground, but back on their feet as Kris still has Josh’s back. They go back and forth between being on the ground and standing as Kris has Josh’s back.

– Josh suddenly has Kris with underhooks and takes him onto the ground. Josh has Kris’ back. Kris is failing to deliver his promise. Josh has Kris’ back but Kris has him pushed against the cage. They end up on their feet as they grapple. Kris has Josh’s back. Kris strikes the side of the head. He continues to have Josh’s back as Josh is facing the fence. Kris knees the thigh.

– Both guys are exhausted. Poor cardio. They are hugging each other. Kris has Josh in a headlock. Josh lands a couple of punches to the side before the round ends. Never seen a round so back and forth. No way the fight will finish before a decision given their fatigue.

– A couple new shots of Arianny and the other ringperson before we begin round two. Touch gloves. Their punches are slower. Kris lands a leg kick. Josh misses a high kick. Josh lands a straight right. Josh lands a couple of brutal punches. Kris answers with a knee to the body. Josh has Kris against the cage. Kris pushes him off.

– Kris now has Josh against the opposite fence but Josh has underhooks. Josh punches Kris to the point that Kris puts back in his mouthpiece. It didn’t fall out but it was loose.  There was no timeout.

– They exchange some big bombs before grappling. Both exchanged having underhooks. Kris has Josh against the cage as he delivers knees. Kris lands a knee to the body after his coaches scream for it for ten seconds. Josh immediately takes Kris down.

– They spin on the ground. Position varies. Josh is on top of Kris’ back as he works an arm. He is attempting a crucifix as Kris is on top. They are back on their feet. Both exchange huge punches. Oh my. A headbutt.

– They grapple. Kris is against the cage. Josh has a smooth slam of Kris against the ground. Josh has Kris on his back against the cage. Neither fighter is doing much. They work back on their feet as Kris has ahold of Josh’s lower body. He takes him down. Whoa. Kris is in Josh’s guard. It’s surprising somebody pulls guard given how much time we have spent on the ground. It only took 8:50 for that to happen.

– Kris has delivered about five or six punches to the ribs in the past thirty seconds. Kris is wailing on his ribs. Then stops to breathe. Josh is holding on. Josh is doing nothing to stand back on his feet. Josh is maintaining guard. Kris tries to advance but Josh slaps on a triangle. It’s very loose. End of round. Possibly end of fight.

– Kris definitely won round two. It’s a mystery as to who won round one in my eyes. I think it was Josh.

– Both players are resting and drinking water. Hands thrust in air. The one judge informs them that we are going to round three for a third time this season even though it has never happened before this season in TUF prelims.

– They don’t touch gloves. A couple of sloppy punches. Kris has Josh against the cage. Josh reverses it. Josh has underhooks. Ortiz yells for Kris to use underhooks or knee. Nothing happens for twenty seconds. Twenty-four seconds without anybody moving an inch. Forty-four seconds. Oh, they’ve moved an inch. No strikes though. Oh, back tonot moving. They are now standing upright after a minute of doin’ nuthin’.

– They land a couple strikes. Josh has underhooks. Kris has a headlock. Kris grabs Josh’s butt before going to his knees. Josh is bent all the way over as he tries to maintain underhooks. They are on their feet and throw a couple of punches before grappling across the octagon.

– Kris has Josh against the cage. Nobody is budging. Kris has a hold of his leg against the cage. Can’t do anything with it. Herby yells at them to work. They are against the cage. Herby breaks them up and restarts them in the centre.

– They throw some big bombs. Josh makes Kris look wobbly. Kris has his hands down and doing nothing. Josh is too tired to move in. Kris tries to come in but Josh lazily throws him onto the ground. Josh has side control. Works an arm but moves into full mount. Kris is almost up but Josh has Kris’ back. He has his arm around Kris’ throat.

– Arm strnegth is gone because Josh gives it up. He instead goes to break Kris’ arm but the round ends. I have a feeling both of them will be too injured to continue after this three-round bruiser.

– Ortiz said Kris was way too gassed for round two because of his white lips. Kris admits it in a confessional. Ortiz applauded Kris for trying to work through the fatigue. Hackleman is happy

– Josh said this is his best fight ever. His team all cheers like a bulldog. Minority Report is not happy.

– Kris knows he left it all in the cage. He wished he was more technical and had more cardio. Kris is not impressed with his performance (GSP). Tito thinks Chuck is lucky to be 4-1.

– Tito refuses to give up on his team yet. There’s still two more fights which will both be decided by Chuck.

– Kyacey Uscola blames Tito for McCray’s loss. A severe injury may knock another fighter out of wildcard contention. Then Chuck and Tito go old school as they duke it out in a dodgeball Coach’s Challenge. And two more middleweights face their destiny in the cage. Who will become the next ultimate fighter?

CONFESSIONAL COUNT

PUNISHMENT

NICK RING 3
KYACEY USCOLA 3X
KRIS MCCRAY 7
JAMIE YAGER 0 (Really?)
JAMES HAMMORTREE 2X
CLAYTON MCKINNEY 3X
SETH BACZYNSKI 0

ICE MAN

KYLE NOKE 0
RICH ATTONITO 0X
CHARLES BLANCHARD 1X
JOSH BRYANT 6
BRAD TAVARES 2
COURT MCGEE 0
JOE HENLE 2

Rank the Fights

1) Brad Tavares vs. James Hammortree (A lovely three-round decision. I love the back-and-forth nature of this fight. Both fighters were aiming to finish and giving their all.)

2) Kyle Noke vs. Clayton McKinney (Clayton went from ‘hero’ to ‘zero’ very quickly. He was considered a stud in the qualifying fight but this entire episode he was treated as a joke. He was made into a pansy with his slight shoulder following the praise in the season premiere. Kyle Noke was silent, but that’s probably because he was a boring and respectable fighter. The storylines leading up to the fight were great, but the fight itself was an uneventful affair until it went to the ground and Clayton got caught in a triangle.

“I know you are super angry about losing ten seconds ago, but just give me ONE MINUTE of your time to do a quick training session when all you want to do is break down a locker room door”.)

3) Jamie Yager vs. Charles Blanchard (Any thoughts from the Ice Man about how Blanchard was an underrated fighter or could handle strikers well was put to rest. Blanchard was noticeably smaller and simply could not keep up to defend Jamie’s relentless striking attacks. Charles not only needs to move down a weight class but needs to handle strikers better.

Yager’s Superman Punch Soulja Boy style put Blanchard to rest fairly quickly.)

4) Josh Bryant vs. Kris McCray (I don’t need to see the rest of the season to know that neither fighter is capable of winning this season. Both showed zero stamina and zero ability to finish the other fighter after we reached three minutes into the fight. I don’t think I have seen a fight where position shifts numerous times but not doing anything substantial to damage the opponent. Except for a couple of those slams. Those were nice in the third three-round affair of this season.)

5) Cleburn Walker vs. Kris McCray (Kris landed beautiful hip tosses.)

6) Jamie Yager vs. Ben Stark (It’s easy to be cocky in a fight when your opponent has an inability to defend against head kicks.)

7) Brad Tavares vs. Jordan Smitch (Classic quick knockout by Tavares.)

8) Norman Parisy vs. James Hammertree (Glass Joe has more heart as a Frenchman than Norman Parisy.)

9) Rich Attonito vs. Kyacey Uscola (Any fight that ends in disqualification leaves an extraordinarily sour taste in my mouth.

It was incredible. Most people would have been done after being knocked down, slammed down, and nearly submitted. But Kyacey stayed in the fight and tried working an arm. Heck, Kyacey was on top for two seconds before he fired multiple illegal knees. It is unbelievably tragic that the fight had to end the way it did because it could have gone down as Fight of the Season.

Instead Kyacey’s possibly intentional illegal knees ended the fight by disqualification. The only people who thought Kyacey should not have been disqualified are his coaches and his immediate family.)

Sixth episode

Previously on TUF: Shoulder surgery took Clayton McKinney out of the wildcard running. Fresh off his first win, Tito turned up the heat in training. But not everyone was on board. Then in the fifth preliminary fight, Kris McCray and Josh Bryant battled it out for two rounds before McCray gassed out in the third to give Josh Bryant the win by decision. Who will emerge victorious and move one step closer to becoming the ultimate fighter?

– Intro time.

– Unusual opening shot of teams exiting the gym into a van. Kyacey nearly cries in confessional as he wears a Colin Farrell inspired toque. He points out in the van that Kris’ unprecedented training in the gym before the fight that was ordered by Ortiz is what cost him the fight. He is scared and hates the training on the horizon.

– Ice Man/Hackleman training session. Liddell enters with a green Tapout army jacket. He is ecstatic to hear Josh has won. He says Court is looking great, and finds Joe is ready to go. Chuck thinks Joe has come a long way since nearly losing his qualifying fight.

– House time. Yager tells Kris about the complaints regarding Tito. Kris has zero problem with Ortiz’s tough training regiment. Yager tells Kris that he is proud of what he did in the octagon and hates the blame game. I love how Yager has been right in virtually every situation for the past several rounds while people like Kyacey looks increasingly more like an idiot.

– Ortiz training session. Nick doesn’t find practice hard. He finds it like a vacation. Yikes. James tells us that he likes Tito pushing him to the max which is something many of them are probably not used to in the past.

– Ortiz tells them they are all much better as they train. Tito “hears” that Kyacey has complained about how they train hard right before a fight. He decides to bring everyone together as a team in front of the camera crew.

TITO: One apple spoils the whole bunch.

Eh, you’re comparing apples and bananas.

– Tito says this process is to get them fight back-to-back-back, and says he needs them to trust his fourteen years of experience. He calls out Kyacey. Kyacey still thinks he is right.

– Tito counters by saying that Kyacey’s cardio was atrocious when he first fought and how he was drained after five minutes. Now he’s able to push four five-minute rounds. It’s all about mental positivity (not a word, I know), supposedly. He says there are still two fights and a wildcard to go. It ain’t over.

– Coach’s Challenge. Dana has a whistle around his neck. Everyone is laughing and cursing. He says it is his favourite part of each season. Yager charges in to grab the wad of cash that Dana holds in his hand. 10k plus bragging rights is all that is up for grabs.

DANA: We’ve never had coaches that hate each other this much since Jens and BJ.

Did Dana forget about the UFC 100 knockout of Henderson versus Bisping following TUF 9?

– It’s four versus four. Rich says Ice Man was a beast. The game is 3 vs. 1. Chuck and two of his guys against a lone Tito Ortiz. Pretty much how this season has gone. Punishment is toast. Liddell gloats and trash talks.

– Now it’s game 2. It gets down to a one-on-one between Chuck and Tito. Chuck wins. 2-0. First to three wins.

– Game 3. It gets down to Chuck and Tito again. They each miss five shots. Chuck eventually takes down Tito. Ice Man does his knockout celebration. Ice Man sweeps.

ICE MAN: We picked off Tito because he couldn’t move his feet fast enough.

Foreshadowing their match-up down the road that unfortunately does not happen?

– Tito said he has never seen that much emotion in Chuck before. Ice Man loves that he has beaten Tito at everything this season. A dodgeball sweep and a 4-1 lead in prelim fights thus far. We see Yager use the dodgeball as a basketball.

– Fight Announcement. Chuck hates he missed the previous fight and has control. It’s Court McGee versus Nick Ring. Court McGee supposedly called Nick Ring out. Nick pulls out the first ever “o no u di’int” finger in TUF history. I can assure you Nick has rehearsed this move many times before. Chuck grabs the finger and pretends to punch The Promise in the face.

– Court squares off while Nick holds the “o no u di’int” pose. Dana says Nick is talented enough to win the whole competition, but cannot deny a single brilliant move that Court has been able to pull off up to this point. They giggle over Nick’s pose as we head to commercial.

– We are introduces to Court doing some breakdancing exercises in the gym. I understand why we rarely hear from him. He is quiet and talks a bit too fast in confessionals at times. Chuck warns Court about Nick’s potential kicks. Strategy is to be all the way out or be all the way inside his distance.

– Chuck says he is a Thai boxer and jiu jitsu practitioner. More coaching. He is fast and well-conditioned.

HACKLEMAN: I’d match

– House time. Chuck tells other people in the bedroom is when he started drinking every day before and after work and using pills. It’d be one or two o’ clock in the morning but had to be up by four. He had coke for the morning then go to bed hungover so when he woke up hungover he would wake up and drink, and then take oxycotin to eliminate the hangover. He took one drink in Las Vegas and four days later he was in somebody’s basement in Iowa with no pants on and a long shirt looking for meds.

– Court said the first time he used the hard drugs that he overdosed and died. They had to defibulate him and was in for a couple days before his parents took him to rehab.

– He hasn’t used drugs and alcohol for 1, 390-something days, according to Court. Says he is a lot different guy now. No kidding.

– Ortiz training session. Everyone is in the octagon. Somebody works to do a takedown against James. He moans in pain. They scream for a medic. Kris accidentally bounced James on his back during a takedown. James felt a burning sensation down his leg. Tito admits he has had back surgery himself. The s— is real. They put James onto a stretcher. The optimal diagnosis would be a broken rib.

– Tito says that the wildcard slot was between James and Kris. Since James is out, Kris moves up. Sounds like somebody will win the wildcard slot by default at this rate.

– Ortiz training session. We are introduced to Nick. He had knee surgeries that put him out of MMA for three years. Nick is happy to be back at the point that he can fight again. We see him dragging tires before hitting tires. Tito loves how much hard work Nick has put in. He thinks Nick will do well with his stand-up and ground skills. TKO first round is Ortiz’s prediction. We see Nick’s furious training. Tito expects no less.

– James is standing up in the locker room with Tito. Nothing is broken. James is thankful that everything is okay with his back even though there is a ton of swelling. He can heal from it but will be out of the competition for now.

– Official weigh-ins. Kyacey defines Nick as a “legit dude”. Josh hopes Court doesn’t let Nick kick him. They square off at the weigh-in. Nick takes it more seriously.

– Fight Day. Nick is in bed while Court reads. Court knows he has meant to be a fighter since he was five years old. He thinks competition builds champions. Kyacey tells Nick that Court McGee shall be arm bar’d.

– Nick says he loves MMA because it is the rawest and purest sport. He never liked hockey and barely got into soccer. Nick hopes one punch and Court will go down. Court intends to put everything on the line.

– Shot of ringperson as we re-enter the cage.

COURT MCGEE
5’10”
76″
9-1

NICK RING
30
6’1″
72″
10-0

– Dana introduces the sixth prelim fight. Rosenthal is our referee. They circle. Exchange a couple strikes. Nick fakes a leg kick. Court charges in and takes down Nick onto the mat. Nick pulls guard and defends well. Court is unable to do anything. Butterfly guard, I should note. They slide along the ground a bit.

– Back on their feet. Trade some serious kicks and punches. Then back away. Then come close to kick and punch some more. Nick kicks thin air for no apparent reason. Court lands a hard kick to the body. So does Nick. They trade some punches. Grapple. Knee from Court. Court and Nick dance in the grapple all over the octagon. Nick delivers some short knees.  So does Court. They break.

– Court delivers some quick punches. He shoots for a takedown. Nick stuffs it and has an arm around Court’s neck. Court is on his knees trying to grab Nick’s leg. Nick takes Court’s back. Court defends a bit. Nick softens up Court with punches. Ends up in half mount with an arm around Court’s throat. Court is on his back.

– Nick is unable to advance position. He tries to get his right knee to press on Court’s left arm but has yet to succeed. Nick deals some punches. Court pulls guard. Nick is kneeling over Court. Court punches Nick in the corner. Nick punches from up top a couple times. Nick probably won round one. End of round.

– We see a zoom in on Arianny’s cleavage for no apparent reason. Court has a towel over his face. Chuck tells him not to take a bad shot.

– Round two commences. They both miss some kicks. Nick lands a great counter kick. Both trade leg kicks that collide. Nick lands a brutal leg kick. And another. Court is unable to find a good combo to land. Nick barely misses a headkick. Court delivers a frontkick. Nick counters with a frontkick of his own.

– They both come to a stop standing from each other. Court attempts a back wheel kick but misses. Nick misses a leg kick of his own. Court misses a couple combos. He managed to land a couple of partially blocked punches. Nick misses a leg kick. Nick rushes in but Court lands a good jab that makes Nick back away.

– They grapple. Seconds later the clinch is broken. Court lands a good punch to the face. Nick misses a frontkick. Court is really picking it up with combinations. Both are taking shots that are barely landing. Court charges in for underhooks. Nick and Court exchange knees. Court lets go of the underhooks. Court misses a headkick. Nick counters with a resounding leg kick.

– Court misses a huge haymaker. Nick misses a leg kick. Nick comes in to grapple but Court pushes him away as if he is his five year old brother. They continue their footwork. Nick and Court each miss some punches. Nick has underhooks. Court punches Nick’s side numerous times.

– They maintain the grapple. Nick has Court against the cage. Court gets away from the cage but clinch is maintained. Clinch is broken. They trade some punches and kicks but nobody is making a solid connection. Nick’s headkick is blocked. Court fires a combo at the end that partially lands. Pretty good.

– Ice Man’s team screams for round three. Ice Man and Yager argue if Nick has already won the fight or not. Yager says Nick was all about aggression and control. Liddell said Court had the first three minutes.

– There is indeed a decision, but the fight recap comes first.

– Tito said that Nick refused to circle right. Ice Man thought Court won the first round. Nick fails to take Court down in the second round. Kyle thinks Court won the fight while Tito thinks Nick had superior striking.

– First judge scores it 20-18 for Ring. Second judge scores it 19-19. Tony Weeks scores it 20-18 for Ring as well.

– Nick expected himself to finish Court. He wants to do substantially better next time. Chuck is pissed that Ring was declared the winner of the second round. Tito says that he has been screwed on two decisions and finds it as justice.

– Dana says he is stunned that judges did not count the second round as a win for Court McGee. It’s all about not leaving it in the hands of the judges.

– Chuck curses and curses and curses. Dana agrees but says you can’t leave it in the hands of the judges. Chuck says that Court went after Nick trying to finish.  Dana tries to brush Chuck off. Chuck starts “mad-dogging” Dana, according to Dana’s own words.

DANA: What is he mad-dogging me for? He’s looking as if he is gonna kick my a– like I’m the judge. Aye.

– Chuck defines it as an embarrassing decision for them. Court says it is his first loss since 2008. Chuck keeps pacing back and forth in the hallway. Guaranteed wildcard.

Next time on TUF: Nick Ring’s advanced to the quarters. But a nagging injury raises doubt about his future. Seth Baczynski and Joe Henle do battle in the final preliminary fight. Then the wait is over as the wildcard match-up is announced. Who will get a second chance at becoming The Ultimate Fighter?

CONFESSIONAL COUNT

PUNISHMENT

NICK RING 6
KYACEY USCOLA 4X
KRIS MCCRAY 1X
JAMIE YAGER 2
JAMES HAMMORTREE 3X
CLAYTON MCKINNEY 0X
SETH BACZYNSKI 0

ICE MAN

KYLE NOKE 1
RICH ATTONITO 3X
CHARLES BLANCHARD 0X
JOSH BRYANT 1
BRAD TAVARES 0
COURT MCGEE 5
JOE HENLE 0

Rank the Fights

1) Brad Tavares vs. James Hammortree (A lovely three-round decision. I love the back-and-forth nature of this fight. Both fighters were aiming to finish and giving their all.)

2) Kyle Noke vs. Clayton McKinney (Clayton went from ‘hero’ to ‘zero’ very quickly. He was considered a stud in the qualifying fight but this entire episode he was treated as a joke. He was made into a pansy with his slight shoulder following the praise in the season premiere. Kyle Noke was silent, but that’s probably because he was a boring and respectable fighter. The storylines leading up to the fight were great, but the fight itself was an uneventful affair until it went to the ground and Clayton got caught in a triangle.

“I know you are super angry about losing ten seconds ago, but just give me ONE MINUTE of your time to do a quick training session when all you want to do is break down a locker room door”.)

3) Jamie Yager vs. Charles Blanchard (Any thoughts from the Ice Man about how Blanchard was an underrated fighter or could handle strikers well was put to rest. Blanchard was noticeably smaller and simply could not keep up to defend Jamie’s relentless striking attacks. Charles not only needs to move down a weight class but needs to handle strikers better.

Yager’s Superman Punch Soulja Boy style put Blanchard to rest fairly quickly.)

4) Josh Bryant vs. Kris McCray (I don’t need to see the rest of the season to know that neither fighter is capable of winning this season. Both showed zero stamina and zero ability to finish the other fighter after we reached three minutes into the fight. I don’t think I have seen a fight where position shifts numerous times but not doing anything substantial to damage the opponent. Except for a couple of those slams. Those were nice in the third three-round affair of this season.)

5) Cleburn Walker vs. Kris McCray (Kris landed beautiful hip tosses.)

6) Jamie Yager vs. Ben Stark (It’s easy to be cocky in a fight when your opponent has an inability to defend against head kicks.)

7) Brad Tavares vs. Jordan Smitch (Classic quick knockout by Tavares.)

8) Court McGee vs. Nick Ring (Even though Nick won on paper, nobody truly earned their victory there. The judges’ error prevented a third round. It also drags down the quality of the fight when it was essentially a match fought for points rather than an all-out war to finish. That is not to say the strikes were weak, but nobody was close to being finished before the end of the second round.

9) Norman Parisy vs. James Hammertree (Glass Joe has more heart as a Frenchman than Norman Parisy.)

10) Rich Attonito vs. Kyacey Uscola (Any fight that ends in disqualification leaves an extraordinarily sour taste in my mouth.

It was incredible. Most people would have been done after being knocked down, slammed down, and nearly submitted. But Kyacey stayed in the fight and tried working an arm. Heck, Kyacey was on top for two seconds before he fired multiple illegal knees. It is unbelievably tragic that the fight had to end the way it did because it could have gone down as Fight of the Season.

Instead Kyacey’s possibly intentional illegal knees ended the fight by disqualification. The only people who thought Kyacey should not have been disqualified are his coaches and his immediate family.)

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