The Ultimate Fighter 11 episodes seven to nine ranking

Seventh episode

Previously on TUF: Seth Baczynski lost his fight to get into the house but got a second chance after Chris Camozzi was sent home with a broken jaw.

Rich Attonito earned a win for Team Liddell but a broken hand forced him out of the competition.

Team Ortiz earned a second victory when Nick Ring defeated Court McGee in a decisive two round decision.

Dana White must now choose two lucky losers to fight for the wildcard spot and another fighter to replace Rich Attonito.

But first Baczynski looks to capitalize on his comeback when he takes on Joe Henle in the seventh preliminary fight.

– Intro time.

– I should note the bottom ranked fighter from each team is the final preliminary fight. That rarely happens.

– Who in the world can replace Attonito? That person will be extremely lucky because they would earn his spot without fighting in the wildcard. They will be the luckiest loser of them all.

– McGee vs. Ring is recapped. Attonito thought the fight was awesome because they were banging on their feet. He thought Court was more effective with his boxing. Random shot of Arianny’s cleavage.

– Clayton thinks Nick was too tentative. Chuck thought Nick looked horrible. He was not impressed by the rumoured abilities of Nick’s striking.

– Court thought he won at least one of the rounds. He understands you cannot leave it in the hands of the judges. Court hopes to take Attonito’s place.

– Tito felt Nick was holding back and that something was missing.

– We are introduced to Dr. Jeffrey Davidson who is tending to Nick. Nick said he hurt his knee in the opening fight at the start of the season. During this fight he said it felt loose and couldn’t push off his knee. He is worried and scared. The doctor congratulates him on his win for the time being.

– Tito announces the final fight by default. Seth versus Caveman. Dana doesn’t think Joe is well-rounded unlike Baczynski who already lost but for some reason is deemed to be far better.

– Ortiz training session. Introduced to Seth. Record is 11-5. He is from Tempe, Arizona.

SETH: You have to walk through a mile of s— to make it in this sport.

I think Seth is thinking of a fraternity initiation rather than MMA.

– Seth promises Tito that he will leave it all in the cage. He loves being on borrowed time and deems everything to be a bonus.

– House time. Attonito trained in MMA for seven years. Henle’s beard agrees. He went to a gym and saw people doing something on a wrestling mat. It was apparently a jiu jitsu match. Joe says it was a fluke and one thing led to another. Joe says he is surprised things worked out as well as it did.

– Liddell Training Session. Henle tells us that he is a substitute teacher but here he is all about fighting. Joe doesn’t care about Seth’s great boxing. He is here because he is confident in his skills.

– The striking coach said Henle has only been in MMA for six months and has made a ton of progress. He thinks his striking isn’t the best but has a lot of heart. Chuck says it will take time.

And when you have to fight three times in forty days, you have all of the time in the world.

– Ortiz training session. Everyone is sparring. Nick’s outlook of overcoming his injury isn’t too promising when he suddenly collapses as he took a step. It gave out on him as if Marco Ruas had been firing leg kicks the whole time.

– Nick tells us about his knee surgery where the doctor initially told him he would be unable to fight again. He is whisked away to the locker room as Tito checks it out. Tito says he has had a torn ACL before and saw Nick harbouring all of the symptoms of it in his knee. They talk about it. For now Nick’s knee will be taped. All Nick wants is for it to be repaired.

– Official Weigh-In. Apparently the Marines sponsoured it. Court said that he fought Seth in the season opener. He is aware of Seth’s strengths. James thinks Nick will put it all out there too.

– Ortiz training session. They do push-ups and hopping over punching bags in the cage. We see them do a ton of push-ups. Ortiz talks about the wildcard and claims the hard workers (a.k.a. ratings grabbers) will be rewarded. James, Kyacey, and Kris all truly believe they will be in the wildcard fight.

– Fight Day. Seth thinks the Fight Day always sneaks up on him. Joe says he is different from most fighters because he has an MBA education, but claims it does not affect his drive. Holy crap, Joe has an eight pack.

– They appear at the gym and into the locker rooms they go. Joe refuses to let people down who have supported him in these six months. He claims to train four times per day.

– Joe thinks anger leads to mistakes.

JOE HENLE
26
6’1″
77″
3-0
THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA

SETH BACZYNSKI
28
6’3″
73″
11-5
TEMPE, ARIZONA

– Tito says speed will be the greatest determining factor.

– I think Joe will lose easily because it was never explained in his confessionals exactly what is written across his chest. Seems Latin.

– Dana introduces the last preliminary fight. Rosenthal is our referee. Henle is hopping around.

– They touch gloves. Seth misses a spinning leg kick. Both are measuring distance. Joe goes for a takedown. Seth tries to get an arm around Joe’s neck. He fails. Joe has the takedown. Seth slaps on a tight triangle. They are against the cage. Seth is yanking on an arm. Chuck is freaking out. This looks tight. Joe escapes the triangle. He moves into side mount but Seth counters and is nearly up.

– Seth has an arm around Joe’s neck  and puts on a body triangle. You can see his muscles squeezing Joe’s neck. Joe hangs on. Seth lets go of the choke after about thirty seconds. Uh oh. Seth has probably lost all strength in his left arm.

– Tito keeps yelling for Seth to get up. We’re still on the ground. It’s north-south. Seth pushes off the cage to get on his knees. Joe still has an arm around Seth’s throat. It looks tight. Joe uses a rolling technique to have half mount. Seth pushes Joe off of him but Joe is back on top.

– Seth slaps on a triangle but his face is beet red. Joe gets out of it and has Seth’s back. Seth just needs to push off the cage to be in Joe’s guard. He succeeds.

– Seth drops an elbow. Chuck was complaining earlier about Seth holding onto Joe’s gloves. Seth reigns down a few more strikes. Punches and elbows. But nothing is cutting Joe. Two more elbows.  And one last elbow. End of round one. Seth takes the round.

– Both fighters look spent. One fighter will basically have to quit for a finish to occur. They collide with big strikes early in the round. Exchanging punches and kicks. They clinch. Tito yells for underhooks. Seth has Joe’s back but takes him down only to fall on his own back. Joe rotates to suddenly have half mount. Seth is going for an arm but Joe dismisses it early. Seth lands an elbow from the bottom.

– Seth tries working the left arm again. He uses it to force Joe to be on top of him in a headlock. Joe rotates to take Seth’s back easily. He fails to slip in a choke but continues to have his back. They are once again against the cage. Apparently nobody knows that it is much more difficult to choke a guy when all he has to do is kick off the cage to reverse position.

– That is exactly what Seth does. He is on top and nearly has an omoplata. Joe escapes and is now on top in Seth’s guard. For once they are hovering above the centre Burger King logo. Tito screams for Seth to inch his way to the fence. Joe is doing NOTHING from on top. Still has half mount. Now back into guard. Joe slips into side mount. Tito yells at the ref that Joe is merely holding on.

– Joe has north-south but Seth is the one attempting a choke that will be impossible to gain leverage to sink. They are back on their feet.

– Seth charges like a bull with a telegraphed flying knee. Joe dodges it easily while Seth is stuck to have his knee collide with the cage.

– Joe and Seth are grappling again. Joe takes Seth’s back. Seth reverses it and now has Joe’s back. He attempts to slip in a choke but he is gassed out. Dana insists there needs to be a third round. I don’t know. Joe was doing nothing to finish the fight.

– It is indeed a draw. I could have seen a 20-18 victory for Seth. So off to round three we go. Joe has a cut under his right eye. Dana yells for who wants this fight.

– They touch gloves one last time. Seth charges with strikes. They clinch. Joe has a headlock against the cage. He voluntarily takes Seth down with him. Seth is in Joe’s guard. Don’t know what Joe is thinking. Armbars are dang near impossible unless you are well-conditioned.

– Seth has only thrown one strike. Half mount. Chuck Liddell’s voice sounds a lot like Shawn Michaels.

– Seth attempts to slap in a guillotine choke but doesn’t seem to have proper technique. Rosenthal reminds them to work multiple times. Seth gives up the choke and strikes lightly four times. Seth is back in Joe’s guard. A couple light strikes. Joe is not flexible enough to have a triangle. Joe nearly turns away as Seth sneaks in a few more strikes.

– Rosenthal warns repeatedly throughout the fight that Seth has his fingers in Joe’s eyes. Joe blocks a few strikes from Seth. Less than two minutes left in the fight. Joe has all but given up. He is too exhausted to get up. Seth tries to keep Joe on the ground. Rosenthal warns he will stand them up very soon.

– Seth holds Joe down with one arm while striking with the other. I don’t think Joe has made one offensive move in over four minutes. Seth punches Joe’s ribs. Joe elbows a couple times from the bottom. No idea what Joe’s strategy is other than paying off the judges. Seth finishes out strong with several strikes. End of round. End of fight. It is pretty dang clear who won that fight.

– Fight recap. Dana was surprised that Joe made it a legitimate fight. First time I can think of where a guy who already won a fight in TUF was considered a major underdog against someone who has already lost. Everyone was impressed that Joe

– Seth thinks Joe is a tough scrappy guy who will be a much better fighter after some more experience. Joe wants every fight he can get.

– All of Team Punishment congratulates Joe on the performance. Seth had much more experience than Joe entering this fight. Six months before being on TUF is pretty dang good.

– Wildcard Fight Announcement. Big dramatic symphony music before Dana enters the room. The coaches and Dana supposedly already had the discussion.

FIRST FIGHTER: Kyacey Uscola.
SECOND FIGHTER: Kris.

– Dana says both fighters worked hard and are talented. Both fighters felt they earned it.

– Now they talk about Attonito’s empty slot. Dana says never to leave it in the hands of the judges, but feels that Court should be rewarded for it because he fought hard and thought it was a robbery that it didn’t go to round three.

Considering Nick’s knee would have probably collapsed in round three.

– Joe is pissed and strongly feels that he fought better than Kris did against Josh Bryant. I agree. Kris has zero chance of winning this competition given his cardio. But then again I don’t think Joe could do much either. Both of them fought three round fights. Kyacey is in the best position to advance given he can take a beating and deal out a ton of damage. Just don’t get disqualified again.

Furthermore, it seems really unfair that two fighters from Team Punishment earned a wildcard slot. That is bull.

– James Hammortree of all people is upset. lol.

JAMES: I feel I should have had that wildcard spot, but I guess going to the hospital hurt your chances.

I LOVE how he passes off a trip to the hospital as being a minor detail in why he didn’t get chosen. I guarantee you that is every reason why he wasn’t chosen.

– Oh, and he tells us it was a spinal injury. Yep, a minor spinal injury.

– Next Time on TUF: Wildcard is set. Now cage veteran Kyacey Uscola and wildman Kris McCray have one last shot to get back into the competition.

Then Dana mediates a coach’s summit to choose the quarterfinal fights. And one fighter’s stunning announcement sets the stage for another comeback. Plus the first quarterfinal fight. Who will become the next Ultimate Fighter?

CONFESSIONAL COUNT

PUNISHMENT

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

ICE MAN

KYLE NOKE 0
RICH ATTONITO 2X
CHARLES BLANCHARD X
JOSH BRYANT 0
BRAD TAVARES 0
COURT MCGEE 3X
JOE HENLE 7

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) Seth Baczynski vs. Joe Henle (Both fighters demonstrated why they are the two lowest ranked fighters in the whole house. Neither fighter had the strength, technique, nor energy to finish their opponent. The only reason why I rank the fight above several others is because the judges did not screw up the decision. Superb refereeing and judging in this clean affair allowed for a decent amateur fight.

Plus I think Seth has the record for reversing position thanks to his use of the cage. Joe really needs to learn not to have an opponent on the ground to be near the fence.)

10) 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.

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

12) 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.)

 

Eighth episode

Previously on TUF: Nick Ring aggravated a knee injury. In the final preliminary fight Seth Baczynski beat Joe Henle in a three round decision. Dana chose Court McGee to replace Rich Attonito. After weeks of speculation it was revealed that Kris McCray will face Kyacey Uscola in the first wildcard fight in TUF history.

Two fights. First wildcard fight followed by the first quarterfinal showdown. Who will advance to the semis and be one step closer to becoming the ultimate fighter?

– Intro time. Dang Joe looks crazy in the intro. Part human part nocturnal beast.

Ortiz training session. Kyacey is on the phone with someone named Jess. His son was just born. Everything is fine. Apparently he is cute. Charles Champ Uscola. He has to fight the very next day. Kyacey says it is all about being focused.

– We see the Vegas skyline. Fight Day already. Kris hates the idea of fighting somebody on his own team but accepts it. What happened to the Minority Report? There has been no talk of it.

– Locker rooms. This might be the quickest transition into a fight. We see them practice a ton of leg kicks. Tito bids both of them good luck and will sit in the bleachers silently.

TITO: I am going to let the better man win. The better man will win.

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

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

– Kris says both have a lot of baggage entering the fight.

– Miller Lite continues to sponsour TUF’s tale of the tape.

– Dana introduces the wildcard fight. Both fighters will be drained if this extra fight goes to a third round.

– Oh no. Steve Mazzagatti is our referee. They touch gloves. Circling. Kyacey fires a punch. Kyacey fakes a leg kick. Kris nearly lands a headkick. Both trade strikes but nobody is landing anything substantial. Both trade some more kicks.

– This is a kickboxing match. Kris is already dropping his hands. Yikes. Low stamina already. He gets less coordinated with his kicks. Kyacey lands a kick. Kris gasps in pain and stops. Kyacey hesitates before charging in, but decides to clinch of all things.

– Kris takes Kyacey down. Now they are hunched over standing against the cage. Kris has Kyacey shoved against the cage. Kris knees Kyacey in the legs repeatedly. Kyacey tries knees of his own but is at a poor vantage point. He is forced to block Kris’ strikes.

– They rest. Kris knees Kyacey’s legs some more. I should note this is the third fight for both of them. They grapple along the cage some more. Kris lands a few more knees. It is unknown if the are doing any damage. Kris is probably too afraid to let go.

– Inevitably, Kris knees Kyacey in the groin. Timeout. No point is taken away.

– They restart in the middle after an undisclosed amount of time. They trade some strikes along the cage. All of Kris’ footwork is gone. We hear Dana note Kris’ knee. Kris is being defensive by firing strikes. A good defense is a good offense.

– Kris lands more leg kicks. They grapple. Kyacey hip tosses Kris to the mat. They exchange some strikes as they get back to their feet. They trade some more before Kris picks up Kyacey and slams him on the ground.

– Kyacey is turtling as Kris takes his back and lands strikes. No hooks are inserted yet. Side control. Kris rests on top of Kyacey’s back. He slips in a rear naked choke but the round ends. Kyacey appears to have given up.

– Jamie is in Kris’ corner while Nick is in Kyacey’s. Tito says not to leave it to the judges.

– Kyacey goes on the offensive right away but they end up clinching against the cage. Kyacey knees Kris against the cage. Or kage? Everything is spelt with a ‘K’ like Donkey Kong or Mortal Kombat. What happened to naming your kids Chris and Casey? Kris hip tosses Kyacey onto the mat. Side control. He has Kyacey’s right arm. Kyacey gasps in pain. Kyacey taps.

Wow. That was a pretty dang good fight. Tito says it was painful to watch but is proud of Kris.

– Kris knows he needs to develop his technique some more. Kyacey doesn’t bother to stick around for the hand raising ceremony. He walks off quietly.

KYACEY: I had a lot of things on my mind but that’s no excuse.

And just like that he passively makes an excuse.

– We go straight to the Coach’s Summit. Dana says to disregard the teams. Chuck curses and stumbles over who he thinks the four best fighters are. He goes into Marlon Brando as Godfather mode in terms of speech.

ORTIZ: Kyle, Brad, Ring, and Yager.

– Dana agrees. Chuck Brando disagrees and thinks Court McGee is in the top four.

– Tito proposes that Court faces Nick again to have their third round and fight.

– Tito hates that Court can be in the final without beating Nick. Him and Dana blow up over letting it go to the judges. Dana gives in and lets Court fight Nick.

– Chuck curses and protests. He thinks Dana gave the crybaby what he wanted. Tito is pissed off for the same reason. Dana kicks them out of the room while he talks with producers. He curses under his breath.

– Fight Announcement. Dana warns them that the coaches disagreed on everything.

FIRST FIGHT: Nick Ring vs. Court McGee

They square off. No ‘O No U Di’Int’ Pose. Chuck said he was just having fun with Tito.

SECOND FIGHT: KYLE NOKE VS. KRIS MCCRAY

THIRD FIGHT: BRAD TAVARES VS. SETH BACZYNSKI

FOURTH FIGHT: JAMIE YAGER VS. JOSH BRYANT

– Jamie’s hair alone is twice as big as Josh’s head. It’s one person from Team Ice Man and Team Punishment in each fight.

– Chuck asks if his team sweeps the quarters that the producers could kick out Tito.

– Forrest Griffin enters the house. Creepy trenchcoat. He has a beard and looks like he is freshly stoned.

– He is holding a copy of UFC Undisputed 2010. They are playing it on the Xbox 360. Promo spot. Charles raves about the game.  So does Brad. Everyone continues to say all of the neat features for this game. Forrest plays against James Hammortree. They had a two hour rental. Rich says it is the fastest two hours in the house yet.

– Nick is getting an MRI. He has very little tissue in his knee.

Have an issue? Here’s some knee tissue!

– He needs a third ACL reconstruction. Nick has to pause in a confessional to cry. The doctor informs him he must have to do it for a third time. Worst case scenario is to tear the miniscus if he doesn’t get the surgery. Otherwise he has to pull out of the tournament.

– Nick enters the house. Trainers, coaches, and even Dana White enters the house. Everyone is shocked to see Dana. It goes to commercial.

NICK: Oh! Dana!

– Dana privately chats with Nick. James knows a curveball is coming whenever Dana enters the house. So Dana feels out Nick by the hot tub. He reminds him he is very close to making the final. Nick says he really wants this but knows he can’t sacrifice his career. The best option is sadly to give up a huge opportunity.

– Dana rounds up everybody in the house. He says Nick is out. Court is bummed out because he knows how hard Nick worked and really wanted to fight him. Dana informs them that he will talk to Chuck and Tito to figure out who will replace Nick and fight Court.

What makes the situation that much more insane is that Court is the first quarterfinal fight which means somebody is taking a fight on a few days’ notice. In addition, it has to be somebody that already isn’t in the quarterfinal.

– Joe is hopeful because he knows there are very few options left.

JOE (raises up one finger per injury): Not a whole lotta choices are there?
– Rich has a broken hand
– Charlie’s got a messed up foot
– Clayton needs shoulder surgery
– Hammortree went to the hospital with a messed up back
– I got that shot I’ve been looking for.

It’s true. Eight guys are in the quarter-finals. Four injuries have been tallied. The only person besides Henle who could fight is Kyacey. And the idea of somebody going 0-3 in TUF is downright hilarious. Not to mention Seth is already in the quarterfinal and lost once himself.

– Be funny if they bring back Chris Camozzi to piss off Joe.

– James exits the house and chases down Dana to tell him he really wants to fight, and says nothing is broke. He knows from watching the show that Dana will pick the guy who steps up. Dana talks with a straight face. Maybe he doesn’t have the heart to tell James that his injury is too severe to consider him for a fight.

– Dana tells us that every season everyone refuses to step up for an injured fighter. It rarely occurs for a guy to beg for another shot.

It’s true. About 90% of the time they attribute it to an injury. Some of them are sufficient injuries that require immediate surgery but other injuries are more annoyances than actual life-threatening and limb-amputating situations.

– Dana is amazed by James stepping up. He immediately does a 180 from his truck and re-enters the house. He sits everyone down.

“Well that was fast.”

You can tell this decision was really thought out.

– Court thinks Hammortree won’t be an easier fight. Joe runs out of the room and chases down Dana. He is pissed. Joe drops several F-bombs, and begs to replace the next injured fighter.

Given what has gone down this season, there will be another injury by next episode.

JAMIE: Closed mouth don’t get fed.

Ah, so wise Jamie.

– Tito and Nick talk in the locker room. He is upset Nick is out.

– Official Weigh-In brought to us by the Marines. I am surprised nobody has had issues cutting weight all season long. Court and Hammortree are both relatively well-rounded. Although I think Court’s striking is better while Hammortree has superior wrestling.

– Fight Day. Court’s gameplan is now changed because James and Nick have drastically different styles. James intends to use his hands a bit more.

COURT MCGEE
25
5’10”
76″
9-1
OREM, UTAH

JAMES HAMMORTREE
23
6’3″
76″
5-1
OCALA, FLORIDA

– Herby tells them to fight. This episode is sure rushed. They trade some strikes. Both keep their hands up. Plenty of feints. James does not have his chin down. Court shoots. James knees. James looks awkward. They break.

– They circle. Court lands a legkick. Tito reminds James to check it. Court lands a jab. James circles some more. Court misses a headkick. They trade more strikes. Court catches one of James’ headkicks and takes his back against the cage.

– James tries to work Court’s wrists. He failed and Court takes James’ back onto the ground. James is back to his feet. He spins away. They begin to trade combinations once again. Court lands a legkick. Some more strikes. James lands a great punch to the body.

– James’ chin is still too high. Court gets underneath but pulls out right away. Court does a few feints. James cinches but Court has the underhooks and slams James to the mat. James uses the cage to get up.

– They trade a few strikes. Court misses a legkick but lands a punch to the head. James is tired. Court shoots for a takedown. He has James against the cage. Liddell coaches him. Court cannot complete the takedown and simply throws James off of him.

– James takes Court’s back and takes him to the ground but Court reverses it easily. Suddenly Court is underneath James. He has the underhooks but James has a headlock. They do nothing for several seconds until Court takes James onto his back. He is in an awkward guard. End of round.

– They circle. Trade some strikes. Court misses a major overhand punch. James goes in for a takedown but Court lands a standing guillotine.

– James is so dang dizzy that he wobbles before collapsing onto the ground. He is not unconscious but it is like stars were spinning around his head.

– Dana says standing guillotine is not an easy submission. James admits he made a rookie mistake when attempting the takedown. Chuck loves Court and thinks Court will continue to improve. James remains in the octagon and feels stupid. Tito chalks it up to inexperience.

– Dana thinks Court gradually looks better each round. He defines him as a well-rounded dark horse.

– Apparently it is Court’s father’s birthday. Court does a Court Pansy. No idea what type of dance it is but whatever.

– Next Time on TUF: Team Ortiz gets hit with more shocking news but this time it involves their leader. Is the fight between Chuck and Tito in jeopardy? Then two more quarterfinal fights. Kyle Noke takes on Kris McCray and Brad Tavares faces Seth Baczynski.

– And a controversial decision sparks a heated showdown between the coaches. Who will advance to the semis and move one step closer to becoming the next ultimate fighter?

CONFESSIONALS

PUNISHMENT

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

ICE MAN

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

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) Kyacey Uscola vs. Kris McCray (The first ever wildcard fight in TUF history was great. Although I guess you could say the fight to see who would replace Jesse Taylor in the TUF 7 finale was the first true wildcard fight.

Anyways, neither fighter came across dominant. Kyacey lacked hard hitting strikes while Kris lacked cardio, thus making it an evenly-matched fight. Kris managed to summon enough energy to bend Kyacey’s right arm and elicit the submission from Kyacey. A guy who seemed only capable of quick knockouts pulls out the upset by using a submission.

Kyacey falls to 0-2 and unless several more fighters get injured he will be done for good.)

3) 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”.)

4) James Hammortree vs. Court McGee (It was definitely an old school UFC match-up that consisted of size against strength.

Everyone seems to think Court will indeed win this season of TUF after that fight because he is “getting better after each fight”. However, I disagree because James is a far easier opponent than James. James is worse at every aspect of MMA than Court.

Court didn’t seem to be remotely in trouble all fight despite James putting in a good effort. James’ chin being straight up in the air still bothers me.

The reason why I rank the fight so high is because of Hammortree’s wobble at the end reminds me of Coleman’s unconscious wobble after being kicked in the head by El Burro.)

5) 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.)

6) 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.)

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

8) 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.)

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

10) Seth Baczynski vs. Joe Henle (Both fighters demonstrated why they are the two lowest ranked fighters in the whole house. Neither fighter had the strength, technique, nor energy to finish their opponent. The only reason why I rank the fight above several others is because the judges did not screw up the decision. Superb refereeing and judging in this clean affair allowed for a decent amateur fight.

Plus I think Seth has the record for reversing position thanks to his use of the cage. Joe really needs to learn not to have an opponent on the ground to be near the fence.)

11) 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.

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

13) 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.)

Ninth episode

Previously on TUF: Experienced Aussie Kyle Noke became the first quarterfinalist with a victory over Clayton McKinney. Brad Tavares and Seth Baczynski each prevailed in three-round hard hitting decisions. And Kris McCray was bumped out of the running only to win the wildcard fight by defeating Kyacey Uscola.

Now prepare for two quarterfinal fights as McCray takes on Noke and Baczynski faces Tavares. Plus shocking news that will have both teams reeling. Who will become The Ultimate Fighter?

– I am not sure if that is water or sweat dripping from Tito’s nose at the beginning of the intro.

– Dramatic intro as we see the weigh-ins already take place. Noke steps onto the scale. Clayton finds the match-up interesting because Noke and McCray used to train together. Aussies once united must now break. They face off. Dana knows how bummed those two guys were to fight each other.

– We see Noke eat his rice like Crystal Cox. Tito talks about each fighter having a chance.

– Numerous places around Vegas are shown until an unmarked car pulls into the UFC Training Centre. McKinney speaks again (isn’t he the most irrelevant person since episode two though?) about how Tito has been suffering from a neck injury for years.

– Tito went to see a doctor. The doctor recommended surgery. Tito says he gets numbness down his legs, headaches, and lack of sleep because a disc is pressing on his spine. Tito aimlessly walks around the gym.

TITO: I still have five years left of competition. I’ve fought injured for six years. I can’t make that same mistake.

lol. “Competition” is the keyword here. Oh, and he just happens to no longer fight injured after doing it for six years.

– Tito says he refuses to let Chuck beat him when he is not one hundred percent. He claims it is in God’s hands. Uh, okay.

– Fight Day. Both vans pull into the gym. I love how Noke has only had seven confessionals so far this season. McCray says it will be awkward to fight against a guy who is a good friend of his. Noke agrees.

KYLE NOKE
29
6’2″
75.5″
16-4-1
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

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

– Something tells me neither fighter is interested in finishing off their friend.

– Dana announces the fight is two five-minute rounds. Kris fires a leg kick that somewhat connects followed by a left hook.

– They touch gloves. Noke punches Kris in the face and knees him. Kris picks him up and slams him onto the mat. Kyle has half mount as Noke’s back is against the cage. Noke has his foot pressed against the cage. Then takes it off.

– Nobody is striking. Noke gets back to his feet. Kris has underhooks against Noke. Noke spins away from the cage. They break and stand in centre. Circling. More circling. Noke misses a punch. Kris ducks under and has underhooks. He knees Noke before taking Kris onto the mat. Half mount. Kris lightly punches Noke’s left side. It seems llike Kris pulls Noke to his feet.

– They clinch. Once again Kris takes Noke down but Noke has a guillotine choke. Kris is in side mount so Noke gives up and stands up.

– Noke maintains the headlock as he delivers a brutal knee. You can hear the impact on the audio! Suddenly they rest as Noke is now pressed against the cage on his feet. Kris falls to his knees. Noke is on top delivering elbows and working an arm.

– Noke flips Kris over but Kris immediately reverses and is now in Noke’s guard. Doesn’t Noke feel stupid. Kris rests on top of Noke. McCray may be one of the most inactive fighters when he is in someone’s guard. Oh, he finally delivers a couple punches from on top. Noke continues to defend.

– I should note Mazzagatti is our referee. Usually he prematurely stands up fighters. Dana quietly notes that Noke did more damage from the bottom than Kris did from on top.

– Second round. They touch gloves. Kris’ first punch is swingin’ for the fence. They clinch. Then Noke gives up and breaks. They clinch. Kris is on his knees but gets up as he slams Noke onto his butt against the cage. That’s gotta hurt the tailbone. Kris spins to take Noke’s back and deliver hammerfists.

– Both are on their feet as Kris does a back suplex (sou-play) onto the mat. Kris yet again has half mount. He delivers a couple punches. Now hammers away at the ribs. Noke pushes off the fence. It seems like Noke is very close to getting back to his feet. Noke is working Kris’ left arm then lets go.

– We’re still in the same position. Kris is preserving his lead. Noke fails to get back to his feet. They are on their feet after a minute. Noke has the underhooks and pulls Kris onto the ground. Noke is now taking Kris’ back and fails to lock in a body triangle. Noke slips in a rear naked choke. He gives it everything he has. Kris looked like he was on the verge of tapping but Noke lets go. His arms must be dead. Noke may get points for legitimately attempting to finish.

– Kris reverses position and is back in Noke’s guard. I think Kris may win this 20-18. Kris is doing NOTHING from on top. Noke is now sitting on his butt as Kris’ head is underneath Noke’s left armpit. Kris manages to accomplish mount with six seconds left. A very ugly mount but a mount nonetheless. End of round and likely end of fight. That is 20-18 win for Kris.

– Dana tells a surprised ringgirl that “it is over, baby”. No wonder it took eighteen seasons for a female TUF.

– One of the officials tells Dana that it is indeed a draw. Dana apologizes to Shandell. So we go to yet another third round. How do we go from zero three round fights in ten seasons of TUF into about fifty percent of all fights? Yikes.

– They touch gloves. I have a feeling this round will be awful if it goes to the ground. They do a couple sloppy strikes. Kris merely presses Noke against the cage with underhooks. Then a takedown. Half mount. A couple punches. I swear I spaced out for a good thirty seconds. A couple more strikes by Kris. Noke looks drained and on another planet. Kris lands a few elbows to the ribs. Half mount continues. A couple short elbows connect on Noke’s chin. Kris is finally being aggressive. A few more elbows. Noke has yet to be cut.

– Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

– Noke has nearly exposed his back but changes his mind. We have moved about three inches over the past three minutes. Noke works Kris’ left arm. Arm is too slippery and Kris immediately recovers it. Now we are in Noke’s guard.

– Noke strikes a few times from the bottom. Kris lands a couple elbows. One minute left. Mazzagatti FINALLY stands them up.

– Noke fires a flying knee but Kris now has underhooks and presses Noke against the cage. He pretty much has Noke’s back. Kris delivers a few knees to Noke. Noke is trying to strike but is doing zero damage. A few more knees from Kris. End of round. End of fight. Kris has certainly won.

– McCray wins the decision. Wow. Noke wishes best of luck to Kris. Dana says that Noke needs to work a ton on his wrestling. Kris has racked up a ton of cage time.

– Because of a three-round decision, we go straight into the next set of weigh-ins. Chuck says this is exactly the fight Brad wanted. Brad weighs in at 184. Then Seth weighed in.

DANA: I like Tavares. He bangs hard.

Whoa. Sounds like an illicit celebrity tape.

– Some of the Punishment fighters ask Chuck if him and Tito are gonna fight. Chuck says he will because he wants to fight “that piece of s—“. One of the fighters tells Chuck about Tito’s announcement that he needs surgery.

– Chuck goes on a  cursing tirade. He says Tito better fight after doing all of this s— for six weeks. Otherwise Chuck declares Tito to be a pussy. Dem fighting words.

CHUCK: When he’s healthy I’ll go to his house to fight him.

I have a feeling that won’t be sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission.

– Brad wants to fight but hates it is against someone he likes. He says he is the youngest and least experienced (even more so than Henle?).

BRAD TAVARES
22
6’1″
74″
4-0
KAILUA, HAWAII

SETH BACZYNSKI
28
6’3″
73”
11-5
TEMPE, ARIZONA

– Dana introduces the fight. Herby is our referee.

– They touch glvoes. Brad and Seth both miss kicks. Brad lands some brutal hooks on Seth. Seth goes for a leg. He gives it up. Oh boy. This might be over quickly. Seth still has underhooks but Brad defends well. Seth finally gets the takedown. Brad has a butterfly guard. He slaps on a triangle. Seth lets go. Brad spins. Seth takes Brad’s back and puts in the hooks.

– Seth could be a bit too high. He punches Brad’s head from on top. Brad is doing very little. Seth is definitely too high but continues to have Brad’s back. Seth has the body triangle. Brad gets to his feet but drops back down because Seth maintains the body triangle. Seth lets go of the body triangle a couple times but regains it.

– Herby warns Seth about repeatedly grabbing the fence. Seth works a rear naked choke but Brad leans the wrong way. Seth softens Brad up some more. Brad nearly winds up in Seth’s guard but Seth is doing a great job of always maintaining his balance. I am amazed.

– Seth is nearly off Brad’s back. He finally flies off. Brad stands over him but Seth lands a few upkicks. Brad has yet to get into Seth’s guard. Tito does his usual “upupupupupupup” but Seth has zero interest in standing up.

– Seth slaps on a triangle. Brad defends by slamming Seth multiple times. Brad punches Seth’s ribs. Seth lands another upkick. Brad is now in Seth’s guard. Brad is in mount. He keeps punching and punching but Seth does a reverse sommersault to get out. Seth is on his feet. They trade a couple strikes. Seth faces Brad and does a HUGE kick with one second left. . .

– But Brad slipped on the mat and suddenly that enormous kick is deemed to be against a grounded opponent. The horn blares to indicate the end of the round. That’s right. Less than one second away from avoiding an illegal kick.

– Seth immediately apologizes upon the kick. That was .1 seconds away from being a legal kick. This is far different from the Kyacey Uscola situation.

– Brad is pretty much out. Herby talks to the doctor. Doc says he needs another minute before deciding what needs to happen. Brad is out of it. The doctor declares it is the end of the fight. Seth hunches over and starts crying.

– Hackleman says the fight was awesome. The soccer kick happened when Brad had one leg up. We hear the audio after the soccer kick replay.

SETH: I’m sorry.
BRAD: For what?

Yeah, he was out.

SETH: At that point I was just worried for him.

– This fight is so ending in DQ. Seth walked over to apologize to Brad and Hackleman.

BRAD: I know you didn’t do it on purpose. I don’t even know what you hit me with.

– One of the doctors told Tito that the kick was to the chest underneath the armpit.

ASSISTANT COACH: You already got one gift. You don’t need two.
ATTONITO: What one gift? I got kneed in the head twice, you fat f—. Whatever, you disrespected me first.

– Herby announces Brad wins by disqualification. Tito throws the bottle against the wall. Brad hates that the coaches made him think he faked it. How you’re even in a state of mind to fake anything after a strike like that is beyond me.

– Tito goes beserk and says the strike was to the chest. He goes towards Attonito but Chuck gets in between them. Henle tries to hold back Chuck but fails. Tons of curse words fly. Dana stands silently for a moment before turning to the camera.

DANA: Civilized sport, huh?

– Dana is in the hallway after the fight and tells Chuck that he was looking for him. He rounds him up into the coach’s locker room. Dana informs him that Tito has pulled out of the fight.

CHUCK: I’m gonna go punch him.

-End of episode-

NEXT TIME ON TUF: Now that Tito is not fighting Chuck, will he also be forced out as a coach. Then it’s the last quarterfinal matchup as Jamie Yager looks for another first round knockout when he faces 10-0 Josh Bryant.

And once again a fight ends in anarchy plus the semifinal announcements.

P.S. I watched the replay. The foot itself landed on the chest but the shin landed square on the face.

CONFESSIONAL COUNT

PUNISHMENT

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

ICE MAN

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

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) Kyacey Uscola vs. Kris McCray (The first ever wildcard fight in TUF history was great. Although I guess you could say the fight to see who would replace Jesse Taylor in the TUF 7 finale was the first true wildcard fight.

Anyways, neither fighter came across dominant. Kyacey lacked hard hitting strikes while Kris lacked cardio, thus making it an evenly-matched fight. Kris managed to summon enough energy to bend Kyacey’s right arm and elicit the submission from Kyacey. A guy who seemed only capable of quick knockouts pulls out the upset by using a submission.

Kyacey falls to 0-2 and unless several more fighters get injured he will be done for good.)

3) 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”.)

4) James Hammortree vs. Court McGee (It was definitely an old school UFC match-up that consisted of size against strength.

Everyone seems to think Court will indeed win this season of TUF after that fight because he is “getting better after each fight”. However, I disagree because James is a far easier opponent than James. James is worse at every aspect of MMA than Court.

Court didn’t seem to be remotely in trouble all fight despite James putting in a good effort. James’ chin being straight up in the air still bothers me.

The reason why I rank the fight so high is because of Hammortree’s wobble at the end reminds me of Coleman’s unconscious wobble after being kicked in the head by El Burro.)

5) 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.)

6) 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.)

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

8) 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.)

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

10) Kris McCray vs. Kyle Noke (What a freakin’ boring fight. Ninety percent of it was spent on the ground with Kris on top but refusing to advance position beyond half mount. The Couture Playbook worked, but awfully boring for the viewer.)

11) Seth Baczynski vs. Joe Henle (Both fighters demonstrated why they are the two lowest ranked fighters in the whole house. Neither fighter had the strength, technique, nor energy to finish their opponent. The only reason why I rank the fight above several others is because the judges did not screw up the decision. Superb refereeing and judging in this clean affair allowed for a decent amateur fight.

Plus I think Seth has the record for reversing position thanks to his use of the cage. Joe really needs to learn not to have an opponent on the ground to be near the fence.)

12) 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.)

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

14) 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.)

15) Brad Tavares vs. Seth Baczynski (See above.
Seth maintaining his balance was impressive. The end of round scramble was awesome. But then the lethal kick came, thus ending the fight in DQ making it the worst fight of the season.)

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