The Ultimate Fighter season 11 episodes ten to twelve ranking

Tenth episode

– Previously on TUF: In the third quarterfinal fight, Seth Baczynski was disqualified for an illegal kick to Brad Tavares’ head. The controversial decision set off a post-fight malay.

After the dust settled Chuck got some bad news from Dana.

Coming up, Jamie Yager fights Josh Bryant in the last quarterfinal fight and Dana makes one of the most shocking decisions in Ultimate Fighter history. Who will become one step closer to becoming the Ultimate Fighter?

– Intro time. Will Dana really eject Tito as coach? That’s the only thing I am wondering because I expect Yager to knockout Bryant within about ten seconds. Yager has fought for a total of about one minute in contrast to everyone else who has already fought between 15 to 40 minutes this season. No wonder so many fighters are injured.

– We go back to the meeting between Dana and Chuck. Chuck rubs it in Dana’s face that he called it from day one that Tito would pull out of the fight in the last couple weeks of the season and cite a BS injury. It’s UFC 40/42 all over again.

– Dana says he got the text from Tito last night citing a neck injury. Chuck tells Dana to not reward Tito with more fights in the UFC because he is a pussy. It is why Chuck didn’t want to do the season with Tito because the only thing in it for him was to fight him in a month.

NOTE: I just watched the UFC Bad Blood documentary.

– Dana informs Chuck that he will still fight at the end of the season. Chuck shrugs it off and exits.

– Dana says it is the first time during a season that a coach has pulled out during filming.

I should note Matt Serra pulled out of his fight with Matt Hughes following TUF6 but that was because the injury was legitimate. We saw the braces for ourselves. Plus the whole world loves Matt Serra so even if he did fake an injury everyone would believe him regardless.

– Chuck curses as he enters the hallway. Hackleman and fighters from both teams are in there. They ask him what happened. Chuck elaborates using three-word sentences.

CHUCK: F—ing pussy.
HACKLEMAN: What?
CHUCK: He pulled out.
*Fires double flip off Sugar Kiper style*
HACKLEMAN: Who?
CHUCK: Tito.

– Chuck nearly breaks the locker room door. Tito can hear it through the thin wall.

– Tito explains to us that his ears tingled and legs would go numb following the Forrest Griffin fight. Yeah. A fight that happened three years earlier.

– Official Weigh-ins. Chuck smirks while Tito has his head down. Yager and Josh both weigh in. Tito sees a stoppage by Yager in the first round. So do I. Kyacey rags on Yager that MMA requires more than talent and speed.

Uh, doesn’t talent encompass everything?

ATTONITO: It’s to go to the semifinals so they’ll be dumping it all out there.

They’re going to defecate in the octagon?

– House time. Yep. House time finally. Yager announces to the whole house that he needs to sleep early. Other fighters pretend to make a bunch of noise.

– Yager knows he is facing another shorter wrestler just like Charles. He says Tito’s training has prepped him perfectly for fighters like Charles and Josh.

– Josh knows Yager will be a tough guy.

– Fight Day. Yager brushes his teeth. Like a boss. We hear him talk about his family and friends. Josh is shown taking out the garbage as he brags about being undefeated.

– Van time. He enters the van with sweet sunglasses. We see Yager shadow kickbox in the ring. Josh’s plan is to hit Yager first THEN take him down. Too bad Yager already said that Josh’s gameplan is to throw an overhand right before taking him down.

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

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

– Dana introduces the fight. Mazzagatti is our referee. Chuck tells Josh to close quick.

– They touch gloves slowly. Both circle. Yager lands a punch. Some more head movement. Yager comes in but Josh does a Punchout!! style counter. Jamie attempts a flying kick but misses. They clinch. Josh has underhooks but Josh is nowhere near a takedown. Yager knees the body as he is against the cage.

– They move along the cage. Josh has yet to land a strike. Jamie lands another knee before they break. They circle again. More circling. Jamie somewhat connects with a headkick. Seconds later he lands a legkick. Yager lowers one of his hands. He lands a shoulder kick. Then a leg kick.

– Josh has zero confidence. Yager misses an uppercut. Then another strike. Then accidentally junk kicks him.

MAZZAGATTI: Don’t worry. Accidents happen.

– Timeout at 2:40.

– Fight resumes. Yager lands another kick. More dancing around. Yager lands another kick. Misses a leg kick. Josh runs away to lower his hands before re-engaging in the fight. Yager lands a couple punches and a leg kick.  Yager lands a couple jump upkicks. Somebody is doing Thai boxing screams. So annoying.

– Josh lands a couple punches but Yager kicks him multiple times. An insane exchange follows where Josh bullrushes him as Yager fends off with strikes. Josh grapples Yager into the cage but Yager uses the cage to jump onto the top and hop off several feet and uses this momentum to land a kick that drops Josh. Yager reigns down HEAVY hammerfists before Josh escapes.

– They now stand across from each other again. More circling. More Thai boxing yells. More circling. Yager lands a leg kick. Yager misses a couple lazy leg kicks.

– Yager comes in with a front kick that misses. Ice Man’s coaches yell at Josh to start swinging. He finally does. Josh punches Yager with a brutal 1-2 combo that drops Yager. Yager attempts a few rapid upkicks but fails miserably. Josh goes into Yager’s guard. He punches once. That’s it. End of round. Yager’s streak of finishing his opponent in the first round is over.

– More shots of Shandella’s butt. Both coaches give instructions to their fighter. Tito pretty much tells Yager to use his hands.

– They touch gloves. Footwork. Yager lands a leg kick. More dancing. A bodykick by Yager. Yager misses a couple kicks. And an uppercut. And a jab. Josh lands a leg kick to Yager’s groin. Timeout. Groin for a groin.

– Fight resumes. Yager misses a frontkick. And a legkick. And a frontkick. And a jab. Josh lands a wicked combo. Yager lands a few knees, a flying knee,  and elbows before being taken down by Josh. Josh has side control.

– Yager uses talent and speed to get up and now has Josh’s back on the mat after a slow motion takedown. Mazzagatti warns the back of the head as Yager slams down punches. Fight is paused when Mazzagatti cuts off a loose piece of the wrist wrap on Yager’s glove.

– Fight resumes as Josh lands a hook to Yager’s face. Yager misses the counter. And a frontkick. And a legkick. Yager lands an elbow. They have another exchange. Josh has underhooks and punches Yager before they break. Yager does big looping kicks, spinning backfists and punches. None of them connect too well.

– Yager lands a big kick and another kick on the groin as Josh groans. But the fight continues. Yager lands a leg kick. They grapple. Josh lands a knee and an uppercut. Yager bounces off the cage to deliver a punch. They grapple. Several strikes from both fighters. Very fast-paced fight.

– Josh has underhooks against Yager who is on the fence. Yager misses a short elbow. Josh punches Yager and drops him. Josh has side control. Yager has raised his knee to his own chest. Josh delivers a couple short elbows. Josh is working Yager’s right arm. Josh lands some big elbows. Josh nearly has a crucifix. Josh delivers more big punches. Elbows. End of round.

– Tito is upset that “Yager f—ing quit”. Yager is still lying on the mat face first. Tito screams at Yager to get up. Yager crawls to his stool. Will there be a third round?

– Josh definitely won the second round. His strikes were cleaner and did more damage as well as succeeding in a takedown. The first round could have gone either way. Did one of the judges score it 20-18?

– Nope. We’re going to yet another third round. Tito keeps telling Yager to “not f—ing quit” over and over again. Yager keeps saying he is done. Is he secretly a Frenchman?

– Tito talks quickly and reminds Yager that he will regret this for the rest of his life. Mazzagatti now tells Yager he has five seconds to stand up and answer the bell.

MAZZAGATTI: 5, 4, 3–
TITO: You don’t want to do this. You’ll hate yourself forever–
MAZZAGATTI: 2, 1, fight is over.

– Josh pulls off the upset. Dana said that Yager could use his speed and athleticism when on the outside. Everyone compliments Josh for being a beast. Joe noticed with each hit that Yager’s heart kept dropping and dropping.

– Dana is stunned that Yager of all people would not answer the bell. Everyone else in the quarters has gone to a third round at least once or twice. Yager gives  up on his first experience of it after only fighting a total of about four minutes.

– Chuck gets in Yager’s face and tells him he is just like Tito. Chuck claps, celebrates, and hugs Josh.

– Joe loves seeing a fighter being beaten by forfeit rather than submission or knockout because it means you broke the fighter down.

MAZZAGATTI: By start of the third round, referee stopped the contest.

DANA: Uh, it was a quit right? He quit?
CHUCK: Yeah.

I love how they don’t trust Mazzagatti being able to know what he is talking about.

– Dana says it is another thing to quit on the stool. Yager gets carried off an octagon by other people. He declares it to be the best fight of the season.

– Dana congratulates Chuck on knowing who exactly to pick at the start of the season. The Prez admits that he was completely wrong in his assessment and for making fun of Chuck’s team. Chuck said this is exactly how he pictured it. Dana is more than impressed that Chuck pulled it off. The only threat left from Team Punishment is Kris McCray of all people.

Oh, and Kris McCray has yet to defeat anyone from the Ice Man’s squad. His wildcard victory was over Kyacey Uscola, and his follow-up victory was against Seth Baczynski.

– DANA: He has not fought more than fifteen seconds since he has been here.

An exaggeration that I already covered, but okay.

– Tito declares Yager to be a “f—ing puss”. That’s not being supportive of his family.

– Ortiz is pissed in the locker room that Yager quit.

TITO: You can teach a fighter how to fight but you can’t teach him heart.

This is the most ironic quote of the season. Tito is doing this in the same episode that he has dropped from a contractually-obligated match with Chuck.

– Yager is carried outside by Kris and Brad. The Minority Report. The other fighters inside think it will haunt Yager forever.

– Yager is wearing a neck brace.

TITO: He said it was the back of his neck. Yeah, right. He quit.

Hahahahaha. The same injury that Tito is using as an excuse to avoid the fight with Chuck. This is beyond awesome.

– Yager didn’t want to let everyone down but he thinks he would have been far more injured if he continued. He is whisked away in an ambulance.

– Dana enters Team Punishment locker room. He pulls Tito out of the room. Hammortree always knows something is up whenever something like this happens.

– Dana sits Tito down in his room.

DANA: I’ve set you up an appointment with a doctor in LA tomorrow. You’re going to see this guy. He’s the best in the country at what he does. I know you like your guy, get a second opinion.

He says he is on it and will make it happen. Between the two doctors he gets to decide what he is going to do because ultimately it is his body. Tito agrees to do it.

– Dana informs him of the precedent of a coach falling out during the season. He decides that tomorrow is Tito’s final day in TUF. Oh my. Kris McCray is on his own.

TITO: What do you mean?
DANA: I mean this is it.

MJ just died. The phrase of ‘this is it’ was being used far too frequently.

TITO: Why is that?
DANA: Cause I’m gonna send you to go see this doctor and start the process right now. So that’s it here. It’s over.
TITO: I don’t understand that.
DANA: I made another fight for Chuck.
TITO: Okay, but I still got one of my guys in there in the competition.
DANA: I know.
TITO: I don’t understand that.
DANA: I know. First time it’s happened in any season.

Well, Dana chose for it to have never happen before. It’s like he is doing it just for kicks.

DANA: It’s never happened where we’ve had a coach fall out.
(TITO repeatedly strokes eyebrow for a solid ten seconds.)

– Tito hates he has been fired from the show. He falls silent. Dana says surgery and therapy will start immediately.

TITO: Cool.
(TITO shakes DANA’s hand and exits.)

– Tito grabs an energy drink on the way out. Everything has been taken away from him. He opens the door to the gym but sees Chuck in there with his guys.

– Tito says one more surgery and he’ll be back. Dana is annoyed that if Tito wasn’t 100 percent that he shouldn’t have even come onto the show.

– We see Team Punishment’s van watch Tito’s SUV pull away. The players wonder why they are still sitting in the van.

– Dana tells us that he gave Tito the day to tell his team what happened, but he never did. Instead he took off in his SUV. So the fighters remain in the van. That’s funny. Dana is told this by producers no doubt and has to call back the Team Punishment fighters. They couldn’t be more confused.

– Dana walks into the locker room. Hammortree knows something up.

Oh, Hammortree.

– Dana breaks the news to them about Tito withdrawing from the fight with Chuck. The fighters inform Dana that he never said a word to them or say goodbye. James and the other fighters are shocked that Tito didn’t bid farewell.

– Dana informs them that a new fighter has signed on to fight Chuck, and will coach them for the final days. He assures them that they will have good coaching. He exits the locker room.

– The fighters still insist that Tito would not bounce on them without a word. Nick is suddenly sporting a wicked goatee. James finds it hurtful. They exit the gym in frustration. The fighters re-enter the van and exit. Seth said they liked the coaching staff and that he is still their coach but not here.

– Yager returns from the hospital. No neck brace. They inform Yager that Tito has quit and they have a new coach. Yager says the only injury are to his muscles. No kidding. That must be 99%.

– Kris informs Yager that everybody wanted him to get KTFO or submitted. He goes onto say that nobody likes his personality and attitude. Yager doesn’t care and tells those naysayers to bring it.

Unless it’s Josh Bryant.

– Tito re-enters the house. He is wearing a toque. I couldn’t picture Tito in a toque until now.

JAMES: I knew you’d come!

James sounds like Tito’s nine year old son.

– Tito sits them down as to what happened and how he is fired.

TITO: I thought it was about you guys instead of me and Chuck.

He goes on to say he is frustrated and angry. Tito then tells us about God. He bids good luck to the next coach that comes in. Tito feels bad that Kris won’t have his coach for the two most crucial fights.

– Tito drinks with his team. Kris hopes to have a good coach. Clayton thinks the next coach will not be able to replace the five weeks spent with Tito. Tito and the fighters tell Kris to bring it home for the team before exiting.

– Semifinal fight announcements. Chuck and the fourteen fighters enter. Dana does so sporting a black hat, grey shirt, and jeans. Rare outfit.

– They showdown by Brad offering a frozen handshake with Court before squaring off. Dana notes Court’s continued improvement.

FIRST FIGHT: BRAD TAVARES VS. COURT MCGEE

SECOND FIGHT: KRIS MCCRAY VS. JOSH BRYANT

Yep. It’s a re-match between Kris and Josh. Josh has already defeated Kris once. Josh shall have an easy path to victory.

ATTONITO: Josh is built like Spongebob Squareback. He’s a stocky guy.

He had forty days in the house to come up with that gem.

DANA: That was the longest staredown in history.

– We see a guy in jeans, shoes, and a shirt from the back as he walks into the UFC training centre the next day. Then we see highlight clips of Rich Franklin.

– The fighters enter the gym to see Rich standing with Dana. Dana points out the obvious. Therefore this marks Rich’s fourth season to appear on TUF. Seasons two, four, and six. Rich’s TUF career isn’t done yet.

DANA: Now let’s bring in the assistant coaches.
(Door slowly opens. . .)

-END OF EPISODE-

Next Time on TUF: Which former UFC champion did Dana handpick to be an assistant coach? Have Jamie Yager’s antics finally gone too far? Will it be go time at the house? Then the semifinals. Brad Tavares takes on Liddell teammate Court McGee. Then Josh Bryant faces Team Franklin’s lone fighter Kris McCray in a rematch. It’s a special two-hour episode. Who will move onto the live finale in Las Vegas and be one step closer to becoming the Ultimate Fighter?

PUNISHKLIN

NICK RING X
KYACEY USCOLA 2X
KRIS MCCRAY 4
JAMIE YAGER 10
JAMES HAMMORTREE 5X
CLAYTON MCKINNEY 4X
SETH BACZYNSKI 1X

ICE MAN

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

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) Jamie Yager vs. Josh Bryant (All season long Yager has been viewed as unstoppable with his headkick knockouts like he was a miniature version of Mirko Crocop. The small wrestlers could not compete with Yager.

But this fight it all changed. Bryant had reasonable striking ability, and stayed inside Yager’s range to avoid the full-powered headkicks.

Josh survived all of the intense attacks in the opening round. He was brutalized and dropped multiple times. I don’t think he landed more than ten strikes compared to Jamie’s one hundred strikes.

In the second round Jamie lost all form. He was swinging for the fences and missed ninety-nine percent of the time. Josh was suddenly proving to be the better striker after he figured out his grappling wasn’t as great as he thought it was.

Then in the second round Jamie Yager quits because of the very same injury that Tito cited as the reason for his withdrawal from his fight with Chuck Liddell. Tito’s team had zero heart with the exception of the truly injured Camozzi and Ring. Hammortree showed a ton of heart, but it is clear that MMA is not for him.

Tito’s crew that seemed great on day one because they all had a size advantage and brute strength was knocked out by strategic and effective fighters from Liddell’s camp.

All that is left at this point is Wildcard McCray, who will go on to fight under the banner of Rich Franklin.)

4) 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”.)

5) 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.)

6) 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.)

7) 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.)

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

9) 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.)

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

11) 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.)

12) 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.)

13) 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.)

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

15) 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.)

16) 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.)

Eleventh episode

Previously on TUF: Team Ortiz suffered heavy losses. First when Jamie Yager threw in the towel against Josh Bryant.

Then again when Dana sent Tito home and Team Ortiz became Team Franklin. Now get ready for the semifinals where wildcard winner Kris McCray turns to his new coach to overcome Team Liddell’s Josh Bryant in a rematch.

And Liddell teammates now become opponents as Brad Taveras tries to maintain his undefeated streak against the relentless Court McGee. Who will advance to the finale and fight for the six-figure contract and the chance to become the ultimate fighter?

– Intro time. Franklin finally gets to have his team wear red jerseys. So much for his usual green colour. I like how Team Ortiz is completely removed from the intro and logo. Everything is under the Franklin banner. That change must have cost ten thousand dollars for only two episodes.

– Rich Franklin and Dana White talk about the changes and updates in the gym. He is impressed after being absent for five seasons. He is shown signing the contract to fight Chuck Liddell. He thought Tito would still be around but is gone. Franklin has complete ownership of the team for the remaining week of the season.

– Franklin and Dana White gather up the fighters for Team Franklin. Rich doesn’t know anybody’s names. Dana says he has overcompensated in terms of assistant coaches.

– Forrest Griffin, his beard, Gray Maynard, and Tyson Griffin (no relation to Forrest) show up to be the assistant coaches. Wow. That’s stacked.

– They consult with Kris to prepare for the fight. We see a crane change Ortiz’s huge poster to one of Rich Franklin. Now Franklin’s serious demeanour stands next to Chuck Liddell.

– Rich and Forrest come to an agreement in terms of training Kris. That’s a wicked camp. A fresh pair of eyes seems to be the best thing possible for Kris. Tyson offers up some tips as well. Tyson Griffin has always been one of my favourite fighters.

Liddell training session. Hackleman gets a kick out of seeing Rich Franklin’s giant poster in the gym. He says Liddell is livid about not fighting Tito.

LIDDELL: I go from fighting a guy I hate to one of the nicest guys in MMA.

Don’t worry. Keep your chin up.

– We see Liddell’s training session. Jon says it will be awkward to see two of their own fighters go against each other. That’s the reality of having a team that has been near perfect. They are coached to breathe properly. All about the cardio. Quick feet. Liddell joins in on the exercises.

– Liddell reiterates what Hackleman just said. He says it will be hard to watch then that it will be fun to watch. Way to contradict yourself, Ice Man.

– Court and Brad understand each other’s tactics. Brad thinks he will be at a disadvantage on the ground but possess the advantage on his feet.

– Court’s beard trumps Forrest Griffin’s. Court and Brad hug it out at the end of the session.

– House time. Everyone has conspired to get after Noke, Tavares, Yager, and McCray because they always bang on things at two o’ clock in the morning. How they managed to coordinate twelve people to pull a prank on four people in such a crowded house is beyond me.

But not beyond a setup by production.

– They walk into their room at three o’ clock in the morning and buzz the air horns as well as fire silly string.

“WHAT’S UP MINORITY REPORT?!”

– None of them even flinch. Kris thought it was funny. Yager and Tavares are upset. Tavares claims he would always shut up if someone complained about the noise.

– The first reasonable thing Brad does is drop the Chess board with the pieces from the balcony and have it crack on the floor ten feet below. He is thinking of a thousand ways to get them back.

– Official Weigh-ins. Brad is young and athletic. That can be said about virtually all fighters. He is deemed to win the striking war. Both fighters weigh in. Joe says it is all about if Brad can catch Court on his feet.

COURT “GNARLY A–” MCGEE
BRAD “FLYIN HAWAIIAN” TAVARES

– Joe refuses to believe that Court can finish Brad on the ground. Dana says he doesn’t want to pick a winner, but settles for Court.

– Fight Day. They are already in their locker rooms. Brad claims it is the first time he has fought with somebody he has trained alongside prior to the fight.

– Court wants to put fear in my eyes. Brad is relaxed. They hug it out in the cage some more. Even the cage has changed from “Punishment” to “Franklin”. Dang. Gread production value.

BRAD TAVARES
22
6’1
74″
4-0
OPPONENTS DEFEATED: SMITCH, HAMMORTREE, BACZSYNSKI
KAILUA, HAWAII

COURT MCGEE
25
5’10”
76″
9-1
OPPONENTS DEFEATED: BACZYNSKI, HAMMORTREE
ALREADY LOST TO: MCGEE
OREM, UTAH

– Dana introduces the fight. Three five-minute rounds. Rosenthal is our referee.

– They touch gloves. Bouncing on feet for one second. Court deals a leg kick. They exchange punches but nothing lands. Someone’s cell phone goes off in the background. They miss a couple strikes. Nobody is looking for a takedown. Court looks like a bigger 185. Court lightly connects with another leg kick followed by a body kick.

– Brad lands a hard leg kick. More dancin’ around. Court misses a head kick. Brad lands an awkward punch. They do several feints. Court charges in during an exchange and has Brad against the cage.

– Brad braces himself with his hand. They fly around the mat until Court completes the takedown. He is on top of Brad in his guard. Three minutes to go. Court advances into half mount. Brad looks a lot like Tim Jr. from The Amazing Race Canada.

– Brad gets up. Court completely misses on holding him down. Back on their feet. They strike some more then break away from each other. Court feints a leg kick before firing a left jab. Court connects with another jab before attempting another takedown. He has Brad against the cage. He punches Brad’s ribs a few times. Brad spins away from the cage and breaks. They stand across from each other.

– Court aims low and looks like he is trying for another takedown but doesn’t bother. He misses a headkick. Court looks to be the better striker. They miss a ton of strikes. Court lands a short uppercut when Brad has his head down. They clinch. Brad is once again pushed against the cage.

– Court lifts up Brad and takes him down. Brad scrambles back to his feet as Court holds him against the cage. Court lands a huge punch on Brad’s face before attempting another takedown. End of round. 10-9 Court.

– Cleavage shot of Shandella. Liddell takes the time to coach Joe Henle from the sidelines.

– They touch gloves. Brad lands a punch right away. Then another. Court fends him off with a frontkick. Brad counters Court’s leg kick with a jab. Court misses a jab. Brad connects with a jab of his own. They both miss several strikes. Court lightly connects a jab. Follows it up with a leg kick. Court ducks low to throw several strikes and a body kick.

– Neither are striking. Court shoots for a takedown. Brad is against the cage. Neither are doing anything. Fatigue has become a factor. Brad breaks from the clinch. They square off to trade strikes. Halfway through the fight. They both miss their respective jabs. Brad finally connects a straight right. Brad whiffs with a few of his strikes. Court lands a leg kick.

– Court lands some big punches on Brad’s face. Brad misses a couple jabs. He lands a big one to counter Court’s leg kick. They each connect with a jab. Court shoots in the middle of octagon. As Brad breaks he lands a big punch on Court’s face. They exchange some big strikes. Court misses a leg kick. Court connects with a leg kick. Brad connects with a leg kick but Court uses this as an opportunity to try for another takedown. He is on his knees as Brad stands against the cage. Ten seconds left. End of round two.

– Court is bleeding on the bridge of his nose. Another freakin’ third round but neither fighter appears to be particularly fatigued.

– They touch gloves. Immediately they have huge strikes. Brad lands a huge body kick but follows it up with a groin strike. Brad apologizes and they hug. Fight resumes. Court connects with a leg kick. They furiously strike. Josh warns about potential headbutt. They did come awfully close. Brad lands a  HUGE punch on Court’s chin but Court takes it. Court lands a couple leg kicks.

– They do another exchange. Court lands a big punch on Brad’s face. Both fighters are demonstrating great cardio. Court tries to connect with some quick strikes but Brad successfully dodges. Court kicks Brad’s right elbow. Light jabs by Court connect against Brad’s face. Brad connects with one of his own. More jabs connect. Court lands a leg kick. Court checks a body kick from Brad.

– Court charges in for another takedown but fails for the quadrillionth time this fight. Both exchange jabs but do a good job of checking. Court lands a jab that wobbles Brad. Court shoots in for a takedown but this time brad has Court against the cage. Court reverses it and punches Brad’s body. Brad lands a brutal knee to the face! Court looks dizzy but somehow survives. He maintains position.

– Brad fires some Marco Ruas foot stomps. During the exchange of leg kicks Court accidentally lands a groin strike. They touch gloves.

– Both land some brutal punches. Court checks a head kick. Court lands a couple strikes. Brad turns away but regains composure as well. They trade some more punches. Court keeps head low. Clearly looking for a takedown.

– Court lands a brutal kick to the groin. That’s what happens when you deal big strikes.

– Both exchange right away. Court drops Brad but Brad gets up. Court swoops in and punches Brad and gets him to the ground. Court takes Brad’s back. He gets an arm under Brad’s neck.

– Within a couple seconds Brad goes unconscious. He didn’t tap. Dana is impressed. Brad wakes up. Clearly he doesn’t know where he is.

– We are treated to a montage of Dana’s reactions. This is easily the best fight of the season. Dana agrees.  Chuck thought Court won two out of three rounds. Court says this fight was for his son Isaac.

– We see the replay of the strike that landed on Brad’s right cheek that would lead to Brad dropping seconds later. Only twenty seconds remained in the octagon.

– Brad wishes he could be in the UFC now. Dana congratulates Brad on an awesome fight and says it was finale worthy. Brad doesn’t even look up as Dana tells him this.

– Josh announces that Court is advancing to the finale at the Pearl at the Palm. Chuck congratulates Court.

– Dana thinks the rematch between Kris and Josh will be awesome. I think otherwise but okay.

– After the match Dana calls everyone into the gym to await some “surprise guests”. It’s five guys in military camouflage outfits. Dana is wearing a dark Marines hoodie. He says him and the UFC are major supporters of the armed services. They have five Marines.

Such a random cameo. But they do indeed sponsour UFC regularly.

– Sergeant Paul Wright shows them exercises that would normally be required in the military. Forrest talks about the Marine exercises. He thinks Marines have more combat ready condition. They are all laughing and have a good time. Forrest’s cardio sucks during one of their four-person push-up exercises.

– Seth and others are shown how to “de-arm” somebody if they come at you with a gun or a knife.

Er, disarm.

PAUL WRIGHT: 3 outcomes. I kill him. He kills me. Or we both get killed.

Or neither of you die. . .

– The ol military propaganda continues. They bash American Gladiators-inspired sticks. Laughing and a good time is shown.

– Marines are shown reversals and escapes by the fighters and Franklin. Wright says the brotherhood in TUF is similar to the Marines.

They have a Minority Report with air horns and silly string?

Yager respects the Marines.

– That scene is indeed over. . .er, nevermind. The Marines show up for an evening BBQ and games. Franklin and Liddell attend the BBQ. Paul Wright continues talking. He has a surprisingly big and amusing personality for a military officer.

– Kris says his family has been in the military.

– One guy got a Bronze Star in Iraq. Sergeant Shurron Thompson speaks. Sweet first name.

– Franklin is amazed a guy who looks like he is in his 20s is actually 41 that includes eighteen years of military service.

– Rich taunts Nick and the Canadian guys shouldn’t mess with the American military.

NICK: Are they sure they want to mess with us?

Please don’t egg em on, Nick. At least wait for gun control laws to take effect.

So let’s end the episode here because we have come to the end of the Marine visit as well as the 43rd minute mark of the episode.

CONFESSIONAL COUNT

PUNISHKLIN

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

ICE MAN

KYLE NOKE 0X
RICH ATTONITO 3X
CHARLES BLANCHARD 0X
JOSH BRYANT 2
BRAD TAVARES 7
COURT MCGEE 7
JOE HENLE 1X

Rank the Fights

1) Brad Tavares vs. Court McGee (An incredible fight. By far the best fight of the season. Brad Tavares is an exciting fighter. His fights are always action-packed. A striking match where both fighters aimed for the finish, and great takedown defense was utilized.

The pace never dropped all the way to the last thirty seconds where Brad took one lethal blow and had his back taken followed by a textbook rare naked choke. It makes up for a bunch of other atrocious three-round affairs that went on this season.

I bet Brad must have had a weaker chin given that his win to get into the quarterfinals was via concussion, and Hammortree delivered a lot of strikes to him during their three round fight.)

2) 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.)

3) 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.)

4) Jamie Yager vs. Josh Bryant (All season long Yager has been viewed as unstoppable with his headkick knockouts like he was a miniature version of Mirko Crocop. The small wrestlers could not compete with Yager.

But this fight it all changed. Bryant had reasonable striking ability, and stayed inside Yager’s range to avoid the full-powered headkicks.

Josh survived all of the intense attacks in the opening round. He was brutalized and dropped multiple times. I don’t think he landed more than ten strikes compared to Jamie’s one hundred strikes.

In the second round Jamie lost all form. He was swinging for the fences and missed ninety-nine percent of the time. Josh was suddenly proving to be the better striker after he figured out his grappling wasn’t as great as he thought it was.

Then in the second round Jamie Yager quits because of the very same injury that Tito cited as the reason for his withdrawal from his fight with Chuck Liddell. Tito’s team had zero heart with the exception of the truly injured Camozzi and Ring. Hammortree showed a ton of heart, but it is clear that MMA is not for him.

Tito’s crew that seemed great on day one because they all had a size advantage and brute strength was knocked out by strategic and effective fighters from Liddell’s camp.

All that is left at this point is Wildcard McCray, who will go on to fight under the banner of Rich Franklin.)

5) 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”.)

6) 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.)

7) 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.)

8) 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.)

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

10) 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.)

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

12) 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.)

13) 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.)

14) 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.)

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

16) 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.)

17) 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.)
Twelfth episode

Previously on TU–er, right. There is no recap because this is the second half to a two-hour combined episode. Muh bad.

– Franklin is coaching his inherited fighters. Primarily McCray because he is the only one with a dream that is alive. He said Kris worked too hard in the first round.

FRANKLIN: This is his fifth fight in six weeks. That’s crazy.

Indeed. It is a miracle he has not been injured.

– Franklin coaches Kris on takedown defense. Gray and Seth show him. This is far better than any changes Tito could have made.

– Kris has learned to hold back some of his ammunition, and to make a minor change in his posture that will make all of the difference. Franklin’s tips are all about efficency and acting like an experienced fighter.

– Franklin has no doubt that Kris will win this fight. Although Franklin doesn’t have the best record in TUF.

– Yager and Brad talk in the morning as they operate a BBQ. His prank is to take everyone’s left shoe. Daniel Day Lewis would be furious.

– In classic Hispanic fashion, Brad whips rice and beans at Clayton and Hammortree who are sunbathing. Yager tossed flour at Hammortree from the same window.

– Hammortree dumps crap in Yager’s room. Yager lies and pours a ton of rice and beans in his room. Ah yes. A classic grab for airtime when they have zero airtime. They square off and curse at each other. Yager shoves Kyacey. Kyacey needs to be held back.

– Yager tells Kyacey that he lost both of his chances while their response is that they quit.

YAGER: I got rocked. I didn’t quit.

And that’s why Yager won’t be in the UFC.

– Clayton suddenly speaks up and repeats that Yager has quit. Kyacey wants to fight Yager outside. Both of them put their shoes on. Kyacey viciously spits on the lawn.

– Kyacey waits outside as Yager stays in his bedrrom.

KYACEY: Another fight he doesn’t show up for.

– Hammortree looks for his shoes. He asks where it is. Yager lies and says he has no idea.

– Clayton, Kyacey, and Hammortree all want to fight Yager in the TUF finale. A fight that will advance nobody’s career. Yager is upset because all of the fingers are pointed correctly in his direction.

– Yager says they are playing into his hand because he is locked in to fighting anybody he wants in the finale. Yep. Yager is there to collect his 10k from the TUF finale.

– Liddell training session. Josh decides to be more cautious this time. Jon says Josh’s takedowns and ground game is excellent. His striking is okay. Liddell tells him to avoid the clinch. Liddell says it is all about maintaining distance. They have a team cheer and mug for the camera.

– Official weigh-ins. Brought to us by Marines and Alex Ybarra. Josh heads to the scale. Dana is impressed with how Bryant took out Yager. He doesn’t see Kris dominating Bryant with wrestling as much as he did with Noke.

Dana predicts Bryant will win the fight decisively.

– Fight Day. They ride in the van for two seconds. One of the fighters tells Bryant that Kris has already lost once and will look for another way to lose again.

– Josh and Kris both intend to fatigue the other fighter. Looks like a three-round fight may be inevitable.

JOSH BRYANT
29
5’10”
73″
10-0
OPPONENTS DEFEATED: REBELLO, YAGER, MCCRAY,
TULSA, OKLAHOMA

KRIS MCCRAY
28
6’0″
71″
5-0
OPPONENTS DEFEATED: USCOLA, WALKER, NOKE
OPPONENTS LOST TO: BRYANT
WOODBRIDGE, VIRGINIA

– McCray fights for a record fifth time prior to the finale. Mazzagatti is our referee. Both fighters taunt each other. Bryant lands a big strike on the noggin. Kris takes down Bryant for a couple seconds but gets back up. Kris locks his hands around Bryant. Franklin repeatedly coaches Bryant to relax.

– Kris takes Josh down. Josh immediately gets back to his feet. Kris maintains the grip and slams Josh. Josh returns to his feet. Kris gives up the grip. Kris has a single now and takes Josh down. Josh sits against the cage but is back to his feet. Kris has Josh’s back as they stand against the cage. Josh reverses it again. They are in a clinch. Kris delivers knees.

– Kris is already tired as they stand across from each other. Kris misses a jab. Josh connects. Kris lands a head kick. Followed it up with a jab. Kris misses a jab. He charges in with strikes after being hit. Nothing connects too well. Josh lands a big leg kick. They dance around. Kris misses jabs and Josh counters with jabs of his own. They clinch for about ten seconds. Kris lands some big hooks on Josh. And an uppercut! They clinch. Kris misses an uppercut.

– They grapple against the cage. Josh breaks away. Josh misses an overhand. Muay Thai clinch. Kris delivers some knees to the fence. Josh has Kris against the cage as they grapple. Josh possesses the underhooks.

– Heh. The inside of the octagon still says Liddell vs. Ortiz. The only logo they forgot to fix.

– Josh lands some big echoing punches on Kris’ face. Kris is defending on his feet for the rest of the round. Kris lands a sloppy overhand right. End of round.

– Josh burps in between rounds. Never heard of that before.

– They touch gloves. Nobody is throwing strike. Both miss. Kris pushes Josh into the cage. Franklin pushes for energy conservation. Kris punches and knees Josh’s ribs.

LIDDELL: He’s tired.

Oh joy. Can’t wait for next season.

– Kris lands an enormous combination. Josh didn’t even try to block as his ribs and face gets pummelled. They battle for underhooks in a clinch.

– Josh has a single as Kris is standing with his back against the cage. Josh delivers a knee that is awfully close to a groin strike. Kris delivers knee of his own. They exchange light knees. Mazzagatti separates them.

– They square off again. Feints. Kris lands a big punch on Josh’s face followed by a knee in a Muay Thai clinch. Josh tries to slam Kris in clinch but Kris manages to stay on his feet. Kris gets off the fence at will. Both have little energy left. Josh repeatedly shakes out his arms.

– Kris lands a couple punches. Josh lands a punch of his own too easily. Neither fighter is doing a good job of blocking punches. Suddenly they do nothing for fifteen seconds. They trade light punches followed by a clinch where they trade an equal number of knees.

– Kris has his back against the cage. Josh tries for the takedown again. It fails. They continue clinching against the cage. Kris delivers a couple knees. Then they break and trade some jabs. Kris tries a takedown of his own but Josh defends it easily in the middle of the octagon.

– Josh runs into Kris with a combination. It didn’t do much. They clinch against the cage again. They barely punch each other in the face. End of round.

– Another effin’ three- round fight. Franklin says that Josh is winning because of octagon control. He needs to stay away from the cage.

– They touch gloves. Trade some jabs. A lot less power in their strikes. Kris fires some straight rights. Josh lands a straight right of his own. They clinch. Kris lands knee to the body. Kris jabs and Josh counters with leg kick. Josh connects with some solid punches. Kris grapples Josh and has him against the cage. Who’s got octagon control now?!

– Kris tries some knees and jabs to the face.

FRANKLIN: GET YOUR HEAD IN POSITION GET YOUR HEAD IN POSITION GET YOUR HEAD IN POSITION

– Josh escapes. They clinch and trade uppercuts. Kris has underhooks and demonstrates octagon control. Josh holds the cage to get to his feet. Mazzagatti’s warning is too late. They break. Kris chases Josh with strikes. Josh lands a couple of big punches to the face. Josh lands a leg kick. Josh lands a huge punch to the body. They follow this up with slow sloppy punches.

– They clinch. Both fighters ride fence together. Kris gets off the fence right away. Kris needs to wind up just to deliver a knee. He punches Josh’s face once. Josh spits out a ton of blood onto the mat.

– Their punches now require their whole body go into it. They’re slo mo punches. About one-fifth of Vitor Belfort’s speed. Josh lands a big left hook according to Dana. Kris clinches Josh and has his back as they stand against the cage. Kris tries to pull Josh away from the cage. Kris knees the back of Josh’s legs.

– Kris and Josh break and stand across from each other in the octagon. Josh lands a huge punch that wobbles Kris. Kris responds by going for another failed takedown attempt against the cage. End of round. End of fight. Mazzagatti tells them to be proud. Kris is the only one who puts his hands up. Josh delays in doing this.

– We see the slow calculation of the scorecards. Dana studies it hard as he walks into the octagon.

30-27
29-28
30-27

Winner is. . .Kris McCray.

Whoa.

Franklin steals the joke I was about to make.

FRANKLIN: They’ve never had an undefeated coach in the history of TUF. . .until now.

– Franklin says he was only here for a week. He claims Tyson, Forrest, and Gray did equal if not more work than he did to help Kris.

– Dana thinks Kris’ game plan was much better this fight than the last one.

– Liddell wished Josh could have pressured Kris more. Josh hates that he lost to a guy he already beat. He intends to go home, train, get better, and be vicious.

– It’s gonna be Court McGee versus Kris McCray. Not only has there never been a loser who has made it to the finals of TUF minus the Jesse Taylor incident, but this season BOTH finalists are already losers.

Doesn’t that bother you?

– Dana labels Court as the dark horse. We see a highlight reel of his fights. Then Kris’ fights.

Dana says Kris has the record for most fights in the house. He literally fought every Tuesday once fights began in the house.

Next Time on TUF: Moment of truth is finally here. Action kicks off this Saturday as Rich Franklin and Chuck Liddell face off at UFC 115 in Vancouver. After an unnecessary recap episode, it will be the TUF finale. Kris McCray wildcard winner of Team Franklin goes against the tough-as-nails Court McGee. Matt Hammill will fight The Dean of Mean Keith Jardine at light heavyweight.

P.S. I think the reason they are having a recap episode is because they had to drop a lot of footage due to the number of three-round fights that occurred this season.

PUNISHMENT

NICK RING 0X
KYACEY USCOLA 2X
KRIS MCCRAY 5
JAMIE YAGER 3X
JAMES HAMMORTREE 2X
CLAYTON MCKINNEY 1X
SETH BACZYNSKI 0X

ICE MAN

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

Rank the Fights

1) Brad Tavares vs. Court McGee (An incredible fight. By far the best fight of the season. Brad Tavares is an exciting fighter. His fights are always action-packed. A striking match where both fighters aimed for the finish, and great takedown defense was utilized.

The pace never dropped all the way to the last thirty seconds where Brad took one lethal blow and had his back taken followed by a textbook rare naked choke. It makes up for a bunch of other atrocious three-round affairs that went on this season.

I bet Brad must have had a weaker chin given that his win to get into the quarterfinals was via concussion, and Hammortree delivered a lot of strikes to him during their three round fight.)

2) 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.)

3) Kris McCray vs. Josh Bryant II (The rematch. Rematches on TUF tend to be ultra snoozers or quick finishes because the guy who won in the previous fight just exploits his technique for the second fight.

But that wasn’t the case here. Franklin coached Kris McCray with the best gameplan possible–efficiency and conserve your energy. Fight like a veteran. Go against Ortiz’s plan of using your strengths. Oh, and here’s a way to grapple better.

And it made all of the difference. This was a legitimate fight as both fighters were evenly matched. The savage who only looks for quick knockouts put everything he had into this fight.

We went for three rounds as both fighters took big shots. The fact Kris McCray fought for the fifth time in nearly six weeks is jaw dropping and made the fight intriguing. Can a guy really conserve energy when he has been zapped of it all during the previous five weeks? Wouldn’t he be ridiculously injury prone? Heck, several fighters were injured by the end of two fights. How in the world can someone fight five times?

Kris pulled off the upset that shocked everyone. Josh’s three-fight winning streak wasn’t enough.

It is a bummer that Josh is eliminated when it was only his first loss. The two people now in the final have both lost once.

4) 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.)

5) Jamie Yager vs. Josh Bryant (All season long Yager has been viewed as unstoppable with his headkick knockouts like he was a miniature version of Mirko Crocop. The small wrestlers could not compete with Yager.

But this fight it all changed. Bryant had reasonable striking ability, and stayed inside Yager’s range to avoid the full-powered headkicks.

Josh survived all of the intense attacks in the opening round. He was brutalized and dropped multiple times. I don’t think he landed more than ten strikes compared to Jamie’s one hundred strikes.

In the second round Jamie lost all form. He was swinging for the fences and missed ninety-nine percent of the time. Josh was suddenly proving to be the better striker after he figured out his grappling wasn’t as great as he thought it was.

Then in the second round Jamie Yager quits because of the very same injury that Tito cited as the reason for his withdrawal from his fight with Chuck Liddell. Tito’s team had zero heart with the exception of the truly injured Camozzi and Ring. Hammortree showed a ton of heart, but it is clear that MMA is not for him.

Tito’s crew that seemed great on day one because they all had a size advantage and brute strength was knocked out by strategic and effective fighters from Liddell’s camp.

All that is left at this point is Wildcard McCray, who will go on to fight under the banner of Rich Franklin.)

6) 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”.)

7) 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.)

8) 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.)

9) 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.)

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

11) 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.)

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

13) 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.)

14) 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.)

15) 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.)

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

17) 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.)

18) 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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