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Season 12 TUF Ultimate Finale.

Nam Phan has the opportunity to fight a UFC fighter. Usually they fight other fighters from the house, but this time he is fighting Leonard Garcia who has fought in the UFC several times before.

The fight was better than I thought it would be. I’m not familiar with Leonard Garcia so I couldn’t say who I thought would win.  They both had some rocking strikes. I thought Nam won the first round.

Garcia picked up the pace for the second round, but it didn’t last long before Nam was able to get back into rhythm.  Nam teed off on Garcia and almost had a TKO, but Garcia was able to curl up. Nam was able to get his back, but Garcia was able to defend against the choke. Nam won the second round.

The third round started like the second. Leonard was aggressive and wore himself out and then Nam started in. Garcia was tired and Nam took  advantage  of it. This round didn’t have a clear winner. Nam Phan was robbed and lost to Leonard Garcia by split decision. I personally don’t think Nevada should use ice skating judges anymore to judge MMA.

I was impressed with Leonard Garcia after the fight. He is a good sport even with the crowd booing him.

Johny Hendricks vs Rick Story was up next.  Rick Story won 29-28. It was an even fight.

Cody McKenzie vs Aaron Wilkinson. Cody went in quick and attacked the neck of Aaron. Remember Cody is a guillotine expert.  He forced the tap out in about two minutes.  The thing is he didn’t even have it locked in under the chin, but he was squeezing and twisting his head enough to break something if he didn’t tap.

Demian Maia vs Kendall Grove. It wasn’t a close fight, but Demian Maia didn’t finish it and left it to the judges. The judges called it 29-28 for Demian Maia.

Stephan Bonnar vs Igor Pokrajac. Bonnar controlled all three rounds and won despite losing a point.

Michael Johnson vs Jonathan Brookins.  The fight we have been waiting for. Michael Johnson is quick and strong. He has improved a lot over the course of the show and he likely improved since the show. If it stays up, he will win.  If it goes to the ground, Jonathan will win.

Jonathan Brookins is excellent on the ground. His stand up is decent, but Johnson is better in that area.  I want Brookins to win and I think he will.

The fight started and Johnson landed some jabs. Brookins leaves his head straight up and doesn’t tuck in his chin.  He will get knocked out that way.

Jonathan had Michael up against the fence, but couldn’t take him down.  Johnson is looking his best. He is quick and landing the strikes.  Michael tagged Brookins and dropped him.  Jonathan wrapped up and was able to save himself.

Michael tagged him again and landed several knees. He is really working over Jonathan Brookins. Michael Johnson has really worked on his cardio. He is a completely different fighter from that last time we saw him.

Michael Johnson clearly won the first round. The second round was more of the first. Jonathan Brookins was still standing straight up with his chin out, but he was able to take Johnson own and get on top. He landed a couple good strikes on top.  This is Jonathan’s element and Michael has to get up or it could end here.

Jonathan did an excellent job of keeping Michael down and dropping some elbows. Michael got out with a minute and a half left, but Jonathan was able to take him down again and drop more elbows.  This round was all Jonathan Brookins. Time ran out before he was able to get a submission. It is 1-1 now.

The third and final round will decide the winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 12.  Jonathan went for a take down.  If he can get Michael down he will win. If Michael can stay up, he will win.

Jonathan did get him down, but was fighting for control. He used up a lot of energy trying to get Johnson on his back.  Brookins was able to mount Johnson up against the fence, but Johnson reversed and stood  up.  Brookins did a lateral drop and ended up on top. This is where he will win if he can stay busy with his ground and pound.  He has to do some damage to lock in the win.

Jonathan Brookins started to drop some elbows to make sure they wouldn’t be stood up.  The fight ended with Jonathan Brookins on top and, in my opinion, won the fight.

The judges came back with a score of  29-28 for Jonathan Brookins.  Michael Johnson had an awesome first round, but Jonathan had a superior ground game and better conditioning.

Jonathan Brookins really needs to work on his stand up if he wants to go far in the UFC. I am sure his coaches will understand that and help him. If he can improve at boxing, he will be great.

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The Finals Are Decided on The Ultimate Fighter

This week Jeremy Brookins and Kyle Watson are fighting in the semifinals first. I still thought this was should have been the final fight, so it should be a good fight.

They are on the same team so they know how each other fight which will also make for a good fight.

On Team Koscheck, the coaches have all but quit. Some of the fighters are really upset with the lack of training.  At the house Koscheck Jr had a little to drink and was imitating him.

In walks Koscheck while Marc Stevens is mimicking him. Josh let it go because Marc was drinking.  I think it helped Josh wake up and realize he let his team down.

Nam Phan seems to have let his victory go to his head. He talks about people behind their back from what the other fighters are saying.

The fight between Kyle and Jonathan starts. I would like to see Jonathan win it and move on to the finals, but Kyle would be an honorable winner as well.

They started feeling each other out and throwing jabs. Kyle landed a leg kick that turned Jonathan.  Jonathan went in for the take down and ate a knee along with a few strikes.

Jonathan went for another take down and got it, but wasn’t able to do anything and Kyle got up, but not away.  Kyle was able to land a couple knees and break away.

Jonathan got another take down with Kyle against the fence. Kyle is a good jiu jitsu guy so he had good defense. Jonathan slowly worked on improving his position and didn’t do much ground and pound.

He finally ended up in Kyle’s guard and that is when he let his hands fly.  I think Jonathan stole that round because of the two take downs and the ending flurry of strikes he had that were close to knocking Kyle out.

The second round started like the first with jabs and dancing around. Jonathan went for a take down quicker and kept after it until he got it.

He was back in Kyle’s guard, but this time he wasn’t against the fence. Jonathan pushed Kyle against the fence and landed a few good strikes.

Kyle pushed him off, but gave up his back and Jonathan pounced. He wasn’t able to get any hooks in as Kyle slowly turned and protected his back.  Jonathan landed some good elbows, but Kyle was able to turn around and lay on his back.

There was a lot of fighting for position, but not a lot of striking from either fighter. With two seconds left, Kyle got up. Jonathan won that round. Kyle has to knock out or submit Jonathan to win the fight now.

The final round began and they are both tired. Kyle looked a little slower, but he drove in as the aggressor. Jonathan turned him around into the fence and Kyle broke away with a knee.

Jonathan went for a take down and got it with Kyle sitting against the fence. Kyle got up and landed a few good strikes, but Jonathan countered with a pretty nice slam.

It looked like Jonathan’s strategy this round was take Kyle down and stay on top until the round was over.  He elected to lay on Kyle rather than ground and pound or improve his position for a submission.

The round ended and Jonathan clearly won 30-27.  Jonathan Brookins will win the finals.

Kyle did well defending himself from submissions and started off strong, but Jonathan dominated him in the end.

Next episode.

Nam Phan has separated himself from his team and his team doesn’t like him. It is too bad. I like how he was a graceful winner.  Josh Koscheck really wants Nam to win to save face.

Nam Phan and Michael Johnson are fighting next. I think Michael is stronger than Nam, but Nam is a better all around fighter in my opinion.

Nam doesn’t have the respect of his team and that could have really effected his training. Nobody wanted to train with him so he was by himself.  That could give Michael the advantage.  He has both teams routing for him.

The fight started and they went for it. Michael got the quick take down, but Nam did throw elbows the entire time. Michael let him up and took him down again. He let him up after it was clear he took him down.

Nam caught Michael’s leg and Michael went down. Nam landed some good strikes, but Michael continued his strategy of take him down and let him up.

The good thing about this fight is both look like they want to win.

Michael looks better in this fight than his previous fights. He landed strike after strike and he stayed busy. Nam was getting worked over.

Can Michael continue the pace? He didn’t have good cardio in past fights and Nam has endurance.

Michael cut Nam’s right eye and blood was pouring down. It was affecting his vision, but he didn’t quit.

The round ended and Michael won. I think they were both tired and I don’t think Michael can keep the pace he had in the first round. The next round could give us the winner.

The second round started slower and Michael applied the pressure, but Nam was able to fight the take downs. He landed some good strikes and body shots.

Michael looked like he was going to get a take down, but Nam ended up on top and let his hands go.  He let Michael up and that may have been the confidence Nam needed. Michael wasn’t able to score much after that and Nam connected a lot more.

There wasn’t a clear victor of the second round. It could have gone either way.  I think Michael landed more so I would give it to him.

The third and final started. If Nam won the last round then the winner of this round wins the fight.

Michael was aggressive again and got the take down pretty quick. He ended up in Nam’s guard. Nam was busy and through elbows.

Nam got up and Michael went after him. Michael took him down again, but Nam got up pretty quick. Nam has to do something to convince the judges because Michael is controlling the pace of the fight.

Michael kept the pressure and won the majority of the exchanges. They were both tired at the end and Michael won. At best Nam won one round.

The judges came back with the results and it is a split decision. Michael Johnson won. I think he deserved it. He has improved a lot over the weeks and I am really impressed with how well he did.

Jonathan Brookins and Michael Johnson will fight in the finals. If the fight were to happen right away, I would give it to Jonathan Brookins. There will be time for the fighters to train at home before the finals and Michael Johnson has really improved over the course of the show.

Michael Johnson is stronger than Jonathan, but Jonathan is a better fighter so it could go either way.

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The Semifinals Are Decided on The Ultimate Fighter

This week Kyle Watson and Aaron Wilkinson will be fighting first.  Kyle is better on the ground so if he can bring the fight down, he will win. It if stays up, Aaron will probably win.

Aaron had a loss in this competition and that can really motivate a person.  He has a good chance of winning the fight, but I want Kyle to win.

The fight started with Kyle throwing leg kicks and looking for an opening. He found one and took Aaron down. Aaron didn’t do anything offensive.

Kyle was in Aaron’s half guard and was working on getting the side mount. He got the side mount and Aaron was able to stand up. He didn’t get away though and Kyle brought him down again ending up in a full mount.

Surprisingly, Kyle didn’t do any ground and pound from the full mount. He did work his way onto Aaron’s back. He had him in a body lock and was going for the rear naked choke. He had it, but Aaron’s chin was in there to prevent the choke. The neck popped out and Kyle won by tap out.

I felt bad for Aaron. He really didn’t show up to the fight. All he did was tap Kyle with some little rabbit punches.

Next is Michael Johnson vs Alex “Bruce LeeRoy” Caceres. Freddy Roach, a professional boxing coach, came in to train with Team GSP. The team was excited about that, since he trains champions.

This is the fight we have been fighting for. Micheal is stronger, but he wasn’t impressive in his last fight. Alex is a clown and really annoying, but he is a good fighter and can win the fight.  I don’t think either fighter belongs in the finals because they both are in need of attitude adjustments.

Josh Koscheck is supporting Alex. He thinks Georges threw Alex under the bus, but that isn’t what happened. They wanted to fight and GSP said if two fighters pick each other he will do what he can to get them to fight.

The fight began. Alex had a strategy of hit and run. Micheal’s strategy was take him down and let him up to break him.

Micheal was able to take Alex down quick. Alex got up without much damage. Micheal clocked Alex and knocked his mouth piece out.

Micheal got another take down. So far his is dominating the fight.  He hasn’t done any damage when he had Alex on the ground. The take down does score points, but if he can’t score points on the ground, it will boost Alex’s confidence.

Alex got up again and let his hands go. He had some good strikes, but so did Micheal.

Alex tripped and Micheal jumped on top. As usual, Mike didn’t do any damage and Alex got up.

The first round ended and I have to give it to Micheal. Alex did good the last half, but Micheal did more damage and had the take downs.

The second round started and Alex needed to attack. He did come out a little more aggressive, but he was a little too ambitious and tried some funky move which failed and Micheal ended up on top. Fortunately for Alex, Micheal still hasn’t learned how to ground and pound.

He did throw more punches the longer they were on the ground. He looked like he was going for a guillotine and Alex got up. Alex went to the ground and Micheal got his back. Alex was able to roll him off and for the first time Alex was on top, but it didn’t last long and Micheal got up.

Micheal then took Alex down again, but couldn’t’ do much damage. Alex has to win by knock out or submission because Micheal is winning this round too.  He doesn’t do much damage on the ground, but he has several take downs and does damage when they trade punches.

Alex got up and Micheal took him down again where the fight ended. Micheal won unless the judges watched a different fight. I felt myself routing for Alex for some reason. It was a good fight. Alex was quicker, but Micheal was stronger and imposed his will.

I thought it was a good fight. The fighters worked out their issues and I think their beef is over.  They respect each other now. Josh Koscheck was upset about it.

The coaches picked the semifinals fight pretty quick.  It will be Jonathan Brookins vs Kyle Watson and Micheal Johnson vs Nam Phan. I thought Dana would have wanted Jonathan and Kyle to meet in the finals, but Koscheck needs a guy to go all the way to the end.

I think the finals will be Jonathan Brookins vs Nam Phan. It will be a great show next time.

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The Happiest Day For Josh Koscheck on The Ultimate Fighter

Two fights in this episode.  Sako Chivitchian vs Jonathan Brookins will be the first match.  Sako is a judo expert, but in his last fight he didn’t look like his judo was that great.

Jonathan is supposedly the favorite to win. He looks like he has good jiu jitsu, but we didn’t get to see too much in his fights, because they didn’t last long.  I want Brookins to win because he is on Team GSP and he seems like a good sport that doesn’t talk trash.

The fight started with Sako being aggressive. Jonathan went in for the take down and tried to take Sako’s back, but Sako trained for that and put Jonathan’s back into the fence.

Sako attempted a judo throw and Jonathan ended up on top and went for the rear naked choke. Sako was able to defend against it for a little while, but Jonathan was patient and locked it in forcing Sako to tap.

Sako knew what was going to happen and they trained for it, but Jonathan is the real deal and got it in under 2 minutes.

Next up is Cody McKenzie vs Nam Phan.  This is a difficult fight because Nam is a humble guy who doesn’t swear and I would like to see him win, but he is on Team Koscheck. He is a better all around fighter, but Cody is an expert at one move, the guillotine.

Cody likes to tease Josh Koscheck and is the only one on the team that does so, but he is a good guillotine fighter.  If he grabs Nam’s head, the fight will be over.  If Nam can keep his head out of Cody’s arm pit, Nam will win.

Nam didn’t sound too confident in his pre-fight interview. He compared Cody to Randy Couture and other top fighters.  He said maybe Cody will lose now.

The fight started and Cody followed his game plan and listened to his corner. He drove Nam into the fence and tried to take him to the ground. Nam was able to fight it off, but Cody was still able to keep him against the fence.

Cody finally got Nam down, but was in Nam’s guard. Cody scooted Nam against the fence and started to try to ground and pound, but Nam got up and broke away.

Cody was persistent and got Nam against the fence again. Nam had good defense, but you can’t win a decision on defense.

Cody was tired with a minute left and Nam stepped up his boxing game and hit Cody a few times pretty solid.

The round ended and I think Cody won because he controlled the fight most of the time. Nam did land some solid punches, but I there weren’t enough of them.

Nam came out in the second round stronger than he did in the first. He knew he had to win the round to move on.  Cody was visibly tired, but he was still in the fight.  He couldn’t control Nam like he could in the first round, but he still went after him.

Nam looked like a different fighter in the second round. Cody couldn’t hold on to him and Nam was punching and kicking all the time. He had some good combinations and Cody looked finished.

Then Nam punched him in the ribs and it looked like he broke one. Cody dropped and the fight was over.  This is probably the fight Josh Koscheck wanted to win more than anything.

Josh is going to let Cody hear about this for the rest of his time in the house. No doubt about that.  Cody deserves the trash talk that he is going to get.

I am happy for Nam and I think he deserved the win.  I feel bad for Cody, but he was cocky about it.  And he needed a piece of humble pie.

Next week we see Aaron Wilkinson vs Kyle Watson and Michael Johnson vs Alex Caceres. I think they will both be good fights to watch.

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Will Marc Stevens Get Caught in Another Guillotine?

Alex Caceras has a hurt back so he hasn’t been training like the others. He stretches his back while the others are working hard. That is really going to hurt him when and if he fights.

The wild card decision upset a lot of people. Mark Stevens was choked out in 18 seconds. There were other fighters who put on a better fight than he did. Dana wanted to pick the best fighters on paper and not go off of their fights.

Koscheck was poking a stick and Medic Tate again. They started messing around and Josh was trying to poke him with a plunger and Tate was blocking with a garbage can.

There is a lot of tension between Alex “Bruce LeeRoy” Caceras and everybody else.  Everyone wants to fight him next.  We’ll find out who the lucky one will be.

The fight between Aaron Wilkinson and Marc Stevens will be a good fight. Marc showed that he doesn’t have a ground game.  He can punch hard, but that is about all we have seen.

Aaron is better on the ground, so if it goes there Aaron will win.  During the weigh in Josh pantsed Brad Tate and he.  Brad finally got under Joshes skin and Josh went up to Brad and put on a rape choke.

Koscheck was talking about how he doesn’t associate with guys like that, but it was Josh that started it all. I thought it was pretty funny. At least he admitted that Tate got under his skin.

Dane tried to separate them and Josh stuck his hand in Dane’s face to get away.  Josh claims he doesn’t really know who was doing what and went after Dane when he stormed off and semi-apologized. I was happy he at least did that.

Since Team GSP has 5 and Team Koscheck has 3, two teammates on GSP will have to fight each other.  Georges St-Pierre decided to have everyone write down the person they would want to fight on the team if they can’t fight someone from Team Koscheck.  Micheal Johnson wanted to fight Alex and Alex actually wrote down Michael, so if GSP has a say, they will each other.

The fight is getting ready to start and I want Aaron to win it. He is a better example of a good sport. He doesn’t have a hot head and talk a bunch of trash like Marc. Let’s face it, Aaron put on a better show in his last fight than Marc did.

The fighters know each other and have trained with each other. They started off pretty slow, just feeling each other out.

Marc scored a leg kick and went in for the take down. He got side control and then moved to a full mount. Aaron rolled over giving Marc his back then rolled back into full mount.

It went from full mount to the back a few times, but so far Marc was controlling the fight.

Aaron finally was able to get away, but Marc had his arm. Aaron was able to  to get his arm away, but he kept his head in to be threatened by a triangle.

Aaron wasn’t listening to his corner and kept his head there for the triangle.  The round ended, but I think Marc won that round. Aaron wasn’t able to completely get away from him.

The second round started and Aaron needed to step up and win this round.  He did come out swinging more, but didn’t land anything solid.  He went for a knee and Marc caught it and went to the ground with Aaron.  Aaron had him in a guillotine. Marc couldn’t get away and tapped.

Looking at the choke, it looked like he tapped early. I have seen tighter guillotines and the fighter didn’t tap.  I think he was scared once he got in that choke again and quit.  He won the first round and probably would have won the second if he would have gotten away.

The coaches met with Dana to pick the quarter finals. GSP wanted Alex and Michael to fight. Josh used it to find out the weaknesses and strengths of Team GSP fighters.

The fights will be:

Jonathan Brookins vs. Sako

Cody vs Nam Phan

Kyle Watson vs Aaron Wilkinson

Michael Johnson vs Bruce LeeRoy

Josh Koscheck was mad about the last two fights.  I can’t wait to see the Michael Johnson vs Alex Caceras fight.

Next week there will be two fights. Jonathan and Sako will be a good fight. Josh thinks Jonathan is the number one fighter.  I think he will win his fight.

Between Cody and Nam I think Cody will win. Nam has better stand up, but Cody is a guillotine expert and once he grabs on, the fight is over.

My guess is that Team Koscheck will not make it so the Semifinals.

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Team Koscheck Scores Two Wins on The Ultimate Fighter

This episode started it with the last fight announcement which will be Dane Sayers vs Sako Chivitchian.

For this fight I give it to Sako. Dane fought okay, but he didn’t look like he had a lot of skill compared to the other fighters.

Sako is a judo expert and will want to take it to the ground. If it goes there, which it probably will, he will win.  If they stay on there feet, Dane has a slight chance of winning.  Apparently Dane has heavy hands so he could knock out Sako, which is the only way he will win.

Brad Tate is a medic for team GSP and Koscheck started going after him.  Brad was getting upset and Josh was loving it.

Both of the fighters have a reason to be there and both really want it.  Sako has the ability to go all the way to the finals with his ground game.

The coaches challenge was a home run derby. Georges is from Canada and hasn’t played baseball before.

The get 10 pitches and 3 innings. One point if they hit it over the first fence, three points if it goes over the second fence, and 5 points if they hit a homerun.

Josh was up first and scored 7 points.  Georges started off pretty week  which is understandable since he hasn’t even held a bat before. He ended up with 3 points after the first inning.

Josh scored 9 the second inning and GSP scored 7.  16 to 10 going into the last inning.

Koscheck did great and got 18 points. GSP missed every ball and scored 0.  Josh Koscheck won.  This is his second win of the show.

This time Dane agreed to touch hands at the beginning of the fight.  They started pretty quick. Sako went in and Dane tried to pull him in a guillotine, which Sako was able to escape.

Luckily for Dane, he was able to stand up.  His strategy should be to strike, but he was fighting like he wanted to take him down.  To his credit Sako couldn’t take him down.

Hmm. Dane didn’t seem to do much. Sako was going after him, but Dane would back away. He would only engage when he was against the fence. His corner told him not to lock his hands and all he would do is lock his hands and try to take Sako down.

Dane went in for a take down. That really surprised me.  He would have got it, but Sako grabbed the fence.

The round ended and nothing really happened, but I gave it to Sako since he punched Dane and Dane didn’t throw many strikes at all.  Dane has to win this round decisively or Sako wins.

They both came out strong. Sako took Dane down, but he got up. Sako then took him down again and this time he stayed.

I thought the round would end that way, but Dane was able to get back to his feet once he decided to.  Not much damage was done when he was on the ground, but Dane has to do something to sway the judges.

One of the trainers said Dane has the heaviest hands, but he would throw any punches in this fight. He was content to hug Sako instead.

Dane almost took Sako down again, but like last time Sako grabbed the fense and it saved him.

I think Dane’s corner should explain that the winner isn’t decided by who hugs the longest, because that seemed to be his strategy.

Dane had good take down defense and Sako was not as impressive as I expected. I thought Sako won both rounds although the first round didn’t have much action. The judges agreed and gave Sako the win.

Based on this performance, I don’t see Sako making it to the finals.  He was funny at the end. He said if you want to take him down you have to take off his head.  He would have been taken down twice, but he grabbed the fence both times which saved him.

Dane wasn’t expected by anyone to win, but he did fight a defensive fight and it went to the judges.

The wild card was announced and it will be Aaron Wilkinson vs Marc Stevens.   I agree with Aaron. He fought well and deserves another chance.  Marc Stevens did knock out his first opponent, but he was also choked out in less than 20 seconds in his next fight.

It will be a good fight either way, but based on their last fights I thought a couple other fighters deserved to be there before Marc.

Scenes from the next episode show Koscheck rape choke Brad the medic.  That will be interesting to see.

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Team Koscheck is Silenced on The Ultimate Fighter

Team Koscheck won and when the team got back to the house they were yelling and screaming.  They were really rubbing it in. The problem was that Team GSP has won 3.

Josh Koscheck came to the house to help antagonize the other team. Micheal Johnson made it easy for them by talking back. They knew they were getting under his skin and went after him.

The fight pick was Marc Stevens vs. Cody McKenzie. After the stare down, Cody flicked Koscheck’s nose. I thought that was disrespectful, but Cody likes to give Josh a hard time. Josh does it quite a bit.

Cody is 11-0 and has one move, the guillotine.  He is good at it and can apply it different ways.  Marc is a good fighter and if he can keep it on their feet he will win.  If it goes to the ground, Cody will likely win.

This is the match-up of trash talkers. Marc has been given the nickname of lil Koscheck because he tries to imitate him and they knew each other before the show. Whoever wins this fight will really run his mouth.

I want Cody to win this fight, but I don’t like how he jabs the other team. I like the sportsmen on the show that are respectful in victory.

The round starts and Cody runs out swinging. Marc takes hims to the ground and Cody catches him in a guillotine and finishes the fight in under 20 seconds. Marc was the number one pick.

That was awesome!  I am glad Cody didn’t celebrate immediately after the fight. He was respectful and a good sport. Georges St-Pierre requested his team be respectful after the win.  He explained that it is a strategy. If you are nice and respectful they will expect you to come out soft and slow in the fight.

Koscheck’s locker room it was silent.

The next fight is Jonathan Brookins vs. Sevak Magakian.  This is a tough one to call.  Sevak really wants to fight Bruce LeeRoy and I would love to see that fight.

Brookins is good on the ground.  While GSP was training him they bumped heads and GSP got a cut on his eyebrow.

Sevak is a scrapper and has been training all his life.

I think Sevak will win this fight, but I want Team GSP to win so it is tough.

The fight started and they both bounced in front of each other for a while then engaged. It went to the ground pretty quick and Jonathan ended up on top. Not much happened and Sevak got up. Jonathan jumped on his back and got his hooks in.

Jonathan finally got his arm around the neck and Sevak fell down in the rear naked choke.  Another quick fight.  I underestimated Brookins.  He is a good fighter and he is a respectful winner.

I think it is humiliating for Koscheck to lose two fights in a row so quick, especially after all the trash he and his team talked after the one win.  There is one fight left before the prelims so Josh might get out with 2 wins.

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What? Team Koscheck Scores a Win

This episode started out with Team Koscheck.  Josh seems to really care about the fighters and it was nice to see. He brought in Jon Fitch to help them train and the team appreciated it.

Alex Carreras put bleach in the fabric softener. His teammate Michael Johnson used it and got pretty upset with him.  Everyone is tired of his pranks.

George St-Pierre brought in Jean Charles Skarbowsky, a Muay Thai Kickboxer to help train. He has a different discipline than everyone else.  He was drunk apparently and just beat up all the fighters without breaking a sweat.

Alex or Bruce LeeRoy continued to talk trash. He is playing the victim saying how everyone is against him. The other fighters try to help him out, but he wants to be the victim.  It is frustrating, because in the beginning of the show he seemed like a funny, happy-go-lucky guy. Now he is annoying.

Spencer Paige from Team GSP and Nam Phan from Team Koscheck were picked for the next fight.

For this fight I think Spencer Paige to win. Nam had a good fight, but he didn’t look like a solid fighter.

Spencer is a good stand up fighter, but isn’t very good on the ground. His strategy is to stay on his feet and knock Nam out.

Nam will want to take Spencer to the ground and finish him through some ground and pound, but he is a striker as well.  Nam has better conditioning so if it goes three rounds he will have a good chance of winning.

Chuck Liddel came in to hang out with Team Koscheck to help motivate them.

The fight began and Spencer came out pushing the pace, but Nam countered when he could.  Spencer landed a leg kick that dropped Nam, but he jumped right up.  Nam landed a strike and dropped Spencer to return the favor, but Spencer got up before anything else happened.

After Spencer was dropped he was no longer pressing the action. Nam was pushing forward and Spencer would strike or kick as he backed away.

Spencer already looked gassed with two minutes left in the first round. Nam doesn’t look like he is sweating yet.  Nam caught Spencer’s kick and dropped him.  This time he stood above him and dropped bombs.

Spencer didn’t look like he knew what to do on his back. All he did is up kick.. Nam finally went to the ground and tried to submit Spencer. Spencer would not tap, but it looked like his arm was hurt.

Nam broke Spencer and now it looks like Nam has this fight. He won the first round.

The second round began with Nam pressing forward with much more confidence. Spencer still through strikes and kicks, but they didn’t have the same power they had at the beginning of the first round.

Spencer landed a kick to the head that seemed to hurt Nam. He was able to follow up with some strikes, but no more damage.

Spencer would fall when he kicked to the head and the third time Nam jumped on him. This time Spencer was able to get up.

With about a minute twenty left Spencer seemed to get a spark of life, but it only lasted for a couple kicks and then he was back to his tired self.  He has to finish strong or Nam is taking the fight.

Spencer just looked like he was hurt.  I couldn’t tell if it was a rib or arm, but something seemed injured.

The fight ended and I gave it to Nam. The judges agreed and gave the win to Nam.

Josh was really happy with the win and, of course, talked some trash. Apparently the cockiness transferred to his team. We’ll see what happens in the next episode which will feature two fights.

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GSP Gets Three on The Ultimate Fighter

Mike Tyson was on at the beginning of the show and he is a pretty deep guy. He was giving the team some encouraging words and telling them not to be afraid, but to be confident. He said confidence breeds success and success breeds confidence.

He also told them that confidence needs to be applied properly.  I think that is true.  Confidence and cocky are different and confidence applied wrong is cockiness.

Koscheck’s team was pretty upset that Alex was yelling F’ Him Up during the fight.   Alex kept talking and really made Sevak mad.  He really wants to fight in the ring.

Alex, Bruce LeeRoy, decided to take on the roll of the of the guy that causes trouble in the house.  It is really too bad, because he is a funny guy.  He just got really cocky after he won his fight.

GSP still has control of the fights. He picked Kyle Watson versus Andrew Main. This is another odd match-up. They are both jui jitsu fighters. Kyle is much older and has more experience, so Team GSP feels he will win.

Koscheck is really trying to get under George St-Pierre’s skin, but it doesn’t seem to be working…yet.

It sounds like Andy is a faster and quicker fighter, but Kyle is slow, methodical, stronger, and seasoned.  I will give this fight to Kyle, but Andy looks like he could get the upset win.

Team GSP did a lot of psychological training for Kyle. They rehearsed his entry, did a mock fight and they raised his hand at the end.  I haven’t seen that type of psychological preparation on the show before. We’ll see if it pays off.

They fight started and they both had similar plans; punch and kick a little and find an opening for a take down. They both landed some good strikes and it went to the fence.

Andy jumped on Kyle’s back and got his hooks in while standing. Kyle did good controlling Andy’s arms from getting a choke, but Andy was able to score some rabbit punches.

It finally went to the ground, but Kyle didn’t quite get Andy off on the drop.  Kyle was able to get on top and escape the cumorah attempt.  This is where Kyle is supposed to dominate.

Andy did a good job keeping Kyle off.  Kyle was able to land a hard strike on another attempt at getting on top and he was pulled into Andy’s guard.  Kyle couldn’t control Andy on the ground.  He just needed to look like he was punishing him for the last 30 seconds and he would win the round, which he was able to accomplish.

Kyle won the first round, but Andy is not to be taken lightly.

The second round started like the first. Andy threw strikes and kicks while Kyle waited for timing. Andy went in swinging and Kyle was able to take him down within 30 seconds of the round.

Andy attempted a triangle which allowed Kyle to move into side mount.  Andy was able to pull him back into half guard.  Kyle didn’t strike much which was surprising.

Kyle got up to try to get a better position and ended up taking Andy’s back with a weak body lock on him, but then transitioned to planting his hooks. He was able to lock in a rear naked choke for the win.

Koscheck was pretty upset about it and started to kicking things. Josh walked out before the announcement was made.  He was able to gain control before he spoke with Andy.

It was a pretty good episode. Nothing out of control yet, but they showed scenes that still haven’t happened.  Bruce LeeRoy looks like his is trying to get hit, but we’ll see what happens.

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Mike Tyson Visits The Ultimate Fighter

Bruce LeeRoy got drunk after the fight and was talking about it to Jeff and rubbing it in.  He was talking about it too much.  The other fighters were getting sick of hearing him.

In GSP’s training they seemed to be learning and they didn’t show anybody complaining and giving up. In Koscheck’s training, some of the fighters seemed to be complaining and quiting. It was making Josh mad.  He talked to them and it seemed to get them to finish training.

If the team is quiting like that in practice it will be hard for them to finish when they fight.

George St-Pierre picked the next fight and choose Michael Johnson versus Aaron Wilkinson.  Michael is the favorite so this will be interesting.  Aaron is pretty good so this will be a great fight to watch.

Koscheck played a prank on GSP.  They parked their cars right next to his car on either side so he couldn’t open any of his doors.  George was still able to squeeze in and get his car out.

Watching Wilkinson’s training it looks like Wilkinson is a better striker than Johnson.  Johnson has better ground and pound. If Wilkinson can keep it on their feet, he will probably win.  If it goes to the ground Johnson will probably win.

In this fight I am picking Wilkinson to win. He seems more confident and he is quicker. I want GSP to win the whole thing though.

Mike Tyson came to talk to Team GSP.  Mike is getting old, but he is a legend.

The round started and Aaron threw some strikes. That woke Michael up and he returned the strikes and then took Aaron down. He wasn’t able to do much on the ground and Aaron got back up.

After trading punches, Michael took Aaron down with a nice take down. Aaron got back up pretty quick but took some punishment along the way.  Aaron pushed Michael up against the fence and then was able to score a take down himself.

Michael just laid there. He didn’t try to get up while Aaron dropped elbows on his face. After a bit more than a minute, Michael finally moved and pulled Aaron into his guard.

The round ended and Aaron stole the round with the take down and pounding he gave Michael.

The second round started with Michael landing a solid strike. It phased Aaron for a second, but Michael didn’t do anything with it and they wrapped up.

Aaron made a mistake and tried to take Michael down in his guard.  Micheal tried to get him in a choke, but couldn’t hold him.  Aaron got out and then took Michael down just like in the first round.

This time Michael didn’t lay there and he got up and then immediately took Aaron down.  He pounded him for a little bit, but Aaron got up.

They both were really tired and didn’t have anything behind their punches.  Michael has to win this round if he wants a chance of winning the fight.

Michael pushed Aaron up against the fence, but didn’t do too much damage. Aaron broke away and then pushed Michael up against the fence attempting to take him down. Michael was able to stuff the take down and the round ended.

It was a tough call. I think it was too close to call and would have to go to a third round.  The judges gave it to Michael and they are going to a third round.

They were both so tired. It all comes down to who wants it more. Michael came out swinging and took Aaron down. He had more energy than he did in the first round.

He pounded Aaron  and then got him in a rear naked choke. Michael wanted it more. It reminded me of the training they showed where Koscheck’s team quit during practice.

I think Michael wanted to win in front of Mike Tyson. That third round was a completely different fighter. The first two rounds showed someone that was slow and lacked confidence.  The third round was great.

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