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The Teams Are Picked On The Ultimate Fighter Season 12

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On this episode the fighters move into the house.  It is a nice house which is unfortunate since they will likely destroy it.   When they first got in the house they seemed to get along with each other and nobody stood out as the house nuisance.

George St-Pierre had a strategy to get Josh Koscheck to force a pick by having a fake list of who he wanted so Koscheck could see it.  The hope was that Koscheck would pick Marc Stevens instead of the number one guy.  It worked and GSP got Michael Johnson just as he planned.

Team GSP:
Michael Johnson
Jonathan Brookins
Spencer Paige
Alex Caceres
Kyle Watson
Cody McKenzie
Dane Sayers

Team Koscheck:
Marc Stevens
Sevak Magakian
Sako Chivitchian
Andy Main
Nam Phan
Aaron Wilkinson
Jeff Lentz

I think the teams are pretty good so both teams should have wins.  It does come down to fight selection so anything can happen.

GSP chose the first fight and picked Alex Caceres versus Jeff Lentz.  I don’t think it was a wise decision. Jeff has great stand up. Alex “Bruce Leroy” Cacerees is quick, but he doesn’t have the heavy hands that Jeff has.

I would have picked a mismatch in my favor instead of a toss up like this fight.

I am favoring Team GSP just because I like GSP better.  The show has changed my mind about fighters in the past so my opinion of Josh Koscheck may change.  So far both coaches seem like they care so it should be a fun season.

Alex is a laid back happy guy.  Jeff has more anger, smokes and drinks more than he should.  I would give cardio to Alex. If the fight goes three rounds, Alex will probably win.

Jeff can end the fight if Alex isn’t careful because he has better stand up. His ground game is decent, but I think Alex has a little better ground game.

Before the fight my guess was that Alex won, because in the scenes after the last episode they should Jeff punch another fighter at the house. If he won and still had a chance, I doubt he would have done that.

The fight started with Alex throwing kicks and knees to keep Jeff away.  It worked for a while and he did land one pretty good. Jeff was able to close the distance and pin Alex against the cage.

After jockeying for position  and several failed take down attempts from both of them Alex used a guillotine to take down the gassing Jeff. Not much happened and they went back up to slow dancing as they had done for the majority of the round.

Finally the ref broke them apart and the kicks came back.  Jeff landed a good strike that almost dropped Alex. He was able to score a nice take down at the end of the round which gave him the round in my opinion.

The second round started with kicks from both fighters, but few of them made contact. The wrapped up against the fence again until Alex attempted a take down and they both fell down.  Jeff was able to twist around and end up in Alex’s guard.

Alex was able to catch Jeff in a triangle choke and Jeff tapped out.  The funny thing was in the house Jeff said he would not tap if he was in a choke.  It was a good fight and it really could have gone to Jeff if it went to the judges.

I don’t see Alex winning the show, but he will make it fun to watch with his upbeat personality.

From what I saw of the fights to get into the house Micheal Johnson is a contender to win the whole thing. Marc Stevens showed he has knock out power and his background is wrestling so he is probably a contender as well. His fight was too short to really see if he can make it.

St-Pierre maintains control of the fight picks for another week.  Next week Mike Tyson will make an appearance and there are some grumblings on Team Koscheck.

The Ultimate Fighter is Back with the 155 Weight Class

The Ultimate Fighter is back with its 12th season! This season Josh Koscheck and George St. Pierre are the coaches.  I didn’t like Josh when he was on the show int the first season. He is a really good fighter and we’ll see how he is as a coach.

This is the season for 155s so the fights will be much more intense.  The fights they showed were pretty good. One of the fights ended in 13 seconds, but the others were pretty good so we could see the strengths of the fighters.

This is going to be a great season. The fighters that made it in are good for the most part. A couple of them are weak on the ground so that will be interesting, but several of them seem to be well rounded and hit hard.

They showed some scenes from the season and it looks like the level of class will drop a little bit from fights outside of the octagon, including a coach.

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And The Winner of The Ultimate Fighter is…

The Ultimate Finale on the Ultimate Fighter.  Court McGee versus Kris McCray was the fight I really wanted to see.

Jaime Yager versus Rich Attonito was the other match up from the house, not what I expected but I will take it. Naturally I was wanting Rich to win by knockout.

Both fighters had some time to train after leaving the house. Jaime was looking better in this fight than in his last fight.  He had some solid punches and of course he used some kicks, but not as many as I thought.

Jaime controlled the striking game and so Rich went for the take down and got it.  Jaime was able to get right back up.

Yager slowed down after the first couple of minutes, but Rich didn’t pick up his pace. He was able to land a couple strikes, but Jaime landed more.

Rich tried another take down, but Yager was able to stop it. Jaime won the first round.

The second round was similar to the the start of the first. Jaime throws combinations and Rich throws single strikes.   Rich can hurt Jaime if he could connect.

A couple minutes into the round and Jaime looked tired. Rich was able to land more punches to the face which visibly hurt Yager.

Jaime had enough and tried to take down Rich which wasn’t a good idea. Rich is a superior grappler.  He took Jaime’s back and was able to get  his hooks in and pound the sides of Jaime’s head.  There was nothing he could do and the ref stopped it.

Jaime should class after the fight and hugged Rich. I assume he also apologized for the way he acted in the house and put everything behind them.

Next Spencer Fisher and Dennis Siver fought. There was really good back and forth. The fight was full of action. Dennis Siver won a unanimous decision. I was surprised with that call. I thought Spencer won the first and third rounds.

Next Chris Leben fought Aaron Simpson. Simpson controled the pace of the fight. Leben had good defense.  The ref stopped the fight giving Leben the win.

Matt Hamil and Keith Jardine fought next. Both have knockout power. In the second round Hamil cut up Jardine and had him rocked. Keith accidentally poked Matt in the eye which may have saved him from a knock out.

Jardine lost a point and came back after the time out with a vengeance. Matt returned the fury and bloodied up Keith. Matt Hamil won a majority decision.

Court McGee and Kris McCray were up next.  From watching them on the show. Court wins hands down.  There has been time for both of them to train and last season we saw how much a fighter can improve from the show to the finals.

The first round started with both fighters fighting for position. Court was able to take Kris down and ended up in his guard.

Court brought Kris to the fence, but Kris was able to get up only to be taken down again. Court was able to inflict some ground and pound before Kris got back up.

Court got the take down again with out taking any damage. Kris was able to reverse and get up when Court went for the full mount.  Kris landed the most punches after he got away.

The first round ended and Court won. He controlled most of the round and had many take downs and pinned Kris against the fence for much of the round too.

Kris really needed to pick up the pace for the second round and score some points.  They traded punches for a bit and then Court took Kris down in full mount. Kris was able to hug Court and prevent him from any ground and pound. Kris then rolled over and gave Court his back, but then got away.

Court took Kris down again pretty quick and was on top again and choked out Kris McCray for the win.

Court dominated the fight. Kris had some good moments, but they were shadowed by Court’s domination.  Good job Court!

There was time after the fight so James McSweeney and Travis Browne fought. The ref stopped the fight giving Travis Browne the win in the first round.

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Court McGee and Kris McCray will Fight in the Finals of the Ultimate Fighter

If you remember from last week, Tito Ortiz was sent home and Rich Franklin took his spot.  They cut off before we saw the assistant coaches leading us to believe it was a big name. In walk Forest Griffin, Gray Maynard, and Tyson Griffin.

Forrest looks fat.  He might be training to much on the xbox.

The new coaches jumped in and the team benefited from the experience of past show fighters with tons of experience.

In the past, coaches that had teammates fight would let the assistance pick one and the head coach would step down. This time, Chuck coached them both which is a little weird.  They wanted to keep the team unity.

Brad and Court are familiar with each others styles.  Court has a better ground game than Brad.  Brad has good stand up.  I picked Court for the win and not just because the TUF crew was in town filming at his gym a couple weeks ago.

The house got the trouble makers, Yager and Tavares, back for all the disruption they caused. They got a couple others too, but Jaime and Brad were upset about it. Kris hardly responded to the noise.

The beginning of the first round just showed the fighters feeling each other out.  Court threw jabs, but didn’t land many of them. Not much if any damage was done.

Court went in and took Brad down, but didn’t do anything.  Brad was able to get up.

They had an exchange, but it looked like they both came out even.  Court would drive in and wrap up and would make some contact. He did take Brad down and second time, but Brad hopped right back up.

The first round ended and I have to give it to Court because he had 2 take downs and made more contact. Neither one looked like they were beat.

The second round started with Brad being a little more aggressive. He landed some straight punches to the face that went unanswered.

Court warmed up and started to counter and land some of his own straight rights.  He buckled Brad with one, but Brad stayed up and recovered quickly.

Court wrapped up against the fence, but couldn’t take Brad down. Brad was winning half way through the second round. Court needed to do something to take control.  It looked like Court’s nose was broken.

Brad landed more power punches and I gave the second round to him.

The third round was going to decide the fight.  Brad needed to stay on his feet and Court needed to take it to the ground.

Brad punished Court when he would come in. He landed some solid punches.  Brad was more on defense waiting to counter Courts attacks most of the time.

Court started to find his groove and countered almost every strike from Brad.  Court just about dropped Brad with a punch, but didn’t capitalize on it.

They were both gassed, but kept with it. One of the groin kicks landed by Court but the second one was low. I think Brad was tired.

Court dropped Brad and ended up on Brads back chocking him out with a rear naked choke and won the fight. Brad did well he has some great stand up. I thought Court did more damage with his punches.  Brad will be back.

Dana brought in five Marines to train with the teams.  The Marines showed the fighters some of their training. The fighters showed the Marines some ground techniques.

Kris McCray and Josh Bryant were the next fight.  This will be a rematch for them.  Kris may have learned from the first fight and redeem himself.  Josh is tough and has some strong punches.  I want Kris to win to represent team Ortiz/Franklin, but I think Josh can win again.

Jaime Yager was out for revenge. He took their left shoes and hid them.  Brad threw beans and rice at a couple guys sunbathing. Hammortree was mad and confronted them.

He took some trash and dumped it on Yager’s  bed and floor so Yager dumped rice and beans on Hammortree’s floor and bed. Jaime claimed he didn’t do it, but he did.

Hammortree went after Sideshow Bob, but was held back. Bob talked a big game, but everyone pointed out that Jaime quit.  They decided to take it outside.

Hammortree was outside waiting and Jaime was looking out his window at him.  He didn’t want to go. I am sure it is because he didn’t want to be banned from the show. That is a good excuse, but I think he was scared.

Jaime got the shoes and gave them back and even apologized. I think he knows people are ready to pound his face in.

Josh and Kris are next up. I want Kris to win, but think Josh will take it. Josh is a better striker and grappler, but Kris will be able to defend the take down because he is taller.

The fight started out with Kris being the aggressor. He was going for take downs.  I think that was a good strategy since Josh has knockout power.

Kris took Josh down, but wasn’t able to keep him there.  Josh got up, but not away. Kris stayed on him and took him down again.  Josh was able to get up and away this time.

Kris looked much better in this fight than any of his previous. He was all over Josh and landed some good strikes.

Kris took the first round. Josh landed a couple strikes and a kick and that was it. The second round I expected to see Josh explode. Kris was tired by the end of the first. I don’t think he can last two rounds.

The second round started like the first. Kris went in for a take down and pinned Josh against the fence. He wasn’t able to get the take down.

I really expected Josh to come out swinging. Kris really wanted the fight.

Josh went for a take down, but Kris stopped it. They were both tired and the fight looked like it may go to the person with the best conditioning.

Josh landed a lot more strikes this round, but Kris controlled the fight more.  He was unable to take Kris down. Kris couldn’t take Josh down either.

The second round was really close. I still think Kris took it, but the judges could have given it to Josh.

For the third round it could have come down to who can take the other person down first.  The last round had more action in the beginning than either of the previous rounds. They both were swinging.

They were both so tired and kept at it.  They traded punches and knees for more than half the fight.  It was to close to call. The last round could have gone to either one.  I gave the fight to Kris.

The decision came and Kris McCray won in a unanimous decision.  I was very impressed with Kris. He came out much more aggressive and with a lot more heart than any of his previous fights. He earned the win.

Kris McCray versus Court McGee in the finals. That will be a good fight.  The finals will be a match up between alternates. I don’t think that has happened before. They both had a loss in the house.

Rich Franklin redeemed himself as a coach. We didn’t get to see much, but he did seem to be more helpful and positive about it.

I am excited to see the fight. I think Court will win. He has learned a lot in the house and is training with Chuck Liddell at his gym for this fight.

For the other match ups from the house. I want to see Hammortree and Yager.  That would be a great fight, especially if Hammortree knocks out Yager.

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Dana White to Tito Ortiz, “You’re Fired” in The Ultimate Fighter

This episode started with Chuck still talking to Dana about Tito pulling out of the fight due to needing neck surgery.  Chuck hates Tito and was only doing the show so he could punch Tito in the face at the end.

Tito Ortiz looked a little scared. He wouldn’t say anything and he wouldn’t even look at Chuck.  Chuck noticed it and was smiling at Tito waiting for a glance that never came.

The last preliminary fight is Jaime Yager versus Josh Bryant.  Yager is the favorite of the fight.  Josh will have trouble taking Jaime down since Josh is shorter and Jaime is tall and has decent take down defense.

The first round started with both fighters landing a good strike.  Jaime was effected more by the punch, but was able to recover during the lock up.  Jaime threw some solid knees to the body and Josh let go.

They respected each others power after the first exchange and Jaime resorted to kicks to keep Josh away.  Josh was able to land one punch.

Josh seemed to get kicked in the nuts a couple times, but the fight was only stopped once.

With 20 seconds left Josh finally decided to rush in and he dropped Yager.  Jaime recovered quick so no more damage was done.

Jaime landed many more strikes in the form of kicks so I have to give the round to Yager even though the punches Josh landed hurt Jaime.

Yager threw more kicks, but Josh went after him and hit him with some solid punches.  Yager was scared and threw knees and kicks, but still ended up on his back.

He was able to get up and they went back to Yager kicking with a couple weak punches.  He has strong kicks and knees, but his punches didn’t seem to do anything.

Josh dropped Jaime again, but Josh’s ground and pound was weak. Jaime was able to protect himself with one arm for most of the barrage. He did eat a few elbows.

Josh had the second round and a third round was coming. It didn’t look like Yager wanted to continue. Josh has power behind his punches and Yager wanted to quit.

Jaime said he couldn’t see and the fight was over.  Josh deserved that win. Yager expected to kick Josh in the head and end the fight.  I was impressed with Josh.

This is want millions of fans and almost everyone in the house have been waiting to see. Jaime “Sideshow Bob” Yager got punched in the face and quit.  Finally.

Tito was mad at Yager. This is the first time Tito acted like this after a loss. He has always supported his team in a loss, but when big talker Yager quit Tito talked a lot of smack about him.

The irony is that Tito quit before his fight even started.

Does Tito see himself in Yager quitting?

Dana pulled Tito aside and is sending him to a different specialist.  He said if the doctor says he needs surgery, they will get it done.  He told Tito tomorrow is his last day coaching on the show.

Tito was visibly upset that he couldn’t stay to coach his last fighter. He was in tears about it.

Tito didn’t tell his team about what was going on so Dana called his team in and told them that Tito is no longer their coach.

The team was mad that Tito didn’t say a word to them.  They just couldn’t believe Tito would do that.  They were sure he would come back and tell them.

Yager got back from the doctor and they told him nothing was wrong. He was disappointed by that.

Tito came by the house to talk to his team. I think he just had to gain his composure.

The next day Dana announced the semifinals. Brad Tavares versus Court McGee.  I am giving the fight to Court.

Kris McCray versus Josh Bryant is the other fight.  I give Josh the win in this fight.

Of course the four fighters have had time to recover and to train so either one could win  the fight.

Team Ortiz walks into the gym and Rich Franklin was in there waiting.  This is a good time for Rich to redeem himself  from his coaching last time.

Dana says he is over compensating and asks to bring in the assistant coaches and the show ends.

Next week is the two hour live finale.

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Two More Advance in The Ultimate Fighter

Kris McCray and Kyle Noke had the first of two fights.  They were friends and trained together before the show, so they weren’t to happy about the match up.

Tito Ortiz came in the training room and told some of his team that he may need surgery on his neck.

Kyle was the favorite in this fight. He has more fights under his belt and a longer reach.

The fight started with Kris taking Kyle down pretty quick. Not much happened on the ground and Kyle was able to stand up after about a minute.

Kris once again was able to take Kyle down.  Kris wasn’t able to do any damage and looked like he might have already gassed out.  Kyle got back up again.

Kris took Kyle down again, but wasn’t able to control him and was a risk of being caught in a guillotine. Kris wasn’t able to get out of danger until Kyle took him down.

Kris was on top, but he didn’t look like he wanted to hurt Kyle. He landed little rabbit punches but did no damage and only scored on take downs. Kyle wasn’t afraid to hurt Kris and landed knees, elbows, and punches.

Kyle won the first round.

The second round started with Kris taking Kyle down at will, but wasn’t willing to do any damage.  He is content to just lay on top of Kyle.  He scores on take downs, but you can’t win a fight if you don’t throw punches or try for submissions.

Kyle got up and then took Kris down and ended up on his back. Kris didn’t seem like he minded. He didn’t try too hard to get up. He had several opportunities to get away and only did so when Kyle fell off to the side.

I never saw Kris throw any punch with any sort of power behind it.

Kyle didn’t do as much damage in the second round as he did in the first.  The  judges decided to go to the third round.

Kris started out looking for the take down and got it.  This round he decided to fight and tried a little harder to do some damage.  He threw punches and elbows while he was on top.

Kyle looked like he was zapped. He laid there for a couple minutes without trying to get away.

Kyle almost got Kris in a camorah, but Kris still was in control.

The ref stood them up with a minute left. Kris went for a take down while Kyle went with a flying knee.

The round ended and I think Kris took that round.  The judges agreed.  He fought the last round, but the first two rounds was just take downs.

The next fight was Brad Tavares versus Seth Baczynski.

Chuck Liddell was at the house and Kyacey told him that Tito might go have neck surgery.

Brad was the favorite in the fight, but Seth has many more wins. This match up was a fight. They both started out swinging.

Seth was able to take Brad down. Brad gave up his back after a failed break away.

Seth had a body lock on Brad and going for chokes. It looked like the fight was over, it was just a matter of time.

Seth lost the body triangle but still had Brad’s back. He almost choked him out, but Brad really wanted the fight, but Seth is superior on the ground.

Brad was able to sneak out, but didn’t let Seth get up.  Brad has superior striking and should have stood up.

Seth was locking in a triangle choke and Brad picked him up and slammed him down twice to break free. Brad dominated the last minute and then with one second left Seth kicked Brad in the face while Brad was on the ground.

Brad tried to look like it didn’t hurt, but he was dazed pretty good.   The doctor called the fight. I would have loved to see the second round, but Brad would have lost  in his condition. He was out and didn’t even know what happened. He jumped up and walked back to his corner.

Tito was saying the doctor said he kicked Brad in the arm pit.  I am sorry, but the shin when across Brad’s face. He was not faking that. Everyone could tell what happened.

Tito was really mad, but I think when he sees the fight he will realize that he was wrong about what happened.  He mentioned the phantom knee and that really wasn’t there and I agree with him there. Unfortunately judges and doctors don’t have instant replay in MMA yet.  In this case they made the right call.

Dana pulled Chuck aside and told him Tito pulled out of the fight.  We can see that Tito is still around for the next fight, but they hinted that Tito may have to leave the show.

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Court McGee Advances to the Semi-Finals

Kyacey Uscola versus Kris McCray started off the episode fighting for the wildcard spot. I favored Kyacey in this fight. He only lost because he was disqualified for kneeing his opponent in the head, which never landed.

Kyacey really wanted the fight.  He attacked Kris. Kris threw some knees so Kyacey straight kicked the knee twice.  The second kick really hurt Kris. Kyacey went in and Kris was able to tie him up against the fence landing knees in his thigh.

They were finally broken up after one of Kris’s knees landing in the crotch. They went back and forth and Kris finally took Kyacey down. Kyacey was just waiting until the bell. He didn’t try to get back up or inflect any damage.

The first round could have gone any way.  It was close especially after Kris finished the round.  Kris came alive in the second round and took Kyacey down again.

Kris forced the tap with an arm lock.  Kris wanted it and he got it.  Kyacey started out really good, but quit near the end of the first round.

The coaches with Dana picked the quarter final fights.  Tito was getting upset that Dana didn’t want to put Court McGee versus Nick Ring. Dana White went ahead and let the fight happen. Chuck Liddell was upset that Tito Ortiz got his fight.  Chuck was saying Court would have beat Nick if there was a third round, but didn’t want them to fight off the bat.

Dana picked the fights and the first fight is a rematch between Court McGee and Nick Ring.  Kyle and Kris are the second match up. Brad will fight Seth for the third fight.  Yager will fight Josh for the fourth fight.

Nick Ring has a bad knee and went to the doctor to check it out.  The doctor said he retore his ACL and will need reconstructive surgery.  He can still fight, but there is a risk of further damage.  I thought he would take the easy way out and leave rather than risk losing to Court.

Dana showed up to the house to talk to Nick. Nick said he just can’t do this. He clearly did not want to continue in the competition. Dana was disappointed especially since the doctor said he could continue in the competition.

Most of the remaining fighters are injured so there aren’t many choices.  Hammortree followed Dana out and said he wants the fight.  Dana walked back in the house and announced that Hammortree has the fight. Henle was visibly upset. He thought the fight was his.

The match the last fight of the episode is Court McGee versus James Hammortree.  This was a hard one. I wanted Court from team Liddell to win, but I wanted Team Ortiz to win.  Hammortree is a good fighter, but so is Court.

The round started with Hammortree landing some good punches. Court tried for the take down, but failed.  Court landed some kicks and punches and seemed to be getting into his groove.

Court took Hammortree down, but he was able to get back up only suffering a little damage. Court was able to take him down again, but Hammortree got up again.

Court tried a back kick, but that didn’t work and Hammortree got the take down.  Court was able to get on top.

The first round ended and Court took it.  I don’t think there was an option.  Hammortree started as the aggressor, but Court turned the tables and was attacking the remainder of the round.

The second round started with Hammortree landing some combinations.  Court finished him pretty quick in a standing guillotine choke. That is a hard way to finish a trained fighter. Court learned from his last fight and did not leave it to the judges.

It sounds like we find out why Tito isn’t fighting Chuck in the next episode so that will be one to watch.

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The Ultimate Fighter Prelims Wrap Up

The last preliminary fight is Seth Baczynski from Team Ortiz versus Joe Henle from Team Liddell.  Dana gives the fight to Seth hands down.

Joe has only been fighting for six months so he is pretty green.

Nick Ring appears to be the next fighter that is going to be out of the show due to a knee injury.  He was trying to keep it quiet, but his knee gave out in practice so there was no hiding it anymore.

The round started with Joe taking Seth down to the ground.  There was a little maneuvering and Seth had Joe in a guillotine.  Joe got out of it and got Seth in a choke. Seth got out of it, but then gave his back to Joe.  Joe got one of his hooks in but Seth rolled over and ended up in Joe’s mount. Seth dropped elbows on Joe’s face ending the round. I don’t think Joe landed a single strike.

I gave the first round to Seth since he landed strikes. The were pretty equal as far as control went.

The second round started much different than the first.  Joe landed some kicks and strikes.  It appeared he knew he lost the first round and really wanted the second.  Seth took Joe down and Joe ended up on top.

Joe got out of Seth’s guard and went around and got Seth’s back. This time he had his hooks in, but they were loose.  It looked like they were fighting in slow motion as Seth broke free and ended up having Joe in his guard.

Seth finally was able to get away and the stood up, but it went back down to the ground. The second round ended with Seth trying to choke our Joe in a rear naked choke.

I gave the second round to Joe despite the end and the judges agreed.

Round three started with Seth being the aggressor.  Joe took him down, but Seth was still controlling the action.  Seth landed a lot of punches to Joe’s face even after Joe pulled guard.  Joe couldn’t do anything from the guard. He just tried to get a triangle choke, but couldn’t.

Finally Joe tries to get up, but Seth is able to keep him down. I think in the last three minutes of the fight Joe threw one little rabbit punch until the last 30 seconds when he started to get a little busier.  He didn’t do near the damage Seth did.

I gave the fight to Seth.  He dominated the third round.  It couldn’t have gone any other way.  Joe did exceed expectations.  He will turn into a good fighter if he sticks with it.

The wild card fight was announced and Dana White chose Kaycey Uscola from team Ortiz and Kris McCray also from team Ortiz.  I thought Court McGee would have been chosen.  I think James Hammertree deserved it much more than Kris McCray.  The only thing I could think of was Hammertree must have still been injured, but he didn’t think he was.

There was a hint that one of the other fighters will have to step down so Hammertree might get another chance.

Rich was injured and couldn’t continue so Dana put Court McGee in his spot so I was happy about that. I thought he deserved it.

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Team Ortiz Scores A Controversial Win

Kyacey Uscola started off complaining about Tito pushing them hard before a fight instead of resting.  I understand his point.  The fighters need to be rested and ready to fight, on the other hand most of the the other fighters disagreed and thought Tito was doing it right.

Tito held a team meeting to let them voice their opinions.  He handled it very well with a positive attitude.  It seemed they worked things out.

Dodge ball was the coaches challenge.  Chuck won three rounds in a row taking the $10,000 prize.

Team Liddell had control and chose Court McGee  to fight Nick Ring (#1 pick) from Team Ortiz.  Dana was surprised because he felt Nick Ring was a superior fighter.

On this fight I wanted Court McGee to win.  He is on Team Liddell, but Court is from around here so I have to support the local guy.

Nick Ring did the “Oh no you didn’t” for he match up pic.  The funny thing is that he really talks with that tone.  I was shocked.  It is similar to Mike Tyson.

Nick looked confident after weigh-ins and Court looked like a puppy.

The first round was pretty good. Court started out in control landing punches and take down.  When the got back up it was kicks that dominated by both fighters until Court went in for the take down.

He hit the ground before securing the take down allowing Nick to stop the take down and end up in control. The remainder of the fight was Court defending.  I gave the first round to Nick.

The second round was more kicks by Nick.  He was gassing, but Court didn’t take advantage of it like he could have.  He would go in and throw a couple punches then back out.    When he would drive in he would land punches and Nick couldn’t do anything since he is all about kicks.

The second round was a hard one to give since it could have gone either way.  The judges gave it to Nick Ring by majority.  I really think it should have gone to a third round.

Chuck Liddell was mad that it didn’t go to a third round.  I was expecting to see more drama about it, but it wasn’t any more than Chuck yelling a bit.

There is a wild card still available and it looks like Tito could have half his team out on injuries which narrows down the fighters he can bring back.  We saw a preview that hints Nick Ring might be out as well so Court has a good chance of coming back to fight again.

I am happy Team Ortiz got another win it will make things interesting as we head into the next round of fights in a couple weeks.

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Another Long Fight On The Ultimate Fighter

Team Ortiz was in control this week.  Tito picked Kris McCray from his team versus Josh Bryant from team Liddell.  Both fighters looked like they were ready to fight in their own ways.

For the fight I was wanting Kris from team Ortiz to win even though he is one of the three jesters.

The first round started out with them pretty evenly matched, but about two minutes in they both seemed gassed.  Kris seemed to be slightly more in control and then towards the end, Josh started to control the fight. The first round ended pretty close. Nobody really had complete control. Kris was more aggressive and landed more shots which may have given him the first round, but Josh was able to get up after every take down.

In the second round Josh landed a straight jab to the jaw. It didn’t knock Kris down, but it seemed to through Kris off.  Josh was able to land some more good punches.  Kris was still in there punching and going for the take down, but it was obvious the punches had an effect on Kris.

The second round ended with Kris in Josh’s guard.  They were both landing shots, but Josh owned the second round.  I thought this could easily go to a third round, and the judges agreed.

In their corners, they both looked tired. It appeared Josh had better conditioning, but he also looked like he gave the second round everything he had.

The third and final round was a bunch of hugging with a few rabbit punches and knees.  It seemed to come down to how could score a take down and then the ref separated them and they both landed some punches.  Kris went in for a take down and Josh stopped it ending up on top  in the side mount.

Josh was able to slowly put Kris in a choke and the round ended with Josh looking like the victor.  Josh won it and he deserved it.  He had better conditioning than Kris and it earned him the win.

This episode there really wasn’t much footage from the house or training so we didn’t get to see any shenanigans like we see with the fights are shorter.  I am sure Team Ortiz is getting frustrated and the previews hint at some contention in the next episode.

At some point Tito apparently leaves the show and Rich Franklin comes in.  I am not sure why or when, but that will be an interesting episode.

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