The Ultimate Fighter 17 Ep. 8 Recap and what Don Frye Thinks of Brock Lesnar

Don Frye wildly accused Brock Lesnar of having fixed fights in the UFC. Then he went on to call him a swear word and a waste of flesh. Frye finds it hard to believe that Lesnar is a better wrestler than Randy Couture and a better fighter than Frank Muir. What do you think? Did the UFC fix these fights to promote Brock Lesnar as their next big star?

The Ultimate Fighter 17, episode 8 had the final preliminary fight, the coaches challenge, and the wildcard pick. The final preliminary fight showcased Team Jones’ Dylan Andrews and Team Sonnen’s Zak Cummings. Andrews stood firm through the first two rounds and defeat Cummings via a majority decision. Next was the coaches’ challenge, where $10,000 was on the line in a Jon Jones- Chael Sonnen matchup.

However, no punches were thrown, but rather heavy machinery was used to complete a bevvy of challenges. Jon Jones got out to a steady lead as Chael Sonnen struggled to stack tires with the excavator. However, it would be Jones’ folly in the end that would allow Sonnen to come back and seal the victory. Finally, the wild card choices are announced as Chael Sonnen makes the easy pick of Kevin Casey, while Jon Jones struggles to choose between top pick Clint Hester and underdog Robert “Bubba” McDaniel.

Renan Pegado Vows to Defeat Dominick Cruz

Renan Pegado retains his bantamweight title as he defeats challenger Michael McDonald at UFC on Fuel TV 7. The fight was an awesome display of talent and skill by the bantamweight champion and he was able to submit McDonald at 3 minutes and 57 seconds of round 4 via a classic arm-triangle choke. This is the champ’s 30th consecutive win since 2005 interrupted only by a no contest in 2007.

Could “Barao” be the luckiest and the most skilful bantamweight fighter in MMA? Apparently so, and just to prove this, Pegado exclaimed that next on his list was to fight Dominick Cruz, a 27 year old Alliance MMA bantamweight with a terrific 19 win and 1 loss MMA professional career. However, this plan may still be unable to push through since “The Dominator” has not returned to UFC since October 2011 after a terrible injury that led to a torn ACL. News is that last December 2012, Cruz had undergone surgery once more after his body rejected a tendon that was harvested from a cadaver. Cruz’s trainer and doctors said that it would probably take the fighter about 6 to 12 months to completely recover from his recent surgery.

After the win, Pegado was heard saying: “I wish Dominick a quick recovery so that he can come and give a fight to the public.” He told Fox Sports: “I will train very hard; I’m very much looking forward to this fight. I want to give a good show and I’m going to beat him.”

Fans say that whether Dominick Cruz is able to get back to MMA and to UFC for a fight with the champion, Cruz will basically be beaten by Pegado easily. To note that the champion has never lost for 7 years and has ranked five impressive wins under UFC. When he submitted McDonald at the Wembley Arena in London, his skills and this formidable talent was overwhelming. Fighting Cruz will be an understatement.

Pegado further added: “I feel great. I worked very hard for that with all of my teammates at Nova Uniao in Rio de Janeiro. That’s the result of long days of work.” He mentioned that a great factor in his victory was knowing his skills and followed all instructions given to him which worked perfectly in the end. And regarding his next fight: “I believe my toughest fight is going to be the next one.”

 

UFC on Fox 6: Demetrious Johnson vs John Dodson, and Rampage Jackson vs. Teixeira

On January 26, 2013 the UFC on Fox showcases its sixth event.

Headlining the event which will be held at the United Center in Chicago, will be Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson who will be putting his belt on the line against up and coming John Dodson.

While Johnson is more of a technical striker, Dodson possesses knockout power which can quickly turn the tide. Also on the card is the return of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson who will be facing off against a dangerous Glover Teixeira.

The majority of MMA fans would probably agree that Rampage Jackson is on the decline. Besides being a disgruntled fighter with the UFC, his last few fights have not been impressive, and compared to the current evolved MMA fighters of today he is very one dimensional. In addition, he will be going up against a very well rounded Teixeira, who has been on a tear finishing his opponents by several methods.

This is the last fight that Jackson has under contract with the UFC, and many suspect it will be his last. The UFC’s lightweight class is arguably the most stacked class in the organization. Two of the front runners in this class are Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis, and they will clash to determine who could possible face the winner of the highly anticipated lightweight championship between Benson Henderson and UFC newcomer Gilbert Melendez.

Also on the main card are featherweights Erik Koch and Ricardo Lamas. Koch’s only loss was to Chad Mendes, and he’s won his last four. Meanwhile, Lamas is currently on a 3 fight win streak, with one of those wins over Cub Swanson. Lamas has only two losses in his MMA career, both of those coming by TKO. While Koch has TKO’ed two of his opponents during his four fight win streak.