The Ultimate Fighter: Season 13 Episode 5: “Wow Me”

Previously on The Ultimate Fighter, Assistant Coach Lew overstepped his bounds, forcing Junior to put him in his place. Team Lesnar suspected Chris Cope of spying for the other team. Team Dos Santos earned their third win when Ramsey Nijem pulled off a rear naked choke over Charlie Rader. And after the fight, Brock lashed out at his team for their lackluster performances. Will someone rise above and become the Ultimate?

As Chris is getting treated for his post-fight injuries, Brock lashes out at the boys for looking like chicken shit (again). Len storms out, proclaiming that he fought his heart out making a good point that Brock wasn’t even there for his fight (though he did lose). However, Brock couldn’t care less. He’s just being honest — using his own loss to Cain Velasquez as a prime example. He blamed no one but himself. Clay commends Brock for trying to light a fire under them, trying to get them take the damn bull by the horns and just TAKE IT. All the man wants is someone to “Wow” him. Len just feels like he got robbed by the judges — doesn’t he realize that he shouldn’t have left it in their hands? Back at the house, Len is STILL going on and on about Brock’s name-calling, whining that Brock needs to grow up (so says the one who is still whining…).

At the fight announcement JDS picks his own Mick Bowman to take on Team Lesnar’s Clay Harvison. This is a big fight for Team Lesnar as they need it to regain control and for a morale boost.

At training, Junior is getting frustrated with Coach Lew. Lew, brought in for his wrestling, is trying to teach Mick a little of everything…boxing, BJJ, etc. Junior’s like, “Um, hey, this is my team.” There’s a good reason that Junior’s the coach and Lew’s not.

On Clay’s side, he’s not going underestimate Mick’s toughness. He knows he’s a brawler, but he’s not afraid to step in with him and throw down. At training, they work his jabbing and his combos to counter whatever Mick has. As they’re strategizing, Clay looks over and sees Cope staring them down. Immediately he thinks Chris is a narc and discusses with theory with Charlie. Mr. Toughguy then starts ranting about how he’ll drag Chris into the street and kick his ass right there in Vegas and how he’s been known to break the law. Sorry, kid, but chances are if you have to brag about it, you’re so full of it that your eyes are brown.

The show returns showing someone writing in the sand “Chris Cope Double Agent.” The perpetrator isn’t shown, but Chris and friends discover it. Chris denies it and brings it up to everyone ‘round the fire. He puts it out there and wants to know who thinks he’s playing both sides. No one really fesses up, but some admit to their doubts. Chris promises that his word is good and that he’s a man of integrity. The guys claim to believe him and thank him for his honesty.

But no sooner do they “believe” him that they’re back upstairs trashing him. They all think that it must’ve been someone on Team Dos Santos that wrote in the sand, and if that’s the case, Chris must be a double agent. So much for giving him the benefit of the doubt.

Moments later, Chris comes up all smiles and flat out accuses Tony of being the writer. Tony denies it, despite Chris’s claim that #1 — Tony has written in the sand before and #2 — The handwriting matches up. Chris pushes and pushes, causing Tony to take huge offense to being called a liar. The Team starts to wonder if this is Chris’s guilty conscience talking. Chris and Tony eventually kiss and make up and move on.

The sand bit becomes the topic of conversation for Team Dos Santos also. Apparently, it was the handiwork of Mick — not because Chris is feeding them his team’s info, but because Chris is always lurking around them, seemingly trying to collect info not dispense it. Duh…

FIGHT DAY

ROUND 1
Right out of the gate both are swinging big. Harvison is more offensive and lands a couple combos. They start being pickier with their offense and choose what they throw more hesitantly. Harvison lands a solid right and left. Bowman shoots for a takedown, but Harvison reverses it and gets Bowman on his back. From his feet, Harvison lands a couple solid bombs, but Bowman counters with some big up-kicks. Harvison falls onto Bowman, allowing Bowman to grab onto Harvison’s arm looking for an armbar. Harvison wiggles out and they are both up on their feet. Back to standing, they exchange several combos, and Harvison sneaks in a couple big knees. Harvison charges Bowman and pins him against the fence where he alternates between knees and body shots. They separate but Harvison is still on the offensive pelting Bowman with combo after combo. Back against the cage, Harvison retains control but Bowman spins out and lands a nasty elbow to Harvison’s temple. Harvison then spins into control and attempts but misses the very same elbow. In the center, they’re throwing bombs again, and Bowman connects a straight jab that snaps Harvison’s neck back but he takes it. They exchange a few knees, but the round ends with a failed double from Bowman.
(Definitely giving that round to Harvison — he controlled the round, landed more shots and was the aggressor)

ROUND 2
Bowman charges first with a leg kick but doesn’t connect. Harvison retaliates with a jab/kick combo that sends Bowman flying backwards. Harvison charges at him, peppering him with jabs and they clinch. They alternate control but neither does much. Back at center, they go tit for tat — combo for combo, kick for kick, but Harvison lands more shots than Bowman does. Harvison slips as a goes for a takedown, but Bowman doesn’t take advantage. The exchanges continue but both are slowing down. Finally, Bowman lands a leg kick and a jab that surprise Harvison. But Harvison returns the favor. However, Harvison seems to be less offensive than previously. Harvison is backing up more and allowing Bowman to take shots. Bowman looks for the takedown but settles for the clinch. He sneaks in some head shots and some knees as the round ends.
(I would’ve given the round to Bowman, but apparently the judges saw differently).

Winner: Clay Harvison via Decision

Clay was completely dominant in the first round, but a kick that hurt his right hand threw him off in the second round. It was like a switch went off and allowed Mick to take over Round 2.

After the fight, Mick is beside himself with disappointment, no matter how many times Junior tells him to keep his head up.

In Clay’s corner, he’s proud of his win, but the joy is cut short when the gloves come off and he discovers that his pinky is not only broken, but the bone has come through the skin! Off to the hospital he goes to get it reset and casted. Sorry, buddy, you’re out. And despite this ending Clay’s tenure on TUF, Brock is proud. *insert eye roll*

Next week: Injuries plague Brock’s fighters. The conflict between JDS and Lew comes to a head. And we get the last to preliminary fights. Plus, the wildcard is announced.

The Ultimate Fighter: Season 13 Episode 4: “A Bad Dream”

Previously on The Ultimate Fighter, Team Lesnar questioned Chris Cope’s loyalty. Brock Lesnar’s number one pick fell to Ryan McGillivray in a close decision. Now Team Dos Santos regains control of the fight picks.

Tonight, as Team Dos Santos arrives for training, Junior is still riding high from Ryan’s win and the fact that they managed to get control back. Coach Lew criticizes Team Lesnar’s training and their lack of heart, claiming that they are not working hard and that Brock doesn’t really care about the outcome of all this. Is it just me or is Coach Lew awfully critical in EVERY episode?

A still disappointed Len shows up at the gym, because even though he lost he still needs to fulfill his obligation to help out his teammates. However, seeing as Lesnar was an absentee-coach for the fight, he is really not looking forward to telling Lesnar that he lost the team’s control. Brock even admits that the when he got the post-fight text message, the news took the wind out of his sails. But, he’s not giving up yet, “We lost the battle, but we can still win the war.” Unfortunately, during training, Brock is all over his guys, noticing that their heads just aren’t in it. This could spell problems.

Back at the house, Hurricane Chuck is wreaking havoc, trying to toss a mattress from the balcony (and then trying to throw Charlie). Apparently, Chuck and Charlie were friends before the house, and now they’re being very buddy-buddy again. Hmmm…could this mean future house drama?

And then comes the next fight pick. Junior chooses Ramsey Nijem to fight Team Lesnar’s Charlie Rader. Wrestler vs. Wrestler. This better be good!

Ramsey’s painted toenails seem to attract a bit of attention in the house, but apparently that’s not the only place where he’s the butt of jokes. He watches Glee, proposes playing strip pool…and apparently the stripping is an all-the-time thing. Whatever line there was for decorum, Ramsey passed it a long time ago. His poor roommate, Shamar, grows more uncomfortable by the day with his jokes and awkward sense of humor. But Ramsey says he has to have some fun or else he’d miserable. He gets punched for a living, so laughing is necessary! However, this seems to be part of his master plan, as Team Lesnar seems to seriously underestimate him, implying that he’s only there for TV. Let them think that…his fight will tell the truth.

A treat for Team Lesnar is the arrival of Matt Hughes to help out with their wrestling. He gathers the “4 Horsemen” (Team Lesnar’s remaining fighters) for a bit of mat practice. Charlie spends a lot of time rolling with him and in the end, Matt is particularly impressed with both his attitude and his skills on the ground.

The gameplan in place for Ramsey is to throw some punches and then look for takedowns. If he’s going to win, it’s going to be on the ground. He has to keep the pressure on and keep working it down to the mat. In Ramsey’s head, he’s the best and what everyone else means nothing. For his sake, I sure hope he’s right!

As for Charlie, he plans to stuff Ramsey’s takedowns (being that he is known to be a good wrestler), but he warns that Ramsey should not underestimate his wrestling either. In the end, though, he’s calling for a 2nd round KO. Lesnar’s bottom-line advice is fight smart and not to force anything. In talking to Chuck, he talks about his last loss and how he underestimated his opponent’s wrestling, asserting that his own would be good enough to stop it. As a result, he lost after 3 rounds. He does not want a repeat of that. After the weigh-ins, Brock tells Charlie that if he loses, it’ll be a disgrace. “Did you know he paints his toenails?” Hmmm, what are you implying Brock?!?

FIGHT DAY

ROUND 1
(You’d think that after 3 years of doing this, I’d learn to stop looking at how much time is left in the show to judge how long the fight is going to go!! Knowing there’s only 17 minutes left in the show sucks some of the fun out of it!)

Rader starts with a leg kick but Nijem immediately charges at him looking for the take down. Nijem has Rader pinned against the cage where they exchange knees. Nijem is in control but can’t make much of it. He shifts his weight continually in hopes of a takedown but Rader is defending well. The both get in a few good knees. As Rader is fending off a takedown, Nijem accidentally knees him in the groin. They restart in the center, but they quickly get back to where they were. For every knee Nijem lands, Rader lands a hammerfist to his head. FINALLY Nijem is able to pick Rader up and slam him. But his time on top of Rader is short-lived as Rader scrambles back to his feet. Nijem continues to control the clinch and is able to slam Rader again. In his guard, he lands a few solid punches to the body and head. He slides around to side control as the round ends. (I’d give it to Nijem, if only for the control and for the takedowns, but that was far from impressive.)

ROUND 2
Rader starts with a swing and a miss, giving Nijem the opportunity to counter with a combo. Getting Rader backpedaling, Nijem looks for and momentarily gets the takedown. But Rader gets back up. Nijem stumbles and somehow Rader ends up on top, but it doesn’t last. Nijem gets Rader down and gets hits his back. He gets the legs hooked around and after a few moments of pounding, gets his forearms down and in to look for the choke. And in the blink of an eye, Rader is tapping.

Winner: Ramsey Nijem via Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

After the fight, Brock says the he knew before the fight even started that Ramsey was going to win. He saw a fire in his eyes that he didn’t see in Charlie’s. And he says that even Charlie saw that fire and knew that Ramsey was going to come at him to kill him. Brock’s and Dana’s assessments of the fight are dead-on: Charlie allowed Ramsey to control the fight and in the end knew he couldn’t win, so he quit. He didn’t even try to defend the choke. He gave up as soon as he could.

Rightfully so, Brock is pissed. He throws a stool saying that these guys don’t even want to be here — Dana points out that Brock is doing this on his own time; he doesn’t need the money, he doesn’t need the fame. He just wants these guys to win. He yells at them all in the team room, calling them chicken shit, once again. For all their hometown pride and their bravado, they’re not bringing anything into the ring. Len can’t stand the bashing anymore and walks out of the room claiming he fought with all his heart. No one stops him.

Next week: Len vents his frustration over the team bashing. Team Lesnar is convinced that Chris Cope is a spy. And Junior looks to maintain his domination with their fight pick, but an injury could sideline their hopes.