The Ultimate Fighter: Season 13 Episode 10: “The Biggest Test”

Previously on The Ultimate Fighter, in the 3rd quarterfinal fight, Chuck O’Neil avenged his first loss by beating up on Zach Davis. Then Tony Ferguson takes out his aggression and KO’s Ryan McGillivray in an astounding 45 seconds. But Tony lost control at the house, turning everyone against him. Coming up tonight is both semifinal fights. Two warriors will advance to the finale.

Tensions already seem high in the house in the wake of Tony’s drunken outrage the night before. Tony wishes Chuck a good morning as he comes down the stairs, but Chuck ignores him. “A drunk man’s words are a sober man’s thoughts,” quips Chuck. Tony has seemingly burned every bridge he had in the house.

After Chris and Ramsey weigh in, the guys are back at the house and Tony tries to address the team with an apology. He claims that he drank too much, blacked out and doesn’t know what he was saying. Chuck speaks up tells Tony how lucky he is that none of them killed him. He says that from the deepest part of his heart, that that was not him, that he feels terrible. But the guys don’t seem to be buying it. Hey, at least he tried.

FIGHT DAY

ROUND 1
Both circle looking for the opportunity to strike and Nijem goes first, attacking Cope vehemently. He rushes him backward and gets him against the cage. He looks for a single and when he can’t get him down he starts swinging big and hard. They clinch again, Nijem continuing to try to take Cope down. Cope lands several big hands to Nijem’s face as Nijem tries to maintain control. They get some space between them and Nijem starts with a flurry of punches. Nothing serious connects, so he throws some knees. He loses balance a little and Cope tries to take advantage by pushing him down to the mat. Cope unleashes some hammerfists but is warned for shots to the back of Nijem’s head. They clinch, where Cope alternates between knees and fists. Nijem is more leaning on Cope than anything, so they are restarted. Cope is loose on his feet and slips a solid jab through Nijem’s guard. Nijem then returns the jab and follows it with a leg kick. Nijem fakes a superman, but Cope gets in a leg kick. Both keep kinda faking shots and dancing around each other. Cope lands a great inside leg kick and the round ends.

ROUND 2
The round starts like 2 ended, but C strikes first with a hard leg kick. C swings big and R ducks it and shoots. At his waist, R has C to his knees, but C works free and they are standing again. Another leg kick from C. Huge swing and miss from C. Big overhand from R, but lands softly. He follows up with a straight leg and immediately charges. They clinch and C peppers R with several shots. R pulls away and catches C with a jab that rocks him. He backpedals and R goes after him. He lands several shots, knocking him to the ground where the ref has to pull R off of C.

Winner: Ramsey Nijem via TKO

Next up is Tony Ferguson vs. Chuck O’Neil. There is some serious bad blood between these two now. Chuck is fueling this fight with his emotions, but Tony is taking it for what it is. Just another fight.

FIGHT DAY

ROUND 1
O’Neil jabs the air, but then catches Ferguson. He follows with a jab, right kick combo. Ferguson’s still feeling O’Neil out but ducking a lot of O’Neil’s shots. Finally Ferguson lands a leg kick. As Ferguson ducks a jab, O’Neil gets him with a head kick. Their exchanges are solid and calculated. A BIG body kick from O’Neil. O’Neil is clearly looking for a knockout. Big left from Ferguson but O’Neil eats it. Ferguson throws a right-left combo and O’Neil eats that too. Now Ferguson takes a couple on the chin. Inside leg kick from O’Neil. Combo-counter-combo-counter. That’s their pattern. Ferguson drops and fakes a takedown but O’Neil doesn’t fall for it. O’Neil attempts a superman punch but T ducks and lands a body shot. Uppercut followed by a left for Ferguson. Ferguson sneaks a quick left jab through O’Neil’s guard. Nice leg kick from Ferguson. O’Neil is thrown off balance and Ferguson looks like he’s going to jump, but he allows O’Neil up. A left and right from Ferguson get O’Neil falling back, but the round ends.

ROUND 2
Nasty leg kick starts the round for O’Neil but Ferguson counters with his own. O’Neil tries another, but Ferguson catches it and throws him off. Inside leg kick from Ferguson. Combos from both with a few leg kicks throw in. This round seems to be a continuation of the last, despite O’Neil’s corner telling him to mix it up. Ferguson lands 2 big body kicks back to back. O’Neil lands a good right to Ferguson’s jaw. But Ferguson is still wisely keeping his head down and his guard up while O’Neil seems a bit more anxious. O’Neil’s looking for opportunity. Straight jab snaps O’Neil’s head back. Ferguson throws an uppercut, but O’Neil dodges it. Ferguson is able to throw a punch and dodge O’Neil’s counter almost simultaneously. Finally O’Neil lands a combo. O’Neil is looking bloody. Ferguson is controlling the center and has O’Neil backing up. But both are swinging big and hard. O’Neil tries a spinning back kick but it fails to land and is awkward. Ferguson is chasing O’Neil around the ring as the round ends.

ROUND 3
Again, both swing big immediately. They’re throwing bombs and big kicks, but neither are particularly accurate. Some land, some miss. Ferguson is landing many more and is ducking most of O’Neil’s. Ferguson lands a shot to O’Neil’s kidneys. Again, Ferguson is controlling the center and pushing the pace as O’Neil dances backwards. Ferguson lands serious leg kicks. O’Neil finally connects with a left to the chin, followed by a leg kick. T has O’Neil with his back to the cage and connects with a straight jab that drops him. Ferguson goes in, but allows him to get back up. The same pattern continues as before, and finally Ferguson connects with several shots that just crumple O’Neil to the floor. The ref has to stop it there.

Winner: Tony Ferguson via TKO

They beat the SHIT out of each other. The first round was so technical; Tony was able to start picking Chuck apart. By the 2nd round, he was able to really start breaking him down. And in round 3, Chuck’s leg was basically gone and it allowed Tony to finish him off.

The finale will officially be Tony Ferguson versus Ramsey Nijem.

Regardless, Tony still does not have a lot of fans in the house and more guys are behind Ramsey – particularly JDS.

This episode ends with a message from Dana about Brock having to pull out of his fight versus Junior Dos Santos due to a serious issue with his diverticulitis. As a result, Shane Carwin will be taking Brock’s place. Personally, I am PUMPED for this fight!

Also on the card, Clay Guida battles Anthony Pettis, while TUF alums Tim Credeur and Ed Herman also throw down. Not a bad little card ?

The Ultimate Fighter: Season 13 Episode 9: “Then It Turned Ugly”

Last week on TUF, Chris and Ramsey kicked off the quarterfinals with dominating wins. Tonight, the quarters are concluded when Chuck gets his rematch with Zach and Ryan takes on Tony. When there are only four left, Dana announces the semifinal picks. But the night is not free of drama when one fighter crosses the line in the house.

Zach finds a confidence boost in knowing that he’s already beaten the guy he’s about to fight. This time he plans to switch it up, trying to keep it standing to show that he’s got more schools. But Junior also wants him to showcase what he does well, Jiu Jitsu, by getting Chuck down and submitting him again.

Back at the house, Chuck is asked what he’s going to do with the $5K from his win. He says he wants to give some to Charlie (to help Charlie out to see the son he hasn’t seen in over a year) but Charlie doesn’t have the heart to take Chuck’s hard-earned money.

Brock is impressed with the 180 that Chuck has done since his initial loss to Zach. He wants to see that same Cold Steel fighter show up for this fighter. According to Brock, he’s improved greatly and thinks this fight could have a different outcome.

FIGHT DAY

ROUND 1
Both are swinging immediately. Both land short jabs. Zach goes for a head kick that grazes Chuck. But Chuck is much more offensive, swinging big and hard and connecting. Zach shoots and pins Chuck against the cage, landing several knees in the clinch. Chuck gets in a few knees of his own, but Zach is working for the takedown. Zach finally gets a leg, but can’t get Chuck down. He continues to work Chuck’s body but they are warned to progress. After being restarted, they exchange leg and body kicks, with Chuck landing a huge one. As they continue to exchange kicks, you can see a mouse forming over Zach’s left eye. Kick after kick and Chuck finally throws a right that puts Zach off balance. Zach recovers and charges Chuck backwards into the clinch. While Zach tries to pull Chuck’s leg down, Chuck pelts him with short jabs to the head. Zach backs off slightly, and is able to throw a solid head shot, but also allows Chuck to throw a big one or two. Zach ducks back down and Chuck tries to grab onto his neck for a choke, but Zach gets out. Zach backs up again and Chuck throws a bomb that rattles Zach. Zach stumbles back and Chuck comes at him hard, swinging relentlessly. Zach tries to cover and back up to get away and just as it looks like it might get stopped, he gets out of reach. Chuck catches up and tries to repeat as the bell rings.

ROUND 2
Swinging immediately, but Zach loses his balance and slips. Chuck jumps on him, and ends up in his guard but very quickly lets Zach up. Both are more tentative on their feet now with Zach throwing kicks in slow motion. Chuck comes at Zach with big straight arms, but Zach drops and shoots at Chuck’s waist, nearly getting him down. In the clinch, Zach drops and pulls Chuck down with him, but he can’t get him entirely into his guard. Refusing to stay on the ground, Chuck gets off and backs up. But Zach won’t give up, shooting on him again. Clinching, Zach is mostly just leaning on Chuck. Neither of them is doing much — a few weak knees or jabs. They are restarted and Chuck throws several unanswered combos. Chuck chops at Zach legs with solid kicks. Zach’s answers are half-hearted. Chuck continues to push, landing three times as many shots. Zach gives a last ditch effort at a takedown but fails. The round ends with both on their feet.

Winner: Chuck O’Neil via Decision

The last fight was so close, but this time Chuck brought it and really avenged himself. Dana says that Chuck might not be the best striker, the best wrestler, etc., but he is the toughest.

Zach is beside himself, punching doors on his way out. Chuck is just blown away — the kid went from alternate, to wild card, to semifinalist, all in a few weeks.

At Team Lesnar’s training session, Brock works with Tony on a gameplan. He hopes that Tony looks as good in the octagon as he has in training. He thinks Tony is a well-rounded guy, but he worries that he’s too “fancy” when in a dominant position.

Back in the house, Chuck gives props Zach for taking every bomb he threw. Everyone agrees that the kid’s got heart. Zach then returns from the eye doctor, where he has learned that he has torn the retinas in both eyes. They did immediate laser surgery in both eyes. While he didn’t lose any vision, the doctor has warned him that he cannot fight in the future because of the risk of permanent vision. When he tells Chuck, Chuck feels guilty and hugs him. Just when Zach was finally making something of his fight career, getting past being paid $100 to fight in parking lots, he has stop. Wow, that sucks.

As the “weakest link” on Team Dos Santos, Ryan is looking to use that as inspiration and prove everybody wrong. His daughter is who he’s doing it all for, and he just hopes that she understands that.

FIGHT DAY

ROUND 1
Ryan swings first but his jab is checked. Both are very tentative. Both throw combos that get checked or dodged. Ryan steps in for a right and Tony catches him with a left uppercut. At first Ryan seems okay, but then he stumbles backward into the fence. Tony pounces on him and unleashes a barrage of fists and the ref jumps in to stop it.

Winner: Tony Ferguson via KO

Ryan can’t even look at his daughter’s picture because he feels like he let her down. Junior advises him to keep going and never give up. He wants them to believe that whatever happens is meant to make us stronger. Now the pressure is on Ramsey to take the team to winner’s circle.

The guys are all gathered the next day to hear the semifinal fight announcement:

Ramsey vs. Chris — The #1 guy versus the guy who everyone keeps counting out.
Tony vs. Chuck — Yes, it’s teammate vs. teammate, but both see it as business only. Fireworks will ensue.

At the house, the celebration begins. Alcohol is flowing, the music is pumping and a good time is being had (stripper Ramsey makes his appearance, as usual). But it was all fun and games until it turned ugly. Before cutting to commercial, it looks like Chris pours a beer down Tony’s back. Tony chases him into the next room and jumps on him angrily. The last thing we hear is, “You like beer?!?”

We come back to hear Charlie laughing, but see Tony’s forearm in Charlie’s face. Charlie tries to calm Tony down, but his efforts are failing. Tony brings up Charlie’s son which is a low blow that really pushes Charlie to the edge. It takes most of the guys to keep them apart. Everyone is shocked to see this side of Tony, and it appears that everyone sides with Charlie on this one. However Tony doesn’t think he didn’t do anything wrong and once again it takes more than one person to keep Charlie from killing Tony. Chuck has suddenly found his motivation to beat Tony.

I really used to like Tony.

Next week: Tony faces the consequences of his actions, having burned every last bridge he had in the house. And the last four fighters face off in the semifinals.

The Ultimate Fighter: Season 13 Episode 6: “Mean Streak”

Previously on TUF, Len Bentley had a solid performance in his loss to McGillivray, so when Brock gave his team a tongue-lashing, Bentley refused to sit and listen to it. Then Coach Lew’s tough-love tactics rubbed Junior the wrong way, causing some team tension. Then Clay Harvison wins a tough decision, but his broken pinky makes the win bitter sweet. Coming up tonight, 2 fights that are absolute wars; plus the wildcard is announced. (Ooohh….)

After Mick’s loss, Junior is trying to make him feel better by telling him that losses happen. But right away Lew contradicts him, telling Mick that it is their job to fight and to win. JDS turns to him with a WTF look and is like, hey, who asked you??

At Lesnar’s team practicing, we find that Clay is likely to be out, which hurts their team’s shot at winning. And then to dump a bucket of salt on that wound, Len begins rolling around on the mat, grasping at his knee and yelping in pain. Lesnar’s ready to just roll over and give up.

In the hospital, Clay learns that he has not actually broken his pinky, but merely dislocated it. That gives him hope. After learning this, he looks up to see Len rolling up in his wheelchair. Len describes what he felt to the doctor, who upon inspection of his knee, alleviates his fears and assures him that his ACL is intact. Broken bones? Torn ACL? Show ending. A couple dislocations? No problem :)

Trouble in paradise is brewing on Team Dos Santos. JDS learns that Lew has gone to visit the guys at the house, without telling him. JDS approaches the other coach, asking about what else he doesn’t know and learns that, more or less, Lew has been undermining him and has had this bad attitude from day one. This is very upsetting to JDS who walks off toward Lew.

Junior pulls Lew aside to speak to him alone. Lew claims that he told Junior that he wanted to go to the house, but Junior claims there must have been some confusion. With a mix of anger, frustration and sadness, he tells Lew he’s no longer needed and to go home. You tell ‘em, Junior!

Clay and Len return from the hospital and fill Lesnar in with their great news. Lesnar is relieved and hopeful that his 2 best still have a shot. Later, with control regained by Team Lesnar, Brock chooses Tony Ferguson to fight Justin Edwards, which pits wrestler versus wrestler. And in the final preliminary fight, that leaves Chuck O’Neil to fight Zach Davis.

To Lesnar, Tony is the likely winner. Not only has he been working and training with Lesnar and his coaches, but he has also been working out on his own. He describes his footwork as all over the place, which will make him hard to catch. A self-described gym rat, Ferguson says that this is his passion. Winning is the only option.

Justin, however, realizes that he shouldn’t even be here. Being that he was brought in as an alternate, he understands that the coaches didn’t get to see him in the evals and don’t kow what to expect from him. He has a helluva lot to prove. But to him, he’s a monster in the cage with a a huge heart.

At the house, the guys talk about missing Coach Lew, but they also get that it is Team Dos Santos, not Team Lew. Just hope it doesn’t affect their shot at winning.

FIGHT DAY

(Tony shows up for the fight in a shirt and tie. Hmmm. Very original. I think I like it.)

ROUND 1
Immediately, Edwards comes out swinging in a flurry, not allowing Ferguson to defend or gather himself. He finally lets up, but it’s not long before Edwards is peppering him again. Ferguson keeps trying to get away while going in for the occasional shot. Finally the pace slows and the 2 begin some more even exchanges. Ferguson lands a couple straight arms to Edwards’s face. After a left/right combo from Ferguson, Edwards shoots and stumbles for a takedown but fails to get Ferguson down. They continue the standup fight, but both are being more selective. Ferguson lands a nice right that connects with Edwards’s ear. Edwards lands a leg kick, but Ferguson returns the favor. Both are eating shots to the face and head. Edwards finally shoots at Ferguson’s waist and gets Ferguson down with a slam. In his guard, he can’t do much. Instead Ferguson is landing elbows. He backs off, and with the opening, Ferguson lands a hell kick to the chin that drops Edwards like a sack of rocks. As soon as he hits the mat, Ferguson pounces to finish but he’s stopped.

Winner: Tony Ferguson via Knock-Out

FINALLY! It’s nice to see two guys lay it all on the line and go out there with the confidence to win it.

At the house, goofy Chuck enjoys making everyone laugh, but once he’s training or fighting, he’s cold steel; all business baby. Lesnar says he’s well-rounded, but in particular, he’s great on the ground. He can certainly hold his own on the mat.

Zach seems to also be Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky, but he’s also more competitive. He promises that his desire to win is greater than anyone else’s. And Junior backs this up, saying that he just loves to fight. You would never guess that by looking at him!

FIGHT DAY

ROUND 1
Almost immediately Davis shoots for and gets the takedown, but just as fast O’Neill’s arms around his neck looking for a choke. They both scramble for control, but it doesn’t last and they are quickly back on their feet. In the clinch, Davis sneaks up some knees. O’Neill reverses control and latches onto Davis knee looking to pull him down. It’s a failed attempt. Within seconds, Davis manages to get O’Neill down and is in his guard. Davis can’t do much, but O’Neill lands a few elbows. Davis backs up off him and O’Neill looks to replay T’s big up-kick, but doesn’t make it happen. Davis allows O’Neill to get up, but in a blink O’Neill has Davis on his back. While peppering him with elbows, Davis pulls O’Neill’s head down, looking for a potential triangle. After some struggling to position it, he gets the leg over and locked down and O’Neill taps.

Winner: Zach Davis via Submission (Triangle)

Dana makes a good point — a war doesn’t have to be fought on their feet, these two fought a war on the ground and made it entertaining. Despite Dana telling Chuck how impressive he was, Chuck is mad at himself

Now that the prelims are over, Dana asks the coaches (JDS-4; Lesnar-3) to pick the wildcards. All 3 unanimously agree that Justin Edwards deserves the shot, and they tell him so…unfortunately, with a 90-day suspension (which we can only assume was due to being knocked out) from the commission, he will not be allowed to fight. Wow, that sucks.

So then they call in every single asking why they should pick them for the wildcard. They are not wowed by anyone’s answers. No one lays it out saying that no one wants the fight more than them. Bummer.

What’s weirdest is that, unlike ANY previous season, neither Brock nor Junior are blindly pushing for their guys. And not only that, they actually have a conversation calmly, really discussing who is the best pick! Wow, go figure! This should be the precedent by which all future seasons are set!

So when Dana makes the announcement, they have decided that Javier Torres of Team Dos Santos will take on Team Lesnar’s Chuck O’Neil.

Next week: Len expresses his discontent with not being picked for the wildcard, and confronts Brock. Then Brock and Junior hit the grid iron for the Coaches’ Challenge. And both wildcard picks try to avenge their losses to prove they were not flukes. Finally, the first quarterfinal matchups are announced.