Leading up to tonight, Roy Nelson won a controversial decision over Justin Wren. Dana visited the house to check up on Matt Mitrione, causing people to wonder who might take Mattâ€™s place versus James McSweeney. Tonight, Brendan Schaub takes on Jon Madsen.
The show begins with Team Rashad arriving at the gym for training. Rashad discusses the good energy and camaraderie the team has. But Matt breaks the happy mood by telling Rashad that he now has a migraine, has been throwing up, etc. There is serious concern over whether or not he will fight. He wants to, but it might not be wise. The words â€œconcussion,â€ â€œswelling of the brain,â€ etc. are thrown around, but the doctors have not told him that he canâ€™t fight. The coach even calls him out on it â€“ if he really had swelling of the brain, the doctor wouldâ€™ve told him he couldnâ€™t fight. Heâ€™s clearly making it up, and the coaches question his desire to fight.
Even back at the house, the guys discuss it. James puts it perfectly, â€œIf you canâ€™t swim, stay out of the water.â€ Heâ€™s not brain-damaged, heâ€™s not concussed. He clearly doesnâ€™t want to fight. Scott reiterates the idea, and throws himself out as a possible replacement.
Matt is even the topic of discussion at Team Rampage training. Rampage believes that if Kimbo ends up fighting James, he can win. Butâ€¦apparently he was rolling around with Damico and his weight did damage to his knee. Rampage knows that James will kick at his knees if they fight; James is more experienced at kicking legs than Kimbo is at not getting kicked (itâ€™s scary, but even in Rampage-speak, that makes sense).
The next day, Brendan is preparing for his fight with James. Brendan sees stand-up as his advantage, being that Jonâ€™s strength is wrestling. His only fear then is the takedown. As they are working out, they call Rashad in for practice, but he says he canâ€™t help (he said previously that he wouldnâ€™t specifically work with anyone as itâ€™s not fair). Instead, Roy gets in and helps him out. After the workout, Brendan complains a little about who he drew to fight, but he just wants to win.
Kimbo is being seen by a doctor who tells him that he is missing cartilage that coats the bones, called a â€œkissing lesionâ€. He equates it walking around on hard pebbles without a shoe on. He has worn out the cartilage and it was replaced with fluid that needs to be drained. Kimbo seems more afraid of the needle than fighting!
And then the moment Iâ€™ve been waiting for: the coachesâ€™ challenge, beach volleyball between two coaches whoâ€™ve never played! I love it! Teams will be Ramapge and Tiki vs. Rashad and Mike Van Arsdale. They will be playing for $10K in cash with each fighter winning $1500. Wowâ€¦where do I sign up???
The game begins and actually looks good. Team Rampage is winning to start and the guys are all pretty hyped up. Rampage is just happy that Rashad is pissed and has no smart-ass comments. No sooner does he say that that Rashad and Mike start winning Game 2. Now they are tied 1 game apiece with one more to go. Rashad and Mike take the first point, and like Dana says, Mike starts looking/acting like a pro. Game 3 is continually tied right to the end, but Team Rashad pulls it together for the win. Rampage is seriously pissed, but with pain in his face he shakes the hands of Rashad and every player. However, the peace is shortlived as Rashad â€œrubsâ€ the money in Rampageâ€™s face and it gets him all sorts of riled up.
A sad looking Kimbo discusses how disappointed he is with his knee. James offers a solution â€“ a tub of ice-freakin-cold water. The look on Kimboâ€™s face as he sits in the tub is absolutely priceless. Even as he struggles to get out, James pushes him right back in. Come on, if Wanderlei Silva can do it, the Uber-Macho Kimbo can do it, no? And then jumps right into the hot tub!
Later, Jon is training, and with Rashad no less. This irks Brendan, as Rashad really didnâ€™t do much for him. He understands that both Jon and Rashad are wrestlers, but itâ€™s really not fair. Jonâ€™s gameplan is to change his level frequently so that Brendan doesnâ€™t know when heâ€™s going to shoot. He knows that Brendan will want to keep it standing, but thatâ€™s not where heâ€™s comfortable.
The following day, Matt strolls into the gym looking as sluggish as ever. Rashad questions him as to whether or not he wants to fight, which Matt claims he does. Rashad tells him that he doesnâ€™t want him to do it for the wrong reasons and wonders if he thinks theyâ€™re forcing. Matt stutters a bit but finally admits that he does feel that way a little â€“ which couldnâ€™t be further from the truth. What it comes down to is that Matt better be 100% into it or else he could get hurt. And for Matt, he just wants to end the show and go back homeâ€¦.then why sign up in the first place?
Dana then decides to speak to the guys, trying to getting them to realize that their hearts need to be in this 100%. Dana will never force someone to fight if they donâ€™t want to. If they donâ€™t want to fight, theyâ€™re in the wrong place. He puts it well: to a real fighter, theyâ€™re invincible. Thereâ€™s no question as whether or not they will fight. And Matt Mitrione is not that guy, and at the end of the day itâ€™s up to Matt to decide whether or not he wants it, because if he doesnâ€™t, someone does. My question is, isnâ€™t there some sort of screening process to this show? There seems to be one of these guys EVERY season. Thereâ€™s always someone who doesnâ€™t really want to be there. Canâ€™t they weed these guys out from the get-go?
At the weigh-in, Dana discusses each fightersâ€™ chance at winning. Schaub is a stand up guy out of Greg Jacksonâ€™s camp while Madsen is a wrestler out of Matt Hughesâ€™ camp. Basically, whoever can impose their will can win this fight.
No glove-touch, and Madsen almost immediately goes for a takedown which is fended off. The two dance around each other for a while (while I yawn). Finally, Madsen shoots, picks Schaub up and slams him. In Schaubâ€™s half guard, Madsen alternates between knees and body shots. Madsen jockeys for position and Schaub tries to push him off. Schaub pushes off the cage with his feet to move them away. They are warned to advance position, but Madsen isnâ€™t doing a whole lot. Finally they are stood back up. Schaub throws a weak jab and Madsen shoots. They clinch against the cage, where Schaub gets in a knee or two. Again, in the clinch not much happens. Schaub reverses and controls the clinch with knees and body shots. As Madsen backs up a little, Schaub lands a short jab that drops Madsen to his knees. Schaub tries to get Madsen in a guillotine, but Madsen picks up and slams Schaub. Back in half guard, Madsen lays on top while Schaub lands some body shots. Even with ground control Madsen has landed fewer shots than Schaub from his back. And the round ends dully.
They start with a weak jab exchange and more dancing. Madsen fakes a shoot, but Schaub strikes and tries to go for his neck. They clinch and jockey for position. Madsen tries to get Schaub down, but is unsuccessful. Back to their feet, neither wants to be aggressive. Schaub keeps backing Madsen up and finally inches up on him. He catches him off guard and lands a big left-right, knocking Madsen out.
Winner: Brendan Schaub via KO
Post fight, Rashad admits that Brendan was using the fence a lot and probably shouldâ€™ve been penalized. He actually wondered if Brendan would be able to pull off the win, but he did it. Not the most exciting fight, but at least it was a good ending. Dana was even impressed that Brendan could overcome Jonâ€™s wrestling.
Next week: A two-hour special with the final four fights of the season. The quarterfinals are left: Who will fight James McSweeney: Kimbo or Matt? Will Big Baby pull off a win? Then the semi-finals â€“ who will win to fight in the finale at the Palms?
(and according to a commercial after the end of the show, there will be a Kimbo twist that no one sees comingâ€¦.yeah, like we havenâ€™t heard that one before)
It totally sucks that I missed last weekâ€™s fight, but I was seriously sick and slept right through it. Leave it to me to sleep through one of the best fights.
Previously, Matt Mitrione was rocked hard in his win, and Marcus Jones gave Team Rampage their only victory. Now the quarterfinals begin and Justin Wren takes on Roy Nelson. Can Wren score another big upset??
Tonight, the show just seems tense to start. Team Rashad, with its 7 wins, pulls up to the gym. The problem for Rashad is how do you train 7 teammates to fight each other? This has never happened on the show before. They decide to start some with some individual work with the coaches, and then theyâ€™ll do their cardio as a group. Basically, the coaches will be hands off and theyâ€™ll just be getting in their workouts. It is a little strange to see opponents training virtually side-by-side, and Justin does admit to peaking in on Royâ€™s training. Roy equates it to fighting a friend and wanting to get it over with.
Oh boy, Matt. He says that his fight rattled his brain a bit and seems ditzier than ever. Though Justin believes heâ€™s just milking it. Even in the van, Matt looks like heâ€™s â€œpassing outâ€. When they get home, Matt claims his head got worse and that he was dry-heaving. Dr. Brendan diagnoses it as a concussion. And then the K word gets thrown out thereâ€¦.*sigh* I wish they would just stop playing this â€œKimbo might come backâ€ game.
At Team Rampage training, Kimbo is shown while Rampage talks about the hopes of bringing Kimbo back. Kimbo then refers to himself as a â€œfight contractor.â€ (wtf?) Claims when he puts his â€œhatemakersâ€ on you, youâ€™re a â€œDundadda.â€ (I repeat wtf?) Then news comes back that Matt was taken to the hospital and is not back yet. But Rashad is not worried about Kimbo coming back and instead finds the prospect exciting.
Tiki and Rampage then come rolling up in the parking lot looking like theyâ€™re up to something. To comment on Rashadâ€™s â€œcocky attitudeâ€ they decide to feed up several chickens and leave them in the other guysâ€™ backseats. Now thatâ€™s just wrong.
When the guys come out, theyâ€™re scratching their heads at first, but Rashad actually laughs at it (well, at first). However as Rashad puts it, not only are they smelly and nasty, they crapped all over the car! They proceed to open up the doors and let them out, and a chicken-chase ensued with Rashad and Tiki sitting in their truck yukking it up. Bottom-line though, Rampageâ€™s joke backfired! Rashad actually seemed happy AND he got a better rental car! Rampage claims he will not give up on his pranks!
Back at the house, Matt is back, but is tight-lipped about his medical condition. He leaves Team Rampage scratching their heads as he wanders around cluelessly. Later that night, Dana shows up at the house, surprising the guys. When asked about how heâ€™s feeling, Matt says heâ€™s fine and wants to fight. The doctor has cleared him, so heâ€™s good to go (though Scott Junk makes it known that heâ€™s ready and willing to take Mattâ€™s place â€“ did he really need to touch that welt, it was nasty!). But Dana says that they will still have the doctors keep an eye on him just in case. Thereâ€™s no way theyâ€™ll take a chance on a possible head injury.
In weighing on tonightâ€™s fight, James believes that Wren will win, but Kimbo points out that Roy is well-trained and has all the tools needed to win. Justin, on the other hand, he says is the fat guy who gets caught by his mother eating powdered doughnuts and lying about it. Ok, that was wrong. Funny, but wrong!
At the weigh-ins, Dana jokes that Roy loves Roy more than anyone else and heâ€™s waiting to be impressed by him. However, he was impressed with Justinâ€™s first fight. Rashad is expecting the unexpected, because both guys are similar. Marcus doesnâ€™t even wanna call it because Justin is just so likeable.
Both guys are getting ready and talk about their mutual respect. But what it comes down to is youth versus experience.
Wren strikes first with short jabs. Nelson just feels him out. Wren with a jab combo. Wren then charges at him with a couple strikes, but is blocked. Wren attacks again and has Nelson backing up. They wrestle against the cage, and Nelson is in control in the clinch. Nelson gets in some nasty knees. The ref restarts them. Finally Nelson strikes with some jabs which Wren returns backing Nelson up. Against the cage, Wren gets in a knee. Back in the center, they exchange more short jabs. Wren tries an overhand right but is blocked. Nelson sneaks in some jabs to the face, but Wren gets one in too that slightly rattles Nelson. They have a couple more short exchanges, but continuously circle each other. Nice leg kick from Nelson. Wren aggresses again and lands some nice shots to Nelsonâ€™s head. Another exchange with a leg kick from Nelson. Wren goes after Nelson and misses as the round ends.
Nelson starts the round with a quick jab, but Wren is quick to return it. Wren goes with a combo and finishes with a leg kick. Wren with another set of jabs has Nelson backpedaling. More similar exchanges from the first round. Nice overhand from Wren is countered by Nelsonâ€™s left hook. HUGE swing and miss from Wren. Wren seems to be swinging wildly, but not landing much. Wren charges at Nelson and pins him against the cage, but Wren falls back and Nelson lets him back up. A good exchange has them clinching against the cage briefly, but they wind up back in the center. Nelson is now landing more shots, but he seems tired. Wren comes at Nelson with several good shots. Both seem tired. Great leg kick from Nelson leads to more solid exchanges. Powerful shot to Wrenâ€™s face. A good shot from Wren has Nelson doubled over into a clinch, but nothing comes of it. They stand back up and dance as the round ends.
Many guys call for a third round, which I would agree with, but I see that itâ€™s only 10:57
And the judges say itâ€™s over â€“ Rashad is shocked, as it should have been a third round fight.
Dana says that Roy was being destroyed by Justin in the first round (destroyed? HARDLY, Dana, seriously). But in the second round, Rashad noticed that Roy really picked it up and dominated Justin.
Winner: Roy Nelson via Majority decision
Before they even made the announcement, I called this one. I donâ€™t know what fight Dana was watching, but I couldâ€™ve seen the first round going either way. If I were a judge, I would have given it to Justin, but it was not a dominating round for him. However, Roy completely controlled the second round. He won that round decisively. Without a third round, I could totally see the judges giving the fight to Roy.
A tearful Justin is disappointed in himself and expresses his regret about his choices during the fight. Roy then goes to Dana, asking if he made the fight more exciting. But, of course, Dana is his typical ass-self. Clearly Dana just DOES NOT like Roy. I get it, heâ€™s not really marketable. But to badmouth him all season is just not right.
Next week: Mattâ€™s health is questionable again, so all eyes are on Kimbo. Rampage and Rashad go head to head in the coachesâ€™ challenge (volleyballâ€¦nice!). And Brendan Schaub is set to take on Jon Madsen in the next quarterfinal fight.