The Ultimate Fighter Season 10: Episode 2

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The Ultimate Fighter: Season 10 “The Heavyweights”

Episode 2

So here I am, back again for another (my fourth — wow!) season of TUF. Unfortunately due to traveling last week, I missed the first episode which sucks! Anyway, you guys will have to bear with me a little bit for tonight’s episode as I learn all the guys’ names (though it helps to have some veterans and better-known guys like Kimbo).

And away we go…

Episode two of the Heavyweight season begins with clips from last week in which we met all the heavyweights and were “shocked” (well, they were anyway) by the introduction of Kimbo. In the first prelim fight, John Madsen of Team Rashad beats Abe Wagner’s face into a bloody pulp. Now Team Rampage is looking for revenge.

Tonight, Kimbo is the first thing we see. He believes that he is going to be next to fight. And it seems like any of the guys would love to take him.

At Team Rampage training, Kimbo seems to be happy to train with Rampage because he’s willing to take the time to teach him things. He even brings in a specialist to work with him. Rampage says that Kimbo reminds him of a young him. Kimbo promises he’s there to learn and to fight even though the world knows his strength. In watching Kimbo train, he does seem to learn pretty quickly, which Rampage echoes.

Later, at Team Rashad training, Rashad feels good about winning the first fight. He says he wanted to pick guys that were mentally strong, with the ability to learn and take direction well. However, Rashad expresses concern about Roy Nelson because he was joking around and not taking criticism very well. Another coach chastises Nelson, calling him uncoachable and claiming that it’s hindering the other guys from learning. Both Rashad and the other coach lay into him (though relatively nicely), and basically tell him that he’s not being respectful. Nelson acts like he doesn’t want to be coached, that he wants to corner himself. The other coach even goes so far as to offer to send him to Rampage!

At the fight choice, it’s Rampage’s turn to choose. He chooses James McSweeney to fight Wes Shivers. Rashad says he’s almost insulted by Rampages choice considering that McSweeney was Rashad’s first pick.

The Brit, McSweeney, has apparently been training with his team now for over a year. Unlike many fighters, he had a normal upbringing, and really feels like fighting chose him instead of vice versa. He questions Wes’s ability and his level of training — his conditioning, etc. — and claims that he’ll be easy to read.

When Rampage’s team arrives, Rashad’s team is sitting on the mats in a circle doing mental training. This pisses Rampage off because it crossed into his time, so he confronts Rashad nicely. But Rashad informs him that the gym opened late so they lost time. Rampage does not care about the excuses and tries to shoo them out. He practically follows them out ensuring that they leave. Good thing it stayed civil…this time. How soon before these two let their mouths get the best of them?

Wes Shivers, from Mississippi, played pro-football (though it seems as if he never actually got playing time) and then decided that football is not for him. He informs the coaches that he has a titanium plate in his shoulder from a surgery he had his sophomore year of college (which is funny, as I had just before turned to my husband and described him as a tank. Now I know he is. Literally. LOL). For whatever reason, Wes does not seem to take James very seriously. Basically, he is 6’7”, will walk in the cage at 270lbs and is going to use his size to his advantage. Rampage tries to pump his ego and tells him that he has it in him to win. Wes sees Rampage choosing him to fight so early as a confidence booster.

Rashad claims his team’s chemistry is really good — a good camaraderie, brotherhood he calls it. Even coach Arsdale reiterates this idea. He sees potential in Nelson’s ‘teachability’ and thinks he will be willing to learn. Rashad gives them a pep talk after their workout (and a pretty good one at that). Back at the house, the guys talk about Wes’s chances. James’s advantage is obviously his experience, but Wes is big, fast and has a lot of punching power. We shall see which is the bigger factor.

FIGHT DAY

(Wes looks funny in his bed — he’s too big for it!)

Wes looks at this fight as an opportunity and nothing more. He has nothing against James, but his mindset changes once he’s in the cage. He’s not going out there to hurt James, but “shit happens.” James just believes that Wes is coming into an environment he’s not ready for. I’m inclined to agree with James.

ROUND 1

Shivers doesn’t even touch gloves. McSweeney goes for the kick but it’s dodged, and does it again. Shivers pins McSweeney against the cage, awkwardly at first. McSweeney is trying to get some sort of advantage position but struggles with Shivers’s weight. Finally, Shivers gets McSweeney down on his back. McSweeney has Shivers in half guard. McSweeney tries to use the cage to spin around, but Shivers doesn’t do much from the top. Shivers yanks McSweeney’s arm hard and bent to go for an armbar, but McSweeney slips loose. They are back on their feet. McSweeney tries a head kick but can’t reach. Shivers then tries to counter with a leg kick, but lands it right in the groin. McSweeney takes his time and regains himself. When they restart, both are swinging wild. McSweeney keeps trying to kick, but they’re all wild and nothing lands. Shivers catches a leg, but doesn’t know what to do with McSweeney when he’s got him. McSweeney backs off, and then comes at Shivers with a half-assed superman punch. Now McSweeney is a little more confident and lands a couple punches. Shivers is clearly exhausted. A couple solid leg kicks from McSweeney are followed by a wide swing from Shivers. Shivers attempts a couple weak jabs that just get McSweeney running. An excellent leg kick from McSweeney is followed by 2 more. There are some more weak exchanges, and the round ends with yet another leg kick from McSweeney.

ROUND 2

A nice jab to the face from McSweeney to start. McSweeney continues to hurt Shivers with the leg kicks. Shivers counters with a good leg kick, which McSweeney gives right back, twice. McSweeney tries a roundhouse that misses and Shivers charges to get McSweeney down, but they are back up immediately. McSweeney kicks but Shivers grabs his leg and takes him down. Shivers is in half guard, but again, can’t seem to do a whole lot. Shivers finally gets McSweeney mounted and starts the punches to the face. McSweeney rolls, giving up his back and Shivers slips his arm under his chin. But he can’t get the hooks in and McSweeney is loose. Shivers then rolls over, but McSweeney stands up, wanting to take the fight to their feet. They have a few more weak exchanges, but both are looking spent. McSweeney gets his leg caught again and Shivers swings as McSweeney runs away. Shivers tries to kick as McSweeney runs but he just hurts himself. McSweeney at least tries more leg kicks. Shivers gets a good headshot, which McSweeney returns with a leg kick. McSweeney lands a hard shot to Shivers’s head and he stumbles. McSweeney pulls Shivers to the ground with his arms around his neck. McSweeney pulls as hard as he can for the guillotine, but he’s got nothing left in the tank to finish it. Shivers slips out and the round ends.

From the start, the fight was going how Rashad imagined, until Wes started going after James and got him running. Wes was more tired than James, allowing James to push the action. James laid on the leg kicks. Rashad thought there’d be a third round, and when a decision was announced, he wasn’t sure who was going to win! Rashad now feels like Rampage did him a favor!

All Rampage could really do was shake his head. When Wes got tired, the game plan went out the window.

Winner: James McSweeney by majority decision

James is not yet satisfied. He won the fight, but he wants to win the show. Poor Wes is actually humble after the fight, and admits he just got too tired.

The show ends with next week’s fight announcement from Rashad: Roy Nelson vs. Kimbo Slice. Oh boy!

In Dana’s eyes, this is huge (ok, in everyone’s eyes this is huge!). Kimbo is explosive and can catch Roy and knockout him out dead. But Roy is definitely the more well-rounded fighter. Kimbo even admits that he is not a mixed martial artist. He is a fighter, plain and simple.

Next week is the moment of truth for Kimbo as he gets ready to fight “grizzled veteran” Roy Nelson. On top of that, the tensions heat up between Rashad and Rampage, and James gets Rashad’s back.

Will Kimbo finally prove himself? Or will he just prove that everyone else was right all along?

Comments

  1. Kimbo Slice vs Big Country on next weeks TUF!

  2. :] yes!

  3. Oswald Gobblecock says:

    Hope Kimbo whoops his ass.

  4. i like both fighters and just hope for a good fight.

    if Kimbo loses to a well fought fight…. can we really say that Kimbo is rubbish?

    (Roy is good!)

  5. oh and btw as i've not watched the fight, a friend says that there is no way it should have been a MD, and a third round should have been played?!

    thoughts?

  6. that fight sucked … both should have went home

  7. I think a 3rd round would've been okay, but I'm okay with the MD too. Shivers looked like a horrible inexperienced rookie. Anytime he got into a position of advantage, he didn't know what to do. He tried an armbar and a choke, but didn't have the skillset to finish it. Not that McSweeney was much better. For someone with 100 kickboxing matches under his belt, he didn't look like it.

    While the fight wasn't great, at least it was entertaining.

    I can't wait for next week!!! I hope Roy sets his ego aside and doesn't try to stand and bang with Kimbo. If he plays it smart, I see a submission win for Roy.

  8. i did think the fight should have went to a 3rd rd but yeah I agree with Nichole. It wasnt that impressive for both fighters.

    cant wait for next week.

  9. Should of been a 3rd round even both coaches were preparing for it like it was happening. WTF i guess the judges saw how fatigue both fighters were especially Shivers but i think Shivers would of won it if it went 3rd round. Anyways prediction Kimbo beats Nelson, just my thoughts due to how things are transitioning but you never know.

  10. so far 3 out of the 4 fighters that have fought i think kimbo could beat, these guys are looking realy shitty and its easy to say the neslon is probally the best fighter in the house so no one is protecting kimbo this would have been a headlining fight for exlite and where getting it on tuf. if kimbo could some how beat roy that would really give him some credit.

    oh and i don't see how that guy won that fight, they both where tired yeah wes was more tired but for the most part he got the better of the stirking and takedowns top postion and even full mount.3rd round at least.

  11. Nichole Lesniak says:

    I disagree, I totally see how McSweeney won. Shivers didn't do any real damage on standing or on the ground. McSweeney was landing solid leg kick after solid leg kick. They even sounded painful. Should it have gone to a 3rd round, probably, but I don't think you can really give that fight to Shivers.

  12. theres no dout in my mind that he won round 1, they both should be ashamed it was sad.

  13. Decent fight, much better than last week's garbage.

    The only thing Shivers had was 2 takedowns. Total. McSweeney's performance was pretty lackluster, but he was really hurting Shivers with leg kicks and some decent jabs. Both fighters got a submission attempt. I definitely think a 3rd round should've happened, which no doubt McSweeney would've won if he kept up the leg kicks. However, the decision going McSweeney's way is the only other thing that makes sense.

    Should've been a 3rd round, though.

  14. Curva Adelante says:

    Nelson Vs. Kimbo could be a very profitable headline match up on any card in any organization.

    Can't wait for next week!

    Nelson via submission Round 1

  15. I don't understand how solid leg kicks win you the fight when you get taken down twice, and when you get punched you fall backwards. I think both were gassed at the end. I just don't understand how running in, kicking, and running away wins you a fight. I had it 20-18 for the big dude.

  16. The big dude was totally gassed and falling on the floor after the second. That definitely played into the judges minds. I think that decision saved him from getting picked apart in the third round.

    Kimbo wouldn't have done so many interviews and hype if he gets stomped in his first fight. I think he must either KO Nelson or just be in better shape to get a decision. No way I think Kimbo is going to lose though.

  17. Solid leg kicks are way more damaging. Sure McSweeney was running a little, but he never fell backwards when punched. Both fighters were pretty disappointing in their own right, and I definitely could see 19-19. But, no way did Shivers win. Shivers was about to collapse after a couple more of those leg kicks.

  18. Also, the 2 takedowns were great. But, Shivers did nothing to him when they were on the ground.

  19. dane drebin says:

    i thought it could have gone either way but if it would have gone to a third shivers prolly would have had a heart attack lol. wierd how people wanna be an ultimate fighter but have no gas ud think u would go on that show atleast in shape.

  20. Leg kicks should come under cage control imho.

  21. Oswald Gobblecock says:

    Glad you're not a judge asdf;lkj.

  22. Gobblecock….typical hater. Just chimes in to cut someone down. Why don't you give your assessment of the fight like everyone else did, instead of just bitching?

    I respect everyone's opinion, and see their points. I just didn't think the lil guy did enough to win. I don't think the big guy did enough to win, either. And if it did go to a 3rd round, I don't think the big guy coulda even finished the round. So, yeah, the right person did win the fight, but I just don't think the way he won was 100% accurate. Shoulda just been one more round and that would surely have settled it.

  23. Show is fixed for ratings horrible season, worst season by far.

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