Previously on TUF, Seth Baczynski is brought back after Camozzi is sent home with a broken jaw. Rich Attonito was forced out due to a broken hand, despite winning. And Court McGee lost in the most recent fight. Now Dana and the coaches need to decide which of the losers to bring back. But first, Baczynski needs to prove his worth in his fight against Joe Henle.
Last week, McGee and Ring slugged it out in a fairly controversial fight. While the first round was close, the second was far more decisive, though the judges apparently saw things differently. Despite being known for his stand up, no one was impressed with Ring. And thankfully McGee has wildcard hopes.
After the fight, Ring expresses his concern for his knee. An old injury, he reinjured it after the fight to get into the house, and is worried that he did more damage fighting McGee.
Tito makes his fight announcement — the last 2 guys, Joe Henle and Seth Baczynski. Dana sees this as a very lopsided fight. Henle is a very one-dimensional fighter; he was the last pick who barely won his fight to get in. Baczynski, on the other hand, looked great in his fight and is very well-rounded. He also realizes that he is on borrowed time and is capitalizizing on his second chance.
Later at the house, Henle is discussing how he got into MMA by accident. He literally just went pro months before the show. He’s defnitiely got the heart, but boy is he green! When not fighting, he is a substitute teacher and coach, so he realizes that he is sacrificing a lot to be where he is. Though he is neither cocky nor confident, he is improving and is willing to work at it. Chuck sees his potential, but knows it will take time to get there.
At Team Ortiz’s practice, Ring and Hammortree are sparring, when Ring’s knee suddenly gives out on him. Accoridng to Ring, his previous surgeon, 3 years ago, told him that he would never fight again. Since that time it has given him nothing but trouble. Having had knee trouble himself, Tito takes a look at it, and sees the same symptoms he suffered with his own torn ACL. Not looking for Ring (of course, you’d think it was the end of Tito’s world!).
Back with Team Ortiz, everyone discusses the wildcard spots — who deserves it, who thinks they deserve it. Which of course they all think they do.
(no wonder they call Henle “the ape” — he has a 77” reach!)
Bacyznski strikes first with a missed leg kick. Henle counters and goes for the quick takedown. Bacyznski tries to go in for a choke, but Henle gets him down and is in his guard. Bacyznski is looking for a triangle from his back but cannot get both legs secure. This gives Henle the opportunity to get up and try striking. In doing this he allows Bacyznski to wrap his arm around his neck looking for a choke. Henle holds on and does not tap, and Bacyznski soon after lets go. Henle has him pinned against the cage, but is not doing much. Henle reverses his position and it looks like he is going for an arm. He manages to get his arms under Bacyznski’s neck for a choke. Bacyznski starts to turn red, but manages to get free. Henle is now back in Bacyznski’s guard. Bacyznski begins to look for an arm, but Henle spins free, reverses and takes Bacyznski’s back. With back control, Bacyznski spins and puts Henle on his back. Baczynski rolls over and is now in Henle’s guard. Baczynski lays on the ground n pound with repeated hammerfists and elbows. This lasts about a minute and the round ends.
Immediately Baczynski comes out with a flying knee that doesn’t quite make it. Both come at each other aggressively with legs and fists flying. Baczynski charges at Henle and they clinch against the cage. Baczynski goes for and slams Henle, but while on the ground, Henle reverses. Henle is in Baczynski’s guard, and is slowly working toward side control. Meanwhile Baczynski looks for an arm. Henle reverses his position and takes Baczynski’s back. He slips one arm under for the RNC but can’t keep it sunk. Henle tries to pin on of Baczynski’s arms but can’t keep it stabilized. Using the fence, Baczynski pushes up and flips backwards out of Henle’s control. Baczynski ends up on his back and Henle is in his guard again. Henle finally gains side control, but Baczynski is doing well at defending submission attempts. Both weakly continue to look for submissions, but but are tired. Back up on their feet, Baczynski tries another flying knee that is dodged by Henle, putting Baczynski into the cage. Henle takes Baczynski down again and eventually takes his back once more. Baczynski manages to roll and take Henle’s back. He gets one arm under, but the round ends before he can finish it.
Could it be?? Another Round 3? Or will the judges screw the pooch again?
Nope. They must’ve learned from last week!
Baczynski agains, comes out slugging, but doesn’t really connect. He then goes for the takedown and gets Henle on his back. As he is working half guard, Henle has a good hold on Baczynski’s arm and is trying to pull it out for the armbar. Baczynski pulls free. As they are being warned to work, Baczynski gets a good choke attempt, but Henle gets out. Instead, Baczynski punishes him with some hammerfists. With Baczynski in Henle’s guard, they continually swap some nasty elbows (and Baczynski is warned for fingers near Henle’s eyes). Baczynski connects with several nasty shots, but Henle does counter. Henle uses his legs to push Baczynski off and tries to get up, but he is tired (also, his inexperience is showing). Baczynski has side control and is just letting up. He lands several unanswered punches as Henle just tries to cover up. For every 5 shots from Baczynski, Henle throws 1. The round ends with Baczynski unleashing.
Winner: Seth Bacyznski via decision
Dana was quite surprised by the fight overall. He had higher hopes for Seth, and was pleasantly surprised with not only Joe’s BJJ, but his cardio. When Joe called it a chess match, he wasn’t kidding. Unfortunately it was Henle’s empty gas tank that got him in the end. Considering he only had 3 pro fights prior to this, Henle has potential for sure. And heart — you can’t teach heart.
Later, the guys are gathered for the wildcard announcement. The coaches and Dana have chosen Kyacey Uscola and Kris McCray (who are rightfully excited). And although he won, Rich Attonito is injured and needs to be replaced. That spot goes to Court McGee, who in his fight was robbed by the judges (a good time for Dana to remind them not to leave it in the hands of the judges. Something these guys seem to forget frequently).
Of course, Henle and Hammortree both think that the wildcard spots should have gone to them. But, who do they have to blame but themselves?
Next week: Uscola and McCray get another shot at getting back into the race. Dana has to mediate between the coaches and come to a consensus to choose the quarterfinal fights. And if there wasn’t already enough injury and drama, one figther’s announcement sets the stage for yet another to come back. Finally we are treated to the first quarterfinal fight.