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.

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