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TUF 14: Team Mayhem vs Team Bisping Episode 1 Recap

Written on September 22, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The Ultimate Fighter Season 14 just debuted on Spike TV, and this season's elimination-round is now in the books.

The historic season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter kicks off last Wednesday night, as it will be the last TUF season that will air on Spike TV. TUF 14 features bantamweight and featherweight talents, who will be led by Michael Bisping and Jayson “Mayhem” Miller.

In this TUF 14 season debut, 32 hopefuls were whittled down to 16 cast members who made their way to the elimination-round fights. And unlike the previous season, this year’s elimination took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

UFC President, Dana White, welcomed the fighters and informed them that text votes will determine this season’s Best Fight, Best Knockout and Best Submission, which are worth $25,000 each. The UFC President then introduces the coaches, Michael Bisping and Jayson “Mayhem” Miller, wishes the fighters good luck, and let them prep up for the round of fights.

The results of last night’s elimination-round fight are posted below.

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TUF 13 Episode 10 Recap

Written on June 02, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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At long last! This week's episode names the contenders for the TUF 13 champion bout.

The Ultimate Fighter season 13 concluded last Wednesday night with its regular season finale and two semifinal fights. As the episode starts, Tony Ferguson is still the center of attention. During episode nine, a drunk Tony Ferguson took verbal tirade at Clay Harvison, which turns pretty much of the whole cast against the former. He then made a group apology, especially to Clay Harvison and Chris Cope, but it only fell on deaf ears.

Before long though, it was weigh-in time for the first semifinal bout: Team Lesnar’s Chris Cope and Team Dos Santos’ Ramsey Nijem. Soon, they head into the first fight.

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TUF 13 Episode 9 Recap

Written on May 26, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The last quarterfinal matches of TUF 13 are now in the books. So who's the happy coach now?

With the first two quarterfinals out-of-the-way, the audience will find out who will face Team Dos Santos’ Ramsey Nijem and Team Lesnar’s Chris Cope in the semifinals. As episode nine starts, Team Dos Santos’ Zach Davis is getting ready for his fight and rematch against Chuck O’Neil — who recently got a second life as a wild-card pick. On the other hand, Chuck O’Neil says that he’ll give half of his win bonus to teammate – Charlie Rader – who’s legally fighting to get back his son. At the gym, the Team Lesnar representative is drilling strategies with his coach.

Soon, it was fight day.

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TUF 13 Episode 8 Recap

Written on May 19, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Last Wednesday's episode features the first two quarterfinal bouts of TUF 13. Whose team will have another win on their record and lead the trail?

Last night, following a 14-man tournament and a single wildcard bout, the TUF 13 kicks off with its quarterfinal matches. And from what the audience learned from episode 7, the quarterfinals include the following match-ups:

Team Lesnar vs Team Dos Santos

Clay Harvison vs Ramsey Nijem
Chris Cope vs Shamar Bailey
Chuck O’Neill vs Zach Davis
Tony Ferguson vs Ryan McGillivray

And with that, last night’s episode featured the first two quarterfinal brawl.

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TUF 13 Episode 7 Recap

Written on May 12, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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It was wildcard night at this week's TUF 13 episode. Check out who between Chuck O'Neil and Javier Torres made it for the win.

Last night’s episode reminds the audience of this season’s wildcard fight between Team Lesnar’s Chuck O’Neil and Team Dos Santos’ Javier Torres. However, this selection continues to bug Len Bentley of Team Lesnar and opted to confront UFC President, Dana White. Surprisingly, the fighter campaigns for a fight against Ryan McGillivray on the undercard of TUF 13’s live finale. Visibly confused, Dana White stresses to Len Bentley why he didn’t get the wild card pick, saying that the fighter doesn’t seem ready to fight. This made the Len Bentley even more bothered, as he thought that his past fight spoke for itself. Back at the house, he voices his complaints to anyone who will listen, and all of them are starting to grow tired of it. Ryan McGillivray then told him that according to Junior Dos Santos, Brock Lesnar felt that Len Bentley wasn’t ready to fight.

At the Team Dos Santos training session, the coach and his team are focused on getting Javier Torres ready for his fight. While at the Team Lesnar session, Len Bentley arrives at the gym and eventually asked his coach why he didn’t make it to the wildcard. As a reply, Brock Lesnar pointed out the fighter’s injured knee and emphasized that they needed healthy fighters. Len Bentley simply shrugs and went back to training. The focus then turns to Chuck O’Neil, who puzzles his coach and looks like he doesn’t even want to fight.

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TUF 13 Espisode 6 Recap

Written on May 05, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The last two fights at this week's TUF 13 is already on the book. Whose team took the lead and who were the lucky wild card picks?

As Fighting Insider jumps into the newest episode of The Ultimate Fighter season 13, Team Lesnar’s latest victory is still fresh in everyone’s mind. But they were not able to close the gap at 3-2 without a cost, as the team’s Clay Harvison injured his pinky during his match against Mick Bowan. So he was brought to the emergency room afterwards.

At their training session, Brock Lesnar discusses the last two preliminary rounds and the possibility of his fighters being wild card picks — including Len Brentley. However, the contentious fighter was found in the cage screaming in agony due to a knee injury. Good thing, the doctor downplays the severity of his injury and, together with Clay Harvison, was relieved.

Back at the gym, Brock Lesnar then announced the next match: Team Lesnar’s Tony Ferguson vs Team Dos Santos’ Justin Edwards. Which leaves the audience with Team Lesnar’s Chuck O’Neil and Team Dos Santos’ Zach Davis for the last preliminary match. Soon, it was fight time.

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TUF 13 Episode 5 Recap

Written on April 28, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Team Lesnar frustrated Team Dos Santos' high spirits, as the former's Clay Harvison advances to the quarterfinals.

While Team Dos Santos’ 3-1 advantage over Team Lesnar is still fresh, Junior Dos Santos and his cast members are in high spirits. With that, the coach announced the next fight: Team Dos Santos’ Mick Bowan vs Team Lesnar’s Clay Harvison. Good thing, Brock Lesnar was confident with Clay Harvison’s submission skills.

At the Team Lesnar’s workout, Clay Harvison anticipates to see a brawler. Hence, his plans are to keep the fight standing, work punches from angles and frustrate Mick Bowan with jabs. But Clay Harvison was annoyed when he saw Chris Cope watching, while he’s working on a specific combo. Back at the house, he continues bashing about Chris Cope with their other teammates. Meanwhile, someone went to the Zen Garden and wrote “Chris Cope Double Agent” on the sand.

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TUF 13 Episode 4 Recap

Written on April 23, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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At this week's episode of The Ultimate Fighter season 13, Team Dos Santos is up to 3-1.

At this week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter season 13, Team Dos Santos started their session in high spirits after Ryan McGillivray’s victory at episode 3. At the other side of the fence, Brock Lesnar showed up and gave Len Bentley some words of encouragement after his recent loss. Brock Lesnar is definitely committed in getting wins from his remaining four fighters. In fact, he is so committed that he’s not glad seeing Clay Harvison and Charlie Rader getting irked by the minute. During the fight announcement, Junior Dos Santos picked his team’s Ramsey Nijem against Team Lesnar’s Charlie Rader.

Back at Team Lesnar’s session, the coach brought Matt Hughes as a guest instructor. Matt Hughes works closely with the cast members, while specifically drilling wrestling techniques. At the end of their session, the former champ left with a round of applause.

The next day, it was fight time.

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TUF 13 Episode 3 Recap

Written on April 14, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Espionage and emotions filled this week's TUF 13 episode. And with the 1-1 score, whose team will take the lead? Check out Fighting Insider's episode 3 recap.

The third episode of The Ultimate Fighter season 13 started with Brock Lesnar meeting his team at the TUF Training Center. The coach expressed his concern that hist first-round pick – Len Bentley – doesn’t seem motivated. Hence, he assembled the troops after an outdoor workout session, explaining that they were among the many unknown fighters that became the chicken salad. Simply put, Brock Lesnar implores his members to stay motivated.

After that, Junior Dos Santos and his team arrives for its session. The cast members are a bit concern on who’s going to replace Keon Caldwell, who left the show in the previous episode. Then came the Randy Couture lookalike, Justin Edwards. He is a one-time Bellator fighter with a 5-0 record courtesy of first-round stoppages.

Soon, it was fight-announcement time with Brock Lesnar taking the center stage. He chose his team’s Len Bentley against Team Dos Santos’ Ryan McGillivray.

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TUF 13 Episode 2 Recap

Written on April 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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In this week's episode of TUF 13, Team Dos Santos' Javier Torres takes on Team Lesnar's Chris Cope. Whose score will improve this time?

In this week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter season 13, Junior Dos Santos immediately launches into an intense workout. Unfortunately, his member – Keon Caldwell – struggles to keep up, making a dash to the bathroom to vomit. The fighter admitted that being away from his family is tough, and the workouts are not helping. On the other side of the fence, Brock Lesnar drills his team members with a skill that many of his fighters lack — wrestling. More over, Team Lesnar’s Charlie Radar knows how imperative it is for their team to win this time.

The next day, Keon Caldwell informs Junior Dos Santos that he’s going home. Although in disbelief, the coach and the UFC President – Dana White – encouraged him to stick around. Then everything went back to normal. Following that, both teams met at the training center to announce the next fight: Team Dos Santos’ Javier Torres vs Team Lesnar’s Chris Cope. That said, Brock Lesnar understands that Junior Dos Santos is putting its team’s cream of the crop against his weaker fighters. The former then sits down with his troops and discusses their first loss, hoping that the tale will serve as an inspiration for the underdog team member.

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