'TUF 11' episode 10 recap

by John Morgan | source: mmajunkie.com

The highly anticipated 10th episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 11" opens up with Chuck Liddell still processing the news that his opposing "TUF" coach, Tito Ortiz, was dropping out the pair's planned UFC 115 matchup.

Liddell is furious, and he tells UFC president Dana White that he predicted that Ortiz would pull out. Liddell says Ortiz shouldn't be allowed to fight in the UFC again.

Back at the house, Team Ortiz's Jamie Yageris preparing himself. Yager says he doesn't believe that Team Liddell's Josh Bryant will simply quit, but "There's no cardio in the chin."

JOSH BRYANT (Team Liddell) VS. JAMIE YAGER (Team Ortiz)

Referee Steve Mazzagatti calls the action after some last-minute advice to the fighters from both coaches. After two rounds, White enters the cage to announce the fight is a draw through two frames and will need a "sudden victory" third frame.

Yager's body language is not good in the corner, and as he slumps on his stool, he tells his corner that he can't see.  Mazzagatti waves off the fight, and Ortiz looks beside himself.

Liddell comes in to celebrate and can't refrain from drawing the connection between Yager's refusal to continue and Ortiz's withdrawal from the coaches' fight.

    * Josh Bryant def. Jamie Yager via TKO (refused to answer bell) - Round 2, 5:00

Yager is helped from the cage, while White apologizes to Liddell for doubting his team selection at the beginning of the season. White is thrilled at the action in the cage. Ortiz isn't, and he suggests Yager is heartless.

Yager heads off to the hospital for assessment, and White pulls Ortiz from the locker room for a chat. The UFC exec tells Ortiz he's got a doctor's appointment set up for the former champ the following day. Ortiz seems on board with the call, and he says he appreciates the recommendation.

He disagrees with what comes next: White lets Ortiz know his time on the show is done.

Ortiz appears truly shocked by the decision, but White says he had little choice in the matter. With the unique situation of a coach pulling out of the fight, White felt he had to make another matchup for Liddell. Ortiz is visibly shaken, but he doesn't protest too much.

Ortiz is obviously emotional as he leaves the UFC Training Center. He walks right by his team's van, and the fighters are left to wonder exactly what is going on as Ortiz hops in his car and drives away.

Despite the drama, there's still some business to tend to at the gym, and the semifinal matchups are announced the following morning. In semifinal No. 1, Team Liddell partners Brad Tavares and Court McGee are matched up, while the second fight sees McCray face Bryant.

Now all that's left is to determine who will coach McCray. The answer comes shortly after, and the former Team Ortiz is introduced to their new head coach: former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin.

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Wade5000 site profile image  

6/3/10 9:04 PM by Wade5000


TeamRenzo site profile image  

6/3/10 4:09 PM by TeamRenzo

I think the big difference is Tito knew he was injured before the show started and used TUF as a platform to market his clothing line and himself.Tito never had any intention of fighting Chuck.

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

6/3/10 3:36 PM by ranier wolfcastle

 i also think zuffa was trying to fuck tito since he just fucked them

NDmmafan site profile image  

6/3/10 2:59 PM by NDmmafan

The best part of the whole night was Spike Fucking up the whole surprise part of the show. They build it up all night as who is replacing Tito. Who could it possible be? Oooh the suspense! They cut to a commercial and right before they come back they show a Franklin vs. Liddell Promo. LMFAO. They than continue the show and announce Rich Franklin. Wow noone could see that coming.

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6/3/10 1:38 PM by Colt Seavers


TapoutT1978 site profile image  

6/3/10 1:31 PM by TapoutT1978

Tito should have waited a week to pull out. Just shows how dumb he can be sometimes. Why would you pull out and still have to hear Chuck for a week? Like it wasn't blatantly obvious he just wanted his brand on TV.

grachuss site profile image  

6/3/10 12:54 PM by grachuss

You guys realize this is all drama cooked up by Dana and Tito, right? They are both in on it to drum up hype for the show by having you assclowns actually believe it's real.

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6/3/10 12:48 PM by Humboldt

 Wow, just wow. #1 - this is reality television folks...now shows like TUF and The Biggest Loser may be more real than most other reality tv shows, it is still tv.  The point of this specific reality television show is simply to market the UFC product; it is a 30 minute, 10 episode commercial for an upcoming fight card.  By endearing us to these fighters, or creating animosity towards those fighters, they are building brand loyalty.  Same thing with the coaches. #2 - Dana did fire Tito as the coach, but with very good reason.  I doubt that he cost Tito any real money by having him leave the show a week early.  No mention of him firing Tito as a fighter though, it actually sounded like he was willing to give Tito all the time and medical attention he needs to heal up properly. #3 - Tito signed a contract he had no intention whatsoever of keeping.  This is my opinion, as I do not know what goes on inside Tito's head, but one that Tito himself has alluded to several times on camera.  He knew he was seriously injured prior to agreeing to fight Chuck, too injured to actually be able to compete.  Tito potentially cost the UFC a lot of $$ by allowing them to promote a fight (as well as himself and his brand) that he knew was never going to happen. If I knowingly lie to my boss so that I can win a bid (get the job), and my boss finds out that I knew that I was unable to perform the job I was hired to do in the time frame that I committed to, I would expect to be fired on the spot.  If my lies cost my company money, I would expect to never work for them or anyone they are acquainted with again. In my opinion, Tito got off easy.  I think Dana extended far more proessional courtesy to him than he deserved.  That is, if any of this is really real.

Chomas site profile image  

6/3/10 11:42 AM by Chomas

BLAF looked like an asshole last night.

BrutalMedic site profile image  

6/3/10 11:42 AM by BrutalMedic

Nah, I reckon Dana wanted to stick with the whole coach vs coach idea, hence why Tito was axed. Of course, we all know that without Franklin there, there would be absolutely no build up to the fight with Liddell...It amazes me people don't recognise why Tito was removed, it makes perfect sense.