With two opening-round fights in the books (TUF-13-Episode-1-airs-tonight-at-900-PM/" target="_blank">ep.1, ep.2) and the two teams tied up 1-1, we jump into episode No. 3 of "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team Dos Santos."
As tonight's episode begins, Brock Lesnar and his team assemble at the TUF Training Center.
Something Brock said after Chris Cope's victory over Javier Torres has stuck with the team. More specifically, the coach's comment that they made "chicken salad out of chicken [expletive]" confuses them."Did he call us chicken [expletive]?" Chuck O'Neil asks in a confessional. "What the hell?"
Team Lesnar's Len Bentley (9-4) vs. Team Dos Santos' Ryan McGillivray (11-4-1)
Dana does the intros, referee Josh Rosenthal gets the action started, and we're underway.
Both fighters work jabs during a feeling-out process, and Len gets through a nice shot. Ryan answers with a couple nice straights, but Len connects and drops him with a vicious right-left combo. Len pounces, but Ryan is alert. Len takes the mount and looks to deliver punches, but Ryan pulls him close and buys some recovery time. Len stands over him for a few punches and moves back in. Ryan pulls him into half guard, but Len gets to his knees anyway. Ryan essentially turtles to avoid punches, but Len's elbow strikes are getting through. Ryan, though, finally pulls him into full guard and briefly slows the attack. Len backs away and calls for him to stand. They restart, and Ryan counters a low kick with a nice right. The fighters circle, and Ryan lands a stiff right cross that may have dazed his opponent. Ryan then drops him with a left hook and dives into full guard. Ryan works punches to the ribs as Len tries to pull him close and recover. The fighters slowly work their way to the cage, but Ryan drops elbow strikes from the top. Len, though, uses the cage to maneuver and grabs an armbar. He tries to roll with it and then straightens it out, but Ryan survives and rolls to secure the crucifix position. He can't do anything with it and puts Len in a front head lock before moving into a choke. It's not terribly tight, and he doesn't have the angle to turn it into a neck crank. The rounds ends there.
Cageside, no one, including Dana, are sure how to score the barn-burner of a first round. Both fighters landed big shots and scored a knockdown, and both had success with ground and pound.
After some corner instructions to both fighters, the second round then gets underway.
Ryan lands a straight left while Len looks for low kicks. Both then connect on punches. The circling continues. Len takes an aggressive stance and eats a straight punch and then another. Len answers with a body kick. Ryan, though, lands another straight left and whiffs on two big power shots. Ryan lands another straight left and seems to have figured out his opponent's timing. Len, though, gets through a straight left of his own and keeps him off balance with the threat of kicks. The fighters trade lefts. Len tries a spinning backfist and takes a punch to the shoulder blades. Ryan puts together a nice lunging four-punch combo before dipping for a takedown. Len puts his back against the fence for leverage. Ryan nearly drags him down, and after some work, gets it. But Len is quickly back up, and he puts Ryan against the cage. He then delivers a couple knees to the belly and then one to the chin before they break. Ryan works more lefts. Len answers with an inside leg kick. Ryan gets through a nice right uppercut. The tiring fighters swing with wild shots, but each is connecting. Ryan gets the better of the exchanges late and finishes the round with a solid combo of lunging shots.
Two great rounds are in the books, and we await the judges' scorecards to see if there's a need for a third and tie-breaking round.
Even the ref compliments both guys on a great fight.
Dana enters the cage, and we have a decision: Ryan earns the majority-decision win via scores of 19-19, 20-18 and 20-18.
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