TUF 14, Episode 9 recap

by Dann Stupp | source: mmajunkie.com

UFC president Dana White does intros, and Josh Rosenthal officiates the bout.

T.J. lunges with a punch but misses and resets in the opening sequence. He again does the same before faking a shot and landing an uppercut. T.J. ducks under a hook and shoots to get the takedown. T.J. postures up to throw a punch and nearly gets his arm caught. He returns to full guard, and Dustin continues looking for a submission. T.J. lands a few punches and elbows from the top. T.J. lands another solid forearm strike. Dustin works his way to the cage, but T.J. pulls him away from it and then postures up for more punches. Dustin nearly gets to his feet, but T.J. takes him right back down. Dustin tries to create a scramble, but T.J. keeps the shots coming from the top. In the final 30 seconds, Dustin finally gets back to his feet and delivers a big knee to the chin, and then he avoids a tiring T.J.'s takedown attempt. T.J., though, gets in nice punches just as the round ends. In the first, it's all T.J., who takes it 10-9.

In the second, T.J. wings a right that's checked. He then lands a right and looks to clinch. Dustin returns fire. T.J. sets up a takedown with strikes. He lands in half guard before Dustin pulls him into full. Dustin is against the cage and tries to get back to his feet. He then tries to sweep, but T.J. takes side control. T.J. mixes in some elbows from the top. The Team Miller coaches implore Dustin to get up. T.J. mixes in some knees to the body, but Dustin pulls him back into guard. T.J. drops some elbows, a few of which land flush. Dustin looks to sweep, but T.J. continues dropping punches and elbows from the top. Dustin throws elbows from the bottom, but T.J. is far more effective from the top, and he closes out the round with more shots. It's all T.J., who takes it 10-9.

The fight goes to the scheduled third round with Dustin in a 2-0 hole. T.J. tries an uppercut from distance and nearly eats a knee. Dustin avoids the takedown, but T.J. shoots again and lifts him and takes him to the mat. T.J. drops punches, elbows and hammerfists. Dustin works butterfly guard and tries to get up, but T.J. is relentless. Both fighters are bleeding now. The fighters trade elbows, but T.J. is dangerous when he postures up. Dustin tries anything to get off his back or secure a submission, but T.J. gives no openings. T.J. moves to side control and delivers elbows to the head and knees to the body. He then moves to full guard and delivers more shots. T.J. intensifies the assault wanting to claim a bonus. Dustin pulls him back into full guard as T.J. keeps posturing up for more shots. The final round is all T.J. again, and he should easily take a 30-27 decision.

Sure enough, the scorecards are read, and T.J. takes it via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26).

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frederic site profile image  

11/18/11 10:15 AM by frederic

True, although Dustin's knee and his sub attempts were somewhat exciting.

X_Rated site profile image  

11/17/11 4:37 PM by X_Rated

Not taking anything away from either fighter. I understand there was a lot on the line and so on. Sometimes boring fights just happen

X_Rated site profile image  

11/17/11 4:36 PM by X_Rated

It's sad when the coaches challenge is more interesting than the actual fight

Smooth_Operator site profile image  

11/17/11 12:58 PM by Smooth_Operator

to be honest when I was watching the episode after TJ got the takedown in the 2 round i fast forwarded that shit it did get pretty boring

Cbass site profile image  

11/17/11 8:45 AM by Cbass

I used to hate mayhem and his zany bully beatdown character. . But I have become a mayhem fan after watching Tuf with the way he coaches and inspires his guys...

Arecsa site profile image  

11/17/11 8:31 AM by Arecsa

May not have been a complete Fitch-fest, but that was not exciting at all.

UncleDavid site profile image  

11/17/11 5:10 AM by UncleDavid

i thought it was a pretty good fightthat wasnt really lay n pray, he threw some vicious bombs in there, both fighters got cut as well

mmavixen site profile image  

11/17/11 3:21 AM by mmavixen

 Agree it was not entirely lay n pray, but Dillashaw's style won't have me clamoring to see him fight again.  Plus, I expected more seeing as he's with Team Alpha, isn't he?

Jaybrone site profile image  

11/17/11 2:55 AM by Jaybrone

 I didnt say it was lay n pray. I just said it was boring.

aaronlynton site profile image  

11/17/11 2:52 AM by aaronlynton

It was ground and pound not lay n pray, for the most part.... however, no fuckin way any of those rounds were 10-8. No knockdowns, no anything significant. 30-27 dillashaw