TUF 10 Episode 7 recap

source: mmajunkie.com

As the seventh episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 10" gets underway, we're reminded that only four fighters are left for opening-round matchups: Team Rashad's Mike Wessel and Matt Mitrione and Team Rampage's Marcus Jones and Scott Junk.

But the final matchups are quickly overshadowed by coaches Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans, who trash-talk about the other's most recent losses. While showing Rampage re-enacting Evans' brutal knockout loss to Lyoto Machida, the downtrodden coach admits during a confessional that he can't stand being down six fights to none to Rashad's "cocky ass."

We immediately jump into the next fight announcement, and after further trash-talking, Rashad announces Matt, the former NFL player, will take on Scott, a one-time UFC fighter. That leaves a final opening-round bout between the towering Marcus, the most accomplished of this season's NFL vets, and the short and compact Mike.

Surprise, surprise, though. The trash-talking immediately intensifies, and when Rashad says his rival coach would be better off quitting, Rampage says the only ones quitting are his fighters. A quick camera pan to Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson doesn't exactly show a happy Team Rampage fighter.

The debate heats up, and when Rashad points out that Rampage is only talking and not winning, things escalate. Rampage says he's not a coach – Rashad agrees and points out to the rival team that his coach has trashed them repeatedly – and the coaches nearly come to blows before the assistant coaches and fighters separate them.

It's clips like this one that would have provided a ton of anticipation for the proposed UFC 107 headliner between Rashad and Rampage. But with Rampage now on the outs with UFC management and shooting "The A-Team," a huge subplot of this season is an unfortunate waste.

Scott Junk (Team Rampage) vs. Matt Mitrione (Team Rashad)

After both Scott (6-2-1) and Matt (2-0) enter the cage, Dana White does the introductions, referee Josh Rosenthal readies the fighters, and the fight is underway.

There's little action early as the two fighters test their range, but Matt quickly checks a body kick, connects on a right and knocks his opponent to the mat. Scott immediately sits up and eats a body kick as he tries to get up. On a second attempt, though, he does get back to his feet, and Scott connects on an overhand right. Matt returns fire, though, and Scott shows signs that his right eye may have taken a blow. Matt rushes in and drops Scott again with a right hand. Matt backs off and allows his opponent to stand. Scott tries to fight through this opponent's long reach, but Matt catches a kick and sends Scott to the mat for the third time in the first 75 seconds of the fight.

Scott gets back up and appears OK, but after a weak takedown attempt, Matt blasts him with more punches and knees to the body. Scott gets back up but fails with two more week takedown attempts. Matt unloads additional blows but begins to slow. Scott is clearly dazed and has no answer as Matt tees off with additional (though weakening blows). Scott finally connects on a combination and then pushes Matt into the cage and buys himself some time to recover during the clinch. On the break, Matt wildly throws lazy kicks and punches, eats a wild overhand right from Scott, and then stands in the pocket and trades drunk punches with Scott. It's a bad strategy as Scott unloads enough punches to avoid a 10-8 round and instead loses the round just 10-9 on the MMAjunkie.com scorecard.

Dana is excited by the fight between rounds, but it's obvious going into round two that both competitors are gassed.

As the second round begins, Matt throws a dozen or so weak punches as Scott covers up. Scott is gasping for breath with his chin unprotected, but Scott can offer nothing. Matt continues scoring points with his punches, which come with frequency despite a lack of power. Scott, though, closes the distance and scores a takedown on his quickly fading opponent. Scott works from in his opponent's guard and delivers a steady but far from overwhelming stream of punches. Both guys can be heard panting heavily midway through the round. Matt begins delivering and landing punches from below before the pace slows, and the fight is restarted.

With two minutes to go, Matt works his jab, and Scott counters with an overhand right. Matt is gassed, but he keeps scoring with punches. Scott barely has enough energy to cover up. The final minute of the round is more of the same as two the competitors fight off fatigue more so than each other. Matt lands a few more punches during the slow-paced exchange and takes the round, 10-9, on the MMAjunkie.com scorecard.

Dana says the two fighters stood toe to toe and "traded bombs." After the first few minutes, though, they looked more like firecrackers.

The decision is read, and Matt takes the fight via majority decision (19-19, 20-18, 20-18), which proves yet again, you never knew what you'll get when the fight goes to the judges.

Rampage is pissed that he's now fallen 7-0 to Team Rampage, walks off and then takes out his frustration on a door that is simply demolished with kicks and punches.

And thus concludes the seventh episode of "TUF 10" – and quite possibly Rampage's mental stability.

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supersaiyan site profile image  

10/29/09 10:46 AM by supersaiyan

matrione was a former nfl player...i cant give him any slack seriously.

sadic1 site profile image  

10/29/09 10:42 AM by sadic1

Junk got rocked early and looked like he never recovered. It looked like the fight almost got stopped. That's got to be embarrassing for Junk. He had me convinced about his conviction, superiority, and determination in the pre-fight buildup. It's like there's some magic, budo stealing demon at the entrance of the TUF cage or something. Maybe they need an exorcist or something. The one impressive thing in the whole fight was that there were a few times that Mitrione got hit pretty flush on the chin with the few somewhat hard punches that Junk could muster, and he never dropped or even looked rocked. I'm usually pretty forgiving of TUF because it's fun and my expectations are low, but this really is the worst season I can rememeber. When Wes Simms in a gi is the best thing you can remember about an episode, that's pretty bad.

BigWilliam site profile image  

10/29/09 10:34 AM by BigWilliam

Yeah what the fuck is wrong with Dana? Great fight? What the hell was he watching? That was like 60 seconds of a decent fight followed by 9 minutes of shit.

86ed4life site profile image  

10/29/09 10:29 AM by 86ed4life

Totally agree, I have really not given Roy Nelson the credit that he is due.

The Sultan site profile image  

10/29/09 10:10 AM by The Sultan

I thought that was hilarious.... Bombs?  Really?  

SirPrize site profile image  

10/29/09 9:55 AM by SirPrize

Matt looked good... *early* in the fight. He was cleaning Scott's clock. Scott's answer was to invite Matt into his guard. Fortunately for Matt, he was smart enough to keep it standing.Matt should have nailed Scott in the body when Scott was covering up. He was WIDE OPEN, and early in the fight (when Matt still had some power), he could have landed some viscious shots. Rashad kept yelling for Matt to go to the body - He should've listened.

BabyZeus site profile image  

10/29/09 9:30 AM by BabyZeus

I was so looking forward to this fight! It started strong and QUICKLY fizzled. Such a disappointment. SAD

donkypunch55 site profile image  

10/29/09 9:23 AM by donkypunch55

My girl and i were sitting on the couch convusled with laughter through-out much of the fight. it's hilarious when a fight degenerates to the point that neither fighter has enough gas left to really do any damage... by far the funniest and worst season eva!!ps. that door was weak and hollow as fuck..my grandmother could have done the same...

MoreThanUFC site profile image  

10/29/09 9:02 AM by MoreThanUFC

 Matrione is a newb.  I will let him slide on the gas tank, but Scott Junk is a vet and has been training FOR MMA for years.  He was fat, outta shape, and had zero cardio.  No respekt at all.

Ronin 7 site profile image  

10/29/09 8:50 AM by Ronin 7

Rampage was right....the camera-guy should have been fighting. And saying "The voices in my head can only be silenced by physical confrontation {paraphrasing here}." Do the voices also tell him not to finish the fight and get winded a minute in to the fight....what the hell happened to this "BEST SEASON EVER?"