TUF 10 Episode 8 recap

source: mmajunkie.com

This week's eighth episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 10" could be a potentially historic one with coach Rashad Evans looking to sweep the first round, 8-0, over coach Quinton Jackson.

No coach has ever swept the first round of competition, and as we learned last week, Mike Wessel could help accomplish just that by upsetting Team Rampage's Marcus Jones, the most accomplished of the season's four NFL vets.

As the episode begins, we see highlights from the previous fight between Matt Mitrione and one-time UFC fighter Scott Junk. Mitrione upset the Team Rampage fighter. In fact, many cast members thought Scott would win the whole competition, and they voice their frustration and confusion over his lackluster performance during a series of confessionals.

Although Matt ultimately took the fight via majority decision, Scott thought the bout warranted a third round. The judges (and Rashad) disagreed, and we get to see a replay of Rampage's post-fight tirade in which he destroys one of the training center's cheaply constructed doors.

"The last thing you want to be here on the set of 'The Ultimate Fighter' is a door," jokes UFC president Dana White, who's seen a few such door assaults. "There's no future in being a door here."

Rashad calls his rival coach a "clown" for the outburst. In a confessional, Rampage admits it was rather pathtic and jokes that he can't even tell the door he's sorry.

The opening round matchups went this way:

    * Jon Madsen (Team Rashad) def. Abe Wagner (Team Rampage)
    * James McSweeney (Team Rashad) def. Wes Shivers (Team Rampage)
    * Roy Nelson (Team Rashad) def. Kimbo Slice (Team Rampage)
    * Brendan Schaub (Team Rashad) def. Demico Rogers (Team Rampage)
    * Justin Wren (Team Rashad) def. Wes Sims (Team Rampage)
    * Darrill Schoonover (Team Rashad) def. Zak Jensen (Team Rampage)
    * Matt Mitrione (Team Rashad) def. Scott Junk (Team Rampage)
    * Marcus Jones (Team Rampage) def. Mike Wessel (Team Rashad)

As each fighter states his case, Dana admits one fighter has rubbed him the wrong way. It seems the UFC's head honcho just can't stand Roy Nelson, and when the former IFL champ makes a show out of saying he'll fight anyone and breaking down each potential opponent, Dana tells him his fight wasn't that exciting and that he should pump the brakes on his cockiness.

After all the conferences, the quarterfinal matchups are determined. Dana reveals them to the group:

    * Roy Nelson (Team Rashad) vs. Justin Wren (Team Rashad)
    * Brendan Schaub (Team Rashad) vs. Jon Madsen (Team Rashad)
    * James McSweeney (Team Rashad) vs. Matt Mitrione (Team Rashad)
    * Darrill Schoonover (Team Rashad) vs. Marcus Jones (Team Rampage)

"We gotta throw him a bone," Dana says about the Darrill vs. Marcus matchup, which Rampage campaigned for.

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Gamebred site profile image  

11/5/09 11:14 PM by Gamebred

Marcus is every bit as likable, cool and humble as he appears on the show. there is not a nicer guy anywhereto know marcus is to love him and root for himrob kahn

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11/5/09 9:03 PM by Naughty Gorilla

Who pouts for an hour because someone wrote "sucks balls" ?Who even gets mad ?

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11/5/09 7:44 PM by Mmanizzle

good for Big Baby! He's a good ambassador for mma!

Rip0ste site profile image  

11/5/09 3:29 PM by Rip0ste

 Wessel - really good to hear your wife is alright.  I appreciate your candor. 

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11/5/09 2:59 PM by StrikeAnywhere

 Marcus has got to be the easiest to root for fighter of all times. I listen to Bubba the Love Sponge and they have been talking about him for a while since some of their guys train a bit at GracieTampa......good to actually see him in action.   

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11/5/09 2:41 PM by NHB USA

 Dude, get Wessel a fucking green name.  I overlooked all his posts because he's a mud.

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11/5/09 11:58 AM by epwar

Hint - anytime the preview shows something (like Kimbo punching Nelson), expect the exact opposite to happen. They probably play a joke on Kimbo.GoldenBoy would have already informed us if Kimbo got back in, especially if he lost again. It ain't happening.

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11/5/09 11:51 AM by Renzo's Elbow

didn't it show someone shaking Kimbo's hand saying welcome back or something? So that would imply he gets back in?Where's the "leak" for a definite answer on this Kimbo saga!

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11/5/09 11:13 AM by None So Blind

Another positive about Marcus - it initially rubbed me really wrong when he said he'd let Rampage pick his fight, as he trusted his coach. Obviously, at least from what we have seen from highly edited footage, it looks like Rampage's coaching is .... suspect, to put it obliquely. As such, I would be concerned that Rampage's selection might not be in Marcus' best interest. But then I thought about it - Rampage has clearly been around the block more than Marcus, and Marcus likely respects that - and so I wonder: if he trusts his coaches that much and listens that carefully to them, this guy must be a *serious* student of the game, a real treat for any instructor. Obviously, Rob Kahn could comment on that, but if a guy that big and that atheletically gifted has zero ego and listens intently to everything he's being taught by his coaches, that seems like a truly dangerous combination, one that would produce a legit contender down the line....