TUF 10 Episode 11/12 recap

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

As episode No. 11 of “The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights” opens, UFC president Dana White is looking for a potential replacement for a head-rattled Matt Mitrione. Speaking to the full crew of fighters, White says “someone” will possibly get a second chance. But with nobody clamoring to step in, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson is the obvious first choice.

Only one problem: Slice doesn’t want the fight.

Slice’s ailing knee, which has been diagnosed as arthritic, precludes him from stepping up.

“My thing is fighting on my toes,” Slice tells White. “I haven’t been on my toes. I can’t fight on my toes. I’ll get into there, and I feel like I won’t perform like I want to perform.”

Slice isn’t 100 percent, and he’s honest about his concerns.

“I don’t want another loss on my record, to be honest with you,” Slice says.

White says treatments have been made available to Slice, including a Cortisone shot or injecting gel into the joint. Surprisingly, despite waiting all season for a chance to return to the tournament, Slice turns down the chance.

White admits he’s shocked.

“I never expected him to turn down a fight in here,” White says. “I never expected that to happen.”


    * James McSweeney def. Matt Mitrione via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:38
    * Marcus Jones def. Darrill Schoonover via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:32

Evans apologizes for underrating Jones after the impressive performance. Meanwhile, the loss is Schoonover’s first-ever, and he doesn’t take it well.

With the quarterfinals complete, White is prepared to set the semifinal matchups.

With everyone gathered in the gym, White announces that the first semifinal will see Roy Nelson fight McSweeney, leaving Jones to face MMAjunkie.com blogger Brendan Schaub.


    * Roy Nelson def. James McSweeney def. Matt Mitrione via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:11
    * Brendan Schaub def. Marcus Jones via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:11

White admits he’s blown away by the performance. Schaub says he’s been in the position before, “but never with a guy that big and scary.”

Evans admits even he hated to see Jones lose, and Jackson says he nearly came to tears.

A devastated Jones says he refuses to put his family through the difficulty of fighting and that he’s done with MMA. Thankfully, the retirement is brief, and we learn that the good-natured, massive Jones will fight on the finale against rival Matt Mitrione. We’re also all shocked to learn that Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson will fight on the finale as well. Who would have thunk it?

White wraps up the season by calling it a success, even as “a guy with probably the worst physique in sports” made it to the finals. Schaub doesn’t look that bad, does he?

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