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The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Episode 9:Who Fights Faulkner? and Bisping Shows a Lack of Class in Front of His Students

Posted in The Ultimate Fighter TV Show with tags , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

Alright Ultimate Fighter fans, this was a much better episode than last weeks, perhaps it’s because the show is more focused on two guys that are actually willing to fight…kinda.

Last episode left us all trying to guess who was going to step up from the already-beatens and take on David Faulkner in a second chance of a lifetime fight?  The answer, Frank Lester.  Lester bless your heart you are a true warrior.  For those of us who have forgotten Lester was the fighter who lost his front four teeth and took a beating just two episodes ago (only a couple of days prior in actual time).  Mark Miller the other alternative had a broken nose, and was not cleared to fight.

Lester tells Dana White (President of the UFC) that he is willing to fight, and so what if he’s missing teeth, after all there only teeth right?  And Dan Henderson fights without his teeth all the time, right?  Dana loved the heart and attitude shown by Lester here, in his willingness to step back in the octagon after just a couple days removed from getting a pretty good beating.

The show eventually shifts to Faulkner who has all the physical tools, but lacks the mental toughness to be a real threat.  Apparently Faulkner is a professional fighter who can’t seem to keep his mouth-guard in his mouth due to his gag-reflex.  He has such a hard time keeping his mouthpiece in that he actually goes to a hypnotist to try to fix the problem through hypnosis.

Later on in the show Bisping sprayed water in Damarques Johnsons face for a “racist” comment that Johnson didn’t even say.  Cameron Dollar a couple of episodes ago (while Bisping was playing Henderson at tennis) said that Bisping was “whiter than a band-aid”?  Whatever the hell that’s suppose to mean.  But, nonetheless Bisping took offense and thought that Johnson was the one who had said it.  Bisping went to apologize to Johnson who had stormed out of the building after being squirted, and after approaching Johnson who told Bisping he needed a minute, Bisping returned like a little “puff”.  It appeared that Bisping was actually upset at Johnson for not letting him apologize right away.

The point is that Bisping was not shown in a very positive light after this event, and I am going to find it very difficult to cheer for him at all.

As far as strategy goes for the fight Henderson wants Lester to just throw a straight one-two combo, that’s it.  Bisping seems to just want Faulkner to keep his mouth-guard in.

Both fighters come out for round one, and Faulkner looks to be the aggressor, and looks much more fresh than Lester.  Faulkner connects on a couple of nice punches, and even scores a takedown.  Faulkner wins round one easily.

The bell rings for round two, and Lester comes out and is able to keep the fight standing and controls Faulkner in the clinch.  Lester also connects on some nice punches none of which are the straight one-tow combo that Henderson wanted him to throw.  During the second round Faulkner is noticeably fatigued, and at one point spit out his mouthpiece, Lester walks away winning round two.

With both fighters each winning a round that means only one thing right?  A sudden death one round battle, winner takes the victory.  But wait, whats this, Faulkners throat is too dry?  Faulkner quits while sitting on his stool between rounds?  Faulkner came on this show taking the opportunity away from all of his fellow countrymen that wanted to be on the Ultimate Fighter and then lets his country down by quitting?  Faulkner, a professional fighter can’t go three rounds?  Well believe it folks it happened, Faulkner did not come out for the third round.  As one person put it Lester out-hearted Faulkner.

Well this ties things up, both teams are now 4-4 and the teaser for next week has us guessing if teammates are going to have to fight teammates.  Until next time, keep reading.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Episode 8: Jason Puts a “Dent” in the UK Record, Pierce Too Sick or Too Scared?

Posted in The Ultimate Fighter TV Show with tags , , , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

Hello Ultimate Fighter Fans!  Sorry this wasn’t posted much sooner, like within the last two weeks.  My apologies.  Anyway, it really was kind of a boring episode anyways. Here’s what happened, or perhaps a lack of what happened.  This summary is going to be a little short, because I’m guessing most of you know what happened two weeks ago by now anyways.

The show started off with Jason Pierce being a very negative minded pessimist.  The show continued with Pierce being a negative minded pessimist, and ultimately ended with Pierce being a negative minded non-competitor.

There was much of the show dedicated to peoples dislike of Pierces attitude, ranging from his fellow teammates to even the coaches.  Also, there were four competitors left to fight.  Pierce was going to fight Faulkner, or Dent was going to fight Lawson.

The decision was made to have Dent fight Lawson. 

The first round was pretty good.  The pace was good, with Lawson controlling the round and winning it easily.  In the second round however Lawson was pretty gassed, and Dent was able to choke out Lawson for the victory.  Dana White (President of the UFC) said the victory was far, far, far from being impressive.

The real story was Jason Pierce who was asked by Dana White how he was feeling and if he felt up to fighting (Pierce was diagnosed with somekind of illness by the doctors).  Pierce was again very quiet with a negative attitude, and mentally wasn’t there.  Dana sensed this and told Pierce he wasn’t going to be fighting. 

On a personal note, I was actually angry with the guy because he was sporting top of the line Tapout gear the whole time, and he seemed to lack any heart or desire to fight.  I really didn’t feel that he deserved to be all decked out in Tapout gear when he was obviously quitting before he even officially fought on the show.

In summary, Dent won a very non-impressive victory over Lawson.  Look for Dent to be eliminated in his next fight, while we had at least a half an hour of watching probably the most negative and dejected person to ever be on the Ultimate Fighter.  Luckily, Dana saw that Pierce was bad for business and pulled him from his fight, to give another already beaten Welterweight a second chance.  But who?  We’ll have to wait and see until next week.

Silva to Fight Griffin, Jardine new opponent for Thiago Silva, Noguiera to Fight Couture?

Posted in UFC/MMA News and Notes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

This just in, Anderson Silva has now been slated to fight Forrest Griffin this July at UFC 101.  Griffin was scheduled to fight Thiago Silva, but now Thiago is going to be fighting Keith Jardine.  

Apparently Dana White wants to get Anderson back in the ring sooner, than later, and what better opponent than Griffin.  This is a very smart move by the President of the UFC.  After Silva’s “embarrassing” outing White knew that nobody in their right mind was going to pay for a pay-per view with Silva as the headlining fight.  So, pit Silva against a ranked fighter in another weight division, with a different division title on the line later that night.  Brilliant.

BJ Penn will be defending his title against Kenny Florian that same night in the Main Event.  As if that match up wasn’t going to draw enough buys, the UFC decided to add some extra frosting to the cake at no cost to them or the public.  By having Silva fight at a heavier weight against a ranked opponent they really don’t have much to lose, but they have a lot to gain. 

If Silva loses, so what, he still has the Middleweight title, and oh how convenient, he lost to a very respectable fighter who isn’t even in his natural division.  Also, it makes the UFC look good because they are presenting a stacked card with a fan favorite in Griffin.

If Silva wins, it proves that he really is a pound-for-pound phenom.  By beating Griffin it would refresh interest in Silva with the public. Then, the UFC could use Silva to headline another one of their pay-per views.

The UFC has really taken the latest Silva fiasco and turned it into a win-win for themselves and the public.

On a separate note, it is rumored that Antonio Noguiera is going to be facing Randy Couture in the main event at UFC 102 in Portland, Oregon.  Both fighters are coming off loses and both fighters are showing their age.  The exciting aspect of this fight is that these two fighters fight with a ton of heart, it should be a battle for the ages.


Originally posted on (4/29/09)