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The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Episode 7: Henderson the Tennis Pro? Pearson Puts a Pounding on Witson

Posted in The Ultimate Fighter TV Show with tags , , , , , , , on May 14, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

I thought last week that we were going to get two fights this episode, but instead we got one fight and a tennis match?  This week featured the battle of the coaches in a tennis match, while Ross Pearson faced off against Richie Whitson.

The show started off with team UK celebrating their most recent victory, and a clip of Bisping telling the viewers how happy he is that Team UK is in the lead.  The show then jumps right into informing us that Richie Whitson has some kind of bacterial infection by his mouth.  Some cast members give him crap about it being herpes, but Richie insists its not herpes.  Richies recent infection causes Jason Pierce to go around the entire house and disinfect it. 

The show moves forward by reminding us that David Faulkner and Jason Pierce (who are now friends) will have to fight each other.  They are the last two fighters in the welterweight division that have to fight.  Pierce expresses his displeasure with the idea of having to fight a friend, while his coaches try telling him that he has a negative attitude and that he needs to train himself mentally as well as physically.  Pierce responds to this advice in turn by walking out and leaving the gym.  Also, at one point Jason Dent informs Pierce that his USA Teammates are talking trash behind his back, further dividing an already incohesive Team USA.

The show shifted gears then and showed us some training techniques used by Team UK.  One of the techniques was to hit a giant tire using a sledge hammer (it builds core strength).  However after Dean Amasinger finds a way to hit himself with the hammer, and Faulkner shows he can’t hit the broad side of a tractor tire with a hammer, Bisping decided to revert back to more traditional methods of training by lifting weights.

Now the show moves into one of the most entertaining parts of the season, the battle of the coaches.  Every season so far, Dana White (president of the UFC) shows up and has the coaches compete head to head in some kind of random game or sport.  This season we got tennis.  Bisping stated he has never played tennis and it showed, he had trouble hitting the ball with the wide side of the racket.  Henderson however seemed to be a little more coordinated and seemed to pick up the sport a little quicker.  Henderson jumped out to a big lead initially, but at one point Bisping came back (a little).  The whole time the coaches played the US fighters were jawing with and taunting Bisping much to his displeasure.  In the end Henderson won 6 matches to 2, giving each one of his fighters a $1500 prize from Dana White.

After the delights of the coaches dual came the fight announcement.  Bisping picked Ross Pearson to fight Richie Whitson.  Pearson is regarded by the cast members as a fierce competitor and a pitbull in the ring.  Although Whitson in his own right is referred to as scrappy and tough.  Dana White even said he wasn’t going to give a prediction on the fight because it could go either way.  Both fighters consider themselves strikers, and both plan to stand and strike during the fight.  Pearsons plan was to strike and move, while Richies plan was to stay in tight and bang.

Fight time arrives, and Richies bacterial infection is all but gone, and he is cleared to fight.  The two fighters came out in round one and exchanged some punches initially, and then clinched by the cage.  Pearson took Richie down a couple of times, but Richie kept getting back up.  However, at one point Pearson kneed Richie in the head while Richie still had a knee on the mat, which is a violation of the rules, and Pearson was deducted one point for the infraction.  Richie took his time to regroup, but he didn’t really need to.  Pearson came out after the break, took Richie down, and got his back.  Richie fought off an initial attempt for a choke, but ended up sacrificing an arm to an armbar.  Richie was forced to tap, before the first round was able to come to a close.

With Pearsons victory, this moves Team UK ahead by two fights, making it Team UK 4 to Team USA 2.  We still have four fighters left to fight: Jason Dent and Jeff Lawson in the lightweight division and David Faulkner and Jason Pierce in the welterweight division.  I will see all of you TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) fans next week.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 9: Fighters and My Picks for the Winners

Posted in The Ultimate Fighter TV Show with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

Team USA: Name, Age, Record

Welterweights:

Damarques Johnson 26, 13-6 (1-0 Beat Dean Amasinger)

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Frank Lester 24, 3-2

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Jason Pierce 32, 9-0

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Mark Miller 30, 10-4     (Eliminated by Nick Osipczak)

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Lightweights:

Cameron Dollar 21, 5-1

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Jason Dent 28, 19-9

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Richie Whitson 22, 4-0

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Santino Defranco 26, 13-4 (Eliminated by Andre Winner)

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Team UK: Name, Age, Record

Welterweights:

Nick Osipczak 23, 3-0     (1-0 Beat Mark Miller)

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James Wilkes 30, 5-2

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Dean Amasinger 25, 4-1 (eliminated by Damarques Johnson)

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David Faulkner 28, 2-1

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Lightweights:

Ross Pearson 24, 9-3

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Martin Stapleton 25, 5-1

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Jeff Lawson 30, 13-2

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Andre Winner 26, 9-2-1 (Beat Santino Defranco)

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My Picks

I think that Damarques Johnson is probably Team USA’s best Welterweight.  I thought that Mark Miller was pretty good too, but with his elimination it leaves Team USA a little more vulnerable in that weight class.  Jason Pierce looks good, but not any better than any of the guys on Team UK.  As for Frank Lester who won his fight by default, he may surprise some people.  I think Frank has got a lot of fight in him, and if taken too lightly could win a fight or two before being eliminated.

Team UKs best Welterweight is debatable, I think that Osipczak and Amasinger both have the potential to be the best when the show is over, it just depends on who improves more.  Faulkner may be tough, but he seems to be lacking the true fighting spirit, don’t expect him to win any.  James Wilkes is a question mark for me, I don’t know what to expect.

Richie Whitson is Team USAs best Lightweight.  Richie showed real moxey in his first fight, the kid is a scrapper.  I think that with top level training Richie should improve drastically and should be a real threat in that division. Jason Dent who has an impressive record did not win his first fight in a very impressive manner.  Perhaps it was nerves, but I would like to see more from him before I would think of him as a threat.  Cameron Dollar won his first fight, despite losing the entire first round.  With some good training he could be a competitor.  Santino Defranco did nothing in the first round of his fight except for lay on the mat.  But, in the second round he came out more aggressive, if he fights like he fought in the second round Santino could be a surprise.  However, I want to see it first.

Team UK has two guys at Lightweight that I would not want to face.  Ross Pearson is probably the best Lightweight that UK has to offer, however Martin Stapleton isn’t far behind.  I am excited to see how much these two guys improve by the end of the show, because I think the sky is the limit for both of them.  Jeff Lawson is probably the next best.  He has experience, and won his first fight handily, but I just didn’t see the athleticism in him that the other two fighters have.  Andre Winner, I hate to say it but your in a weight division with some stiff competition, and unfortunately someone has to be the caboose.

I think that Nick Osipczak will win the show for the Welterweight division, however don’t be surprised to see Damarques Johnson and Dean Amasinger towards the end either.

I am more confident with my Lightweight pick than I am for my Welterweight pick.  I think that Ross Pearson will win the Lightweight division.  I anticipate a finale where he faces fellow countryman Martin Stapleton.  However, the dark horse would have to be Richie Whitson, he has the true grit and fighting spirit to beat the more technical and experienced fighter.

 

(originally posted on 4/23/09)

My Top Five: Heavyweight Fighters in the UFC

Posted in Top Five Fighters in Each UFC Weight Class with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

1. Brock Lesnar     brock-lesnar

Brock Lesnar may the personality of a jackass, but the man is a BEAST.  After watching Lesnar put a whuppin on Frank Mir in their rematch its hard not to wonder who can beat this behemoth.  Lesnar clearly can make up for skill with brute strength and athleticism.  But whats really scary is that he is still developing as a real MMA fighter.  Pretty soon Lesnar will be considered a legit MMA champ. But in reality it just comes down to wins and losses, and who you beat.  Lesnar has already beaten two ex-UFC champs and its hard to argue against that.

 

2. Randy “The Natural” Couture     randy-couture

Well, what can you say about Couture, the guy is a great fighter.  The only problem is that he is old.  He has a well rounded fighting style, and even at the age of 46 deserves respect.  Nogueira has been in some wars lately, and Couture might have enough in the gas tank to take him out.  Carwin, that’s another story.  Couture could surprise everyone and beat Carwin, but maybe not it’s hard to say.  Couture has earned this spot, with his experience and ability to game plan for victory.  But, don’t be surprised if he isn’t here after his next fight.

3. Frank Mir  Frank Mir 2  

Well, Frank drops to number three after his loss to Lesnar.  Mir is still a very good fighter and will probably get the loser of the Carwin/Velasquez fight.  Despite the one sided victory Lesnar achieved I still believ that Mir could come back even better than ever.  The tough thing for guys like Mir, Couture and nogueira is that the Heavyweight division is filling up with really big Heavyweights.  Perhaps Mir should be trying to bulk up instead of trim up.  Either way Mir can still fight.

4. Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira     antonio-nogueira

Nogueira is a man on his way down the board I think.  He was not too long ago Heavyweight Champion, but in his loss to Mir he looked old.  He moves around like he’s old, I think his body is finally showing the effects of his life (all the brutal fights he’s been a part of, not to mention getting run over by a truck as a kid and going through multiple surgeries as a result).  We will see where Nogueira belongs in the Heavyweight division, I feel that Carwin could take him out, and that Cheick Kongo might be able to as well.  But, he just lost to Mir whom I have ranked as number 1, he has many impressive fights prior to the UFC, and a win against Tim Sylvia.  Nogueira gets this spot because of his fight history, and because he hasn’t lost to anybody else of note yet.  However, I suspect he will shortly, look for this division to shake up quite a bit in the next year.

5. Shane Carwin     shane-carwin

Carwin, I have one question for you, “Have you reached your potential yet?”  If the answer is no then you may enjoy being a top contender if not even Champion in the relative near future.  If however, you have been on a hot streak, and your potential is maxed out, I would expect that you may never get a title shot.  I feel that Carwin has yet to reach his potential yet.  Carwin has the ability to shoot up to number three for sure, if not number two within the year.  As I stated above, I think that Couture and Nogueira are on their way out, which leaves a very wide door for some of the younger more athletic fighters, of whom Carwin leads the pack.  Carwin is a beast of a man and I expect he will be a major player in this division for the next couple of years.

(6.  Cain Velasquez)Cain Velasquez

Cain had a very nice victory over Cheick Kongo at UFC 99.  Kongo was unable to prevent Cain from taking him to the mat and inflicting some brutal ground and pound.  Not only that, but Cains chin was also tested.  Kongo landed some very clean flush shots on Cains chin, and Cain was able to stay composed and win the fight by decision.  With that win Cain knocks Kongo out of this number 6  spot and moves one step closer to cracking the top five.