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‘TUF 10′ Episode 4 Recap: Four Up, Four Down

(The end of Schaub vs. Rogers.)

Last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights opened with some analysis of the Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Nelson fight, which was described rather generously as a "classic striker vs. wrestler/grappler matchup" by Scott Junk, who gives props to Slice for not gassing out. Titties Schoonover was also very impressed by Kimbo’s performance. Roy Nelson was impressed by Roy Nelson’s performance. After the fight, we see Big Country needling Rampage, thanking him for helping Roy count strikes to Kimbo’s dome. "I lost count after ten," Roy says, coming in for a bro-clinch. "Get the fuck off me," says Jackson. "I can’t stand that fat motherfucker," he tells Tiki.

Rampage and his assistants do their best to encourage Kimbo after the fight. Rampage vows to keep working with Slice and turn him into one of the best fighters out there. Kimbo doesn’t feel he’s out of the competition yet, and that with another two or three weeks of instruction, he’ll be untouchable. Abe Wagner tells him — to his face, amazingly — that he’s using denial as a coping mechanism. But for a moment, it does look like Kimbo might return. Marcus Jones has a "sweat attack," and has to sit down for a while after getting lightheaded back at the house. His teammates think he’s physically cracking under the demands of the show. Kimbo sees it as his opportunity to squeeze his way back in, but Marcus quickly recovers.

With control of the fight-picks still in Rashad‘s hands, Sugar starts planning for the future, figuring out how the rest of the matchups should go. Rashad likes Matt Mitroine‘s athleticism, Justin Wren‘s attitude, and Mike Wessel‘s power, but his homeboy Brendan Schaub is peaking right now, and it might be best if he fights next. Rashad and his assistants call the guys in one by one and tell them who they’ll be fighting. They want to see Wren against Junk, Schaub against Demico Rogers ("I will beat the piss out of him, it’ll be highlight reel," Schaub says), and Mitrione against Marcus Jones. Mitrione isn’t sure if he can handle Marcus’s power, but he doesn’t protest. And yes, despite the sweat attack, Marcus is a powerful guy, as we see in a montage where he wrecks several of his teammates in practice. Going 110% in sparring sessions isn’t a great way to win friends, but it’s earned him a fearsome reputation.

Shortly after, Wren comes back to Rashad and tells him that he’s unconfortable with the Junk matchup, because they’re boys from way back, and roommates in the house. Rashad, who comes from the tight-knit Jackson camp, can relate, and tells him that they’ll figure out something else.

When Wren comes back to the house, Junk tells him that he heard they’d be fighting. Apparently, Mitrione spilled the beans on all of Rashad’s fight picks, God knows why. The Team Evans guys are pissed, and start referring to him as "snitch" and "rat." James McSweeney and Jon Madsen think Mitrione tried to leak the info to avoid fighting Marcus. "We’ll just switch it up, it’s not a big deal," says simple-ass Mitrione. So, it’s back to the drawing board, but Schaub tells Rashad that he doesn’t want Scott Junk for his first fight because it would be a battle, and the whole thing becomes so confusing that Rashad decides that maybe he’ll just stick with the original plan.

Team Rampage thinks that nobody could beat Junk, Schaub could maybe beat Demico, and Marcus is going to freak out and kill somebody.

Rashad chooses Brendan Schaub vs. Demico Rogers for the next fight. Dana White thinks that Demico could take this one because of his tremendous size advantage. Cut to the faceoff, where they’re exactly the same height. Conveniently, their weights are never mentioned.

Rampage wants to punch through Rashad’s face, pull out his brain, throw it on the ground, spit on it, then kick Rashad in the nuts. "Why am I thinking that?" Rampage asks. "Am I crazy, man? I’m ashamed of myself."

Team Rashad assistant Trevor Wittman walks Brendan around the cage before the fight, giving him an overblown pep talk: "You are the best in the world, and I know you know that. I want you to go to bed tonight and dream of how good you are…I believe that you’re the best I’ve ever worked with. Do you believe that? I believe it." He really wants Brendan to work his jab.

The problem with focusing the first three episodes of TUF 10 on Kimbo Slice is that we don’t know shit about Demico Rogers, and last night’s episode didn’t do much to change that. Tiki knows that Brendan wants to stick to his kickboxing, so Demico’s gameplan is to set up his takedowns with punches, and beat him up with ground-and-pound or submit him. Tiki wants Demico to explode on Brendan’s face (PAUSE).

But when it’s time to get ready for the fight, Demico’s coaches are literally out to lunch. Demico sits in his quiet dressing room with a few of his teammates, waiting for somebody to wrap his hands and hold pads for him, while Schaub’s team is next door whipping him into a frenzy. Rampage and Tiki finally show up, minutes before showtime, but Rogers is already at a psychological disadvantage.

Round 1: Rogers starts with a leg kick, then shoots from a mile away. Schaub easily stuffs the takedown, and tries to set up a choke on the ground. Rogers gets back up and they begin to trade strikes. Rogers takes Schaub down after a missed kick from Brendan, and throws some punches down in Schaub’s guard. Schaub kicks him off. Rogers jumps back on. Schaub grabs the cage to adjust his position. Rogers leapfrogs to half guard, and drops some hard elbows. Then, he tries to jump to mount but botches it and Schaub reverses, getting on top. Rogers tries to roll out and Schaub easily locks on an anaconda choke, forcing Rogers to tap. It’s 4-0, Team Rashad.

Disgusted, Rampage refuses to bring Demico a stool. With no members of Team Rampage to console him, Rashad and Trevor come in to give Rogers some words of encouragement. Rashad says that a coach should always be there for his fighter, whether he wins or loses. After a loss, a fighter "feels alone, embarassed, sad…and you’re just going to leave him by himself, just to feel like he isn’t worth anything because he didn’t win? That’s horrible." When Demico makes his way out of the cage and back to his coach, Rampage says "You really got tapped out by an anaconda choke?" Christ, what an asshole.

Rampage takes his coaches aside for a venting session. He thinks that they’re confusing the fighters with high-level instruction, and the guys shouldn’t be doing things like passing guard when they’re in a good position to drop punches. He’s pretty much inconsolable at this point. "I can’t deal with that stuff," he says. "It’s too much for me, man." Schaub, for some reason, is disappointed with the fight. Kudos for having high standards, I guess.

On the next episode: Matt "The Rat" Mitrione injures his shoulder but his team doesn’t believe him, and Rashad calls out Rampage for not supporting his fighter.

(Would you buy headphones from this man?)

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poundcomma- October 9, 2009 at 2:15 pm
I'm starting to question Jenna Jameson's mate-picking wisdom. She could have Demico explode on her face or she could add more tools to Brendan's box (...If only EliteXC was still around to make that piece of mental imagery the cornerstone of the most compelling card they could have produced). Instead, she's got Tito, who's most promising future prospect is a career in live-action bobblehead modeling.
cagefighter- October 8, 2009 at 6:12 pm
Frank Mur- October 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm
UncleSamsMisgui... Says:
Thu, 10/08/2009 - 11:12
Damn you Spike/UFC producers for making me like Rashad damn you to hell!!!

reddog- October 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm
Yup, Rampage sucks. Bad talent spotter, horrific assistant coaches, shitty gameplan and picking. Bad sportsmanship. God he made this season suck.

Demico didnt even struggle against that choke, no attempt to get a hand in, just total surrender.

Fuck Kimbo saying he is so fresh in this game, Mr. Look at me on CBS network TV, fighting Tank. Bas Ruten may not be the best trainer in the world, but a former pancrase star /UFC champ has to have good wrestling/ground knowledge. And I personally learned lots of dirty street moves from watching his online tutorials. So he can pass on knowledge, even if its the finer points of groin shots. Kimbo doesnt know anything because Kimbo is just garbage. He lays there like a dead fish. Ive seen people having strokes with more movement than that.
Merlin- October 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Yeah but Kimslo got Faith!
ArmFarmer- October 8, 2009 at 1:33 pm
Rampage has never needed creative editing to look like a completely classless asshat. That's just the way he is, have we not figured this out by now? The guy looks, talks, and most importantly acts like a completely uneducated thug all the time. It doesn't matter though because he's "funny", so people will just shrug it off like always. I hope his ass stays retired he's no good for this sport. He's really not even that funny either he's just stupid.

I was thinking the exact same thing during the show. He's like "I'm new to this but just wait a few more weeks and I'm gonna be unstoppable" or whatever he said, and I was just like wtf dude wtf were you doing the entire time you were main eventing for elite xc? Just training boxing the whole time? How have you been competing in this sport for this long and you can't do the most simple things like bridge and scramble out of a crucifix or pull gaurd?? No excuses for that shit.
nut shot- October 8, 2009 at 1:07 pm
Why does everyone (Kimbo included) act like Kimbo didn't train till he got on the show? What was he doing the last 3 years while everyone was trying to make him an mma superhero?

I'm not trying to hate on the guy, but it seems like he is in denial.
NateGetsIrate- October 8, 2009 at 12:16 pm
Makes me feel nice and justified in the fact that I always liked Rashad.

I never understood why everyone hated him for being arrogant and cocky. That's just all part of the game. It's a good thing to get into your opponent's head. And anybody who actually watched Season 2 would've seen how the dude is actual real humble outside of the ring.

Bunch of sheep around here if you ask me, getting all dis-illusioned by the media hype.
denver_rolling- October 8, 2009 at 11:50 am
my favorite Rampage coaching was when he kept telling Gabe to "GET UP" and to "JUST GET UP". Great coaching in the heat of a fight.
UncleSamsMisguidedChild- October 8, 2009 at 11:01 am
@ agentsmith - I think the editing team had plenty of time to go back in post production and spin the show. I am not saying its all spin because I do agree that Rampage is a little bitch. But the fact is anyone can go in and re edit the footage they already have to make one side look better or worse (see the daily show with john stewart)
Fedor vs. Bas- October 8, 2009 at 10:20 am
I like Rampage as a fighter, but I'm totally losing respect for him as a coach and a person after this season. Even if a fighter lost due to a shitty submission he should have escaped from or never been caught in, you still have to be there for him. Especially when you didn't even show up early enough to prep your fighter.
J-Dog- October 8, 2009 at 10:01 am
I'm disappointed how they are still riding the Kimbo train by making us think he was going to replace Big Baby. They are obviously just trying to get people to tune in on the outside possibility he comes back. He probably will, but it may be much later in the season. They don't need to try to make us think he'll fight next episode every week. Come on, we aren't watching it just to see Kimbo... give us a break on all this "will Kimbo come back next week" shit. Jeez.
J-Dog- October 8, 2009 at 9:58 am
"Have you seen my weiner?"
TheKCB- October 8, 2009 at 9:55 am
I thought after gassing during training he might be a Wes Shivers II, but it's insane how he just knocked people down during training in last night's episode. Rampage was actually right, he doesn't know how strong he is. Big Baby woke up and he's hungry for flowers and some D&D.
danomite- October 8, 2009 at 9:40 am
Pause? Are we too cool to say no homo now?

on a related note. is there a phrase used for when you say something unintentionally heterosexual? if there isn't, then you guys should make one up. You're gonna need it when "Titties" fights. Especially if he has to fight Scott Junk.
Disco-Platypus- October 8, 2009 at 9:38 am
Marcus Jones may be a sleeper on this season. He appears to have crazy power, and did anybody catch his mount triangle?
agentsmith- October 8, 2009 at 9:32 am
UncleSamsMisgui... Says:

That was pretty bad the UFC may be spinning it a little ever since their falling out with Rampage but he is a huge douchebag!!

There hasn't been time for that kind of anti-Rampage conspiracy... yet. Rampage "announced" his "retirement" only about two weeks ago, which is about one week AFTER this season had already started.
Titos Head- October 8, 2009 at 9:20 am
@Clyde exactly
Defender- October 8, 2009 at 8:58 am
I'm glad I wasn't the only one with my jaw hangin' on how Rampaged acted. It all started with him not even wanting to get up off the stool.

I'm certainly no fighter, tho I feel I know a good deal about the sport. The idea of not just losing a fight, but in am embarrassing way caused by listening to the coaches who not ONLY didn't come in the ring for support post fight, but were on a dinner break PRE-fight...makes me feel bad for the guy and I don't even know him.

I don't like Rashad as a fighter, his arrogance makes me hate watching him. But as a, he really stepped it up.

In related duped were most of us (including the CP site) with Spikes previews for lasts nights episode? Not only did Marcus not leave, but they showcased how insanely strong he is. I've been a quiet Kimbo supporter for a while...but I'm glad they didn't bring him back in (yet). I was getting turned off by TUF being the Kimbo Show.
omunto- October 8, 2009 at 8:57 am
@ Sneaky Pete

"Have you seen my baseball?"
Richard Tucker- October 8, 2009 at 8:52 am
I wonder if Kimbo will re-enter the competition as a replacement for Matt Mitrione on Team Rashad. Wouldn't that be CRAAAAAAAAZY?!?
Sneaky Pete- October 8, 2009 at 8:50 am
As for Roy, don't touch his ears or he'll go apeshit.
jimbonics- October 8, 2009 at 8:49 am
Ditto @ UncleSam
Catalyst8487- October 8, 2009 at 8:49 am
After last night's episode, I'm a Rashad fan. He has some pre-fight and in ring antics that I didn't like before, but he seems very genuine about coaching these guys to be the best they can be. Rampage's new philosophy seems perfect for pumping out 1 dimensional fighters.
Jeffro- October 8, 2009 at 8:43 am
That is because Titties is going to win it all! That poor bastard will never lose that nickname. At least he will have some tits to console him. I know they always make me feel better.