The hate train continued on last night’s ep of The Ultimate Fighter, which opened up with the coaches mocking each other’s losses. Rashad imitates Rampage getting wrecked by Wanderlei Silva in their first fight, and Rampage imitates Rashad’s "stanky leg" routine against Machida. Rampage calls Rashad "Gayshad." Rashad calls Rampage a whiny bitch. God, I could watch this all day.
So, back to business. Rashad picks Matt "Meathead" Mitrione to fight Scott Junk, who is frighteningly amped up in the staredown. Dana White likes Scott in the fight, because of all his experience. By default, Mike Wessel vs. Marcus Jones will be the final fight in the round-of-16.
Directly after the picks, Rampage and Rashad get into it again. You can watch the scene here, but basically, Rashad says he’s going to make Rampage quit just like he quit in the competition (!), and Rampage says that it’s his fighters who have quit, not him. (Cut to a very hurt-looking Kimbo Slice.) Rampage repeats that he’s not a coach, but he brought some dudes who can coach, and they’re doing a great job, ain’t that right? (Cut to a very confused looking Wes Shivers and Zak Jensen.) The coaches nearly come to blows. Rashad has one shoe off, totally ready for it. Rampage: "Take both shoes off. I’m in your face now. Touch me. Please."
Back at the house, Mitrione passes Junk a note that says Wessel was too scared to fight Junk, so that’s why he’s fighting Matt. It’s a complete fabrication, and when Wessel finds out, he’s irate. He hopes Matt’s whole family is watching so everybody knows what a cocksucker he is. Rashad thinks Matt is projecting his own insecurities. But hey, it’ll all make sense in the end, right Matt? "I know what I’m doing in my brain," he says.
Mitrione fights so he can stop the voices in his head. When he’s doing something violent or aggressive, he doesn’t hear them anymore, so fighting is actually peaceful for him. Junk thought Mitrione was cool at first, but "after I got to know him, I realized he was more of a scumbag, playing games."
Rashad feels Scott Junk is the most well-rounded member of Team Rampage.
Junk plans on throwing nothing but power against Matt, and fighting with heart. Marcus hopes that Junk rips Matt a new asshole. Junk seees himself banging Matt, then banging him again in the house just for being a bitch, no homo.
Matt and Jon Madsen get into it over Jon’s orange juice, which Mitrione drinks without asking. Matt thinks Jon’s a condescending douchebag. As Matt’s leaving the kitchen, Jon says he’ll slap him in the face. Later, they spar against each other in practice. They’re told to go 60%, but Mitrione goes 100% right away. Madsen walks off after taking a particularly hard leg kick, and Mitrione explodes. Rashad chews him out: "Why don’t you save some of this bullshit aggression for the moment that you gotta fight in a couple days! You sit out because of a shoulder injury, but you want to cowboy up when you’re sparring against a teammate? You gotta get your first fight in!" Mitrione momentarily flexes on Rashad. Rashad is less than intimidated.
Wes Sims starts a new pool on when Matt the Rat will snap, and starts actively screwing with him. He puts on a black gi and creeps up on Matt in the basketball court, ninja-style. He follows Matt inside to play pool. "Don’t touch me again," Matt says.
Before the fight, Matt says he’s feeling good, but he looks absolutely insane. He tells Rashad he went back home and talked to his wife. You know, in his head.
Mitrione has an eight-inch reach advantage and two inches in height. But then again, he’s been nursing a shoulder owie, and Junk has so much more experience. Surely Team Rampage will break Rashad’s streak, right?
Round 1: Mitrione jabs. Junk throws a body kick; Mitrione catches it and throws him down. Junk gets up and Mitrione knocks him down with a punch, but lets him back up again. Mitrione stalking forward. Junk gets another kick caught and goes down again, but gets up. Mitrione starts opening up with his shots and Junk goes down for a pathetically slow takedown attempt, is easily stuffed, and gets abused with punches and a sharp knee to the ribs. This is looking like a 10-8 round so far. Mitrione lets Junk up. Junk slips and falls while throwing a punch, but gets up again. Leg kick Mitrione. Mitrione swarms with punches and a body kick. Junk tries for single leg, and Mitrione drags off. Junk just covers up as Mitrione tees off with a barrage of punches. They both start to look gassed. After trading some punches, they clinch against the cage. Mitrione’s punches are very sloppy now, and his hands are down. Junk capitalizes, landing a big shot, and then a long series of them until the horn sounds. For some reason, Dana is thrilled: "That’s a fuckin’ fight right there!"
Round 2: Mitrione starts the round pawing at Junk with his jab. He throws a weak leg kick. Junk returns a nice right straight. Mitrione lands punches while moving backwards, but Junk doesn’t take the hint; he relentlessly moves forward, eating leather. Mitrione runs away to create space. Junk shoots and gets the takedown. He tries to work some GnP, but does nothing to pass guard. Soon, they’re just brawling on the ground. The ref finally stands ‘em up after some inactivity. Mitrione with a push kick, and Junk lands a right. More punches and a leg kick from Mitrione, and another right from Junk. They’re totally dead out there. Matt lands some shots, and walks away, and Junk is too tired to chase him. They trade leg kicks to the last bell.
Matt Mitrione def. Scott Junk via majority decision (19-19, 20-18 x 2)
And it’s 7-0 Rashad. No coach has ever done this before; we’re moving into uncharted waters. Junk had everything going for him (except cardio, apparently), and Mitrione had everything going against him. The curse of Rampage was just too strong. Enraged, Rampage destroys the door. It’s all on you, Big Baby…