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‘TUF 10′ Episode 9 Recap: Hey, Who Wants to See a Standup War Between Two Grapplers?

(Nelson vs. Wren. Props: CreativeProjectTV)

With seven of his guys advanced to the quarterfinals, Coach Rashad decides that the fairest way to proceed is for him to take a hands-off approach. Everybody will train together, but there won’t be much coaching anymore. The guys are on their own.

Roy Nelson and Justin Wren are friends. Roy wants to get their fight over with so he can go back to giggling and shooting the crap with his homey, and he feels bad that he’ll have to take Justin’s dream away.

Matt Mitrione‘s brain hurts, even more than usual. He dry-heaves at the house, and can barely stay in a sitting position in the van. Wren thinks he’s milking it. Kimbo says "he already has sand in his vagina. He already pulled out by going to the hospital." If he can’t continue, Dana says he and the coaches will decide "who the alternate is who deserves to be in there." Deserving or not, we all know it would be Kimbo Slice. But nobody seems to mind the favoritism. Rampage is pulling for Kimbo to return because he’s improved so much during his time in the house. Kimbo says he’s a fight contractor, putting tools in his belt to build a solid fight foundation, and if he gets a chance to put his haymakers on you, you a done-dada.

Since they have very little to do these days, Rampage and Tiki decide to get their prank on. They put a bunch of chickens in Rashad and Trevor’s cars, which they fed a lot the night before for maximum funk-production. Rashad cracks up when he comes across the scene. They crapped all over his car, but it was a rental, so eff it. After a frantic chicken-catching session, Rashad names one Quinton. "Don’t say nothin’ tuhme," he tells Quinton the Chicken. When Rashad calls the animal cops about the chicken situation, he’s told that the chickens would be killed, so Team Rashad just sets them free next to the gym. Real humane, guys. Those chickens were some coyote’s breakfast the next morning. Quinton the Man is upset that the prank was so well-received, but he’s got one more trick up his sleeve.

Dana shows up at the house and asks Matt if he’s going to fight. Mitrione hems and haws about it. He’ll fight as long as he can get some cardio in later in the week. He’ll fight as long as his brain doesn’t get rattled again. He’ll fight if the doctor says he can. Junk rolls up with his destroyed right eye and says he’ll fight if Matt can’t. No sand in that guy’s vagina.

James McSweeney predicts that Justin will take the fight. Big Baby likes Justin because he’s so cute (pause). Kimbo likes Roy, and goes into a strange fantasy about a young Justin Wren eating donuts and lying to his momma about it. Dana: "Roy loves Roy more than anybody loves Roy…I’m still waiting to be impressed by him."

It’s time to fight, and with Rashad voluntarily out of the picture, Wren’s cornerman will be McSweeney, and Nelson will be coached by Darrill "Don’t Call Me Titties" Schoonover. McSweeney Inoki-slaps Wren before the fight to get him hyped.

Round 1: Wren comes forward punching, pushing the action. He rushes in with a punch combo and Nelson is rocked already. Nelson clinches to slow down the abuse, and throws some knees to Wren’s legs before Josh Rosenthal separates them. Wren charges forward and lands more punches in a flurry, but then he starts to put his hands down. Has the TUF 10 cardio curse struck again? Nelson lands a jab, and Wren returns with a cross. Wren swings at air, and McSweeney screams at him to keep his hands up and be disciplined with his punches. Nelson begins to land with more regularity as Wren slows down. Nelson with a right hand and a leg kick. Wren comes forward and they trade strikes. Nelson gets in some more punches and a leg kick. Wren chasing and whiffing as the round ends. It looked grim for Nelson early on, but he did a great job of evening the round — and of course the judges only pay attention to what happens at the end of a round.

McSweeney tells Wren to keep his hands up and his head moving. He says Wren should work the leg kicks and use his wrestling. Titties tells Nelson to throw more than one or two punches at a time. Arianny Celeste saunters by and Rampage warns Linderman not to look at his girlfriend like that.

Round 2: Nelson with a jab. Wren chases and connects with a leg kick. Nelson lands another jab, Wren gives it back, and gets in two leg kicks, but whiffs on an overhand right. Nelson settles into a groove where he’s just scoring with counter-punches and not expending as much energy as Wren. Wren shoots, Nelson clinches and defends, and Wren briefly slips to the ground. Wren lands two hard lefts, and gets in an elbow in the clinch. Nelson with a leg kick, right hook, and another leg kick. Wren returns with a jab and another good left in a flurry. Nelson works his jab, tagging Wren with ease as he comes forward. Nelson with a 1-2 to the head, and a hook to the body. Leg kick Wren, jab from Nelson. Wren lands a left, they clinch and separate, and the round ends.

They prepare for a third round; the general consensus is that Wren won the first frame and Big Country took the second. But the judges have returned a decision. "Somebody’s getting screwed," Rashad says, and it’s easy to figure out who it is. The scores are 19-19, and 20-18 twice for Roy Nelson, who takes the majority decision. There’s a lot of grumbling, but Nelson did win 75% of that fight. Dana White is still not impressed, and says he’ll give Roy props as soon as he sees him in an exciting fight that was exciting because of him. Nevertheless, Big Country is just one more win away from the finals…

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Komodo- November 12, 2009 at 3:40 pm
I really wanted to see Country Breakfast get smashed by Wren. If Wren had only been able to put it on him like he did in the first it would've been a wrap. Still that decision sucked... and as it has already been mentioned — that's what happens when you let the judges sort it out.


fACE7biter- November 12, 2009 at 1:20 pm
Good points all around. I agree that it's hard to have the same level of cardio as some of the smaller guys when you don't have the benefits of a training camp. Truth is, we just don't know why they're all gassing.

You know I couldn't put my finger on it at first, but I did think Roy's style looked familiar. Chuck's stand up+BJJ Black belt+smothering fat belly=your next Ultimate Fighter winner.
CapitalQ- November 12, 2009 at 12:37 pm
Ok im just gonna throw this out there. Please don crucify me. Ive noticed that Roys stand up style is very close to that of Chuck Liddell. Same floating left hand, same stationary right cocked back ready to fire, same broad circling sidesteps. Anybody else see this?
Dmonicideals- November 12, 2009 at 12:00 pm
After putting a lil thought into it, i'm going to be a little easier on these guys from now on. Hear me out.............

While I realize that pretty much all the fights, except Big Babys, have been shit due to guys losing their cardio, you have to look at the overall scope of it. This is a taped TV show, the actual season took place over a span of just a few weeks. Most fighters put in a good 6 weeks of training for a fight. These guys had to fight a few times over that same span. Also, they were on a TV show, a "reality" show, so they have other obligations besides training and fighting. They had little confessionals to do, play around for the camera, go watch the coaches play volleyball (wtf is that shit?), and of random nonsense that distracted them. Add that they aren't allowed to train at the house, and one team basically had an absentee coach, i'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt here and say that NONE of the fighters is showing his true potential on the show. After all, these guys are heavies, so they would need a truly solid training camp to get full cardio going, not "maybe if I can get in a day of cardio the day after tomorrow". This is just the wrong weight class to bring on TuF alone. They should have left it as HW & MW, you wouldn't have but half the fights being sloppy behemoths, and the smaller guys could maybe motivate the bigger guys to really work while they are there.

A couple guys show some potential, but don't expect to see it on a 6 week reality show. Wait for the TuF Finale before passing too much judgement, these guys could really surprise you.
Walrus- November 12, 2009 at 11:36 am
ha @ bpd

Wren is little country
Stash- November 12, 2009 at 11:23 am
I'm really tired of these fights being "exciting" for the first 2 minutes, then watching two guys be exhausted for the next 8. The whole running away to catch a breath is pathetic. If Justin Wren could maintain better cardio and had kept the pressure on Nelson, he would of won that fight.
CheckHisPee- November 12, 2009 at 10:13 am
Couldn't agree more, although "Big Baby" seems as though he may have some potential, imo.
petro- November 12, 2009 at 10:10 am
I think the UFC should can TUF after this season if it wants to save face. Dana should also issue an apology for all the undeserved hype he put out prior to the start of the season.
bpd- November 12, 2009 at 9:20 am
Can we please start calling Wren "Little Country" already?
mthomas- November 12, 2009 at 9:14 am
You know why Dana doesn't like Big Country? Because he's FAT, plain and simple. Dana would hate to have a guy win on HIS show who looks the way that Big Country does, because he doesn't LOOK like an athlete. Oh, and real good job of "convincing" me that after long deliberations, you all came to the conclusion that Kimbo should be Mitrione's replacement. WOW, didn't see that coming. Way to insult my intelligence....
knucklesamitch- November 12, 2009 at 8:58 am
Why would Dana care? He's killing in the ratings and as much as we despise this crappy season, we keep tuning in for the "good" to happen...But I'm still waiting.
Mike Milbury- November 12, 2009 at 8:34 am
@Crap Factory: As long as the show does decent ratings and brings in the casual fans, I don't think Dana gives a fuck about Internet MMA fans' opinions.
superflat- November 12, 2009 at 8:27 am
Big Country = Cruise Control. This shit is not hard for him, plain and simple.
Crap Factory- November 12, 2009 at 8:19 am
Is this season over yet. I'm not sure why I'm even watching still.

I wonder if Dana checks CP. Think he knows how bad this season sucks or is he too busy wiping his ass with $100 bills.

fACE7biter- November 12, 2009 at 8:13 am
That was probably the best fight so far. They probably kept it standing because they're both really good on the ground. Nice shots delivered by both, but Wren did gas a little towards the end, though not nearly as bad as some of the other fighters. Nelson is above all else a smart fighter who knows how to get the W wihtout too much risk. He also has pretty good cardio for a fat fuck.

Fuck Wes Sims. He sure talks a lot of shit about Mitrione considering he's the veteran who had no offense and was easily put to sleep. Fuck McSweeney for being such an arrogant, drama loving cunt. I would say fuck Kimbo once again, but then again, his coaches are clearly saying that he'll be the alternate! Why? Shouldn't Wessell be the replacement for an injured teammate? Or any of the other fighters who did better than Kimbo? Technically both Shivers and Junk weren't finished, so why not them? And then to listen to this dumb ape talk about whats he going to do with those haymakers, ugh, you had your shot, fuck off already! The favoritism being shown to Kimbo is straight homo.
Vrax- November 12, 2009 at 8:03 am
Calling this a War is referring to a twenty-one gun salute as a 'Coordinated Infantry Assault'.

Just because guys wear the uniform and fire big guns...
ReDx- November 12, 2009 at 7:57 am
If that's how Dana feels about Big Country and his fighting performance, he must despise Clay Guida.
knucklesamitch- November 12, 2009 at 7:37 am
I thought Roy Nelsons nickname was "Big Country"...But then when Kimbo said whoever he lays his haymakers on is a "Done Dada"...I'm confused.

On a side note, how the eff are any of these guys going to make it in the octogon against top level opponents if they gas after 2min fighting each other. It seems to me that if I could go on a reality tv show for the chance to win a contract which would fulfill a lifetime dream, maybe I'd have worked on my cardio a bit.
Fight Fan- November 12, 2009 at 7:23 am
A reasonably trim Roy Nelson could probably fight at WW, when considering that fat-ass belly and lack of any muscle tone. What a fat ass. Good luck in the HW division.

I ran out of curiosity on this show weeks ago, and didn't even have the desire to watch the posted video of the fight. This ain't MMA, these aren't athletes, and this is just bad reality TV.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- November 12, 2009 at 7:15 am
Big Country is sandbagging. If you don't believe it go watch his fight against Arlovski or Monson again.

Also, I recall Mr. Ferguson putting his "haymakers" on Roy Nelson for a couple of combos. I guess "Done-Dada" means advancing in the tournament.
snoop dog shit- November 12, 2009 at 7:10 am
So that I understand Dana's logic, Mitrone and Junk gas out and flail their arms at each other for eight minutes of a 10 minute fight and neither of them look capable of going again anytime soon and it's a great fight? Nelson has fought twice against two of the "better" guys in the house, takes no damage and Dana busts his balls WTF.
agentsmith- November 12, 2009 at 7:04 am
So is Big Country still sandbagging, or is he just not very good to begin with? I expected him to blast right through these chumps, but instead it's like he's just squeaking by.
SiDeBuRnZ- November 12, 2009 at 7:03 am
Fuck a roy nelson
LAS- November 12, 2009 at 6:56 am
I don't really care for Roy Nelson myself, so DW shitting all over the guy doesn't bother me so much. What does bother me is Dana's bonerific response to the slopfest that was Mitrione-Junk, given that Wren-Nelson was a much better fight from a technical standpoint. Wren was not close to finishing Nelson, and, as CP points out, he basically got his ass handed to him after the first 3 minutes of the fight.
lowercasejace- November 12, 2009 at 6:55 am
wow! This is the best fight of an awful season. i predicted roy would take the whole thing but who really cares. every single one of these guys will get destroyed by even the worst heavy weight the ufc has to offer. what a terrible way to spend a season of reality tv fighting. the only way this could have been worse is if it was france vs argentina tuf.