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TUF 11.7 Recap: Hurtin’ for Certain

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Nick Ring is in bad shape after his fight. He felt his knee slip on him, and he tells the doctor that his ligaments are loose. This house is becoming a ghost ship. Court McGee hopes he can come back as Rich Attonito‘s replacement after getting robbed last week in his fight against Nick, but will Nick need to be replaced himself?

The last fight before the wild card match is Team Liddell’s last pick Joe "Caveman" Henle against Team Ortiz’s injury replacement Seth Baczynski. "I don’t see how Seth doesn’t win this fight," Dana says, which feels like bad foreshadowing, but we’ll see.

Henle has only been a pro fighter since last July. He got into it "by accident" — finding an MMA gym randomly, trying it on a whim, and winning his first fights. Now he’s on TUF, completely outgunned by some of the more experienced fighters in the house. A substitute teacher and coach when he’s not fighting, Joe has an MBA in financial planning, but doesn’t want to be in an office all day. "I’m not the best fighter in the world," he says. "I will be, that’s for damn sure." Good attitude, but he might be too raw.

Nick’s knee gives out during training. He wants to keep it a secret from his potential opponents in the house, but that’s a tall order in this place. Dr. Tito diagnoses a torn ACL. "What else can go wrong?" he laments. Nick doesn’t know if he should try to fight through it, or quit and get it fixed.

Once again, Joe mentions his MBA and says he’s more educated that the other guys in the house. Y’know, if this guy can scrap his way into the UFC, he could really play up a Genius-esque heel angle.

Round 1: It’s a grappling match for the most part. After landing a leg kick, Joe shoots and presses Seth against the cage. Seth drops to guard and works for a triangle. Joe slips out. Seth re-establishes it, but loses it again. Seth gets up for a hot second, and Joe pulls him back down. Seth sets up a guillotine. It looks tight, but Joe hangs on and slips out. Joe transitions to north/south, then tries an anaconda choke when Seth rolls out. It turns into a guillotine attempt before failing completely. Seth bucks him off and goes for an arm. Joe moves to his back but can’t do anything with it. Seth gets on top and spends a solid minute dropping elbows and hammerfists, clinching the round.

Round 2: After a brief striking foray by Joe, they clinch, and Seth drags Joe down, but winds up on bottom. Joe gets in side control, then half-guard. He transitions to Seth’s back and looks for a choke. Seth wall-walks out of the position and tries to grab Joe’s arm. Joe gets in guard and throws a few punches. He moves to side control, then north-south. Another choke attempt from Joe, but Seth escapes and whiffs on a flying knee when he’s back on his feet. Joe immediately shoots for his legs and muscles him down. He takes Seth’s back. Seth escapes and takes Joe’s back. Seth sets up a rear-naked choke, but Joe is saved by the bell. Joe evens the score and we’re going to Sudden Victory.

Round 3: Seth comes out throwing. He clinches and gets a takedown. Joe clamps onto Seth’s arm, but Seth frees it and starts punching. Seth briefly tries a guillotine but it doesn’t pan out, so he throws a few more punches from the top. He switches to elbows, and begins to really do some damage. Joe is absolutely exhausted; he tries to struggle out but has nothing left. More punches from Seth, and Joe is barely defending himself at this point. Seth finishes out the round pounding a nearly-helpless opponent. All three judges give the obvious nod to Seth, who now rolls into the quarterfinals after being eliminated by Court McGee in the prelim round. Life is strange, and Joe was just too green.

(TUF trivia question: When was the last time a fight on the show went to Sudden Victory, and the fight ended in that round? They should change the name to Sudden Gas-Out.)

After talking with the coaches, Dana announces that two of Tito’s guys will be fighting for the wild-card spot: Kyacey Uscola (who was disqualified in his fight against Rich Attonito) and Kris McCray (who

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dranokills- May 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Patrick Says:
Thu, 05/13/2010 - 21:27

Honestly, I'm not pushing for PC at all. Fuck that.
I just wanted to watch all these hardheaded loudmouths go all soft and rubbery once something that offended THEM was thrown into play, and that's exactly what happened.

what? you want us to be soft so you can use a rubber on us....thats it I have had enough, fuck you fag! ;)

look wifey i'm being a can be my cavenug.
kingmantis- May 14, 2010 at 10:06 am
@Ratel Spicoli:

You're missing the point I think. If the internet wants to make gay jokes, then that's all well and good with me. But casually calling someone a "faggot" is:

a) Not funny or very imaginative
b) No different than dropping the n-bomb on a black person

That's my .02
Ratel- May 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm
Patrick, it's like this - gay jokes are pretty in fashion these days. Perhaps even more so since the great coming out that happened in the late 90s. Insensitive? You bet. Funny? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It is what it is. Dude, I've even heard homos using the word 'gay' in a derogatory use.

When you start pulling out the N-word it's a whole new ballgame. You can't start calling people niggers or half-niggers without bringing up the spectre of slavery, oppression and all that shit. You know, that went on for centuries. It's on the same level as trying to diminish the holocaust, and by that I mean you're gonna get attacked by everybody's heavy artillery. It's an untenable position.

You sound like someone with a brain in their head. Good for you. I urge you to use that brain and think a few more steps down the road when you start aiming to correct social injustices, be they perceived as real, exaggerated or imaginary.
justscrappin- May 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm
I'm coming into this thread way too banging a pregnant chick.
Almost North- May 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm
Oddly enough most of the girls I know think MMA looks "too gay"
wifey- May 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm
@macreadysshack - awww thanks. I'm blushing. Which is probably good since I got 3 hours of sleep last night and prolly look barely human.

Patrick - yeah, I get the "friends not into MMA" thing. Especially since I'm a chick and most chicks don't get the appeal of MMA (which I always find baffling, because, you know, of the manties and all).
PortlandMMA- May 13, 2010 at 11:36 am
I'm not a big fan of the fight night games, and to tell you the truth I haven't even really seen any screen shots for the EA game, I'm just excited to see how they are going to do it.
Almost North- May 13, 2010 at 11:27 am


Patrick- May 13, 2010 at 11:27 am
Honestly, I'm not pushing for PC at all. Fuck that.
I just wanted to watch all these hardheaded loudmouths go all soft and rubbery once something that offended THEM was thrown into play, and that's exactly what happened.
Almost North- May 13, 2010 at 11:26 am
@portlandmma do you like that shiny graphics style they busted out with MMA and the newest fight night? Looks like goddamn candy coating.
Patrick- May 13, 2010 at 11:24 am

macreadysshack- May 13, 2010 at 11:22 am
I just read your last post, must've been simultaneous-ish.

You seem reasonable and I understand your frustration. The problem is, as soon as things start getting all these PC boundaries around them, the judges come out full force and I absolutely guarantee you that this site will become unfunny in a heartbeat.

Ironically, I accused you of trying to change people as I was trying to change you. I see that.

PortlandMMA- May 13, 2010 at 11:21 am
I'm stoked to see EA's game as well, their won't be as many fighters but EA makes bad ass games, except NBA Live that shit sucks in comparison to 2k
Almost North- May 13, 2010 at 11:21 am
Yes the demo is out. Yes its better. Mostly just in the menu system. Takes less than 17 hours to start a fight now.
PortlandMMA- May 13, 2010 at 11:19 am
I agree Dangadadang, I think they were banking on the fact that hardcore nerds could go and get the game from gamestop with the four extra characters only available from there, but who gives a shit about those guys. Is the demo available on X box live yet?
Almost North- May 13, 2010 at 11:19 am
@dangadadang I'm guessing you see a lot of gamestop adds? Those guys are promotionals from certain retailers. Free extra fighters were weak as shit last year as well.
Patrick- May 13, 2010 at 11:18 am
Yeah, at least it wasn't in the article this time. The only reason I even get frustrated at ignorant comments is because, unfortunately, NONE of my friends like MMA, so the only people I have to discuss MMA with are, well, you guys. heh.

Viva, that was a great rant, but don't forget that YOU were vocal about how offended you were by my first comment, which was obviously, blatantly sarcastic.
I'm not saying people shouldn't be allowed to say whatever they want, I'm just saying if you say something ignorant don't get all pissy if somebody calls you on it.
macreadysshack- May 13, 2010 at 11:18 am
Uh, Patrick, if you actually followed the comments on this site, you'd see plenty of blatant racism as well as sexism, jokes about pedophilia, cancer, spousal abuse, you name it.

Your point that one is accepted and the other is not is not valid.

I guess what it comes down to is: if you can't stand it, don't show up, bro. Obviously, Wifey is troubled by it but not enough not to show up and not enough to try to CHANGE a bunch of people that seem pretty damn happy with what they're up to. Wifey just puts everybody in 'caveman' category and goes on posting and interacting - quite nicely, I might add.

I guess you have three choices:
1. Keep trying to change others.
2. Change yourself.
3. GTFO.

Okay, 4. Become a the baddest assed troll ever.
DangadaDang- May 13, 2010 at 11:11 am
Speaking of TUF, am I the only one who thinks the marketing campaign for the new UFC video game is clown shit crazy? I mean out of all the UFC greats they could advertise they choose....McSweeney? Marcus Jones? TUF 10 in particular is a season that NOONE wants to relive, and playing a UFC video game as James Mcsweeney is like playing a Tekken game as Panda. Sure, you get a good laugh out of it at first, but you know that even if your fighting a 15 year old Japaneese schoolgirl, you're gunna get your ass kicked.
Viva Hate- May 13, 2010 at 11:11 am
Honestly, people need to get over themselves, if you are offended by words you need to get out of the second grade. If anything said on here offends you then there is no way that you will survive in the real world. There is a lot worse shit out there. Many people on here are sarcastic; many people on here say things that are tongue in cheek and off color. But in the end it is a joke, if it offends you, GET OVER IT!

People have come to the point where you cannot make a joke about anything without offending someone, that is absurd. Make a joke about anything and it is bound to offend someone, somewhere. Have fun protesting what is said here because your fingers are going to get sore.

That is what make CP fun, most of the people just spout of without concern, it is not like the other MMA sites where people turn their noses up. It is not some elitist garbage, it is a bunch of people who have a great split 50% great MMA conversation and 50% ridiculous shit you would joke about with friends.
Almost North- May 13, 2010 at 11:05 am
Rex13 I'll leave you to google "shredded rectum" but thanks anyway.
wifey- May 13, 2010 at 11:04 am
I wouldn't say that I'm backing off. There are a lot of guys with the caveman mentality around here (I wouldn't include you in that, unless you want to wear a loincloth for me). There's no use trying to get through to them (I learned my lesson there).

I still find the gay bashing - and the knee jerk reactions to anyone who points it out - offensive. I suppose I'm in the minority though, and so I'll just be thankful that the actual article was well written.

ReX13- May 13, 2010 at 11:01 am
Patrick>> c'mon man, you see how he are. sometimes, the nuclear option is warranted. at first i was like, "hey, fuck this guy", but then i was like, "yeah, i see what you did there."
ReX13- May 13, 2010 at 10:57 am
Almost North>> Don't feel bad, man. Happens to me all the time. i usually just google stuff until i get it.
Patrick- May 13, 2010 at 10:56 am
Backing off? Not really. Same point just slightly less offensive.