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The Ultimate Fighter 11.10 Recap: GTFO, HBBB

(Yager vs. Bryant, part 1; part 2 is at the end of the post. Props: KARELMMA)

Tito Ortiz has pulled out of his fight with Chuck Liddell, and the Iceman is a shadowboxing ball of anger, capable only of saying the word pussy. "That fucking pussy, I told you he was gonna do this," Chuck vents to Dana. "Don’t let that guy fight anymore, he’s a pussy…unless I can fight him, then it’s a different story." Meanwhile, Tito just sits in the next room, listening to Chuck go off about him. Tito on adversity: "I guess it’s God seeing what type of person I am." You don’t need God to figure that out, you pussy.

The last quarterfinal match is high-kickin’ afroninja Jamie Yager (Team Punishment) vs. wrestling specialist Josh Bryant (Team Liddell). Uscola shouts out Yager’s talent and speed, but the most obvious advantage is his size — he dwarfs Bryant, who has to be a natural welterweight. Yager is 2-1 as a pro, while Bryant is a perfect 10-0. Yager is expecting Bryant to shoot, shoot, shoot. Bryant clarifies: "My game plan is to hit him first…then take him down." Y’all ready for the best fight of the season?

Round 1: Yager jabs. He fires a superman punch but gets countered hard, and stumbles backwards against the fence. Bryant charges in to clinch, Yager throws a high kick to brush him back. Bryant and Yager trade knees, before Yager breaks the tie-up with a knee to the body. After tasting Bryant’s fist, Yager looks a little scared to commit. But then he starts working his kicks, landing to the body, the leg, and another stiff shot to the body before taking another counter-punch. Yager throws a low kick to Bryant’s balls. Bryant takes a break and comes back in. Yager with two leg kicks. He dashes in with punches, throws a high kick that misses and a low kick that lands. Bryant comes in swinging, Yager tries a jumping kick. Bryant catches a kick and tries to bring Yager down, but Yager escapes with a little help from the cage. Yager lands some inside leg kicks, which Bryant is having a really hard time avoiding. Bryant throws a 1-2 that drops Yager, but Yager upkicks from his back. Bryant dives on. Yager locks him down from the bottom and Bryant can’t do anything with the position. There’s the horn. Bryant may have evened things out at the end, but he was getting outstruck pretty soundly until then.

Round 2: Yager with a knee-stomp, and a hard body kick. Now it’s Bryant’s turn to kick Yager in the balls. Yager comes back in after a moment and throws a front kick, a leg kick, a stiff jab. Bryant lands a left hook. He closes in and Yager goes wild style, throwing strikes from all angles. Bryant takes him down in the middle of a flying kick. Bryant gets side control. He tries an elbow, but Yager escapes and stands. Bryant tries to secure a guillotine, but Yager bulls out and slugs him a bit before separating. Yager stalking. He scores with a teep to the face, and a superman punch. Bryant wades in and clinches. Yager breaks and throws a reverse kick. Yager punts Bryant in the balls but Bryant toughs it out. Bryant wings some punches, and lands a knee in the clinch. Flying knee to the ribs from Yager. They trade haymakers. Yager slips throwing a leg kick, and Bryant pounces on, and starts grinding with elbows. Bryant gets into side control and traps Yager’s arm with his leg. Yager is stuck. Bryant throws down elbows and punches to the horn. Bryant goes back to his corner, but Yager remains turtled on the mat. Tito rushes over to help him up and urge him not to quit. The judges declare the fight draw, and we’re going to sudden victory. At least that’s the plan. Yager is unresponsive on the stool, and the ref calls the fight. A damn shame.

"Just like Tito!" Chuck gloats. Josh Bryant was just tougher that day. He took Yager’s onslaught but didn’t wilt — instead, he gave it right back, and Yager broke. Yager leaves in an ambulance with a brace on his neck. Team Liddell takes the quarterfinals, 3-1.

Dana calls for a meet with Tito. He has good news and bad news. The good news is, Dana has set up a doctor’s appointment for Tito the next day in California; he’ll give Tito a second opinion, and if necessary, start treatment. The bad news is he’s fired. They found another opponent for Chuck, and he’ll be taking over as coach for the last week. Tito is stunned, and doesn’t really understand why it’s going down like this, especially when he still has a guy fighting in the semis. Tito says he’s never been fired in anything in his life. Actually, this isn’t even the first time he’s been fired on a reality show. Tito storms out. He sees Chuck in the gym, turns right back around, and leaves without saying goodbye to his team. Dana has to call the guys together and break the news. They can’t believe Tito would leave without telling them.

Yager comes back and is relatively healthy, aside from some muscle damage. He finds out Tito’s gone. Then, Kris tells him everybody’s pissed that he didn’t come out on the third round, and that people generally don’t like his attitude. It’s a lot to take in all at once.

Tito returns. "I knew you’d come back!" Hammortree shouts, an abandoned child in big-boy TapouT gear. Tito explains the situation. "I thought this was about you guys…not me and Chuck." Tito gives the guys the best pep talk he can, considering the circumstances. It’s all up to Kris McCray to save this ragged-ass crew.

And it’s time for the semi-final announcements…

#1: Brad Tavares vs. Court McGee. They shake hands, and Brad won’t let go of it. It gets kind of awkward.
#2: Kris McCray vs. Josh Bryant — a rematch of the fight in Rich Franklin comes in as Team Punishment’s new dad. His assistants are Forrest Griffin, Gray Maynard, and Tyson Griffin. Damn, and just when we were falling in love with Saul Soliz.


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bradleythomas- June 4, 2010 at 12:10 am
I'm sick of this show. these amateur fights are about as boring as a P90X infomercial. These fighters technique is as bad as there cardio. Plus I don't know whats worse the quasi-gay house drama or the penis pulling coach pose offs. Have they thought about focusing on the training? I think I'll just put the gun back in my mouth and flip over to MTV's girl drama's. Come on spencer pratt lets go cry together.
sevvi- June 3, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Yea your probably right. I let my emotions talk i guess. I was just happy to see that Yager lose, and not just lose. To be broken down the way he did. I was so sick of his antics during the show. But yea either of you are a douche or not it's not that pleasent to be taunted at after a loss. Specially since these guys are "rookies" and up and coming. Thanks for your enlightened answer.
fatbellyfrank- June 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm
LOL Tito gets fired and Crabman quits on his stool, aint Karma a bitch
2DaDeath- June 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm
All i wanna say is if Tito finally fights Chuck (chuck IS getting old, y'know) and beats him, i better not see "WAR TITO" from any of you's.
stopdrinkingpee- June 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm
Best episode of the season. I'm pulling for Bryant in an Amir Sadollah kind of way. Constant underdog, just keeps winning. Pretty weak for Yager to talk the way he did and then not answer the bell.
Mofo- June 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm
Misanthropy - dude, it's all good, no shame in liking movies about chicks with dicks.

But you should really invite Nick next time.
dranokills- June 3, 2010 at 2:33 pm
Robdamob Says:
Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:52

@dranokill Chuck may have been a little out of line for saying that but tito called him a quitter and a pussy.I dont see how walking away and saying it quietly to yourself makes it "better", if anything it makes it worse. He retains his light heavyweight douchebag title in my opinion.
you are right, but it still matters greatly if you say that to someones face as apposed to behind their back where they can't hear it.
It makes Tito still king of douchebag island, so no fear of him losing his crown.
The reason it's not worse to say it behind his back is during a fight , and right after it ends is not a good time mentally for anyone, especially when you lose. it's like kicking a downed opponent, it's classless.
Get Off Me- June 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm
U mean P4P douchebag title.
Robdamob- June 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm
@dranokill Chuck may have been a little out of line for saying that but tito called him a quitter and a pussy.I dont see how walking away and saying it quietly to yourself makes it "better", if anything it makes it worse. He retains his light heavyweight douchebag title in my opinion.
Shatski- June 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm
I figured Forrest would be the assistant coach, due to him showing up once already, but also from him being nearby in Vegas. I had no idea that they were going to get Maynard and T. Griffen, though. I'm surprised they would have had that on when it was supposed to be a cliffhanger.
macreadysshack- June 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm
Jaye Davidson isn't really a dude, per se.
danomite- June 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm
Hey Ben I can't remember if there is already a cage potato ban on hugging at the start of a round but if there isn't can we go ahead and make one? It was ok when GSP and Fitch did it in the fifth round of an awesome PPV main event but then I started seeing it in the third round of mildly entertaining gatekeeper fights and now Yager tries doing it at the start of the FUCKING SECOND ROUND OF A TUF QUARTERFINAL. Seriously? and then he quit for fuck's sake!
darciesdaddy- June 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm
cecils_pupils Says:
Thu, 06/03/2010 - 10:32
I could swear that Nick Ring was gonna bust out his best Freddie Mercury and start singin' "Weeeeeeee are the Champions, Weeeee are the champions!!!" Nice stache...

I'm glad I'm not the only one. I was wondering where the Freddy Mercury guy came from until I heard his lispy voice and recognized it as the Cock Ring.

I guess there wasn't enough speculation about his sexuality, so he decided to toss everyone a bone (bad choice of words, perhaps) and grow a really gay mustache.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm

True story: The Crying Game came out when I was like 14 or some shit and all of the commercials for it were advertising it like it was some bad ass IRA action/ drama starring Forest Whitaker and all kinds of excitement. I happened to be visiting my grandparents in southern California at the time and we wanted to go see a movie and there weren't that many decent movies out at that particular time. We decided to go see The Crying Game, which had been rather slim on the info in the commercials, because everybody likes a good old terrorist action flick. Needless to say, what transpired was an uncomfortable experience. At least my grandparents had good senses of humor, but my grandpa gave me shit for a couple of years about that one (he liked to fuck with people).
macreadysshack- June 3, 2010 at 11:47 am
Sorry for yelling 'Heya' in the background. I thought I was in Thailand. You guys are a bunch of assholes.

"Yaeger . . . Yeah, not quite ready for the deep end of the pool. I liked his athleticism and unorthodox strikes but, that said, unorthodox strikes from a fighter without very good range and timing just looks sloppy. He needs to work on his cardio and maybe his mental toughness . . . I can't say for sure on that second point since I wasn't actually IN his body at the moment that he bitched out. I know I've bitched out a time or two in training sparring with pros and tough ams. The only thing between me being a little girl and holding my own or beating asses is my conditioning. Mental toughness is awesome but if the fucking tank is empty, it's empty. I think a shitload of mental toughness comes with conditioning anyway. Don't know if it's BECAUSE of the work involved or that the resulting conditioning just makes me tougher."

- excerpt from the book "Less Famous but Extremely Long Quotations That Don't Belong in a CagePotato Comments Thread"
ihateemo- June 3, 2010 at 11:14 am
Know we all know why Yager utilizes his kicks so much. Homey is trying VERY hard to not to get socked in the face.

Guy should spend more time on his hands and his floor escapes than on his afro.
El Famous Burrito- June 3, 2010 at 10:52 am

You're right, of course. It was something should have been beneath Chuck as a coach and a professional.

I laughed in the moment because I just didn't like Yager very much, but afterwards it didn't sit well with me.

jimbonics- June 3, 2010 at 10:51 am
I think Chuck was digging more on Tito than Yager with the Just Like Tito comments.

And yeah, Chuck has been punched way too many times.
dranokills- June 3, 2010 at 10:38 am
sevvi Says:
Thu, 06/03/2010 - 20:21


In all fairness. After talking that much shit and being that arrogant and disrespectful and then bitch out. He had it coming and Chuck did nothing wrong in my eyes. Yager was all talk and not much game. If you cant back your shittalk up you shouldnt open your mouth in the first place.
Dude i completely understand that you feel that way, as a fan or just as an observer you certainly have a right to feel that way, but chuck is both a coach and pro, it is childish and unprofessional to talk shit to a very young amateur. Chuck doesn't know what all is going on in the house, and it's not his concern, he doesn't know that yager was talking shit, and it has nothing to do with Chuck. Yeah the kid failed me, and I'm not happy with the results, but I cannot condone Chuck bashing a young kid who just lost, regardless of how we or his team mates or anyone else feels. At least Tito had the class to walk away out of earshot and not call yager a pussy to his face. It doesn't matter how bad he acted on the show it doesnt make it right.
cecils_pupils- June 3, 2010 at 10:32 am
I could swear that Nick Ring was gonna bust out his best Freddie Mercury and start singin' "Weeeeeeee are the Champions, Weeeee are the champions!!!" Nice stache...
sevvi- June 3, 2010 at 10:21 am

In all fairness. After talking that much shit and being that arrogant and disrespectful and then bitch out. He had it coming and Chuck did nothing wrong in my eyes. Yager was all talk and not much game. If you cant back your shittalk up you shouldnt open your mouth in the first place.
Get Off Me- June 3, 2010 at 9:48 am
Epic episode, best of all time and should be considered such by those who dislike Tito as much as I do.
My favoorite moments...Tito calling Yager a pussy and then moments later being fired for pulling out of the fight, Mr. pot meet Mr. Kettle moment.
Tito running home to get changed so he could plug his clothing line on more time before leaving for good.
Tito telling the team "for the first time in my life i am being fired" Newsflash loser, when your contract is up and you are not re-signed, technically to me that is getting I would like to know how many times he was "hired" in his lifetime anyway.

It was great to see the end of Tito, go get your neck surgery and we will see you with skelety Jameson ringside at the next Strikeforce show calling out Fedor for a title match.....again.

dranokills- June 3, 2010 at 9:40 am
Things I learned from this episode:
I cannot pick winners shoulda learned that with fightpicker shit.
I hate all the remaining fighters, and I now couldn't care less who wins.
I learned that Chuck is a complete douchebag. oh it's ok to say shit to Tito he is a pro after all but to say to yager, or YELL to yager that he is a just like a Tito and damn quitter...well that just makes you a big blow hard bag of dick eating douchebag Mr Liddell. I hope Franklin sends you to sleepy land like everyone else who has fought you in the last year or so. Time to retire Chuck you been punched to many times you are losing your cool, and act like a crazy fucking retard on dope. You sit around and shadowbox the air when you get angry like that should impress someone, well I say " go fuck yourself " punchy.
Sadly the one thing I learned last night is that Yager isn't ready and that he really needs to get some cardio and maybe get his shit under control. I feel sorry for the kid, I really really do.
KidDinomite- June 3, 2010 at 9:31 am
Blame Chutebox for starting the whole HEEEEYYY!!! thing.
Mofo- June 3, 2010 at 9:25 am
I hit mute for the entire time that fucknutts was yelling "heyaa". Dana. This is a fucking TV show. It's on national TV. Just get off your roided fat ass, walk over, and say "shut the fuck up, you're ruining my fucking TV show you cock cobbler".

But I had to hit mute anyway because Tito has tourettes and repeats everything 10 times per second. And it's always useless advice, like "get back up, get back up, get back up, get back up, get back up".

I can't believe anyone picked Yager to win. His technique was obviously horrible in his very first match. His lanky, stiff kicks only work if you stand there and let him kick you, which is what that first jackass did. What he brings to the table is excellent athleticism, childlike exuberance, and a complete lack of skills.

Last night he jumped around like a fucking orangutan for 10 minutes, and then wondered why he was so tired. I have never seen such poor kicks, and such a stupid strategy. Kicks take more energy than anything except for takedowns, especially *high* kicks, and especially *leaping* high kicks... and leaping high kicks is ALL HE DID. What a fucking moron. He didn't set them up with punches, he didn't follow them up with punches, and he never connected with the head or leg, he only made a few body connections.

Props to Bryant for exposing this buffoon.

I never "fighter bash", but he was so cocky, rude, inconsiderate, confrontational, and all those naughty words all season long that he deserves any vitriol that can be thrown his way. Lata sucka!