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TUF 11.3 Recap: Wonda Why They Call U Bitch

(Chris Haseman would be proud.)

In last night’s episode of Coaches Who Won’t Fight Each Other 11, Team Punishment suffers another setback when Dana "Angel of Death" White comes in and tells Chris Camozzi that he has to leave the competition because of a fractured jaw. Bummer, brah. And so, Tito has to replace his last pick with a guy who got beaten in the preliminary round. After weighing his options, he calls back Seth Baczynski, who lost to Court McGee but showed heart in the process.

Team Liddell’s Charles Blanchard has an advanced degree in giving back-rubs to other dudes. A rub-down given to Team Ortiz’s Nick Ring at 2 a.m. opens up the ridicule floodgates from Jamie Yager, who busts Ring’s balls about the massage and the fruity way he leans against a bathroom door. Yager simply won’t be happy until all his teammates hate him. Later, an altercation in practice leads to Yager calling Ring a "bitch." Ring is ready to throw down, but Tito cools everybody out and explains that they’ll all have to help each other if one of them hopes to win this thing. By contrast, Team Liddell is "Happy Camp," according to John Hackleman.

Chuck Liddell chooses Brad Tavares (his 5th pick) vs. James Hammortree (Tito’s 5th pick) in the next fight. Tavares is a Hilo native who fights because it’s fun. Hackleman sees him as a raw talent; Davis wants him to throw his jab more. Hammortree is from Florida — where he holds the record for fastest knockout, at five seconds — and specializes in ground and pound. "Guys in the gym call me ‘The Sledge’ because I got a sledge hammer built into my right hand," he says. Both guys weigh in at 185.5. Tito calls this fight "a mandatory, we need to win."

It’s already time to fight, which means get comfy because this sumbitch is going the distance.

Round 1: They trade kicks. Tavares sticks the jab. Hammortree shoots, and works for a takedown. Tavares defends, and reverses with a hip toss, taking Hammortree’s back on the ground. He tries to set up a choke, but Hammortree escapes and gets on top. He drops an elbow. Tavares muscles his way up. Hammortree drags him down, but Tavares gets up again and takes Hammortree’s back. Hammortree gets up and Tavares falls off, but pops back up and takes Hammortee’s back in a scramble. Hammortree reverses and gets in Tavares’s guard, dropping a short elbow. Tavares escapes. Hammortree looks for a choke, but Tavares defends and grabs onto Hammortree’s leg. Hammortree works some body shots from the top to finish the round. It’s a close grappling match, but the Sledge probably stole it.

Round 2: Hammortree gets tagged shooting in and clinches with Tavares against the fence. He can’t get Tavares to the ground. Tavares reverses him and gets on top. Hammortree shrimps out and gets to his feets but eats a knee. Tavares slips as it connects, and Hammortree dives on, taking his back. He throws punches to side of Tavares’s head. Tavares clamps onto Hammortree’s arm and gets to his feet. Hammortree drives in a knee from a clinch, and takes Tavares down again. Again, Tavares clamps onto Hammortree’s arm, looking for a kimura. Tavares lets it go, but tries again and puts Hammortree in trouble with it. Hammortree looks like he’s in pain, but Tavares loses it and Hammortree dives into his guard. Tavares attempts a very illegal chin-in-eye submission, but Mazzagatti is somewhere sleeping. Tavares locks Hammortree down until the end of the round. I give the slight advantage to Hammortree…but the judges see it differently. We go to Sudden Victory.

Round 3: With both guys gassed, there’s not much action to start out with, other than some whiffed strikes. Tavares jabs twice. Hammortree misses a superman punch, shoots, and drags Tavares down. He lands a couple of nice elbows from half-guard, then jumps to mount. Tavares pushes him off and starts throwing punches from top. Hammortree tries to struggle to his feet as they scramble against the fence. Hammortree gets warned for yanking on Tavares’s shorts, but of course its something that has to be brought to Mazzagatti’s attention by the spectators. Tavares is basically sitting on the mat with Hammortree latched onto his leg. Tavares gets up, Hammortree briefly drags him down. Tavares works for that kimura again. Hammortree is kind of stuck in position as Tavares holds onto his arm for dear life. They both get up and jockey for position on the cage. Tavares slugs Hammortree’s head as the round ends. Not a bad fight if you appreciate grappling, but no real damage was done from either side.

Brad Tavares wins the last round unanimously, thereby winning the fight. Tito is very frustrated at the decision; he doesn’t know what the judges were looking at. (Insert Douglas Crosby joke here.) Meanwhile, Chuck retains control of the fight selections and is starting to look a lot smarter than he sounds.

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J-Dog- April 15, 2010 at 11:36 am
Every reality show has to have a gay character, right? I can't believe it's taken the UFC this many seasons to realize that. It would be great TV for one of them to come out during the show.
mothercruncher- April 15, 2010 at 11:04 am
I've no probs if Ring turns out to be gay, more power to his elbow I say.

Besides it'd be hilarious to see a country-boy like Hughes matched up with an 'out' opponent.
agentsmith- April 15, 2010 at 10:41 am
@ Japanadian:

Haha, he's this year's Sam Hoger.
agentsmith- April 15, 2010 at 9:58 am
From Court McGee's blog on Sherdog:

"Nick Ring acted feminine on purpose, which was some funny shit. I was named after my gay uncle’s partner’s dad Courtney, so that type of shit doesn’t bother me. Some of the other guys were acting homophobic, though, and I’m sure that’s what Nick was going for. It was hilarious."

I still say he's got a touch of the gay lisp though.
schwm39- April 15, 2010 at 9:52 am
I doubt the judges scored it like this, but is it possible that the first two rounds were 10-10's
Japanadian- April 15, 2010 at 9:40 am
Yager is a liar and a thief hahaha, there's a video called "stickyfingers" on the ultimate fighter site that shows behind the scenes, him getting caught in a lie in front of the whole team about the shirts Tito supposedly gave him.
Titos Head- April 15, 2010 at 9:37 am
@Komodo no shit, especially the Strikeforce ones!? wtf is with that?!?
agentsmith- April 15, 2010 at 9:33 am
@ Dutchs or Alazkan:

No shit, he's even got the "gay accent". Plus his gay nickname, plus his vaguely gay mannerisms... he's tweaking my gaydar for sure.

Not that I have a problem with that, I'm just sayin'. It's just a matter of time before there's an openly gay fighter. Just by the numbers, there's likely one or two homos in the UFC already.
Boo- April 15, 2010 at 9:16 am
+1 for the 2pac reference
Almost North- April 15, 2010 at 9:08 am

She was clearly trying to look up the fighter's shorts
cecils_pupils- April 15, 2010 at 9:06 am
Ben - your server is painfully slow... painfully slow.
cecils_pupils- April 15, 2010 at 9:05 am
Takedowns don't mean much if you don't capitalize on them with some damage - Hamortree did minimal damage on the ground. In round 3 Hamortree took Tavarez down but did no damage and was fighting off a kimura the whole time - plus, he was easily reversed from top position. That is why Tavares won round 3. Tito has no clue how to score a fight or even 1 round for that matter.

Love to watch Tito lose. Now I want to watch Ring fuck-up Yager.
Komodo- April 15, 2010 at 9:04 am
Just to put this out there... FUCK last night's onslaught of commercials.

As you were.
ksgbobo- April 15, 2010 at 8:43 am
I'm surprised no one said anything about that lady judge who was all into it...remember in the third round...could we get a picture please!
punches_in_bunches- April 15, 2010 at 8:22 am
Sorry Tito, this isn't a tournament. Getting mount or side control counts for jack shit.
Smitty- April 15, 2010 at 8:17 am
"I hate this fighter...I hate only him." "That one over there is my favorite though!!:)" "And whoever is sayin all the mean gay stuff, ssscrew you!"

Some of you guys fuckin kill me.....
RearNakedPoke- April 15, 2010 at 8:11 am
i would love to see Ring vs Yager, and Ring KTFO Yager!!! or maybe Ring would rather "lay and play" with him.............and yes dumbshits i know its "lay and pray"
destinationblood- April 15, 2010 at 8:07 am
Does it piss anyone else off that you knew the fight was going to 3 rounds before it even started? Just looking at the cable box, the fight started around 10:30pm(last week the fight started at 10:52pm) so it had to be a 3 rounder.....and don't even get me started trying to watch the replay if you missed the premiere and 5 minutes before the fight you see a commercial for next weeks episode talking about whose team has to rebound from a tough loss
GUI-uh-TEEN- April 15, 2010 at 8:06 am
I would have scored the 1st round for hammortree and the second a 10-10 (WTF IS THAT?!?!?!?) But I thought it was also fair to fight a 3rd round.

@Dutches glad to hear I wasn't the only one...
Patrick- April 15, 2010 at 8:02 am
Yeah, Yager is a total douchebag who will certainly be at the center of most of the drama in this season, which is fine if you do it in a crazy, over-the-top Leben/Browning way, but he's just a cocky, shit talking asshole, which is far more annoying to me.
Oh well...he'll be out of the competition the first time he fights a decent wrestler.

I hope Ring wins the whole thing, and closet-case homophobes can go suck a dick.

rlh61- April 15, 2010 at 7:47 am
Every season there is someone you really want to see smashed into oblivion...and this season I think it's Yager. There are probalby going to be others added to that list as the season goes on, but for now, Yager is at the top. That Sideshow Bob mop has to go.
Dutchs or Alazkan- April 15, 2010 at 7:16 am
My gaydar was going ape-shit during this episode...
ccman- April 15, 2010 at 7:13 am
I would love to see things in a fight put on an actual point scale, like does a take down count if you do not secure it (i.e. tackle the guy but get reversed in the scramble) and how much is a submission attempt worth?? how much is breaking it? the Penn-edgar fight said a ton, 2 take downs, one did not count in my eyes since he never actually held him there, Penn bounced right up, and the other lasted what, 3 seconds?? exactly how much is that worth to a judge?

fyi, i agree, Hammortree probably won first 2 rounds but i could see it going to an extra round.
hotsaucemonster- April 15, 2010 at 7:11 am
hey James how bout you make like a hammertree and get the outa here
dannsd- April 15, 2010 at 7:06 am
I thought Hammertree won the first two, but I guess they count all those ground escapes equally with the take downs.