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TUF 11.4 Recap: The Great Sweatshirt Heist of 2010

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This poor, misunderstood Jamie Yager kid just can’t catch a break. During last week’s fight, he cheers for his buddy Brad Tavares, instead of his Team Punishment teammate James Hammortree, which just gives Nick "Blown-Out O-" Ring something else to be upset about. "You’re with us or against us…you need to support us, friendships aside," Nick says. "I hear what you’re saying, and I respect where you’re coming from," Yager says. But Ring doesn’t feel very heard or respected. He goes back to the house to bitch about Yager some more with his housemates.

Yager has his own crew — himself, Tavares, Kris McCray, and Kyle Noke — which he has dubbed "The Minority Report." Noke is not sure why he’s been included with the other multi-ethnic types, but he’s cool with it.

Anyway, this is one of those two-fight episodes, thank God, so we won’t have to suffer through too much girly-ass drama and house bullshit. Still in control, Chuck Liddell chooses his boy (and ours) Rich Attonito to go up against Kyacey Uscola. Uscola (18-15) is a skilled wrestler, and has had a long career that’s seen him lose to such notables as Chael Sonnen, Gegard Mousasi, Joey Villasenor, Mike Guymon, and Kyle Noke. He’s going to miss the birth of his child while being on the show.

Rich Attonito is a heavy-bag-humpin’ wildman. He shares some of his aliases with us: Richie Boom-Bats, Richie the Raging Bull, Richie No-Nose, Richie Two Times, Richie "The Guido" Attonito. John Hackleman thinks the ATT product is one of the top guys on the show right now, skill and experience wise. Liddell will miss his fight, however, due to previous commitments

So, to make a long, boring story short, Kyacey loses his sweatshirt and finds it in the closet in Yager’s room, so obviously he accuses Yager of being a thief. Turns out Kris McCray took it, but Kyacey has pretty much made up his mind. He and Yager jaw at each other. In the van to the fight, Yager says he’s going to "Put these tips on yo ass, and you’ll understand how to breathe in breathe out," or something like that, I’m not going to rewind the show just to transcribe that line, and Uscola is like "Yeaahh, homey." The argument continues into the prep-room, in front of Tito Ortiz. "I didn’t put my hands on your shit," Yager says. "Dick suckin’ make you deaf?" [Ed. note: OH!] Tito has Yager’s back in the argument. Later, he explains the kinship he has with his loudmouthed protege. "He came from nothing, so he’s always defensive on every situation…and I understand that completely."

(Random thought, but wasn’t Team Punishment supposed to include a public-relations advisor? Where’s he at? Or is striking coach "Razor" Rob McCullough doing double-duty?)

Rich likes his coffee like he likes his wife: thick and dark. He shows Yager some pictures. We’re expecting: Melyssa Ford. We get: Sammi Sweetheart.

Time to do the man dance…

Round 1: Uscola lands a straight right. Attonito returns it. Attonito starts peppering Uscola with punch combinations. He drops Uscola with a hook and tries to swarm for the finish. Uscola turtles and frantically rolls to avoid damage. Attonito transitions to Uscola’s back, looking for a choke, but Uscola escapes and gets to his feet. Attonito picks him up and slams him on head. On the mat, Uscola latches onto Attonito’s arm. He uses a kimura to reverse Attonito and get on top of him. Uscola with some short elbows to Attonito’s head and body. As Attonito gets to a knee, Uscola fires two savage illegal knees at his dome-area. The ref stops the fight. Attonito looks dazed. The doctor asks him where he thinks he is. "Fighting in a cage?" he guesses.  It’s a DQ loss for Uscola, who’s furious: "No! Get up! Let’s see the replay before you disqualify me, this is my life!"

But the knees look a little questionable in the replay. The first one hit Attonito in the chest, and the second one may have grazed his face but it’s hard to tell from our angle. Still, Uscola shouldn’t have been throwing those knees in the first place. Dana White says the ref made the right call. Tito destroys a door in frustration. And it seems that Attonito broke his hand in the fight. He goes to the doctor, and comes back in a cast, telling his housemates that he’s done.

For the next fight, Chuck picks Charlie Blanchard to go up against Jamie Yager. The size difference is ridiculous; Blanchard could probably compete at lightweight if he wanted to. Tito is sure that Yager’s got this. If he doesn’t, he’ll shoot himself. Still, Chuck’s picks have been dead-on so far. Maybe he knows something that we don’t?

Round 1: Blanchard shoots and works his ass off trying to get Yager to the mat, but Yager defends nicely. Yager lands a monster right hand to put Blanchard down, and finishes him against the cage with strikes. Between this and his elimination fight in episode one, Yager is turning out to be one of the nastiest strikers in recent TUF history.

The win finally gives Team Punishment control of the matchups, as well as a much-needed confidence-boost. Uscola still wants to smash Yager’s face one day.

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HoneyBadger- April 22, 2010 at 3:19 pm
So here I am. I've been fairly anti-Yager so far, but not for the alleged theft or other nonsense like that. It's a personality thing; sure, I can understand his being majorly pissed about the false accusations of stealing, but dude just couldn't communicate to save his life. I hate when a person is in an argument and all they can do is repeat the same goddamn thing over and over. That, and the way he's flexing his nuts on everyone all the time - real badasses never do that, and people fuck with them at their peril.

However, I gotta give mad respect to the guy because no matter what personality foibles he may have, or the show's editors may be projecting him to have, that sumbitch can fucking fight. The show's called The Ultimate Fighter, and he's the best and most exciting I've seen there in a few seasons. I agree that no matter what, Jamie Yager will be on the finale. And good for him.
DazedNConfused- April 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm
I agree with DranoKills, hell id take 2 shirts too. I don't think that makes Yager a bad person. He might be a bit hood but he's one of the biggest talents in the house. I personally like him, and the drama he causes. Editing can do wonders as well, So I doubt theres been as many problems with Yager as it makes it seem. I'm hoping he makes it to the finals.
The guy has natural talent. I don't care about the people in the house who have already trained for long amounts of time and still are mediocre. Yager is the kind of guy who, if put into a great camp, could improve immensely. That's the kind of fighters I want to see coming out of this house and into the UFC, not a bunch of fight "vets", who are obviously a bit envious of the younger fighters in the house.
dranokills- April 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm
Actually I went and watched it. It seems to me that he grabbed 2 of the shirts, Tito may not have known he took 2, and was ribbing him about it. the fact that one guy was begging yager for the extra shirt is lame, cause he didn't give it up he's a thief? I heard Tito say " it doesn't matter you will all get one".
So what if yager got 2? Ok maybe grabbing 2 isn't the thing to do, and being a poor mofo isn't an excuse to take more than you should, but those shirts ARE free to them, so it's not thieving.
I know it sounds lame to defend that shit, but still I have NOT seen a real case of true thievery yet.
All I have seen is douchbags acting all self righteous like if a stack of shirts didn't lay there long enough any of them woulda grabbed whatever they wanted.
Japanadian- April 22, 2010 at 11:36 am
Fact Yager is a thief, they just play it off on the show. In a behind the scenes video available on the ultimate fighter website called "stickyfingers", they ask Tito if he gave yager 2 shirts and he says no. Tito then calls Yager stickyfingers and questions the missing tshirts. Yager says to his team mates "we don't like rats where i come from" to which someone responds "we don't like thieves where I come from".
Also Rich Antonito is a pussy, takes 2 (supposed) fight ending knees to the face but then doesn't have a mark on him, yet he breaks his hand badly and continued punching with it.
Almost North- April 22, 2010 at 10:48 am
I know I'm new here and shit but isn't there a homophobic comment or two in every comments section that goes over around 30?

I'd have to re-watch it but I thought it looked like that second knee missed making any serious contact.

Yager inst all that bad, I just wish he'd stop dropping the race card like he is a CP commenter. You are black, other people aren't. High five dude.
rlh61- April 22, 2010 at 10:38 am
Whoa, wait a minute...BE referred to us as juvenile 12 year olds?? Sweet!
BryanF- April 22, 2010 at 10:36 am

Nick Ring is a talented fighter that's been in martial arts for damn near 15-20 years. He's my instructor here in Calgary at BDB Martial Arts. I read somewhere in an interview with Tavares that Nick liked to keep his distance so maybe that's why he can be kind of standoffish.

Sure he's a bit of a goof, lectures people with his hands on his hips, has a different voice, etc. But still, none of this is stuff I'd like to say to his face.

He's an all around nice guy and a really helpful instructor/teacher. Maybe that's why he's so big on respect, team ethic, and discipline.

And really CP, homophobic comments? Come on, lets not prove those assholes at BE right in that we really are juvenile 12 year olds.
rlh61- April 22, 2010 at 10:36 am
That's true...sho'nuff was quite the badass.

I have to agree...compared to prior seasons' d-bags, no one this season comes close. He's no Junie, that's for sure. My comparison so far has been just to this cast...we probably haven't seen enough of them yet to know for sure. Someone else may emerge as a complete cocksucker.
B- April 22, 2010 at 10:21 am
yeah sure those knees were iffy...but what about Rich spiking Kyacey on his head? That shit was dangerous and the knees were not.
justscrappin- April 22, 2010 at 10:20 am
I thought Yager was a punk at first...but how he acted around Attonito and towards his family. Also getting accused over and over..and it not being true. He is obviously kinda hood..but that doesn't mean he is a horrible person. As far as him looking scared in there...I think it's more like spazzing feints. I know alot of guys that are talented, but look kinda awkward...cuz everything they do is twitchy. It looks like they are a little gun shy...until they land a punch like Yager did. Not saying that Yager likes to get hit in the face...but everytime you try to land on a guy like that..your playing with fire, cuz he is probably faster then you.
dranokills- April 22, 2010 at 10:06 am
shonuff, that's funny. naw man while he does have the cool hair he by no means has the mean mug face and evil eye that sho nuff had, ha.
Those assclowns who mess with Yager better be glad he isn't like shonuff they would be in deep shit.

see another cool aspect of yager..even if not true, how can you hate on this guy I still don't get it.
Like I said before and the stupid board wouldnt post it: yager isn't a drunk, he isn't breaking windows and sleeping in the yard, he isn't spunking in anyones sushi, he isn't pissing in the fruit...or breaking plates, all he is doing is defending himself against assholes and uptight white boys who think they are better than everyone else.
At least yager can win a fight, unlike UNcola.
Bryanp71- April 22, 2010 at 10:04 am
I'm going to agree with everything Nealio posted. Blanchard has no buisness in this weight class and if he's 5' 8" i'll kiss his ass.
Yager has sure been given opponents on the show that are making him look good. I think the first time he goes against someone that can strike back and not turtle up after getting hit, he may be in trouble.

Oh and whats up with the flamer on the show? Seriously?
rlh61- April 22, 2010 at 9:56 am

I called him Sideshow Bob a few weeks ago! I don't recall the guys in the house using it then, but maybe I heard it from them and it stuck in my head. I just remember thinking "That guy is either Sideshow Bob or Sho'nuff from The Last Dragon"...
dranokills- April 22, 2010 at 9:56 am
Patrick Says:
Thu, 04/22/2010 - 18:26

Not sure why you guys paint Yager in such positive light and trash talk Nick Ring.
cause Yager hasn't done anything to deserve the shit hes getting, and cock-ring has a bully, I'm better than you attitude.
rlh61- April 22, 2010 at 9:53 am

I agree with a lot of stuff you've posted, but I have to disagree on the Yager thing. Dude looks to be pretty damned talented, but he's a prick. Granted editing can do a lot to alter perception, but I get a bad impression of him.
Darkside- April 22, 2010 at 9:45 am
Sideshow Bob. Now I'm never gonna be able to look at that dude without thinking that.
Nealio- April 22, 2010 at 8:59 am
The Yager/Blanchard fight was a horrible pick. Sure Charlie is strong and a good wrestler, but he's just too small. Ask Sherk or Matt Serra about how well that works out.
Personally I think Yager is just an OK striker, but he looked like he had never been in a fight before against Blanchard. He was twitching around and throwing silly looking shit. Anyone can look amazing if your opponent doesn't strike back, which has happened in both of Yager's fights.
I predict he'll get KO'd the first time he fights someone who has something for him. If he faces off against Noke, its all over.....
Poop on da wall- April 22, 2010 at 8:44 am
imabigfan- April 22, 2010 at 8:29 am
Big hair, big mouth, big power. Dude is certainly being portrayed as the heel this season. I don't buy any of it as gospel because editing could make mother teresa look like tito's wife. Well, probably not with such graphic detail, but you get the drift.

Yager's scary and TUF is certainly spending a lot of time developing him as a character. I'd say he's bound for the finale in one way or another. Maybe as a cartoon character, maybe as a contender. Either way, I want to see him go full on capoeira on someone.
Patrick- April 22, 2010 at 8:26 am
Not sure why you guys paint Yager in such positive light and trash talk Nick Ring.
IsnappedYourarm- April 22, 2010 at 7:49 am
Why does Tito keep calling all his fighters "son"? Some of the guys are only a few years younger than he is. Breaking down a paper door doesn't really make you look hard.
Crap Factory- April 22, 2010 at 7:10 am
Amen Badger. Every year they let one into the house just to stir the pot.

Next year I want to see Cain Valasquez vs. Melvin Costa for who has more "pride".
Badger- April 22, 2010 at 7:04 am
@ dranokills

You are questioning why everyone hates Yagger? Really? You honestly don't know? He is obviously a talented striker, and I think he has a good chance of winning, but he's an asshole.
fatbellyfrank- April 22, 2010 at 7:03 am
We dont get to see it til Sunday night down here in Australia, but good to see our boy makin a good impression, And yeah,Steve Irwin is sorely missed by so many of us, he was definitely one of the good guys

WAR Crocodile Hunter RIP
Boo- April 22, 2010 at 7:02 am
"....Liddell will miss his fight, however, due to previous commitments."

LMAO!, well played.