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TUF 11.5 Recap: A Living Death

(Hey Jamie, what did you think of Precious?)

We’re halfway through the round-of-16, and the guys are looking a little beat up. Clayton McKinney is out for a couple months with a shoulder injury that he has to get surgery for. The recently-smashed Charles Blanchard is also injured, and says he’s in no condition to beat anybody. (Not that he was when he was healthy, but whatever.) And of course Rich Attonito is sidelined with a broken hand. Which begs the question: Is anybody going to be well enough to compete in the wild-card match? James Hammortree and Kyacey Uscola seem like they’ll qualify by default — but two more guys may need to come back to fight for Rich’s spot as well. Maybe we’ll meet one of them tonight.

Tito has control, finally, and chooses Kris "Savage" McCray to go up against Team Liddell’s Josh Bryant. McCray and Bryant have a lot in common, even if Josh doesn’t "look or act" like a fighter. First off, they’re both undefeated. Bryant is a perfect 10-0 professionally, while McCray is 5-0 as a pro and 4-0 in amateur competition. They also had less-than-ideal childhoods. Bryant mentions that he didn’t get along with his stepfather (or mom, for that matter), and moved out as soon as he could. Later, McCray says he’s afraid of no man, except his father when he was younger, but they have a good relationship now. I’m guessing their relationship changed as soon as Kris got big enough to kick his dad’s ass.

But there are also some obvious differences between the two fighters. While McCray looks like a true middleweight, Bryant is another one of those guys who could easily be competing at welterweight. And while Bryant is your garden-variety white dude, "Minority Report" member McCray is Austrian, black, and Mexican, an ethnic mixture that most people mistake for Puerto Rican until he starts speaking German.

"We punish ourselves to punish our opponents," Tito Ortiz says about his grueling team practices. Kyacey thinks they’re being overtrained, and worries for McCray, who doesn’t know any better and will do what Tito tells him to.

When McKinney shows up in a sling after a three-hour surgery — proof that he wasn’t faking his injury — Tito apologizes for questioning his heart. "That’s big for me to do that, yes, I normally don’t do that," Tito says. "But I think he deserved it." Cue slow clap for Tito Ortiz’s generosity.

Once again, Chuck Liddell will miss this fight due to mysterious "previous engagements," so John Hackleman’s in charge, though Hack says Chuck will still be giving orders like Gotti in prison.

It’s fight time. Jamie Yager gives Bryant the thumbs down, Coliseum-style. He has a brace on his right wrist. Damn, not him too.

Round 1: McCray opens very strong, landing a counter right, leg kick, and some knees in the clinch. He scores with an uppercut and body kick. They clinch. McCray tries to set up a takedown, but settles for a knee to the body. Eventually, he takes Bryant down and gets into back mount. He’s too high for a choke so he tries for an armbar, but loses it. He tries a guillotine when Bryant gets up, but loses that too. They clinch and get into a dirty boxing exchange. McCray latches onto Bryant’s back and drags him down, but McCray pops back up. The same thing happens again; Bryant refuses to stay down. Bryant turns the tide by taking McCray down. Bryant tries to set up a rear-naked when McCray rolls out, but McCray defends it and stands up. McCray pulls Bryant down, ends up on his back, and starts throwing shots to his head, but Bryant escapes. McCray lands some knees to Byant’s legs against the fence and some punches in a clinch. The round ends with a stalemate against the fence. Kris might be too gassed to keep throwing strikes, but the round was clearly his.

Round 2: McCray starts with a leg kick. Bryant pops his head back with a jab. They clinch and trade knees. They separate and Kris throws a body kick and clinches again. Bryant lands some nice punches after they separate. He’s looking sharper now as McCray is fading. McCray returns with an uppercut and a knee in the clinch, but Bryant takes him down. McCray grabs onto Bryant’s leg as Bryant works some elbows to McCray’s head. Bryant lands some huge punches when McCray gets up. McCray lands a big knee from a clinch, but Bryant responds by body-slamming him. McCray gets up and drags Bryant down. Bryant actually outstrikes McCray from his back, landing some effective elbows to the head as McCray doesn’t do much other than throw an occasional punch to Bryant’s body. Bryant tries to set up an armbar as the round ends. He evens the score, and we enter Sudden Victory.

Round 3: McCray jabs, clinches, and throws a knee. Bryant latches onto McCray’s leg and takes a break for a while. He briefly puts McCray on his ass, but they stand again. It turns into a complete stalemate on fence. Will we need a fourth round? Herb Dean should probably separate them, but chooses not to. It’s turning into the most boring round in TUF history. Finally, Herb steps in. Bryant lands most of the good shots in a brawling exchange. McCray shoots, Bryant sprawls and gets into side control. Then, he casually steps over to mount. McCray rolls, and Bryant sets up a choke, then an armlock when it doesn’t pan out. The last bell rings.

Josh Bryant wins the unanimous decision, and Team Liddell is up 4-1. McCray looks broken and exhausted afterwards. He’s not disappointed with his performance because he gave everything he had, though he admits gassing after round one. Tito says Chuck has a rabbit’s foot up his ass, but he doesn’t plan on quitting. "Ride until I die, in everything I do."

On the next episode: Tito’s bad luck continues when another one of his fighters goes down in practice, and Chuck and Dana White "come to blows."

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Badger- April 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm
I don't know why I continue to watch this show. At least 3/4s of the fights end up looking like college drunk-fights; a scrap between two really fucking drunk guys who don't really know what they are fighting about. I inevitably end up yelling at the tv and asking myself if these guys ever run for cardio instead of just to cut weight. Fucking embarrassing to watch.

I should know the answer to this after watching this show for 11 seasons, but how long are the "training sessions" at the gym for these guys? I think they spend something like 2 hours at the gym everyday. Why can't these lazy fuckers go run for an hour everyday? Wouldn't it get boring sitting at the house for over 20 hours a day? And yes, I know Dana wants these guys to go crazy so he makes them sit in the house with nothing to do, but go do some squat jumps in the yard or something. There's hundreds of thousands of dollars waiting for you, just go fucking do it.

I used to really respect almost all MMA fighters for their commitment to staying in shape, but not anymore. From now on, I will assume I am in better shape than all of them unless they show me otherwise. I am in pretty good shape, I run 5 miles every other day and I lift weights, and I assumed that was nothing compared to what these guys are capable of. False. I am really tired of watching lazy fuckers lean on each other while they fucking gasp and wheeze for every bit of oxygen that hasn't already been hoarded away by the other fighter. It's getting fucking old.
macreadysshack- April 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm
I'm getting on this. I'll get the torches, Japanadian, would you be willing to grab the duct tape and rope?

ThisRedPucker, let's see if you float. No, wait, really, why are we pissed at him? I must have missed something.

Haha, Rex13 you done stepped in it now! Have fun writing for thirteen hours on a 'maybe they can use that' article!!!! Dickness aside, I hope you do it and if you do, good luck, man. That would be some bootstrap asskicking shit.
Japanadian- April 29, 2010 at 10:28 am
+1Nomadrip, even if titos apology was fake, Mckinney was still being a dick.
@dranokills, going a little overboard on defending Fatbellyfrank? seems a little... you know... too friendly lol
@thisredvagina nobody gives a fuck what you posted on another site, so as FBF said, FUCK OFF
danomite- April 29, 2010 at 10:17 am
We all know that Mike Rowe is pretty busy getting covered in animal crap and inhaling large amounts of toxins, so I've decided to write the lines that he uses to set up next weeks episodes. The beauty is that he can just record it once and then use the same one for every episode:

Next time, on the Ultimate Fighter, the Coaches and/orTeamates get into an argument at the gym over something completely stupid and meaningless. Meanwhile back at the house, surprisingly sixteen meatheads who were thrown into a house and forced to spend all day together with nothing to do aren't getting along very well. Someone on one of the teams has some sort of injury. Then, will we see two out-of-shape, marginally skilled guys who will bitch about their lives because it wasn't absolutely perfect throw sloppy haymakers and gas in the first round, or will we see a real fighter steamroll through some jackass who just wanted to be on tv and has no business calling himself an athlete? Find out next week on the Ultimate Fighter.
dranokills- April 29, 2010 at 9:43 am

thisredengine Says:
Thu, 04/29/2010 - 17:34

Okay, fatbellyfrank, we get it. Quit double-posting. I imagine other CP posters are doing a facepalm at the moment regarding your fantastic one-liner posts.

Your the type of fan I was talking about. At least everyone else at CP can converse and discuss.

Hey red...die.
fatbellyfrank has more fucking class and cool in one finger than you have in your whole body. I would rather have a million of him than one of you. FBF is funny UNLIKE you, hes smart, UNLIKE you, and he has friends, UNLIKE you so suck a cock you loser.
J-Dog- April 29, 2010 at 9:38 am
I think the injury next week is Tito. Didn't it look and sound like Tito laying there in the cage?
Almost North- April 29, 2010 at 9:14 am
McCray doesn't seem remotely concerned with defending himself. That is going to be bad news if he fights somebody who is actually in his weight class.
SofaKingNyce- April 29, 2010 at 9:06 am
I'm so blown McCray gassed that fast - I hope he gets brought back..
If not, Yager better win it all.
fatbellyfrank- April 29, 2010 at 8:37 am
Thank you Jim, I appreciate your support in this difficult time
BONGTAR- April 29, 2010 at 8:25 am
Amen on the Thursday Bellator thing.
Dutchs or Alazkan- April 29, 2010 at 8:24 am
Rex13 needs to be a CP contributor... That's all I have to say...

No, but seriously
Ratel- April 29, 2010 at 8:23 am

I think McKinney was pissed because in proper douchebag fashion, Tito identified himself as being the "big man" for apologizing, since he was wrong. He shouldn't give himself credit for doing what is right (ie. accepting responsibility for being a dickhead) in the first place. After being delivered in that manner, the apology was completely worthless. Much like Tito!
jimbonics- April 29, 2010 at 8:13 am
That's fine, Frank. I'll even be your campaign manager on that one.
fatbellyfrank- April 29, 2010 at 8:03 am
OK, OK I'll go with the cease and desist order, but if he starts with any of that smug BE bullshit over here again, I'm just gonna tell him to Fuck Off
ReX13- April 29, 2010 at 8:00 am
NomadRip>> Good call, i completely forgot about that. McKinney can suck a bag of dicks.

And y'all tell him i said that.
PortlandMMA- April 29, 2010 at 7:54 am
That'd be awesome to have some more Bellator coverage. Plus I have class until 10 tonight so I wont be able to watch the card, it'd be nice to have a little bit of a wrap up (pressures on Rex) so I can read it during work tomorrow. I think Bloodyelbow does a Bellator wrap up I just hate them with all my heart and my left testicle.
jimbonics- April 29, 2010 at 7:53 am
Frank and Red need to get a room. Preferably over at BloodyCunts.
NomadRip- April 29, 2010 at 7:52 am
Sorry but with McKinney. Tito had been giving him shit about his shoulder, and apologizes for it. Straight walks up face-to-face and says he was a dick, and is sorry. Kisses his ass like a man. Like he should have because he was wrong.

McKinney says no problem to his face, and then gives him the finger the moment Tito turns his back. What a bitchass little cowardly thing for McKinney to do. Pussy, if you don't accept his apology then tell him. Don't be a chickenshit behind his back.

McKinney doesn't read this site, does he? Don't anyone tell him I said all this shit about him :-D
Ratel- April 29, 2010 at 7:45 am
I love to see Tito lose. I also love to hear him go from saying, "We're gonna win 'em all now," to "This is a great matchup. I have total confidence in Kris," to "This is a fair matchup. I feel good that this is a very fair matchup," and finally as if it's about himself and not the fighters, "I'll keep riding 'till I die." Funny that he would use that metaphor, since many men have said the same about Jenna.
fatbellyfrank- April 29, 2010 at 7:38 am
@ littleredcunt FUCK OFF
Deathb4tapout- April 29, 2010 at 7:34 am
My dog ate them :-(
thisredengine- April 29, 2010 at 7:34 am
Okay, fatbellyfrank, we get it. Quit double-posting. I imagine other CP posters are doing a facepalm at the moment regarding your fantastic one-liner posts.

Your the type of fan I was talking about. At least everyone else at CP can converse and discuss.
cecils_pupils- April 29, 2010 at 7:32 am
C'mon ReX13, hook it up like a tow truck!!
ReX13- April 29, 2010 at 7:31 am
Chin In Eye>> Please send Prussian Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Brick Red. Also, if you have any Adderall laying around....
Deathb4tapout- April 29, 2010 at 7:31 am
Rex13 by rear naked crayon.. I'm actually stoked he spoke up. I think the bellator fights are bad ass. I know my DVR is set to record them when they come on.