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TUF 11.9 Recap: Sh*t Hits the Fan, Part 1


(Gif of Tavares getting kicked in the "chest," courtesy of smoogy.)

Kris McCray vs. Kyle Noke. Brad Tavares vs. Seth Baczynski. Tito Ortiz vs. Everyone’s Patience. Last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter was a wall-to-wall struggle. Here’s what happened.

After Team Liddell’s Court McGee became the first TUF 11 semi-finalist, following his submission of James Hammortree, it’s time for two more quarterfinal matches. First up is Kris McCray vs. Kyle Noke, two guys who used to be training partners. Dana White cares not for your personal relationships: "One of the things I want these guys to learn early? There are no friends in the UFC."

Tito Ortiz might be looking at neck surgery. There’s a disc pressing on his spinal cord, which is causing numbness in his legs and daily headaches, among other symptoms. He’s not going to let Chuck beat him because he wasn’t 100%. Instead of fighting injured and jeopardizing his health, he wants to get this taken care of. It’s basically the same story we heard last week from Nick Ring, who by the way, is out of the competition for one day and already has a full-on Freddie Mercury ‘stache.

Noke has two inches in height, 4.5 inches in reach, and a hell of a lot more fights under his belt than McCray. It’s time to bang.


Round 1: McCray opens with a leg kick, then clinches and takes Noke down against the fence. McCray sets up in half-guard. Noke works his way up. McCray throws a knee to Noke’s leg before they separate. Noke fires a hard right straight. McCray clinches, throws some knees, then tosses Noke down. McCray is on top in half-guard again, throwing in some light punches where he can. Noke escapes to his feet and there’s a dirty boxing exchange. McCray tries to whip Noke down, but botches it, and Noke sets up a guillotine that McCray narrowly escapes. McCray gets up, pushes Noke against the fence, and gets the fight to the ground again. Noke flips McCray with a kimura, but McCray scrambles back to the top, in Noke’s guard. Noke stays busy from the bottom with elbows, landing more shots than McCray ever did from the top. There’s the bell. Noke may have evened things up after a strong opening from McCray.

Round 2: McCray with the overhand right. He shoots to clinch and is rebuffed. Noke misses with punches, Kris ducks underneath, grabs on and slams him. Noke gets up and gets slammed right back down. Kris is on top in half guard, but isn’t doing much damage, and isn’t doing much to improve his position. He’s smothering Noke, though. Noke finally gets to his feet, drags McCray down and takes his back. He lands some punches to the side of McCray’s head. Noke latches on the rear-naked choke. It looks deep, but McCray survives it, escapes, and twists back onto Noke. After a moment spent laying on Noke’s legs, McCray manages to get Noke flat and land a couple of short punches from the top as the round ends.

Chandella gets her "Round 3" card ready, but Dana tells her that it’s over, baby. But then it isn’t over. Huh. We’re going to a third round. Tito thought he had this one in the bag after two. "Wow, welcome to Team Ortiz!" he laments.

Round 3: Body kick McCray. McCray with some wall-and-stall. He collects himself and nails the double-leg, winding up in his familiar half-guard position. McCray still looks relatively sharp. It’s not the most exciting fight, but it’s impressive that he’s dominating a veteran like Noke. He mashes his elbow into Noke’s face, and works some punches to the body and head. More elbows now. Noke briefly threatens with an armlock from the bottom, but loses it. McCray continues to grind from inside Noke’s guard. Steve Mazzagatti stands ‘em. Noke tries a desperation flying knee as McCray shoots, but it doesn’t land. McCray wraps Noke up against the fence, and throws some knees into Noke’s legs as the round ends.

All three judges score the round 10-9 for Kris McCray. Team Ortiz will have at least one man in the semi-finals.

Back at the TUF house, rumors of Tito’s health-sitch make their way to Chuck, who begins to involuntarily shadow-box in anger. "I put up with him for six weeks, he’d better fight me," Chuck says.

And we’re onto the next quarterfinal match, Brad Tavares vs. Seth Baczynski…

Round 1: Tavares lands some counters as Baczynski charges in. Baczynski clinches with Tavares against the fence and trips him down. Tavares tries to kick him off, and Baczynski scrambles onto his back, looking for a choke. It doesn’t pan out, so he throws some punches into the side of Tavares’s head. Tavares tries to get up, but Baczynski sticks onto his back. Baczynski tries again for a choke, and loses it. Baczynski is tenacious on Tavares’s back, but can’t finish the position. Baczynski falls off and Tavares starts firing punches from the top. Upkicks from Baczynski. Baczynski sets up a triangle, but Tavares slams out of it and throws more punches from the top. Tavares goes apeshit as soon as he hears the clapper, trying to secure the round. Baczynski escapes and stands. Tavares slips to the mat throwing a knee, and Baczynski brutally soccer-kicks him in the face at the last second.

Tavares is badly rocked. He looked to be out momentarily. The fight is paused as Tavares stumbles back to his corner and a doctor is brought in. Baczynski apologizes profusely, but Tavares doesn’t seem to have a firm grip on what exactly took place. "What did he hit me with?" he asks. The doctor asks him the name of the guy standing next to him. "Coach," Brad replies. "Coach what?" the doctor asks. "……………………Coach John," Brad replies. He’s clearly too scrambled to continue fighting. The fight is stopped and Tavares is handed the DQ victory. Baczynski feels terrible about it, and Tavares feels just as bad; this isn’t the way he wanted to win.

The Team Ortiz camp is furious. Saul Soliz claims that Tavares got kicked in the chest, and says Team Liddell already got one gift. "What one gift? I got kneed in the head twice you fat fuck," shouts Richie the Guido. Chuck goes after Tito, who may have started to walk up on one of Chuck’s guys, and a near-brawl ensues. A lot of misplaced aggression, if you ask me.

Dana takes Chuck aside and delivers the bad news: Tito has pulled out of the fight. "That fucking pussy," Chuck says. "I’m gonna go punch him."

On the next episode: Jamie Yager vs. Josh Bryant is the last quarterfinal match, and it might end in somebody taking a little ambulance ride. Also, we deal with the fallout of Tito’s withdrawal. Is it time to say goodbye to the HBBB?

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dranokills- May 28, 2010 at 1:02 am
3 things :
#1 Geez guys can you NOT see Rex is messing with you, it's called full circle...the humor came all the way back around to "gay" again, like last week....that shit is funny.
#2 That kick was NOT faked nor was the coo coo for cocoa-puffs reaction dude had by falling flat out face first, he thought he was Batman most likely. And you look at that video dont follow the leg or the kick , just check out Tavares head snap back.
#3 I just gotta say I am "butthurt" that Noke lost....fuck a duck I really liked that kid, I really wanted him to be in it in the end. It makes me sad really it does.
Him and Yager are still the only 2 I even care to watch fight.
NomadRip- May 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm
@Japanadian Thanks, I read the comments, but hadn't refreshed to see that one before I answered.
Angry Whopper- May 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm
Ref. kicking the guy when he's on his knees or on the ground: sure, it looks great and would put a lot of asses in the seats. As long as you're OK with all the brain damage, paralysis and death that come with it.

Ref. Tito: the douchebaggery continues full blast. He forgot to remind the boys on Twitter how big of a man he is for apologizing. Again.

Here's Rich's chance to resurrect his career. Could be his last kick at the can, so good luck to him. From what I know, there's no reason he should lose to Chuck. If he does, it could be final.

Oh, and MOTHERFUCKING PVR decided to not record the show for me last night. Either that or the wife got involved, in which case there's gonna be some discipline applied in these parts. Investigation continues.
MKO- May 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm
"Don't break your phone." was one of the funnier things I've seen lately.
sevvi- May 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm
I really like this season. Chuck is just, well ive always been a Chuck fan and this season has made me like him even more. WAR chuck. Good episode last night. Chuck is just to funny. :)
Patrick- May 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm
I think people bitch about "lay'n'married for 20 years" more than other one dimensional fighters because, when people talk about the best fights ever and most exciting fighters in the game, grinding ground'n'pound fights/fighters are usually not mentioned as much and aren't as highly glamorized.

Even according to hardcore fans, whether they recognize it or not, the best fights are either
1. (ideally) all over the place, on the feet, on the ground, back and forth wars between complete, multi-dimensional fighters.
2. Standup brawls/clinics between two devestating strikers.
3. JJ clinics between two highly decorated JJ practioners.

Can there be exceptions, sure, but they're definitely just that, exceptions.
No matter how effective and unstoppable one can become with it, grinding out decisions on the ground will never be a big crowd pleaser, and there is nothing wrong with you as a fan for not loving it. Don't let the snarky elitists pretend they don't roll their eyes and maybe go grab a beer and check their email when it's Gray Maynards turn to fight.
KingAtRock- May 27, 2010 at 12:31 pm
If that kid was "faking" it the very instant the kick was thrown and connected.. then has the commitment to totally let his body (and head) smack to the canvas for 3 seconds.. bravo!

He would deserve the Oscar for that performance and Koscheck would deserve to play the tree at a local elementary school play.

His head snapped back and he went out, illegal kick (probably due to shin not foot) still illegal. Tito needs to stop getting so worked up, going to re injure himself by screaming like a girl.
cecils_pupils- May 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm
^^^^ so what then is the term for gay sex? Lay and spray?
[no homo]
Angelton- May 27, 2010 at 11:33 am
Observation: People bitch about fighters who lay and pray but not about fighters who are too fucking lazy to develop decent take down defense.

Side-note: The term 'lay and gay' is totally inappropriate. Not because it is using gay in a derogatory sense, but because gay sex isn't dull and slow paced. No homo. The term should be 'lay and married for 20 years'.
just some dong- May 27, 2010 at 11:09 am
I don't agree with kicks/knees to the head of a downed opponent being illegal. I'm no expert, but it seems to me that a kick/knee delivered to the head of someone who's on their knees would generate close to the same impact as one delivered to a standing target who doesn't see it coming/block it effectively. If these strikes were legal, it would give fighters more options to attack a wrestler after managing to stand up from/stuff a takedown. It would also eliminate all of these Gay stoppages that occur and ruin good fights because of mistakes during scrambles. We see kicks/knees to the head of downed guys happen all the time, and while they definitely seem to end the fight, the victim is never left permanently harmed. There's probably a case of serious injury that I'm unaware of, but even still, it's lame when the exception becomes the rule.

I can think of plenty of standing blows that have starched guys for much longer than any kick or knee to a downed fighter that I've seen.

On the other hand, stomps to a grounded opponent seem particularly nasty and I'm glad those are illegal.
just some dong- May 27, 2010 at 10:55 am
I love it when Chuck is pissed during his interviews. His anger is so tangible and overwhelming that he loses the ability to form thoughts, much less put them into words. You can just see that all he wants to do is start breaking shit.
Patrick- May 27, 2010 at 10:54 am
Personally, I'm fine with the no soccer kicks rule.
Kicking people in the face and stomping on them while they're on the ground is just thuggish to me. If I wanted that I'd just go to bumfights.com or some stupid shit like that.
failingev0lution- May 27, 2010 at 10:39 am
lol@GUIuhteen

Tito's big head jokes will never get old, and that one was golden.

Also, unfortunately, soccer kicks will never be brought back. If you want to watch them, you'll have to watch old Pride events or, better yet, Rua highlight reels.
Patrick- May 27, 2010 at 10:28 am
Well, I see what you did there, Rex.
I guess a lot of people didn't see/forgot about the epic flame(r) war that took place last week.
GUI-uh-TEEN- May 27, 2010 at 9:35 am
I think soccer kicks should be legal. They are exciting as hell.

Potato Nation... I can't believe there hasn't been one joke about Tito's unfortunate neck having to hold up that giant bleached dome. It's not a muscle issue, is neck bones can't even hold up under that kind of weight...

@Rex13

Chill out, don't be a gay (noun). You're making Nick Ring look bad.
cecils_pupils- May 27, 2010 at 9:33 am
While I like the .gif, I have to formally object to giving props to smuggy - that's the same UG dickwad that got all pissy at MRuss over the whole GusBuster incident. Please do not reward that type of behavior by giving him a tag - he don't deserve it brah.

And, yes, fuck Tito's whole fucking douchebag crew. Rich Antonito shoulda kicked that fat fucks ass.
KimboSlice- May 27, 2010 at 9:32 am
Tito via twitter after watching last nights episode

"Chuckypoo and Tavares I'm sorry. I was wrong."

I hope he gets all his teeth knocked out.
Japanadian- May 27, 2010 at 9:29 am
@Nomad, guess you don't read other comments, your question was answered 5 posts before yours
Why are you guys bitching on Tito, one of the doctors told him that it was right in front of him and he saw the kick land on the armpit and chest.Tito only bitched after the doctor told him that.
I let it go for a while but FUCK RICH ATTONITO, claiming again that he got hit by "2" devastating illegal knees.

Is Chuck looking more handicapped each episode? he's stuttering more then Porky Pig
VisitingDeadAncestors- May 27, 2010 at 8:58 am
damn, Baczynski Pride-kicked the fuck outta Tavares.

unfortunate ending to this match, looked to be one of the best so far.

Chuck fumbling to find his phone to break was hilarious!
Elentius- May 27, 2010 at 8:45 am
@ ReX13

He was saying what other people say when boring fighters lay on people the entire fight which is why he used the quotes. Never said it was his personal opinion. Get over it and let it go bro.
Viva Hate- May 27, 2010 at 8:36 am
Honestly, I think Tito should hang it up and coach. I used to be a fan, his antics wore me out and I really got tired of him, especially with the post fight BS excuses.

As a coach this season I have found him really likeable, even last night, he was defending his fighter on what was a close call between a legal and illegal kick.
Bare Grappler- May 27, 2010 at 8:30 am
Involuntarily shadow boxing is a problem among mindless strikers, and threatening our nations youth.
ByrneDout- May 27, 2010 at 8:25 am
Also is just me or do people not hate Liddell anymore. I used to always root against him but in the past year I find myself liking him. (I would however still root for Randy if it ever happened again, God I hope it doesn't)
ByrneDout- May 27, 2010 at 8:23 am
@ r1h61 & Shaky
Tito is a huge douche because it takes A LOT of Douche to clean Jenna's dirty manhole.
simple.
NomadRip- May 27, 2010 at 8:19 am
I wonder if Tito has apologized to Chuck after seeing the replay like he told Chuck to do. Dick.
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