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TUF 12.3 Recap: Mike Tyson’s Tap-Out!!

(The beginning of the Johnson/Wilkinson battle from last night. You can watch the rest here. Props: SignofBelief)

Alex "Bruce Leroy" Caceres may have impressed us in last week’s fight, but he’s making no friends in the house by bragging about his victory non-stop. While hanging out with the defeated Jeff Lentz, he says that Jeff may have been "underesterating my talents and skills," and claims that every head kick bounced off his afro. Lentz manages to avoid strangling the bastard, but the other TUF guys are quickly losing patience.

GSP brings in wrestling world champion Guivi "Gia" Sissaouri, to work with his squad. Homeboy is sick on the mat. It’s a great little master-class for the guys, but Georges has another visitor coming in later that will make Gia look like small potatoes. (Hint: Face tattoos, tigers.)

Down 0-1, Koscheck is playing catch-up. His fighters already seem to be breaking down, physically and emotionally, so Kos makes it clear that they need to toughen up and quit ass-dragging in practice. Training seems to improve after that.

It’s fight announcement time, and since Team GSP won last week, they retain control of the picks. St. Pierre selects Michael Johnson (his craftily-obtained #1 draft pick) against Aaron Wilkinson (Koscheck’s #6 pick??). GSP is obviously looking to take Koscheck’s heart with a brutal victory, but is it a wise strategy to waste your ace on the other team’s weakest link? (Keep in mind that Jeff Lentz was Team Koscheck’s #7 pick.) Still, a badass wrestler vs. a British guy. This seems gift-wrapped for the red team.

Johnson is almost overwhelmed by the importance of the moment. He’s been trying to get on a show for a couple years, and he’s so psyched to get in there and bang. "All I need to do is beat this dude’s ass," he says. "That’s it." During a one-on-one training session, GSP advises Johnson to circle away from Wilkinson’s right side, away from his power, making Aaron reset each time. But the general strategy is to take Wilkinson down and G-n-P the snot out of him.

Prank time! Koscheck pulls two cars right up against GSP’s ride in the parking lot. Kos badly wants to get under GSP’s skin, but Georges has seen these kinds of mind-game antics before. "It’s not my first rodeo," he says. After some effort, GSP manages to squeeze into the passenger side of his car ("Aiie, viola") and drives off. Kos does a robot impression to mock him.

Wilkinson is a product of the Wolfslair. He thinks he’s being underestimated, obviously, and feels he rises to his level of competition. In practice, Koscheck and Cormier help Wilkinson work on getting off the cage when Johnson inevitably puts him there. Cormier is impressed by his skills. Koscheck wants this win so he can get up in GSP’s face and, I quote, "Blaaaah, motorboat his ass." !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Weigh-ins proceed without incident.

Johnson says he "chose this fight" to establish his dominance in the house. Wait, GSP is still letting his guys choose the matchups? No wonder his A-team is picking off Koscheck’s practice squad. Get your house in order, Rush, or you’re going to set yourself up for a losing streak later in the season. Dane Sayers is already fucked, pretty much.

GSP is a huge Mike Tyson fan (aren’t we all), so he asks Dana to bring Iron Mike out to visit his team. Tyson is a big fan of MMA, and he’s happy to swing by. "Hey, what’th up George’th," he says, entering the warm-up room before Johnson’s fight. GSP says Tyson was his idol growing up, and used to love him some Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! Michael Johnson is both starstruck and amped, warming up with freakin’ Mike Tyson watching in his locker room. Meanwhile, James Toney is in Team Koscheck’s locker room, trying to show Aaron Wilkinson the death-touch he just learned from Trevor Sherman.

Time to do the magic…

Round 1: Johnson lands first with a leg kick, and they trade punches. Johnson wants to strike a bit before his first takedown attempt. He pops Wilkinson a good one and takes him down against the fence, then gets in a couple punches as Wilkinson works his way up. Wilkinson punches out and they’re back kickboxing. Leg kick, body kick from Johnson. Wilkinson catches a kick and tries to take Johnson down, but MJ defends. Wilkinson tries a guillotine, and punches Johnson twice when he loses it. Wilkinson throwing nice straight punches, but his coaches want him to put them in combination. They also refer to him as "English" when they’re shouting instructions. Can’t wait for the shouts of "Make it happen, Vietnamese!" during Nam Phan‘s fight. Johnson shoots and slams Wilkinson down with a double-leg. Wilkinson scrambles and gets out. Johnson tries to take Wilkinson’s head off with punches and a knee, but Wilkinson escapes, then grabs onto Johnson against the fence and converts a takedown of his own. He immediately starts dropping elbows from the top. Johnson looks stuck. More elbows, but Johnson ain’t doin’ shit. Wilkinson gets some space and rains down some punches to the bell. "English" clinches the round, 10-9. Even Mike Tyson knows it, and he’s a boxer. Still, Tyson’s pulling for Mike and shouts encouragement from the cage.

Round 2: After some light sparring, Johnson jacks a sharp superman punch into Wilkinson’s face, then clinches with him against the fence. Johnson throws knees to the legs. Wilkinson escapes and stalks forward with punches. Johnson clinches and takes Wilkinson down. Wilkinson rolls to his knees and gets up, then scores with a punch combo and a knee to the dome in the clinch. Johnson is warned for shorts-grabbing. Wilkinson charges for a takedown and gets it after some effort. Once again, Wilkinson has Johnson pinned against the cage, dropping elbows here and there. But it doesn’t last long — Johnson gets up and takes Wilkinson down. Now it’s his turn to unleash the nasty ground-and-pound we’ve been promised. The assault lasts about five seconds before Wilkinson gets out and they’re back on their feet. They both look gassed now, throwing weak strikes. Wilkinson shoots in to press Johnson against fense, but Johnson reverses. They trade knees and separate. Wilkinson stumbles forward with a weak-ass telegraphed shot and Johnson defends. MJ escapes and they brawl to the bell. Johnson won the round, apparently, because they’re going to Sudden Victory. Unfortunately, neither guy seems to have anything left. 

Round 3: Or do they? Johnson comes off his stool like a freakin’ torpedo, stumbling Wilkinson with punches and taking him down. Johnson does his best to finish, smashing down from the top, working off of pure heart. Wilkinson is bloodied and dazed. He rolls, Johnson grabs a rear-naked, and Wilkinson immediately taps. Michael Johnson proceeds to the quarterfinals, and Team GSP goes up 2-0.

Things looked shaky for Johnson in the first round — handled on the mat by a Brit? for real? — but he justified his reputation in the third. The guy just found another level in himself, and went into Beast Mode. He’ll definitely be a force in the competition.

Surprisingly, Koscheck isn’t a dick about the loss. He consoles Wilkinson, and says he’s extremely proud of his performance. So maybe we shouldn’t expect him to be a coaching heel, like Rampage Jackson on TUF 10. And of course, Kos reminds Aaron that there’s still a couple of wild card spots to be filled. Wilkinson is certainly the frontrunner over Jeff Lentz at this point.

On the next episode: Tyson puts in more work with Team GSP, and Koscheck announces "I don’t like losing to nobody. Especially a French guy." But he’ll still motorboat your ass, no matter where you came from…

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jamesmedley- September 30, 2011 at 3:27 am
the thing which i like in him are is inspirational quates , here is one of them:
The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world has a lot to say. Certainly one of the most quotable athletes in recent memory, the Sifter reflects on the musings of Mike Tyson. Below you will find a small collection of motivational quotes to inspire, compel and educate. Follow Tyson’s guiding principles and you too could be champion of the world…
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agentsmith- October 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm
Wow, I can't believe the Lemon Party gag still works.
DazedNConfused- September 30, 2010 at 4:56 pm
Aaron will get the wild card. That was a great fight for a TUF show.
DazedNConfused- September 30, 2010 at 4:55 pm
howabout crazy ass Savo blacking out on Leroy on the next episode? I got my money on the crazy Armenian. Bruce Leroy is a bitch.
Ldc- September 30, 2010 at 4:38 pm
Attn: Editor of this CP post

I bet you wouldn't have made the post if the British guy had won. You fucking yank bastard.

Anyway, Aaron will get the wild card.

Fuck you.
hooligun- September 30, 2010 at 12:25 pm
ANyone else spot the spoiler in the ads where Tyson tells GSP team why they are winning?
mothercruncher- September 30, 2010 at 11:58 am
Colour me a bit prissy but I find it hard to be any sort of fan of Tyson on account of the teeny tiny raping and wife beating issues. The UFC should be ashamed.
BryanF- September 30, 2010 at 11:49 am
I want GSP to get north-south position on Koscheck. Then we'll see who does the motorboatin'
BONGTAR- September 30, 2010 at 11:08 am
I was made aware of this after a 'friend' suggested to my grandmother on facebook that she check out this cool senior friendly site.

the curse he bestowed upon me, now lives within you all.
my work is done here
Mr_Misanthropy- September 30, 2010 at 10:26 am
Note to self:

Read all comments before following any links posted by other posters.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 30, 2010 at 10:25 am
@ Bongtard



My eyes are bleeding you bastard.

Shatski- September 30, 2010 at 9:34 am
The shit eating grin that Kos had while talking about motorboating his ass was just as, if not more, disturbing. Pun intended. I hope having Fitch there with him and Kos's advice about takedowns winning fights doesn't mean that we are in for some boooorrring fights later in the season. When Tyson showed up on fight day, I was thinking it would be a huge distraction and added pressure for Johnson, but it looked like it had the opposite effect when Iron Mike started chiming in during the fight. Good call, GSP.

Can't believe you fell for the lemonparty, too, Ballkick! haha. Also avoid the "blue waffle." That is, unless your curiosity gets to be too much to handle.
Ballkick- September 30, 2010 at 9:13 am
It does beg the question, did you know the link for this?
Did Josh send it to you?
BONGTAR- September 30, 2010 at 8:43 am
my pleasure. and you're welcome.
BONGTAR- September 30, 2010 at 8:41 am
my pleasure.
Ballkick- September 30, 2010 at 8:19 am

Sir you have scared my psyche, that was one of the most disturbing things I have ever seen. Fuck you BONGTAR, I can never un-see that sick shit.
Now I live in a world with that image and Josh Cockcheck in my reality.
Please post your address so I know where to send the Psychologist bill.
Misfit29er- September 30, 2010 at 8:07 am
@ agentsmith - totally! I thought Johnson was fighting Powder there for a minute!
agentsmith- September 30, 2010 at 7:57 am
Is Wilkinson the whitest guy to ever compete on TUF, or is it just me? His skin is maybe a half-shade darker than his shorts.
oki-who oki-ryu- September 30, 2010 at 7:24 am
kos did say "motorboat his ass"... translation... gsp is about to drop trow and shit on em. a teabaggin good time. In general though, kos is way to obsessive about asses... he tacks one on after everything "someones getting their ass whipped", "someones whipping his fake ass", "im gonna go motorboat his ass" josh cockcheck maybe?
itsgalf- September 30, 2010 at 7:24 am
I wasn't really understanding Johnson letting Wilkinson off the hook whenever Wilkinson got up from a takedown. Johnson would just back up to the center of the cage and start all over even though he had Wilkinson against the fence.
Fried Taco- September 30, 2010 at 7:08 am
I think I found Koscheck's definition:

BONGTAR- September 30, 2010 at 7:04 am
For Josh, it's hereditary........
Fried Taco- September 30, 2010 at 7:01 am
Somebody please send Koschek this link. Maybe he can add his own definition, whatever that may be.

Dagnut- September 30, 2010 at 6:43 am
Iron Mike looks in great nick
J-Dog- September 30, 2010 at 6:32 am
The only "motorboating" I've done off of a body of water has been to some nice pairs of blouse bunnies. I'm not sure how one would motorboat another man... if it has anything to do with cleaning kitchens then I don't think I want to see it. GSP better keep winning if he wants to keep his butt dry.