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TUF 9.1 Quick Recap: Team U.K. Gets Its Elite 8

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(Last night’s stoppages, not including David Faulkner‘s heel-hook on James Bateman, because my DVR cut off before the last fight. Fuck a Time Warner Cable.)

The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K. kicked off last night with the elimination matches at Wolfslair Academy, where 16 British TUF hopefuls were whittled down to four lightweights and four welterweights. Here’s how the fights panned out…

Andre Winner (LW) def. Gary Kelly via KO, round 1

Jeff Lawson (LW) def. James Bryan via armbar, round 1

James Wilks (WW) def. Che Mills via heel-hook, round 1

Martin Stapleton (LW) def. Dan James via rear-naked choke, round 1

Ross Pearson (LW) def. A.J. Wenn via TKO, round 2

Nick Osipczak (WW) def. Tommy Maguire via TKO, round 1

Dean Amasinger (WW) def. Alex Reid via decision, round 3

David Faulkner (WW) def. James Bateman via heel-hook, round 1


— Martin Stapleton is the owner of the gnarliest cauliflower ear in MMA history. Stapleton’s ear is so big, it has its own cauliflower ear, and that ear is bigger than my ear.

— Jeff Lawson’s armbar win over James Bryan means my early prediction is still in play, but his physical twerpiness was almost Blevins-esque. More impressive was David Faulkner, who seems to be a leglock savant; Bisping called it, and David did it.

— Even though the elimination matches featured a lot of exciting stoppages, the overall talent level wasn’t that impressive. Nobody on Team U.K. looks like a world-beater at this point. Bisping seemed to be psyched about Team U.K.’s chances at the end of the episode, but he’d better hope that the American fighters are as amateurish as his gang.

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robert - April 4, 2009 at 8:41 pm
i thought faulkner looked good although that reid guy was a nutsack its easyer for uk guys to make weight becouse lets be honest amaricans are much bigger people and alot of our lightweights walk around at 170-180 like sean sherk and our welterweights walk around at 190 - 200 like anthoney jhonson these uk guys were VERY small now the amaricans will have a much harder cut becouse there lightweights would be like bantemweights over here so i predict the us fighters will have more drauma but in the end they will outsize and outspeed the uk fighters and dominate every facit of MMA uk will get aniliated however i got bisping over hendo so be happy uk
Aussiejosh- April 3, 2009 at 5:55 am
A lot of you YANKS FUCKING SHIT ME! I hope The UK guys knock you the fuck out! and when your on your backs with your mouths open the UK lads pull down there shorts with a nut sitting on each of your eyes and push out a Big Baric Obama in your mouth!
Anonymous- April 2, 2009 at 8:39 pm
that ginger guy was horrible
harbour- April 2, 2009 at 2:48 pm
Yeah that couture ipod question is very interesting. I'm guessing he takes the bud off and just squeezes the wire in.
harbour- April 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm
I think we can count on some of that british cauliflower ear juice finding its way into some american cuisine!
caress ya mams boob ya tree swinger- April 2, 2009 at 1:03 pm
plus how can you blame that on bisping you sweaty cunt. That shit is getting so old bisping should have won the rashad fight uno the guy who ko d chuck and forrest. I like henderson and would rather have seen rich vs bisping i think bisping is gona strugle with either of them. Some yanks need to stop hating bisping because off two AMERICAN judge's decision when theres people worth moaning about like leben on roids who lost to bisping at the time and junie browning who is the result of a rape in the family or the so called p4p champ anderson who is in the wrong division and talking early retirement before he earns the right to be a hall of famer or gsp going in to fights like a lubed cock or people getting title shots to early or late no thats it just moan about a judge's fucking decision from years ago i see this shit every time am on here and it fucking pisses me off hamil came out to born in the usa and he should of fucking stayed there the end get some nuts.
Sneaky Pete- April 2, 2009 at 12:35 pm
@ TrouserSnout:

I'm all for having Puerto Rican prostitutes judge these things. All the ones I've met have been pretty -- wait for it -- even handed. *wink*
Anonymous- April 2, 2009 at 11:48 am
I thought he lost the Hamill fight. He also got screwed against Rashid Evans though so it balances out
TrouserSnout- April 2, 2009 at 11:11 am

Anonymous Says:
Thu, 04/02/2009 - 07:50


Always the same fucking shit - stop talking/typing/commenting please.

Thank You.

Not everyone from the UK sucks....just Bisping...He got his ass handed to him by Hamill, but by some act of "douchebaggery"...they gave the win to Bisping. It's BULLSHIT and will always be BULLSHIT.....2 retarded monkeys and a Costa Rican prostitute could have judged that fight better and made the right call......
The Harvester- April 2, 2009 at 11:11 am
What the hell was with all those out of shape guys... There is no excuse for why you shouldn't be physically in shape at those weight classes? If you are cutting down to those weights you should not have a gut!!

I was astonished to see the amount of fattys that tried out, thank god most of them lost.

I am not gonna lie most of them looked pretty unimpressive. This show might have to go on a lengthy hiatus, after this season, until the talent pool catches up. The days where half of the fighters become a recognizable name are long gone if this keeps up...

Haha and by the previews the Americans are not much better. It could be cool to see a Brazil vs Asia, where they actually take legit fighters that have semi already made it, but are trying to transfer to UFC.
Jay- April 2, 2009 at 10:37 am
Pearson and Faulkner looked ok but am I ever glad that Reid dude lost so I can watch the rest of the season. His Ric Flair schtick of yelling "Wooo" everytime he got punched in the face was fucking annoying.
Darkside- April 2, 2009 at 9:58 am

I was wondering if anybody else caught that. I was laughing my ass off.
Cable Guy- April 2, 2009 at 9:38 am
Fuck your own ignorance dumbass,,

With UFC Fight night right before the start of the season premiere you should of known that the Season Premiere woudnt of started on time.

AND the replayed it right after so there was no excuse for your stupidity.
Dr.- April 2, 2009 at 9:20 am
"I know he's ginger. I've never fought a ginger person before, so I'm looking forward to that."

Dangada Dang- April 2, 2009 at 9:15 am

AJR- April 2, 2009 at 8:52 am
Well I'm glad that I wasn't the only one who had his DVR cut off the end of the show.....
UFC fan- April 2, 2009 at 8:44 am
Jeff lawson is my pick. He did more tachnical moves than GSP in that match he was countering every step James bryan tried, and the more Bryan scrambled the more Lawson was one step ahead of him until BAM< armbar time!
That Kid is level headed,( so far) and humble, and even polite to a point. I like that, it beats the Junie brownings of the world whos claim to fame is being a douchetard like TUF GAY or something, all talk no action.
randy- April 2, 2009 at 8:00 am
what ?
Anonymous- April 2, 2009 at 7:56 am
James Wilks .... trains with Eric Paulson. Wins with sick toe hold. AWSOME
Cindy- April 2, 2009 at 7:52 am
Martin Stapleton's ear was fantastic.
That german talk show host had a good question for Couture.

How do they listen to their ipods?
Anonymous- April 2, 2009 at 7:50 am

Always the same fucking shit - stop talking/typing/commenting please.

Thank You.
blame canada there not even a real country anyway- April 2, 2009 at 7:48 am
yr just bitter cos he battered yr bot boy jason doomed day go cover yrself in vasaline and stick yr head up yr mums baggy twat you beady eyed brian adams fan
mayhem420- April 2, 2009 at 7:46 am
Ross Pearson looked ok, other wise the rest were blah.... nothing to get excited about. However the up coming clips of next weeks show already have team USA fighters not making weight and passing out all over the place.
I have a feeling that this is going to be the worst season talent wise since season 6
The Mad Montrealer- April 2, 2009 at 7:35 am
Fuck a Bisping! That dude looked so out of place sitting next to Hendo and Franklin. Seriously, who the fuck has he beaten? His only "win" against a notable opponant was actually a loss! Oh wait, he beat Elvis Sinosic...
Morose- April 2, 2009 at 7:30 am
Lawson was the only one that looked that technical as he just methodically got into position for the armbar submission.

I admired Ross Pearson's attitude (good natured and willing to fight against anyone for the chance to make it) and it will be interesting to see if he picks up some more skills during the season. His jumping knee was entertaining as hell.

I was extremely glad to see Alex Reid lose that decision as I already hated him after just seeing him for 5 minutes. Guh... what a Shamrock level tool that guy seemed to be.