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TUF 9.2 Quick Recap: USA FTL

Team USA didn’t exactly get off to a promising start on the second elimination episode of The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K. last night. Welterweight Jason Pierce fainted during the show-opening lineup (but won his first fight anyway), making him the new Phillipe Nover. Lightweight John David Shackleford showed up with a damn herpe on his head (and was immediately dismissed), making him the new Paul Bradley. Welterweight Christian Fulgium was kicked off for not making weight, making him the new Jason Guida. And Steve Mazzagatti couldn’t decide if he wanted to stop fights early or late, so he decided to do both, making him the same old Steve Mazzagatti. Here’s how the elimination-round matches went down:

Mark Miller (WW) def. Kevin Knabjian via TKO, round 2

Richie "The Choking Tomato" Whitson (LW) def. Paul Bird via submission (rear-naked choke), round 1

Santino DeFranco (LW) def. Waylon Lowe via submission (rear-naked choke), round 2

Jason Pierce (WW) def. Steve "Red Nose" Berger via decision

Cameron Dollar (LW) def. Tom Hayden via submission (rear-naked choke), round 1

Damarques Johnson (WW) def. Ray Elbe via TKO (mount ‘n’ murder), round 1


After the eliminations were over, two more fighters were brought in to replace Shackleford and Fulgium. So next week we’ll be seeing Kiel Reid take on welterweight fill-in Frank Lester, and Jason Dent go up against Rob Browning, who has previously competed at featherweight, and "apparently" is the brother of Junie Browning. (Right, Dana. I’m sure that was a complete shock to you.) Other notes on the episode:

Dan Henderson may turn out to be the least charismatic coach in TUF history. He has this punchy, mumbly, Chuck Liddell thing going on. Personality-wise, Bisping is going to ride roughshod over this dude.

— Quotes of the night: "I get to do whatever I want, legally, to another human being, and that’s the best feeling in the world." (Paul Bird before losing his elimination fight, making him the new Hitler Dog.) "I’m here to get paid and hurt people’s feelings, so………it’s time to do the man dance." (Damarques Johnson)

— Fun fact: Steve Berger had lost 12 of his last 16 fights coming into the elimination round.

— We’re pleased to announce that Team USA’s Santino DeFranco will be guest-blogging the season for us. Stay tuned!

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Anonymous- April 15, 2009 at 9:44 pm
Slow ya roll punk!! It was shingles you jackass not simplex!! Get ya facts straight!!
slapjaw ackrite- April 9, 2009 at 4:45 pm
Really hope the brits work the hell out of some ground. I am Anglo-American (half and half military brat), but I want the UK to do well since they don't have many stars in UFC. But I'll settle for great fights.

Here's a stupid idea...if they're gonna get drunk and wreck the house and maybe each other in it, give them either huge sumo suits or huge boxing gloves and let them fight in a rubber cage within the house, drunk of course.
Anonymous- April 9, 2009 at 3:17 pm
early prediction: Poms smash Seppos!!!

Meohfumado- April 9, 2009 at 11:18 am
John David Shackleford, ain't reality shows great? Nothing like getting outed for having the herps on national TV.
mayhem420- April 9, 2009 at 10:49 am
Who the hell gets herpes on their head? I usually get a few sores around my mouth and on my buttcheeks sometimes, but your head? C'mon.
NECROPHYTE- April 9, 2009 at 10:22 am
I still think the Americans are gonna beat the Brits. Just watch fools!
Herpes Legion- April 9, 2009 at 10:20 am
I became who I am today by simply listening to Arriany's new music on myspace.
Irishwolfhound- April 9, 2009 at 9:53 am
US looks like it could be in trouble, Ritchie looked pretty damn good, and so did Demarques but other than that the guys just looked ok. Best of luck
k- April 9, 2009 at 9:39 am
Most of the Brit winners looked much better than most of the US winners, but I can't help but wonder if that's cuz the Brit losers were incredibly pathetic. I think a lot of people at that level have trouble against heel hooks, so those with knowledge of it could catch a few of the guys early on in the show. But Brits aren't known for their jits, so like I said, the losers might've just not had any BJJ knowledge whatsoever. Hard to tell.
dirtyToronto- April 9, 2009 at 8:52 am
Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Def. John David Shackleford via nasty forehead infection
Robert M- April 9, 2009 at 8:47 am
"I get to do whatever I want, legally, to another human being, and that's the best feeling in the world." "I cant wait till the Ultimate Rapist!"

I know its too early to tell, but dude, them brits looks so much better than the us. Very few likeable guys...
rokabee- April 9, 2009 at 8:17 am
Haha the guy with herpes is ruined forever, hes always gonna be known as the guy with herpes on his head. HAHAHAHAHA
Herpes Legion- April 9, 2009 at 8:02 am
That's what you get for making out with War Machine!
Jeffro- April 9, 2009 at 7:46 am
Dude...Hendo just got done fighting a 3 round sloberknocker with Rich Franklin. He was probably high on painkillers (just like chuck). 9 out of 10 people would have still been in the hospital.

I cannot wait to see Hendo destroy (yes, destroy) Bisping.
k- April 9, 2009 at 7:23 am
DeFranco would've lost if his dumbass opponent listened to his corner and just kept hitting him. Maybe his opponent has horrible cardio and didn't want to risk gassing out? I dunno, but as soon as the ref tells your opponent to fight back, you don't sit there throwing one punch every 5-7 seconds. You flurry. You don't have to do any real damage; you just have to attack. And really, for most refs you don't even have to attack rapidly, just constantly.
Crap Factory- April 9, 2009 at 7:23 am
I'm really surprised DeFranco made it out of the first. Almost like it's wrestling for Christ's sake. Scripted? Perhaps?
bobzemuda- April 9, 2009 at 7:17 am
You know, Steve Berger has set up no-gi BJJ/MMA schools around St. Louis in association with The Boxing Gym. One is literally like two blocks from my house and painted in the window it says: UFC Veteran.

So which is the better of his two appearances:

1. Getting wailed on by Radich but getting it overturned to a NC
2. Getting wailed on by Lawler and--well--getting wailed on by Lawler

I guess he gets that little asterisk though for being in the one .5 UFC
Kadumel- April 9, 2009 at 7:12 am
Yeah De Franco was just turtled up like a pansy. I mean mad respect for winning but jesus if I was Hendo or any of his teammates I would have begged him to stay down after that performance, I wouldn't want him on MY team...
Dana White rules!- April 9, 2009 at 6:42 am
This show is really running it's course, they need to have these guys do stupid stunts and crap on the Las Vegas blvd. Boooorrrriiinnnngggg!
Marbles- April 9, 2009 at 6:29 am
I give Santino Defranco mad respect for the win, but 99% of refs would have stopped that fight when he was turtled up doing absolutely nothing for two and a half minutes.
HAHAHA- April 9, 2009 at 6:27 am
I thought that the fights the USA team had were better than the fights the UK team had. Maybe I was wrong about this and the USA team is going to wreck the UK guys. How the fuck do you get herpies on your head? Dude needs to put his dome in a bucket of bleach!
Celtic-Devil- April 9, 2009 at 6:23 am
hasnt shown yet here in Ireland...but looking forward to it.
Richard Tucker- April 9, 2009 at 6:22 am
Henderson just seemed like he was massively hung over.

Waiting for CAPS LOCK HAL to come by and tell us how Rob Browning is going to wreck shit this season...
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