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|#1 Posted on 16.3.05 1054.24 |
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| This week's episode of "The Ultimate |
Fighter" focused on a dispute over UFC
hats and t-shirts. A light heavyweight
was eliminated, a middleweight switched
teams, and now everyone hates Sam Hoger.
The show began with a recap of Diego
Sanchez easily beating Josh Rafferty.
Other fighters surmised that Diego,
a submission specialist, decided to
pound on Rafferty to send a message
to the other middleweight fighters.
The fallout was that Team Liddell was
again punished for winning by having to
send another fighter to Team Couture.
Liddell, after a few bleeped expletives,
chose to send Kenny Florian. Florian
took the decision in stride. Couture
said "I'm not gonna put you on the spot.
What the other team is doing doesn't
really matter to me." Maybe that's
why Couture's fighters keep losing?
Another "mood of the house" segment
showed clips of fighters from the two
teams laughing together and throwing
poker chips at each other. "Seems
like everybody's kind of friends",
said Alex Schoenauer, "There isn't
like the big 'blue team- green team.'
Everybody kind of, you know,
hangs out together a little bit more.
Everybody is getting along fine
together it seems like."
So much for building up fights based on
personal dislike. The fighters finally
realized the team concept was a joke
because the winning team loses fighters
just as fast as the losing team.
Kenny Florian got to train with his new
coach for the first time. Florian was
excited about working with Couture, who
showed him some takedown techniques.
Unfortunately this segment was cut short.
Apparently the producer thinks whatever
UFC actually does is pretty boring
because he can't wait to get back to
his reality-TV-by-numbers formula.
Dana White and the coaches came to the
house to watch the UFC PPV with the
fighters. This was a good opportunity
to show guys sitting around enjoying
the action of a UFC PPV. One wonders
why the fighters didn't have access to
the UFC DVD collection during the show.
This week's challenge involved lugging
cases of bottled "UFC" water around a
parking structure while the coaches sat
perched above dunk tanks. The winning
team would get to dunk the losing coach.
Team Liddell won in bizarre fashion when
Forrest Griffin, who now had completely
shaved his head, noticed a case of water
that had apparently been misplaced next
to their pile. Randy Couture, who had
given a speech about being ambassadors
of the sport, slid into the waist high
water and landed on both feet, not even
getting his shirt wet. So much for the
"dunk" tank. Couture's dunk was like
Undertaker going over the top rope to
the floor and landing on both feet.
Team Liddell got to select the light
heavy fight for the week. Forrest
Griffin, who has been chomping at
the bit for weeks, wanted to fight.
He selected Alex Schoenauer, saying
"I think he's the weakest link", then
strangely added "It's nothing personal."
The show picked up steam after Stephan
Bonnar noticed that his supplements
were missing. Rather than calling his
congressman, Bonnar decided to search
through other people's bags. This led
to Stephan and Diego discovering that
Sam Hoger had a cache of UFC hats,
shirts, and rash guards in his bags.
The entire house turned on Sam, blaming
him for stealing their UFC gear. Sam
responded that he didn't appreciate
being called a thief by Josh Koscheck,
but El Hijo Del Muraco just shrugged.
The training segments last for just a
few minutes while the stolen beanie
saga dominated the rest of the show.
Sam's story that the office manager
had given him permission to take the
extra items was proved false. Diego
told Chuck that he no longer wanted to
train with Sam. Everyone in the house
started giving Sam the cold shoulder,
but Koscheck mocked both sides.
Camp counselor Nathan Quarry hobbled
in to settle the dispute. He told Sam
that he "needed to make reparations."
Nathan lectured Sam as the rest of
the fighters filed past them in silence.
Privately, Sam complained "I was
already going to do the right thing."
Sam gathered everyone together for an
announcement. "You're quitting?" asked
Stephan derisively. Sam admitted that
he had been wrong to pick up extra stuff,
still refusing to admit that he had taken
stuff from other fighters. He brought
everything down in a bag and offered it
to the other fighters. They accepted
the gear, but not the apology. Sam
Hoger privately said that they were
not "men of honor" like he was.
Before the fight, Forrest looked very
loose. He was just looking forward to
fighting and getting a "primal buzz."
Schoenauer looked tight and focused,
but not scared. Forrest's comment that
Alex was the weakest link seemed to
help Alex get motivated for the fight.
Couture had predicted that Forrest would
come out swinging wildly and for once he
made the right call and had the right
fighter to implement his strategy. Alex
stayed in control and picked openings
for counter punches. Within the first
fifteen seconds Alex had opened a
huge gash over Forrest's left eye.
Forrest charged in, reeled back, and
once appeared to turn and run to create
some distance. They tied up several
times with Alex showing surprising
power, but eventually Forrest caught
Alex with a leg grapevine and took him
down. Forrest moved quickly from a
side mount to a full mount and rained
down punches on Schoenauer's face,
forcing him to tap out.
If the highly anticipated Leben-Koscheck
fight had this much action and brutality,
"The Ultimate Fighter" might have been
able to continue to draw new viewers, at
least for a week or two. Unfortunately
for UFC, their ratings have gone down
steadily since the disappointing fight
between Chris Leben and Josh Koscheck.
This episode drew a 1.5 rating, down
30% from the peak a few weeks earlier.
After the fight it was discovered that
Forrest's cut was serious enough that
he might not be allowed to continue
on the show. If the show follows form,
Forrest will get to choose his own
replacement if he can't continue.
He'll probably pick Bobby Southworth,
though there would be some justice in
naming Schoenauer as his replacement.
The teaser promised a surprising rule
change next week which the fighters
didn't like. Given the producer's
desire to maintain balance between
Couture and Liddell, my guess is that
the final members of each team have
to fight each other, guaranteeing
that each team will have one fighter
in the final matches without forcing
the coaches to trade fighters again.
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| I keep watching this show in hopes that it gets better and it hasn't. I will watch until the ned just becasue of the time I have invested in it, but it really needs some major reworking to get me interested in season two. First and foremost should be more fighting. Screw the challenges and just have them fight. Each week it is a different weight limit and the coaches pick who they want to fight and the fighter does not knwo who he will face untilt he weigh in. This way we can have some interesting matchups.|
My money was on Diego and Forrest, but if Forrest can not go on, I think Sam will shock everyone and walk away with the title.
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