Episode 13 - April 9
"Game Show Man" Joe Van
Ginkel: Well, folks, I know you're used to seeing
roundtables for shows like American Idol...but today,
you've got one for The Ultimate Fighter. And it's none
other than yours truly, the "Game Show Man" Joe Van
Ginkel at the helm.
Gordon Pepper: Whoo!
Joe: And, in a reverse of roles, GSNN Reality Editor,
and me pal, Gordon
Pepper is here to examine the action of what promises to
be a most exciting fight
card this evening.
Gordon: Yo. How are you doing this evening, Mr. Van
Joe: Excellamundo, sir. Twelve weeks ago, 16
professional fighters entered
the UFC Training Center to try and win a six-figure
contract with the Ultimate
Fighting Championship. Tonight only four remain. At the
end of the night,
that number will be down to TWO. Eight middleweight
fighters have been whittled
down to just two: submission master Diego "The
Nightmare" Sanchez and jujitsu
specialist Kenny Florian.
Gordon: This one has rout written all over it.
Joe: I suspect you're right. But for who, Gordon?
Gordon: If Diego gets inside to Kenny, it's all over.
Kenny needs to keep his
distance. I'm guessing he won't and Diego will win this
in a round. He is
Joe: That much is certain. Sanchez has been in three
fights already during
this series and has yet to record a defeat. His last
fight with Josh Koscheck
was a war, and he punished his former Team Liddell
Gordon: Diego has been very impressive.
Joe: So it looks like we've both chosen Diego Sanchez to
win this one. In
the next fight, it's the light heavyweights, and we're
down to Forrest
Griffin and Stephan Bonnar. This fight is much harder to
call. Griffin has won
both of his fights by trapping his opponent on the fence
and raining blows on his
Gordon: I agree - this one could go the distance. I give
Forrest the slight
Joe: Bonnar won his first fight by a split decision over
and a shocking submission over his teammate Mike Swick
won him a spot in the
Gordon: But this one could go either way - Bonnar is
much bigger than
Forrest's other opponents and he is a moose.
Joe: Definitely. Bonnar is tough as nails. But Griffin
is a maniac. In his
first fight on the show, he survived a nasty cut on his
Gordon: He's tough, but I think he'll make a mistake and
capitalize. Bonnar was really close to submission had
Swick not made a fatal error. I
don't think Forrest will make that sort of error.
Joe: The finale is mere moments away. In addition to our
two final fights,
we've also got a bonus fight - Legendary UFC fighter KEN
SHAMROCK, the "World's
Most Dangerous Man," will fight upcoming light
heavyweight prospect Rich
Franklin. I'll take Shamrock just on name recognition.
Gordon: Ditto. And don't forget the coach Vs. Coach
match on Pay-Per-View
Joe: Oh yeah. The Natural vs. the Iceman. Couture vs.
Liddell II. It
promises to be an insane bout. But this week is the TUF
Gordon: Should be fun - and it wouldn't surprise me if
we saw both winners in
action there as well - assuming they don't kill the snot
out of each other
Joe: I'm not so sure. It's only a week away, and I don't
think they're gonna
get thrown back into the Octagon so fast. And we're
Gordon: We start with...filler! Comparing the gladiators
of old with the
gladiators of today. Roll Credits! We are LIVE at the
Cox Pavillion in Las Vegas
for the finals. Your host is Mike Goldberg. He talks
about 16 people going to
Vegas to hit the Jackpot - and 2 of them will. Joining
him is Fear Factor's
Joe Rogan, who is hooked on the show. Joe says that this
will start a trend -
Joe: Quite likely. Dana White, the UFC president has
said that the second
and third shows are being worked on now.
Gordon: It should be - this was a fun show to watch.
Joe: Rogan has been doing color commentary for UFC for a
while. He's much
better here than on Fear Factor.
Gordon: The 41-year-old Ken Shamrock has always been
around the UFC (unless
you discount the sabbatical he had to join the WWE).
Joe: Just about.
Gordon: Next up...recaps! How long is this show going to
Joe: It's scheduled for two and a half hours, but it may
not last that long.
Gordon: In that case, the first match won't start until
an hour in.
Joe: One thing that amazes me about this sport is that
we're seeing men in
their early forties: Shamrock and Randy Couture who we
mentioned earlier are
both 41, and they're in their prime - their PRIME! - at
an age where most
athletes would retire.
Gordon: 40 isn't a taboo number any more - Baseball
players are over 40,
bowlers are over 40. Boxers are over 40. If they are in
good shape, why not UFC
Joe: We're back. The Cox Pavilion at UNLV is packed to
the rafters to see
this fight card.
Gordon: Did you know that the COX Pavilion is the home
of the athletics of
Joe: I just said that, goof.
Gordon: Did you know that we are seeing recaps now?
Joe: That we are. While the recaps roll, the show's
website indicates that we
are actually only seeing the last three fights of an
entire fight card. The
other cast members actually competed on the undercard.
Gordon: It would have been nice to SEE those fights, no?
Joe: Certainly. It started with Bobby Southworth vs. Sam
Hogar, the "heel
vs. heel" match I mentioned on my recaps.
Gordon: Do we have any results of these matches?
Joe: No unfortunately. Who would you have picked to win
the first one?
Gordon: Hopefully, we'll get those results throughout
the show. I think Bobby
will spank Sam.
Joe: I certainly hope so. I'd take ten Bobby Southworths
over one Sam Hogar.
Gordon: Sam 'the Stealer' Hogar. Oh look - another break
- and promises of
Joe: Results are in, and... Hogar beat Southworth
Joe: Uhhh...ok. Here we see Randy Couture signing an
autograph as we do
indeed go to break. Mike Swick fought again Alex
Schoenauer. Pick on that one?
Gordon: I'll say Swick, but that probably was a close
Joe: So would I. I personally think Swick should be in
the finals, but
Bonnar got a little lucky. I could be wrong.
Gordon: I dont think lucky - Swick made a huge mistake.
capitalize - and Bonnar did just that. You don't leave
your arm hanging out there
waiting for it to get arm-barred.
Joe: The result is...Swick over Schoenauer. We're both
Gordon: Yay =)
Joe: Alex Karalexis competed against Josh Rafferty next.
I'm gonna say
Karalexis jackhammered Rafferty.
Gordon: Alex, I predict, will make Josh his personal
Joe: The result is...Karalexis over Rafferty. We're both
Gordon: Both of us are 2-1. We are back - and we get
Joe: Lodune Sincaid fought against Nate Quarry, who did
not get to fight on
the show. Who won that one?
Gordon: Can we say no one and call it a draw?
Joe: Sure. If you HAVE to.
Gordon: Nah. I'll say Lodune.
Joe: I'm gonna go with Quarry on this one. Much as I
like Sincaid, Quarry
was far more into his training.
Gordon: So who won?
Joe: Quarry defeated Sincaid.
Joe: Heh. The next fight makes no sense to me: our boy
Chris Leben vs. Jason
"Strange Brew" Thacker. No question on that one: Leben
probably beat Thacker
Gordon: This has 'redemption for Chris' written all over
Joe: It was, and he did - Leben massacred Thacker. Last
one - Josh Koscheck
V. Chris Sanford.
Gordon: I'll say that Josh makes up for his loss by
Joe: You're right - he does. We have shots of the
coaches, Liddell and
Couture greet us as the recaps end.
Gordon: They talk about the mental states of the
competitors. Uh....duh. I'm
sure they are thinking, 'Gee, I don't know if I want
this contract' - NOT!
Joe: Fun. Yakety-yakety-yakety.
Gordon: If you just tuned in at 9:30 PM, you
missed... absolutely NOTHING!
Joe: Here are the rules: Three judges, three five-minute
rounds, ten point
must system. We see UFC president Dana White talking to
Sanchez and Florian. White must be incredibly proud of
Joe: While recording artist Willa Ford was the official
"host" of the show,
White did most of the real hosting work on this show.
And quite frankly, I
thought he did a great job.
Gordon: He did - and look! It's Adrian Greiner from
HBO's Entourage! Wheeee!
Joe: We're back with a shot of the Sanchez family, who
are excited to watch
their boy Diego Sanchez, who has been incredible on this
Gordon: Here we go - we start the middleweight
Joe: Here's Michael Clarke Duncan as we make
preparations for the
Gordon: And coming to the ring, we get...a Diego Sanchez
profile and recap.
Joe: Mrs. Sanchez says she's Diego's number one fan. We
see his training
regimen. He has to work with bigger guys, and his crew
is doing their best to motivate him.
Gordon: Next up - a profile for Diego's opponent, the
Joe: On to Kenny Florian in Boston. He works hard with
Peter Welch, the
boxing coach from the show and many others. He eats
dinner with his family to fuel
himself to prepare for this final fight.
Joe: And we meet his girlfriend Ana, who hangs on Kenny.
ACUPUNCTURE?!?! Diego certainly has been the holistic
fighter, hasn't he? It looks like
we're about ready for the fight.
Joe: Kenny Florian is first to man the ring. Herb Dean
the ref for this fight
meets him to check him over. In he goes. Sorry: Steve
Mazzagatti is the ref.
Gordon: There's Chris Leben, and he doesn't look beaten
up, so I'm guessing
Joe: I would say so. Florian looks ready for a war.
Sanchez will give him
one. Here comes the Nightmare to a...mariachi band?
Gordon: But first Diego will give him a Mariachi sonata.
Joe: He meets Dean in front of the ring. We see the
Sanchezes in the
audience. The electricity in the arena is so thick you
can cut it with a knife. Break
Gordon: And Sanchez and Florian will stare at each other
for the next 4
minutes while we watch commercials.
Joe: We've already given you our picks for the winner of
this fight: we
predict that Diego Sanchez will beatdown Kenny Florian.
Here we go. We see Chris
Leben and his girlfriend June in the audience. Sanchez
is five years younger, and one pound heavier.
Gordon: Apparently, the announcers are more interested
in showing us the
other UFC competitors than actually telling us what
happened in their matches
Joe: Here's Bruce Buffer to introduce the principals.
Gordon: Any relation to Michael Buffer?
Joe: Likely. Florian's in the blue corner. Diego's in
the red corner...and
he's UNDEFEATED. The audience digs him a lot.
Gordon: And we start 45 minutes into the show.
Joe: Lock and load kiddies...the WAR IS ON! The two mean
circle each other.
Gordon: And they spend the first 30 seconds circling
each other - make it the
first 60 seconds as the crowd boos them both.
Joe: The audience doesn't like it.
Gordon: You don't get many points on your circling
Joe: Here we go. Sanchez has him. Florian is pinned to
the fence, but
Sanchez can't take him down. Knee strike from Sanchez.
But Florian breaks free.
Sanchez takes him down. Sanchez drops a fist on him.
Florian avoids the choke.
Gordon: Diego's trying to get Sanchez on his stomach to
finish him off.
Sanchez is pummeling on Florian and the ref gets him
Joe: And Sanchez has won it!
Gordon: Blood is pouring from Florian.
Joe: He celebrates on the fence. The crowd chants his
Gordon: And that, my friends, is the predicted beat down.
Joe: We see a replay of Diego's ground and pound. He
wanted it, and he got
it. Break time.
Gordon: What was the advice for Kenny? Don't let Diego
get close. What did
Kenny do? He let Diego get close. There's the ball game.
Joe: Diego "The Nightmare" Sanchez has won not one, not
two, not three, but
FOUR fights to claim the win in the middleweight
division. We see Florian with
a cut on the bridge of his nose. Here's Bruce Buffer
with the decision...
Gordon: Florian's face is full of cuts. Diego's wallet
is full of money -
$100,000 worth. Time of the match - 2:49. Diego looks like a
fine addition to the UFC.
Joe: A most satisfying win for Diego. Here's our man
Dana White. Sanchez
shakes hands with the coaches. White is confident that
he will be the next UFC
Gordon: Diego is presented a trophy, a motorbike, a
watch and a 2005 Scion.
Joe: And the contract. Big ups to Diego "The Nightmare"
Sanchez. Joe Rogan
will interview him.
Gordon: Diego thanks Jesus, his family and
New Mexico, his
people, all of his supporters and anyone else who is
Joe: We go to the replay. More footage of the ground and
pound. More thanks
Gordon: He thanks...the Acupuncturist??!!?!? Whos next -
the gardener? Forget
two-and-a-half hours - this may not get to two hours.
Joe: Indeed. Much like a boxing card...you never know if
the fights will go
the distance. This next one might. Back we go. We see
devastated by his loss. And here's BUSTABUS! That's
Trevor "Busta Rhymes" Jones.
Goldberg hypes the PPV next week. Next week is a double main event: the UFC
welterweight championship...and then our coaches, Randy
Couture and Chuck Liddell
will go to war over Couture's light heavyweight title.
Liddell is a former light heavyweight champion. Couture is the current champion.
This is a rematch.
Couture won the first fight. Who ya got for next week,
Gordon: Should be a fun match. You ordering the fight?
Joe: I wish.
Gordon: Liddell will take the rematch.
Joe: I'm not so sure. I think it'll be a war, but I
think Couture will
retain his title.
Gordon: We'll see next week who is right.
Joe: Indeed we will. It promises to be a most exciting
contest. Next season
will be heavyweights and welterweights. We see a
Gordon: Next up - a preview of Shamrock vs. Franklin.
Joe: We see Rich Franklin, Ken Shamrock's opponent for
the main event, making
ready for the fight. Light heavyweight time: White sees
Grifiin back stage,
then goes to talk to Bonnar.
Gordon: What do you rate the UFC series as a whole, Joe?
Joe: Much better than most. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and
although I didn't
care for some of the anger and bitterness, I was
entertained throughout the
show, and I look forward to the next series. 8 out of
10. I am interested in
seeing who they'll come up with for the coaches on the
Gordon: I liked the anger and bitterness. What I didn't
like were the first
eliminations and the admittance of people who clearly
were not in shape.
Joe: Of course you liked the anger, Gordon. :)
Gordon: Don't say this is the best 16 people when
physically, it clearly
isn't. After that, the show got rolling. I'll also go 8
out of 10.
Joe: The early shows WERE a little slow without the
fights, but once we got
to 'em...hoo-hoo-hoo. Okay. Back we go. We see Kevin
James of "King of
Queens." Time for the fighter profiles...We meet Stephan
Bonnar out of Chicago. He
works as a personal trainer. He's trained by one of the
Gracie family. Royce
Gracie was Ken Shamrock's nemesis in the early days of
the UFC. Then we meet
lovable Forrest Griffin. He trains in Athens, Georgia.
He works hard to get
ready for the fight. He jokes about not having a lot due
to his fighting, but if
he wins tonight, he'll have a lot.
Gordon: He lives on a mattress, has no insurance and
gets beaten up for a
living - nice.
Joe: Fun. Question: would you buy this show on DVD,
Gordon: Why buy it when I can tape it off of the many
repeats that I'll see
Joe: LOL. Forest goes to the ring. He's got his hair
back. He enters the
ring, and runs around. He bounces to keep himself up.
Herb Dean checks him over.
Previously Griffin had his arm broken, but came back to
win by knockout with
his good arm. This is a tough soul. Here comes Stephan
Bonnar. He slaps hands
with the crowd. Bonnar's built like a tank. Well, as far
as light heavyweights
Gordon: Bonnar is a big boy.
Joe: I like both of these guys a lot. They'll
commercials. The prediction from us is for Forrest
Griffin...but we guarantee nothing
Joe: Back again. Here's Josh Koscheck. And here's Willa
Ford and Chuck
Liddell, followed by a shot of Randy Couture and his
wife. Tale of the tape:
Griffin's two years younger, and only one pound heavier.
Here's Bruce Buffer.
Gordon: Should be a good one.
Joe: That much is certain. Griffin's in the blue corner.
Bonnar's in the red
corner. American Psycho? He don't look psycho to me.
Herb Dean's the ref.
Stand by...the war is on. Griffin lands a combo. They
trade. Big shot from
Gordon: NO circling here.
Joe: More trading of shots. This one's shaping up to be
a slugfest. Big
bombs from both men. More from Forrest. They clinch up.
Forrest lands the big
shots. Leg kick from Forrest. Bonnar lands a shot. Then
a big kick. IT'S ON! Big
shots from both men. Knee shots from Forrest. The
audience digs it. Forrest
takes the control, but Bonnar fires back. Griffin takes
him down. Bonnar's in
control though. They get back up. Griffin pins his man
to the fence, but
Bonnar breaks free. Bonnar lands bombs. Griffin fires
back. They clinch. Bonnar
gets slammed into the fence. More shots fired back. Knee
shots from Griffin, but
Bonnar hangs on and fires back. They trade from the
clinch. What a fight.
Griffin takes his man down. He's got control, but Bonnar
will not give up. He
jockey for position...but Griffin locks in a submission
hold...time's up! WOW.
Gordon: Now THIS is what the audience wanted to see, and
they give props to
both guys. Will this go the distance?
Joe: Hard to say. Griffin looks like he's winded but so
does Bonnar. Round
two. The commentators think there will be a knockout.
They circle...and trade.
More bombs landed from Bonnar. Griffin pins him to the
fence and then takes
him down. He's in control...but he's cut!
Gordon: We got blood!
Joe: His nose is bleeding.
Gordon: Doctor time out.
Joe: Dean takes Griffin to look at the doctor...he
grins... He's okay! Back
to the war!
Gordon: There is no danger of the blood going into his
eyes, so the match
Joe: They circle. Bonnar lands bombs! Bonnar tries to
take him down, but
Griffin pins him to the fence and knees him. Bonnar
breaks free and blasts his
man. Griffin pins him to the fence...he knees Bonnar.
But Bonnar's got the
shields up, and breaks free. Griffin's almost out of
energy. Bonnar drops the
hammer! Can he capitalize? Griffin's got him in the
clinch. Bonnar's against the
fence, and can't break out.
Gordon: Man Hugs!
Joe: The audience is digging this one. Griffin lands the
knee. They fire
again. Back to circling. Back into the clinch. Griffin
knees him. Bonnar lands
more bombs. He maintains the pressure. Back into the
clinch. More knees from
Griffin. They're nearly out of gas...but the round is
Gordon: I give Forest the first round, Bonnar the second
Joe: Yeah. Very VERY close. Griffin is badly cut. But
Bonnar is hurt too.
Gordon: Now THIS is what I think the UFC was hoping for
Joe: This is insane.
Gordon: And now, to quote Gene Rayburn, we go to round 3
Joe: HAHA! Will there be a knockout here? Or will this
go the distance? Or
will we see "Sudden Victory?"
Gordon: I don't know, but it will be fun watching to
Joe: Round three. Griffin with leg kicks. They trade.
Crowd cheers for
Forrest. More bombs from both men. Back to the clinch,
and Forrest fires more
knees. And a jumping knee. More shots traded. Bonnar
drops bombs, but Griffin
clinches. Bonnar breaks out. A combo from Griffin. More
big shots from Bonnar.
They're almost out of gas here. Jabs from Bonnar. Big
shots landing for both.
Neither man wants to give up. Bonnar closing and firing.
Jabs are traded. Bonnar
tries to clinch. He gets pinned by Griffin to the fence,
but he works out and
now HE'S CUT!
Gordon: The crowd goes nuts at the bleeding, like they
were sharks and
someone threw a skewered pig into the water.
Joe: The audience is going mad in the last minute. The
bombs fly. Who wants
it more? Clinch and more knees from Griffin...and that's
Gordon: I'm sensing a 4th round here.
Joe: Ditto. They embrace each other.
Gordon: I think we're getting a draw.
Joe: Dana White gets up in case there isn't. The
commentators say that both
men should get a contract. I have to go with you,
Gordon: You almost hate to see this go to a decision.
Joe: Agreed. The audience seems to agree as well. But I
think we're gonna see
"Sudden Victory" here.
Gordon: Well, this more than makes up for the first
Joe: Break time. Who will be the winner?
Gordon: Draw - you?
Joe: I'm betting draw and "Sudden Victory."
Gordon: It wouldn't surprise me.
Joe: Couture and Liddell must be incredibly proud of
these two men. I sure
Gordon: It was a great 15-minute match.
Joe: Agreed. What do you think about the commentator's
suggestion that both
men should receive a contract after this fight?
Gordon: Sure - why not? Have them get the rematch at the
PPV next week.
Joe: Back again. Forrest Griffin: "Damn, I'm ugly."
Gordon: Here we go...
Joe: Bonnar grins. The house applauds. Nope. Unanimous decision... FORREST GRIFFIN! WOW.
Gordon: All 3 cards - 29-28 unanimous decision.
Joe: Our original prediction was correct. Forrest
Griffin is the winner.
Gordon: Yep - and well deserved.
Joe: Agreed. What a war.
Gordon: Great match.
Joe: And we didn't have to pay to see it. We see the
replays of the fight.
Incredible action here. Surely, we will see Stephan
Bonnar again. Here's Dana
White with the award presentation. Randy hands him the
keys to his new car.
Chuck gives him his new watch. And...Bonnar gets a
Joe: Just as the commentators suggested. Joe Rogan
Gordon: Great match - and the second contract is also
Joe: That much is certain. These two men proved
themselves worthy of being
part of this organization. Now Rogan interviews Bonnar.
He wants to drive
Gordon: Stephan Bonnar: "The tough son of a bitch
Joe: Bonnar can't believe Griffin wouldn't go down. But
he knew had to keep
fighting. Bonnar again: "Now we're gonna walk around
like ugly sons of
bitches." These men were incredible.
Gordon: Call them ugly - and call them rich.
Joe: We've gotta get one of these guys on WLTI, don't
Gordon: Someone get us a contact for the fighters - lol.
Joe: We'll have to find their websites. I've found
websites for many of the
Gordon: BUT ...we still have one more match.
Joe: Indeed. Ken Shamrock and Rich Franklin. Here's the
WMDM, Ken Shamrock.
We'll see him fight next. Recaps of the series are
shown. Another question:
how many "Damn I'm Ugly" t-shirts do you think Forrest
Griffin can sell in the
next few months?
Gordon: Hmm - many.
Joe: LOL. Break time. So much for not lasting two and a
half hours, eh?
Gordon: looks like it will go the distance, thanks to
Joe: LOL. Back again. Joe Rogan talks to Kevin James.
Both men are
incredibly impressed with Griffin and Bonnar.
Gordon: It looks like Spike is trying to set this up as
a weekly show - do
you think it will run?
Joe: Absolutely. They'll probably need it now that WWE
is leaving the
network. James picks Couture for next week. Time to meet
the fighters for the main
event. Ken Shamrock is first. He's been around since the
beginning of the
sport. We see footage of previous fights with Shamrock. He claims to be the most
well rounded fighter in the sport. Next we see Rich
Franklin, who claims the
same thing. Shamrock knows that Franklin is coming for
Gordon: It's funny that this could be a VERY
anti-climactic fight, based on
that last match.
Joe: Or will it?
Gordon: I don't see this going the distance, to be
Joe: Here's Rich Franklin coming to the ring. He slaps
hands with the crowd.
Will we see the legendary "Big John" McCarthy reffing
this one? Franklin
gives love to his team. And yes, there's "Mr. Let's Get
It On." I find myself
wanting to be a ref for these guys. The prediction from
us again is the WMDM, Ken
Shamrock, who now walks to the ring in his green robe.
Gordon: I think Shamrock wins this in 2 rounds or less,
but I have never seen
Franklin at all, so I'll probably be brutally wrong.
Joe: Not to be a parrot, but I think you're right here.
Shamrock is just too
much of a badass.
Gordon: Van Ginkel wanna cracker?
Joe: (parrot's voice) Awk. Break time.
Gordon: Van Ginkel want a commercial break?
Joe: (parrot's voice) Awk. (back to normal) No, but we
get one anyways. Back again. Tale of the tape time...Shamrock's 11
years older and a
pound lighter. Here's Bruce Buffer...
Gordon: Pretty close. Who wins Youth Vs Experience?
Joe: Another three round bout. Franklin's in the blue
corner. He's won 18 and
lost 1. Shamrock's in the red corner, and he's won 26,
lost 8 and drawn
twice. Big John: "Are you ready?"
Gordon: I'm ready.
Joe: Big John again: "Are you ready? LET'S GET IT
ON!!!!!!!!" The two men
circle. Franklin lands a kick. They trade shot in the
middle of the ring.
Shamrock locks on. Can he get the submission? Franklin
tries to work out. Here we
go...But Franklin reverses. And Shamrock locks on!
Gordon: Ouch. In the words of Dusty Rhodes, the leg was
not meant to be bent
in that position.
Joe: Indeed. Franklin escapes! And Shamrock had him
locked it too. Franklin
kicks his man to the body. They're back on the ground.
Franklin goes for
ground and pound...and HE WINS IT!!!!!
Gordon: And the crowd - is stunned.
Joe: Rich Franklin has KOed the legendary Ken
Shamrock...and we suck. ROFL.
Shamrock gives big ups to Franklin.
Gordon: Well, Shamrock was controlling the match - until
Joe: One mistake and that was it.
Gordon: Well, we were right - it didn't go the distance.
Joe: Maybe it didn't. But we picked the wrong person to
Gordon: True - but overall, a very good night for the
Joe: That much is certain. Three amazing new young
fighters for the
Gordon: Make it 4, in the form of Franklin.
Joe: Indeed. Back with the official decision. Here's
Bruce Buffer...Time of
2:44 in round one for Rich Franklin. Here's Joe Rogan.
Franklin was shocked he
won so quickly. Franklin wants to go back to the
middleweight division. How
would Diego Sanchez fare against him?
Gordon: Right now - Diego would probably lose - he needs
more experience -
but it could be fun a few years down the road.
Joe: Franklin thanks his sponsors and his family. Now we
talk to Ken
Shamrock. Shamrock is impressed with the young men we've
seen. He was honored to
fight Franklin, and he thinks Franklin will go far.
Rogan gives the legend big
ups. Ooh. Cute women as we go to the final break.
Gordon: Nothing wrong with that.
Joe: One thing the PPVs have over tonight's show: no
commercials, or at least
Joe: So that's it for the first series of The Ultimate
Fighter. It's been a
pleasure recapping for you, and I look forward to
working on the next run.
For Gordon Pepper, and all the GSNN crew, I'm the "Game
Show Man" Joe Van
Ginkel, saying Godspeed, spread the love, and - "DAMN