Episode 3 - January 31
As the show opens, coaches
Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell enter the office of UFC
president Dana White who expresses concerns that, since
the fighters will actually have to start fighting soon,
they will have to start cutting weight. He especially
mentions light heavyweights Sam Hogar and Bobby
Southworth as overweight. He then says that the light
heavyweights are up for elimination that week, and if
they don't make weight, they can't fight and they will
be eliminated. He also reminds them that the fighters
are not being paid for these fights.
that day, Team Couture resumes their training.
Middleweight Nathan Quarry says in confessional that his
team is "a team of fighters." The challenges are
seemingly no longer important to the contestants; the
fights are what matter. Light heavyweight Lodune
Sincaid further notes that "it's like Christmas right
now that we're fighting
" Team Liddell is next to
train. Chuck Liddell has little trouble telling his man
Sam Hogar to start cutting weight, but he has problems
with Southworth, who is coming off a hiatus and has put
on a lot of weight.
Unfortunately, Lodune Sincaid, engaging in a bit of
psychological warfare, has suggested that they obtain
two chocolate cakes and two pies to tempt their
opponents. But Southworth manages to avoid temptation,
and sits quietly at the table reading a magazine.
the other fighters sit around and debate not getting
paid for their fights. They are clearly not happy about
it. Middleweight Alex Karalexis is particularly not
happy about it. He says in confessional that since they
are risking their health every time they fight, that not
getting paid to fight is "an issue."
fighters whining about not getting paid angers White,
who drags the entire collection of fighters down to the
gym at 10 at night. He informs the fighters that he's
been angry for most of the day - he believes that the
fighters don't really want to fight. He even asks them,
"Does anybody here not wanna fight?" When no one speaks
up (although Southworth voices his assumption that no
one would fight until the finals) White goes on an
expletive laden tirade, reminding the fighters that this
is a huge opportunity they've been given, and this is a
job like any other. After his "pep talk," White sends
the fighters home to sleep.
This week the Light Heavyweights are up for
elimination. They compete individually in a
land-kayak/weight-carrying race. The race starts with
the fighters pulling themselves along in a land kayak,
then at the halfway point must get out, pick up two
buckets, into which they must put a series of ten-pounds
weights, then carry to the finish line. The winner of
the race is safe from fighting, but the loser must
choose a member of the opposing team to challenge in the
first elimination bout.
Southworth gets into trouble early. His teammate Alex
Schoenauer wins the race (Mike Swick indicates that he
thinks that means Schoenauer doesn't want to fight,
because "no one has seen him move like that the whole
time we've been here"), but Southworth, huffing and
puffing the whole way, comes in last, and must choose an
opponent to fight. He has a day to cut his weight down
to the limit in order to fight; if he does not, he can't
fight, and he is automatically eliminated. (Dana White:
"Can he cut the weight? Absolutely. He can do it. It's
not gonna be easy, but he can do it.") Southworth knows
that he will have trouble making weight, and begins
complaining. Southworth's behavior sets Liddell off on
a tirade of his own, which is directed at White who
echoes Liddell's disdain for Southworth's weak-minded
Liddell is seen in a meeting discussing whom Southworth
will fight. Liddell wants Southworth to choose one of
the better contestants from Team Couture, so that if he
wins it will be easier for Team Liddell to win the Team
Challenges. But he also acknowledges the risk of losing
Southworth to a better fighter.
fighters assemble in the living room of the house, and
White calls Southworth forward to choose his opponent.
He chooses Sincaid. The two men then begin preparing
for their fight.
Liddell and Koscheck take Southworth to the sauna to cut
weight: that is, to sweat off the excess water he's
retaining in order to make the 205 pound weight limit.
He has to sweat off 20 pounds in 18 hours. (Koscheck
says it best about Southworth's dilemma: "If you can
lose 20 pounds in 24 hours, you're a man.") And so
Southworth goes into the sauna and begins to work off
the 20 pounds. However, on many occasions, he leaves
the sauna to try and recover, but each time, Koscheck
and Liddell push him back into the sauna to continue to
work off the weight, even holding the door shut to make
him stay inside.
meantime, Sincaid, thinking he has an easy fight coming
up resumes his antics, generally freaking out the
house. He thinks Southworth will be drained from the
sauna, and that his opponent will not have anything left
for the fight.
next day, Southworth is still four pounds too heavy, and
yet, he is laying around the facility, whining and
complaining, much to the chagrin of Liddell, Koscheck
and White, who all try to rouse him into cutting the
remaining weight. At the weigh-in, Sincaid makes
weight, but Southworth is told what he already knows: he
has two hours to cut the weight, or forfeit the fight,
and his spot in the contest. He decides to continue on,
and with Koscheck and Liddell's help (including at one
point literally dragging him feet first back into the
sauna), he manages to cut enough weight to qualify for
night before the fight, the two opponents pass each
other in the house, but generally ignore one another,
mentally steeling themselves for the bout the next day.
fight day, the two competitors pack up their belongings
in the house (as will their teammates in the fights to
come) and go to the gym for the fight. They make their
final preparations in their respective dressing rooms:
wrapping their hands, warming up, having Vaseline
applied to their faces to protect against cuts, putting
on their fighting gloves, etc. When their preparations
are complete, White appears in their dressing room and
surprises them: if a fighter win their fight by knockout
or submission, they will win $5,000.
this, the two men walk to the ring for their
confrontation. The preliminary bouts will be two
five-minute rounds each. If at the end of the two
rounds, the fight is declared a draw by the judges, a
third round, known as "Sudden Victory," will take
place. Then, famed UFC referee "Big John" McCarthy asks
the two men if they're ready, and when the signal they
are, he says those legendary words
"LET'S GET IT ON!"
Elimination Bout 1: Lt. Heavyweights - Lodune Sincaid
vs. Bobby Southworth
first round sees both men fight very conservatively.
Southworth manages to take Sincaid down, and both mean
fight on the mat, trying to score a submission. But
Sincaid works to his feet, and the two men clinch
against the barrier, trying to land strikes. Sincaid is
in control of most of the exchange on the fence, trading
knee strikes with Southworth. But eventually Southworth
works his way out, and back to the center of the
Octagon. Sincaid tries to take him down, but Southworth
dodges out of the way. They trade blows, and Sincaid
tries to pin him against the fence again, but Southworth
escapes. They circle each other again, and eventually,
Sincaid manages to pin Southworth against the fence once
again. Sincaid lands head punches and knee strikes
while in the clinch while Southworth works to get free.
Then Southworth rolls him over and pins Sincaid against
the face and strikes, but eventually Sincaid gets free,
and the round ends with the two men fighting in the
middle of the ring.
Between rounds, Sincaid's cutman works on a nasty gash
over his left eye, while Couture coaches him. Liddell
advises Southworth to try a boxing combination, as he
sees a hole in Sincaid's defense.
second round starts
and ends abruptly ten seconds in, as
Southworth, taking Liddell's advice fires a
right-left-right punch combination which floors Sincaid,
and when Southworth tries to follow up, McCarthy
promptly throws him off
and waves his hands in
the air, signaling that Sincaid has been K.O.ed and
eliminated from the contest. Southworth, even after all
his whining and complaining, has somehow managed to win
the fight (and the $5,000) and stay in the contest.
Sincaid, on the other hand, is out.
week, the middleweights are up for elimination.
GSNN, this is the "Game Show Man" Joe Van Ginkel, saying
Godspeed and spread the love.