Episode 6 - February 21
It's week six on The
Ultimate Fighter, and you've got the one "Game Show
Man" Joe Van Ginkel with this week's recap. And this
week's show is a doozy, friends. When we last left the
TUF crew, it had been decided that Team Couture
middleweight Chris Leben and Team Liddell middleweight
Josh Koscheck would fight an elimination bout in the
wake of the disastrous aftermath of the fighters' night
formal announcement is made to the assembled fighters in
the UFC training center. White also announces that all
the alcohol would taken out of the house to prevent any
more instance like this, and that Leben, Koscheck and
light heavyweight Bobby Southworth would be paying for
the damage caused.
is much controversy about the decision. Much of Team
Liddell believes (as I personally did at the start of
the series) that Leben should've been kicked off the
show, and the only reason he was not was because of
Randy Couture's influence. (This is not entirely true:
UFC president Dana White and even Chuck Liddell have
been able to see Leben's potential. [Liddell, from last
week: "Chris is not that bad a kid."]) Meanwhile, Leben
tries to keep sooth the pain of his left hand which was
damaged in last week's rampage (I reported that it was
his right hand; it was not), and after running it under
a spigot of cold water, explodes into a barrage of foul
next day, Team Couture takes training. Leben works with
Couture to try and prepare for Koscheck's wrestling
game. He works on stopping takedowns and applying
submissions to beat Koscheck from underneath should
Koscheck manage to take him down. Leben makes a
prediction that if Koscheck wins, it will be because he
laid on top of him and squeaked out a victory, and that
if he wins, it will because he "knocked his (Koscheck's)
jaw clear over to the practice mat, and the paramedics
are in the cage, scraping him off the canvas."
Team Liddell trains; Koscheck trains exactly as Leben
to keep him on the ground to prevent him from
using his striking power. Kenny Florian and Diego
Sanchez come at him from a southpaw stance to simulate
Leben's southpaw stance. After the training session,
Koscheck is severely exhausted (perhaps foreshadowing
things to come?).
at the house, Forest Griffin and the others are getting
into mischief. (Griffin: "
the important s--- is that
is unbearable.") He starts climbing the
rock fountain in the house, and makes a monkey of
next day is the weigh-in. Koscheck goes to the sauna
with Liddell and Southworth to cut some weight (and
makes fun of his teammate Southworth, who had a lot of
trouble doing the same thing on an earlier show).
Later, Leben also goes into the sauna to cut weight
appointed time, the two men weigh-in. Leben is first
and he tips the scales at 186. Koscheck weighs in at
185. Both men flex their arms at the announcement of
Meanwhile, Nate Quarry goes to a local doctor to get his
injured ankle checked out. The surgeon examines his
ankle and the x-ray, and then sets up an MRI to see
whether he needs surgery on his ankle.
next day is fight day. As for the two fights before
them, Koscheck and Leben pack their things should they
be eliminated and then go to the gym to prepare for the
fight. The two men then walk to the ring, and after
White reminds them of the rules, referee Herb Dean asks
them if they're ready. They signal affirmative, and the
war is on.
Elimination Bout #3: Middleweights - Josh Koscheck vs.
in the first round, it's mostly a dance recital. Leben
tries to feint his way inside, but he just can't land
any shots. Eventually Koscheck manages to take him
down. But even as he holds Leben down, he can't make
any progress. Leben tries to slap on a submission, but
he can't. Most of the first round is as Leben predicted
it might be: with Koscheck lying on top of him.
Koscheck tries to land some punches but Leben keeps him
clinched up and eventually Dean orders a clean break.
They resume the fight and while Leben stops one
takedown, eventually Koscheck slams him to the ground,
but the round ends before he can do any lasting damage.
Between rounds, Couture tries to coach Leben: "you can't
afford to let him spend time on top of you."
second round is much like the first. Koscheck tries
several couple of takedowns, which Leben stops, but
eventually Koscheck manages to take Leben down, and
again, he lays on top of Leben without making much
progress. Dean breaks them up again, but Koscheck takes
him down again, and again, they lay in a clinch and
although Leben tries to make him submit, he cannot, and
the fight ends.
fight goes to the judges, and the decision comes back a
Koscheck. The two men shake hands, and go back to trash
talking. Leben's prediction was right: Koscheck won by
laying on top his of man. Leben goes off and mopes due
to losing in such a pathetic way.
can blame him?
didn't get his revenge, friends, but there's still lots
of The Ultimate Fighter left to watch. The light
heavyweights are up next week. Who will fight in the
Octagon next week? Find out in my next recap. For GSNN,
this is the "Game Show Man" Joe Van Ginkel saying
godspeed, and spread the love.