Episode 10 - March 21
Inconceivable! Where has the time gone? Doesn't
matter, because the "Game Show Man" Joe Van Ginkel has
returned with YOUR recap of The Ultimate Fighter.
When we last left our heroes (and villains, as the case
may be), Team Couture light heavyweight Alex Schoenauer
surprised the devil out of Team Liddell fighter Forrest
Griffin, cutting his eyebrow before Griffin could rub
him out of the contest. Can Griffin's cut heal in time
for the next fight? Let's find out
aftermath of last week's slugfest opens this week's
episode. Confessionals of the other fighters (who are
clearly impressed with the performance of both men) are
intercut with footage of last week's bout. Griffin paid
dearly for his win last week, and he may have to drop
out of the contest. He's taken to the doctor to get
stitches and liquid bandages in his eyebrow.
Meanwhile, back at the house, the teams again
decompress, discussing Griffin's cut. They are worried
about whether Griffins will be able to be in the semis.
Griffin returns and hangs out with the remaining
fighters, are reveals that his elbow (damaged in a
previous fight) is hurt too. But it's not a severe as
the cut, so it probably won't be an issue.
at the gym, the fighters assemble for a meeting with UFC
president Dana White. There are only eight fighters
remaining, so it's time for the semi-finals. But White
suddenly drops a bombshell: the team challenges are
over, teammates will fight teammates. In addition, the
rounds are going up to three rounds instead of two. The
fighters are not happy about it.
Couture is going first, and that means this week's fight
is between Chris Leben and Kenny Florian. They actually
have a sparring session before their fight. Florian
even helps Leben perform his prefight ritual of dying
his hair blood red.
practice, Florian reveals his newfound respect for Leben;
since the alcohol was removed from the equation (due to
the bizarre water spray incident earlier in the series),
Leben has toned down his act, and Florian has gotten to
know and like him. But both men know that they want to
win this thing, and so they prepare for a war.
Meanwhile, Forrest has to pick an alternate in case he
can't fight, and he brings back no less than
Southworth. Oh brother. Koscheck is happy to see him,
but Bonnar, Hogar and Leben is not.
Training for the fight continues. Leben works to try
and stay on his feet to counter Florian's ground
skills. Florian works on his own techniques to deal
with Leben's overwhelming striking power.
Leben goes to the YMCA to sit in the sauna to cut weight
for the fight. He discusses his past in Oregon: his
father left his family when he was young, but he claims
to have had the "best childhood, because of the freedom
my mother gave me." Meanwhile, Florian discusses his
own motivation to fight. He is a competitive person,
and is big on the fight game.
next day is the weigh-in. Leben goes first and tips the
scales at 186 pounds. Florian is next and weighs in at
182 pounds. Everything is in order, and the fight is on
for the next day.
comes all too quickly. The two men are packed and ready
to go, and arrive at the gym for the semifinal bout.
The final preparations take place: warm-ups, wrapping of
hands, application of Vaseline and the like. Leben and
Florian walk to the Octagon, and White reminds them that
this fight is three rounds instead of two. Legendary
UFC referee "Big John" McCarthy is back to officiate,
and after the fighter signal ready, he says those famous
"LET'S GET IT ON!"
Semifinal Bout #1: Middleweights - Chris "The CatSmasher"
Leben vs. Kenny Florian
fight is exactly as advertised: a war. Florian tries to
take Leben down early, but Leben stops him. Leben pins
Florian to the fence and trades strikes with him, but
eventually Florian works his way out. But Leben pins
him to the fence again and blasts him in the clinch.
Florian still manages to get free and the two men go at
it again. Leben tries to pin him again, but this time he
can't. The leather flies fast and furious throughout
the fight. Leben hurts his man at point, but Florian
hangs on. Leben again pins him to the fence and drops
bombs on Florian, and again Florian eventually escapes,
only to have Leben trap him again and pummel him. But
at the end of the round, Florian escapes, and the two
men trade blows as the horn blows.
two men rest between rounds, and get instructions from
their coaches, Liddell for Florian and Couture for Leben.
But their rest is all too short, and again McCarthy
beckons them to battle.
second round starts with Florian staying out of Leben's
range, but coming back in to trade blows with Leben. He
dances around trying to find an opening, and eventually
comes in with a clinch only to pinned against the fence,
but Florian fights his way out, and stays out of Leben's
range. He gets caught on the way in, but eventually
gets pinned on the fence again, and gets blasted by
Leben. But suddenly, Florian lands a huge punch to
Leben's face, cutting him over his right eye. McCarthy
stops the action at 3:11 and brings in the fight
doctor. He examines Leben
and promptly stops the
fight. Florian has won by TKO. He is in the finals.
Leben is out of the contest, but he has proven himself a
worthy competitor. It is likely that he will soon be
part of the UFC, but not today. Who will Florian face
in the final bout on April 9? Find out next week as
Diego Sanchez tangles with Josh Koscheck. For GSNN,
this is the "Game Show Man" Joe Van Ginkel, saying
Godspeed and spread the love.