Episode 12 - April 4
"And now, we have come
almost to the end..." -Angela Lansbury, The
Twelve is upon us, and the last two fights before the
April 9th finale are here. They're both
light heavyweight bouts, and you've got the one "Game
Show Man" Joe Van Ginkel here to break it down. We've
come through controversy, adversity, hatred, monotony,
and lots and lots of fighting to this last regular
season show before the live finale. Let's rock
before we bear witness to the aftermath of last week's
war between Diego Sanchez and Josh Koscheck. Many are
pleased with the split decision victory for Sanchez, but
many including Bobby Southworth are not. But the
picture in the locker room tells the tale: Koscheck is
on oxygen after being exhausted from the fight. Sanchez
beat the man within an inch of his life, and it's clear
that he won. UFC president orders Koscheck to the
hospital to be checked out. (One can only picture the
delight in Chris Leben's face upon witnessing the
outcome of this fight.)
have little time for commiseration
heavyweights are up to fight. We see the remaining
light heavies for Team Liddell working to cut weight to
be ready for their bout. The question still remains
whether Forrest Griffin's cut will be healed to the
satisfaction of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Either Griffin or Bobby Southworth will be fighting Sam
Hogar for the Team Liddell half of the light heavyweight
finals. Who will actually fight Hogar depends on the
decision of the Commission.
next day, the doctor from the Commission, Dr. Margaret
Goodman, is present at the UFC Training Center to
examine Griffin's eye. UFC president Dana White takes
them into his office where Goodman examines his cut.
She gives it the once over, and says
he's okay to
fight. She reminds him that she's looking out for him
and the other fighters, but that he's got the green
light. And so Griffin will do battle with the
traitorous Sam Hogar.
that day, the two men weigh in. Hogar is first, and
weighs in at 205 pounds - the light heavyweight limit.
Griffin is next and he clocks in at 206 pounds.
Everything is in order and the fight is on.
next day the two men arrive at the UFC Training Center
for the fight. The final preparations are made:
warm-ups, hand wrappings, application of Vaseline and
the like. The two men walk to the ring for their
confrontation and White reminds them of the rules. Then
legendary UFC referee "Big John" McCarthy asks them if
they're ready. They signal affirmative, and then
McCarthy says those famous words
"LET'S GET IT ON!"
Semifinal Bout #3: Light Heavyweight - Forrest Griffin
vs. Sam Hogar
doesn't last long. The two men circle each other
looking for an opening. They trade strikes for two
rounds, with Griffin stalking Hogar much of the time,
and the two men firing when they have a chance, but
eventually at Griffin finds his opening and lands a
barrage of knee strikes, driving Hogar to the mat and
against the fence. Griffin starts landing a non-stop
barrage of punches and McCarthy sees that Hogar cannot
defend himself. He stops the fight at 1:05 into the
second round and Hogar gets his just desserts. Forrest
Griffin is in the finals on April 9th. But
who will his opponent be?
the Team Couture light heavyweights are up to fight:
Stephan Bonnar who beatdown the obnoxious Southworth
earlier in the series, and Mike Swick, who has been
chomping at the bit to get into the Octagon. They weigh
in for their fight: Bonnar at 204.5 pounds and Swick at
two men work with Randy Couture for their confrontation:
Swick wants to use his ground game to defeat Bonnar
while Bonnar decides to go with a stand-up attack.
Couture tells the two men that he is honored to work
with these men, and that he is proud to see them go this
day comes all too quickly, and they too undergo the
final preparations. The two men walk to the ring for
their confrontation and White reminds them of the
rules. Then legendary UFC referee "Big John" McCarthy
asks them if they're ready. They signal affirmative,
and then McCarthy once again says those famous
"LET'S GET IT ON!"
Semifinal Bout #4: Light Heavyweights - Mike Swick vs.
two men stalk each other. Swick clinches up with Bonnar,
but Bonnar pins him to the fence and trades kness with
him. Suddenly, Swick locks on a submission hold
nearly makes Bonnar tap out, but Bonnar somehow manages
to escape and reverses control. They grapple with one
another for control, and Swick is in control for much of
the time, landing strikes when he can, but Bonnar gets
to his feet and takes Swick down. The two men trade
control on the ground for a while, but Swick lands some
elbow strikes. Eventually Bonnar locks in a triangle
choke, and Swick tries to defend against by standing up,
but Bonnar locks him in a armbar, and Swick taps out at
4:54 in round one. Stephan Bonnar has come back from
nearly being choked out by Mike Swick to win the Team
Couture side of the light heavyweight finals on April 9th.
Swick embraces his friend and tells him that he will be
in his corner on April 9th.
we have our principals for the finals:
middleweight division: Diego "The Nightmare" Sanchez vs.
the light heavyweight division: Forrest Griffin vs.
an added bonus
heavyweight prospect Rich Franklin will fight no less
than the legendary KEN SHAMROCK!
all LIVE on The Ultimate Fighter Ultimate Finale,
live on SpikeTV, Saturday, April 9 at 9PM EDT.
then, for GSNN, this is the "Game Show Man" Joe Van
Ginkel, saying Godspeed and spread the love.