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Sixteen men from across the Americas travel to Las Vegas with one dream, one goal – to become The Ultimate Fighter.

Determination. Discipline. Excellence.

Recaps by Jason Block, GSNN


Willa Ford
Coaches: Matt Hughes & Rich Franklin
Packager: Zuffa, LLC; Spike TV
Airs: Mondays at 11:05pm ET on Spike TV

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Three Men Down - August 22

(Recapper's note: I would like to thank for their assistance
with the preparation of the following recap.)

The most brutal reality show in history is back for a second season.
With the success of the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter" and the
new deal with UFC, president Dana White brings it back with Season 2 of
"The Ultimate Fighter".

But this time it’s the heavyweights and welterweights, up for battle. We
see 18 brand new Mixed Martial Artists arrive in Las Vegas to compete
for two contracts with the Ultimate Fighting Championship Company. Last
year...the coaches were Randy "The Natural" Couture and "The Iceman"
Chuck Liddell. This year, it's UFC World Champions, Matt Hughes and Rich
Franklin. Rich Franklin has a career record of 20-1. He is a freestyler
and is managed by Monte Fox. Matt Hughes has a record of 38-4 and
wrestles under the Miletich Fighting Systems.

The coaches put the fighters through a brutal workout, testing their
boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts skills as well as evaluating
their overall athletic conditioning. The fighters struggle to complete
the session and leave the gym battered, bruised and beaten. Some of them
carry cuts from boxing and other war wounds. Kerry Schall of the
heavyweight division twists his knee and is taken away to the hospital.
A doctor examines Kerry Schall’s knee and tells him it isn’t. broken,
but he will need to see an orthopedic surgeon and get an MRI to get his
knee fully diagnosed. After the MRI, he is diagnosed with torn cartilage
in his knee. He needs surgery and is eliminated from the competition.

Eli Joslin struggled through the first day of evaluation. He complains
to the others that he’s not feeling well and is having serious doubts
about staying in the competition. He asks to meet with Dana White and
the coaches to talk about his situation. They tell him he shouldn’t walk
away from this opportunity. They encourage him to hang in there and give
it a shot. But later on, Joslin gathers all of the fighters in the house
to tell them he’s leaving the show. He says it’s just not for him, and
his decision is final. Eli leaves the show, leaving all the fighters
with a bitter taste in their mouths.

Dana surveys the fighters and calls out Kenny Stevens as the weak link
in his weight class. Dana tells Kenny he’s willing to give him an
opportunity to fight for a chance to stay in the competition. Kenny
chooses to fight Sammy Morgan. They immediately weigh-in and it’s
determined that Kenny has to cut 20 pounds to be on weight for his
fight. Kenny’s teammates and coach stick by his side and help him
through a painful night of trying to sweat off those 20 pounds.
(Remember the biking in the sauna with sweats from season 1?) Kenny
falters somewhat during the weight cutting, but ends up goes to bed on
target for the weigh-in. In the morning Kenny resumes his weight cutting
with Rich Franklin. He is confident he’ll make it. But during his final
stretch in the sauna he tells Rich he can’t take it anymore and quits
with just a few pounds to go. That disappoints Franklin, and he says
that Kenny lacks the mental strength to hang in there and make weight
for his fight. The other fighters arrive at the UFC Training Center for
the weigh-in. Dana White has Kenny explain his reasons for quitting to
the other fighters then sends him home.

So at the end of episode 1, 2 fighters quit and one fighter blows out
his knee and we are down to 15 fighters--and it's only one week! Find
out next time what happens on the Ultimate Fighter 2!

(Again, much appreciation to for their assistance in the
preparation of this recap.)

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