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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

(Many thanks go out to for their assistance in the
preparation of this recap.)

Team Hughes v. Team Franklin.

Dana White, the owner of UFC, explained last week that 3 fighters--all in the heavyweight class are all out of the UFC2. Two of them quit, one of them was lost to blown knee cartilage. The fighters leave the gym dejected. They question why they are in this competition and whether or not they have what it takes to make it. Dana decides to bring in an alternate--Dan Christison, an engineer from New Mexico.

And now it's time for the welterweight division to get banged up. Jorge Gurgel goes down while sparring. He is forced to go see a physician who drains some fluid out of his knee, and the diagnosis is not good. His knee will only continue to get worse. But, Jorge is determined not to let his knee injury affect him in this competition and will continue on even if it means a complete knee replacement. These UFC fighters are tough nuts to crack.

Back at the house, everyone is getting fed up with Melvin Guillard (Welterweight 5'9", 170 lbs. Age: 22 From: Kenner, Louisiana) always talking about Melvin. Melvin has a mouth that doesn’t quit. And he is about to write some checks his body won't cash. In the evening Franklin and Hughes pay a visit to the house to see how the guys behave when they’re not training.

Today, Hughes and Franklin picks teams. UFC Owner Dana white flips a coin and coach Franklin gets to pick first. He selects Keith Jardine (Heavyweight 6'2", 220 lbs. Age: 29 From: Albuquerque, New Mexico) followed by Jorge Gurgel (Welterweight 5'9", 170 lbs. Age: 28 From: Cincinnati, Ohio)... Coach Hughes picks Joe Stevenson (Welterweight 5'7", 170 lbs. Age: 23 From: Las Vegas, NV) and Mike Whitehead (Heavyweight 6'0", 255 lbs. Age: 24 From: Davenport, Iowa). The coaches continue to pick teams, alternating their selections, until Brad Imes (Heavyweight 6'7", 260 Age: 28 From: Columbia, Missouri) and Luke Cummo (Welterweight 6'0", 170 lbs Age: 25 From: New Hyde Park, New York are the last two fighters chosen.) Dana reminds everyone not to forget the goal – two six-figure contracts in the UFC. And remember that a fighter, even if they lose may get a deal...look what happened in the Bonner/Griffin classic in the final of TUF 1!

The fighters arrive at Centennial Park for the first team challenge. They are surprised when UFC legend and TUF veteran Randy "The Natural" Couture shows up as the challenge coordinator. He explains the welterweights are up for elimination. The object of this week's challenge is to capture the dummy -- a large heavy bag in the middle of a field -- and bring it back to their respective end zones. And the winner this week--Team Hughes when Luke uses his grappling skills to hold onto more than one team Franklin fighter at once, allowing Josh to get the dummy to his end zone. And as the winner, Team Hughes has the honor of deciding the match-up.

Team Hughes joins Team Franklin at the Ultimate Fighter House and Dana announces that the fight will be Josh Burkman (Welterweight 5'10", 170
lbs. Age: 25 From: Salt Lake City, Utah) vs. Melvin. Josh tells everyone he picked Melvin to fight because of his claims that he was the best fighter in the house. He is going to shut Melvin up.

Both fighters make their way to the UFC Training Center, focused and
ready to fight on fight day. Both are intense in their warm up and are
ready to get down to business as they enter the octagon. As round one
begins Burkman and Guillard prove their tougness as they waste no time
making contact. Melvin gets Josh in a guillotine choke and it looks like
it might be over before it even gets started but Josh manages to slip
out Josh manages to pick Melvin up and drop him for some ground and
pound. But Melvin catches Josh in another guillotine choke. Josh
struggles to get free but the bell rings just in time and round 1 is over.

Time for round two. It produces the same results as Josh and Melvin
trade kicks and punches. Melvin makes another attempt at a choke but
can't get it locked. As Round 2 ends, Franklin tells Melvin that his only
option now is to knock Josh out or he’s going to be eliminated.

Round three is underway. As round three goes on, Melvin tries to get Josh in another choke. But Josh, realizing his strategy, takes him to the ground again. Melvin struggles and gets out from underneath Josh. But the fight is over before Melvin can get more punches in. Josh wins by unanimous decision, but gives Melvin credit for being a lot stronger than he thought before the fight. He even hurt his arm while blocking one of Melvin’s kicks. Melvin broke his hand during the second round when Josh threw up his elbow to block. Melvin humbly admits that he froze a little bit upon entering the ring. With his ego in check, Melvin leaves the UFC Training Center a bit wiser and out of the competition.

Who will be left? Find out next week on the third episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 2!"

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

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