Take two 6-figure contracts to the
UFC, add 16 Mixed Martial Artists from the US, Canada and
Great Britain, throw in a kick ass house in Las Vegas and mix
in 2 coaches who are willing to kill each other--what do you
get? It's the Ultimate Fighter III! This year there are
changes, but we will get to them later.
Flash to the UFC Training Center
where Dana White explains that the show has been tweaked so
that they end up with the best fighters possible. And you
needed coaches who bring that to the table. These coaches will
fight in July and they are:
Ken Shamrock who fought in UFC 1.
He is one of the most famous of the MMA fighters. Dana says,
"He deserves respect and if you don't give it he will make you
give it to him."
and Tito Ortiz--"The Huntington
Beach Bad Boy". Dana says he is brash, cocky and does stuff to
piss people off. This made him very popular very fast.
The feud between Shamrock and
Ortiz began when he beat Guy Metzger. He won the fight and
flipped off Shamrock's Lion's Den. Shamrock was livid and
climbed the cage and mouthed off at Ortiz. Dana said anytime
they get in a room they could kill each other. So he knew a
money match would be Ortiz v. Shamrock. You see Ortiz laughing
at the prefight press conference and Shamrock kicking a chair.
In that fight, Ortiz beat the holy hell out of Shamrock (and
we see a pic of his beaten and bruised face). Dana says he has
been calling for a rematch. Ken Shamrock says he got a call
from Dana White asking to be a coach on this season and he
didn't say yes right away. Dana told him the other coach would
be Tito Ortiz. He said, "Sign me up."
Dana has a meeting with Ken. He
tells him that he wants no fights before the PPV in July. He
said he will do his best, but "I won't be a sellout for
Ortiz." He will do the best for the show. They shake hands.
Some of the fighters arrive to the
house in Vegas.
Ed Herman, 25, is from Portland,
Oregon with the nickname Short Fuse. He has been fighting for
3 1/2 years. He is a middleweight.
Matt Hamill, 29, wants to be the
first Deaf UFC Fighter. He is a light heavyweight.
Kendall Grove, 23 is from Maui,
Hawaii said this is what I do best--punching people's face in.
Heaven in his mind would be a cage and he would be fighting.
Ed said the house is nice but it's a long time to be in there
with big stinky guys.
More fighters arrive:
Kristian Rothaermel, 33 yrs old
from New Orleans, LA is a light heavyweight. He lived in
trailers, RVs since Katrina. Life is gone in NO, so why not
take a chance.
Ed said some of the fighters may
be raw...but we will see who has the heart.
Mike "The Count" Bisping is a
light heavyweight from the UK. He wants to just have a good
time in the house.
Ross Pointon is 28 and a
middleweight also from the UK. He said MMA is bigger than ever
in the UK. "We're coming for you..England rules!"
Back at the UFC Training Center,
Tito Ortiz arrives in the back of an Escalade. He says, "I
hate him, he hates me and he is an a*****e. Shamrock says if
he is disrespectful, we are fighting. Dana says that Tito and
him hate each other as well. Ortiz says he has no clue why
Shamrock wants to fight me again when I beat him so bad the
last time...the people at home saw how bad I beat him.
Shamrock says he lays down for no one. Dana tells Ortiz he
wants a fight on the PPV...nothing more. Tito says he wants to
be paid for the fight. He tells us that he has no respect for
him as a fighter or a person. Shamrock demands respect or he
will take it. Dana says, "Don't f**k with this fight." Ortiz
and White shake on it and then Shamrock and Ortiz meet for the
Tito tells him, "I f*****g hate
you, you f*****g hate me. But let's make a good show, let's do
it for the kids. But when I fight you it's all business. Till
then, I'll respect you."
Shamrock respects that he took the
step to say that. And they hand shake. Dana feels weird that
Ortiz is on his best behavior. It's throwing him. He jokes
that he can broker Mideast peace. But we see the truce is only
for the show as from 10:35 until the fighters arrived they
were in the gym, but didn't speak to each other. The tension
was real and thick. Dana said, "I would rather eat poison and
jump off a building than do Season 3."
The fighters arrive at the UFC
Training Center. Due to the hatred, Ken will evaluate the
light heavyweights first. Middleweights will be evaluated by
Ortiz later and they switch off tomorrow.
We first see Shamrock's evaluations of the light heavyweights.
This year, the coaches pick the assistants. Shamrock picked
Dan Freeman, a conditioning and nutritionist and Dan Pollack.
Shamrock is excited. He likes Jesse Forbes...he is a stand out
who is a sponge and tough with wrestling. He will do well.
Kristian is a dark horse who has experience, but questionable
conditioning. He tests the fighters on will with 4 sandbags of
different weights of 220, 210, 200, and 200 pounds. Kristian
said that tore up our bodies...he hopes to be on Tito's team.
He wants to see the difference between training smart and
training hard. Bisping thought the sandbags weren't a good
evaluation of fighting.
Next the Ortiz evaluation of the middleweights. Dean Lister is
the grappling coach and Sol Solice is the Stand Up Coach.
Ortiz is looking for the fighters with the most heart &
determination. He singles out Rory Sawyer for Decent
Wrestling...Mike Stine is the #1 guy who came in shape, but
has no wrestling game. He is the "diamond" in the rough. Ed
Herman has awesome wrestling skills. He wants to be on Tito's
Back at the house, the shots flow. Kendall christened the
house with a few (ok, maybe more than a few) shots. Mike
Nickels didn't want to take shots at first. Ross Pointon did 1
shot out of "respect" which led to another bottle. Mike was
ready to stop at 4. Kendall did more...and got ripped. He had
too many and gets into it with the Brits and pukes. When he is
asleep, the drunk Brits decide to shave Kendall's eyebrow. He
was awake when they did it...and they cut his eyelid, because
they were drunk.
The next morning Kendall woke up in a pool of blood. He said,
"Vengeance will be sweet."
Shamrock evaluates the middleweights. He is looking for
knowledge of punches, clinches takedown and heart. Ed Herman
likes Calib. Mike Stine respects Ed, but Ed has no clue how he
is an MMA fighter. I am the top dog in my class.
Ortiz evaluates the Light Heavyweights. He is looking for a
star not a great fighter. Matt says he had 2 fights in 5
monhts. Tito says he has loads of heart...with the right tools
to see. After going with the Dean Lister again and again,
Ortiz tells Dean..."That's what I am looking for." Mike
Bisping said Matt is a talented wrestler, but not a great
Ortiz doesn't want Kristian. He said he was whining and crying
like one of his ex girlfriends. "Suck It Up and Show Me what
Back at the house...Tait Fletcher said the Brits are awesome.
And we see clips of the fighters making fun of the british
guys's accents and them making fun of the Americans.
Team Selection Time: Kendall is nervous now. Rory is anxious
as to who wants him. Bisping wants to be taught by Tito. Tito
says Beating Ken is my #1 goal. Shamorck wants to win as well.
It's about me and Tito.
Dana White explains the teams are picked by a coin flip. The
coin says ORTIZ on one side and SHAMROCK on the other. The one
who wins the flip gets to pick first. And ORTIZ wins the first
pick. So here we go:
1.Jesse (LT HVY) Shamrock tried to matchup everyone
after Ortiz picked.
Hamill(LT HVY) He felt like a champion being picked first.
Starnes(middle) Shamrock picked me and I support Shamrock.
Seger(Middle) He didn't see himself picked first.
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Herman(He thought Tito was nuts not to pick him. He wanted
to be on Tito's team, but now that he was disrespected,
he is glad to be on Shamrock's team and I hate Tito.)
6. Mike Stine(Ed Herman said--How did he get picked over
me? He isn't MMA Gold)
Fletcher. He says this is the best case scenario because I
am being underestimated
Shamrock tells his team that his team is one step ahead of
Ortiz's team. Team Ortiz says it's all mental. You ALL have to
be team leaders. Ed Herman is ready to pick apart Ortiz's
team. Ortiz's team is "Team Punishment." Bisping is ready to
beat "Team Shamrock".
The next morning Pointon is pissed he was picked last. Herman
is ready to beat something up. He is twitching.
We see the Team Ortiz Training Session. Ortiz tells that the
one who have the most heart can do it. He trains 3 times a day
6 days a week. And he gets in there with them to show that I
will do it with them. He likes the fact he will be training
with Ortiz 2 times a day. Bisping said the rep about Ortiz
being an a*****e are not true. He is a nice guy and a
fantastic coach. He says that they call themselves team
punishment because we punish ourselves. "Prepare for the worst
and the best will come."
Next--Team Shamrock. He tells he is a brawler, not a ju-jitsu
guy. He is a leg lock guy. I am a coach, not a friend. If you
are slacking...I will let you know it. Dana White says the
Lion's Den beats the guys down mentally and physically. I need
to know them, Shamrock says. But unlike Ortiz, I need to watch
and see the picture instead of being in it. Kristian thinks
that style is a disadvantage to Tito's Team.
We see the team training and meeting with the dietician, Dan
Freeman. Ed didn't like that. Mike didn't like him either. He
was wondering why they didn't pick a submissions coach. "This
is 2006 and fighting without submissions is like fighting with
Dana brings the teams together. "If you think you know how the
show works--think again." Last year, a fighter could get into
the semis without fighting anyone. This year it wont happen.
This year each fighter will fight a prelim fight to get into
the semis. And this year...NO CHALLENGES. Fights are
determined this way.
Dana will flip the Ortiz/Shamrock coin. The winner picks the
first fight. If the winner wins, they keep control. If they
lose, the control swtiches. And in the flip...TEAM SHAMROCK
gets control. Middleweights are up first. 24 hours to decide.
Team Shamrock meets. "We have the hammer." We pick our
strongest guy and go after the weakest guy. Hutcherson says
that a lot of people want to fight right now. Shamrock says it
must be a strategic planned out attack. Herman says they are
ready to pick apart Ortiz's team one by one.
Fight Selection: The fights are now two 5 minute rounds...if
it's a draw...they go into a 3rd round called "Sudden Victory
for 5 minutes. If they knockout or make an opponent
submit...they get $5,000.
Shamrock selects KALIB STARNES to fight
MIKE STINE. We see both training sessions.
Kalib Starnes is undefeated. He is from Vancouver, British
Columbia. His first fight was in 1996. He studied Brazilian
jujitsu for 11 years. I dont want to go home, I will walk out
Mike Stine is from Long Island, NY. 4 years ago he was nervous
in his first fight. But winning was so great he couldn't stop.
He is a puncher. He is going to let it all hang out.
Ortiz sees Stine is nervous and emotional. Ortiz says that we
are animals in the ring, but we are human. We cry. "Real Men
Cry. Anybody who tells you that Real men who don't cry are pu***es,
is full of s**t. He said that he cried after losing to Randy
Couture. He felt like someone died. Win Lose or Draw I will be
there for you."
Weigh In by Marc Ratner, Dir of the NV State Athletic
Commission. Kalib weighed 185 naked(although a towel covered
the important parts). Mike Stine is 183. Ortiz says his
striking is awesome but he can't pull guard, he can't get
taken down, and he can't wrestle. If he does all
that...he will win.
Fight Day--Both fighters feel nerves, but are ready to go.
Kalib sleeps before the fight. He needs to psychologically
prep for before a fight. Last Minute Prep--
Mike--I am coming out hard. I have more heart.
Kalib--I am sending a message that I am a serious contender.
Mike--I will hit him hard and won't stop.
Kalib--I will pick him up, and slam him. I will get position
and hit em until he gives up or goes unconscious.
Mike--I will do what it takes to stay on my feet.
Kalib--He will feel me and what I am like...He knows that I
can break him down
Mike--I will hit him non stop and I am really good at punching
Intros: Mike Stine from Hicksville, NY--Kalib will see it
the "Stine Way" I will play him like a Piano.
Kalib Starnes from Surrey British Columbia--No fight of mine
has gone past the first round...he wont go past the
TALE OF THE TAPE:
27 AGE 31
6'0" HEIGHT 6'3"
68" REACH 76"
3-0 RECORD 8-0
The Ref is John McCarthy. The ring girl announces round one.
Prelim bout--winner goes on, loser goes on...LET'S GO.
They box for about 10 seconds before Starnes gets him down.
They get up and at 4:09 Stine is down again. Kaleb starts to
ground and pound. and at 3:24 Kaleb truns him over to where he
is on Stine's back and is pounding him into submission on the
back of the head. The ref stops the fight at 2:52 of the first
round. Mike Stine is out of tune.
Time for the Amp'd Mobile Fight Recap:
Dana White said it reminded him of a fight from Season 1.
Styles make fights. White said Mike was all stand up while
Kaleb was more rounded. Tito told Mike what not to do, and of
course when he did it..he looked at the coach and said "Damn,
that isn't good." There was no doubt when he rolled Mike over
he winced when Kaleb hit him. Dana said he had a good chance
of winning the thing.
In the winning locker room, Kaleb said one more to go.
Shamrock said, "The More we win, they more they will wonder
what they are doing wrong. Shamrock--"We Kept the Hammer."
Shamrock tells the team that everyone has to think and feel
the same way.
In the losing locker room, Ortiz brings the team in to see
what losing feels like. Mike gave his all and he lost. He is
upset he let himself and his team down. It really hurts and
losing sucks. He tells them tomorrow is a new day for all of
us. He will get Shamrock with his 205 pounder. He will be the
victor no matter what. They do a "Team Punishment" chant.
Mike ends with..."This is a learning process. I will come back
for more. I want Team Ortiz to kick ass."
Next week, the first Light Heavyweight elimination.