Issue/Team Dagger" - April
We review Inhofer-Forbes: Mike
Nichols says Jesse was dominant. Bisping was concerned about
Noah. Tait said it was the slowest armbar in history--it was
coming for weeks. Bisping said Jesse's inexperience showed.
After the fight, Team Shamrock wanted to work with hand-eye
coordination. They go to the Callaway Golf Center to blow off
steam. "We need some comedy", says Shamrock. Solomon
Hutcherson said, "We don't do this s**t in the hood."
Meanwhile, Team Ortiz is working on cardio in the Hard Rock
Hotel. "I never get tired." They jog up stairs and carry
teammates through the hotel and walking to walls. Bisping says
Tito is training him hard, good and smart. Tito said that
Shamrock's team may be training as smart as us, but we believe
we can win.
Back at Team Shamrock, we see the team golfing. Solomon called
this "bull****". He doesn't like golf.
At the house, Kendall Grove and Solomon Hutcherson have formed
a mini alliance or team called "Team Dagger". They are doing
this so that they can get to the finals together. Rory is a
neat freak and hates the fact most of the house are a bunch of
slobs. Ed Herman calls him neurotic and he won't let him get
away with anything.
We see a training session with Team Shamrock. He tells
everyone what he believes their weaknesses are. Ross Pointion
has a bad ground game, and they don't take him seriously.
Back with Team Ortiz, Rory was picked first in the
middleweights. He is ready to fight anyone. Ed is drinking
heavily with Josh. He talks trash and gives info to Josh,
because he was friends before him. He told everyone, "I am the
best fighter here. To Tito: "You don't want me on your bad
side, bro. You f'd up." Solomon said Rory is afraid of the
"big, bad wolf" meaning him. Solomon had a Matrix like dream
with lots of Rorys cleaning dishes and he beat all of them up.
Fight Announcement: Team Ortiz member Kendall Grove v. Team
Shamrock Member Ross Pointon.
Ed said he and Solomon were pumped but Tito isn't stupid. He
will wait to end to fight us. Tito admits he is pissed he
didn't pick Ed first. "I didn't know him, but now I do. I
messed with Ed's head. I looked straight at him when I picked
Ross. I will pick him last."
Ross said he is going to smash his face in. He trash talks and
said he is going to the finals. Kalib said Ross is his own
man, but his burden is "working with him and his weaknesses."
Tait said Ross's ego makes it hard to teach him. Solomon said
Ross trains his way and his "confidence is an obstacle in his
learning. He is thickheaded." Ross said everyone thinks he is
stubborn, but he is taking it all in.
Team Ortiz and we get know about Kendall. He grew up with 3
brothers and 3 sisters. He got the nickname "Spider" because
he is 6'6", and lanky. Respect is big in Hawaii. He can't wait
to fight and represent Maui, Hawaii.
Ross said he doesn't have to do mich to win this fight. Tait
said Ross didn't want to hear anything from his teammates
about cutting weight. He weighed 199 and was eating pizza. The
next day, he lost 8 pounds to 191. People underestimate him,
Ross said. Kalib is cutting Christian's hair and Ross couldn't
wait for people to go with him to cut more weight. Ross thinks
he is alone is doing this.
Michael helped Kendall cut weight. Kendall felt good
Ken passes by Tito's team outside the gym. Kendall noticed the
legit hatred between Ken and Tito. Tito explained a story that
Ken blew off a kid asking for an autograph. Thats once of the
reasons why he hates him.
Ken busts on Ross in the sauna as he is wearing a heavy suit.
He has been in martial arts for 8 years and is well rounded.
He loves to strike and is ready.
Weigh In Time. Both Ross and Kendall make weight at 185. Ken
is not worried about Ross. He is tough. Tito said Ross is
going to get choked or knocked out. "This match is tailor made
match for us to win."
Team Shamrock training session. He said resting is as good as
working hard. Ross jokes he went to Middleweight to get away
from the tall guys and he gets Ross at 6'6" and he is 5'8". "I
can't get away from them!" Kristian is not sure who will win.
It is hard to predict. Ed said he hopes Ross will win, but
Kendall will win.
Team Ortiz training session. Kendall wants to open his own
school in Hawaii. He started 4 years ago and wants to be a
role model. He started mopping mats in the gym and still does
it. If he gets the contract, he won't clean them anymore.
Michael said Ross is looking for a lucky punch. Josh said Ross
has no big tool box. Kendall has him outmatched.
At the house, Solomon sells out Ross and gives Kendall some
information on him. "Kendall is going to run right through
him." Ross said "smashing Kendall's face in will float his
boat. No one has ever beat me up before." He has his own game
plan. Michael notices Ross is eating a lot of food the night
before the fight. Solomon joked he would be clogged eating
pizza the night before a fight. Kendall wants to shut Ross up,
and it will be nice and peaceful when he is gone.
Fight Day. Kendall said he is never nervous until 5 minutes
before a fight. Ross said he is in this for himself, his
daughter and his friends back in the UK. Ross and Kendall do
the last minute prep and trash talk. Kendall is introduced
first from Maui, HI. Ross is next from Northhampton in the
TALE OF THE TAPE
28 AGE 23
5'8" HT 6'6"
70'5" REACH 76.5"
4-6 RECORD 7-3
The referee is Steve Mazzerotti. The ring girl shows the ring
sign and we are underway:
At 4:17 Kendall takes Ross down. Ross tried to stand up, and
eventually gets up at 3:26. At 2:57 Ross throws a wild punch
and Kendall takes him down again. Ross is winded as hell. Ross
down again at 1;40 and at 1:16 Kendall makes Ross tap with a
rear naked choke. Kendall Grove advances for Team Ortiz and
gets $5,000 for his submission win.
Time for the Amp'd Mobile Fight Recap:
Dana White said the fight went exactly as he thought it would.
Kendall went in and really wanted the fight stopped in the
first round. Tito said Kendall did an awesome job. Shamrock
said Ross knew how to fight but he didn't defend. Kendall said
he knew it was his fight. He knew Ross didn't want to fight
after the first minute of the right. "That's all folks!" Tito
tells his team he is going to pick apart Shamrock one by one.
They do a "Team Punishment" chant. Solomon, however calls it a
win for "Team Dagger."
Michael consoles Ross and said it was said to see him go. Ross
is upset and "it won't be the last of him."
Next week, the 2nd light-heavyweight fight and Ortiz still has
control with a 2-1 lead in fights so far.
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
Host: Dana White
Coaches: Ken Shamrock & Tito Ortiz
EP: Craig Piligian, Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta,
Dana White, Kevin Kay
Packager: Pilgrim Films and Television; Zuffa, LLC; Spike
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