"Shamrock Gets Desperate" - May 4|
Team Shamrock has lost three
fights in a row...can a desperate move by Ken Shamrock fire
his team up enough to stop Team Ortiz?
We review Bisping v. Rothaermel. Starnes notes the move that
changed the fight was the knee by Bisping that opened Kristian
up. That took the life out of him. Hutcherson notes that once
people see their own blood--it's curtains for them. Herman
said Christian fought with heart.
Ortiz pumps his team by saying Team Shamrock's team confidence
is way down. "They are shooting freaking golf balls. We are
for real." They have a Team Punishment chant. Shamrock tells
his team that two rounds shouldn't be a problem. "Something
has to change. We aren't going away."
Back at the house, Solomon Hutcherson is ready to get down.
Kendall, being part of "Team Dagger" is going to do whatever
is takes to make sure he fights Rory Singer. Hutcherson says
that fight would be optimal for him. "I will crush him and put
the dog bite on him." Kendall and Solomon talk together. " I
might bleed Red, he might bleed Green, but we are Team
Training Session for Team Ortiz. Ortiz now thinks that
Shamrock will overcompensate for their lack of training and
will get pushed too hard and will be burned out. We See Team
Ortiz's punishing training session. Ortiz tells Rory that he
fighting Ed. He thought he would fight Solomon and have an
easier fight. "I have no choice in the matter." Another Team
Training Session for Team Shamrock. Shamrock said he failed
the team personally. "I am the captain of the ship and I am
going down with it...are you coming with me?" We seem them
pushed very hard and Ed Herman get bruised.
Back at the house. Dana lets us in that the house is going to
get a big screen TV and a chance to see UFC 57--Liddell v.
Couture III. He promises more surprises. There is a knock at
the door and a box is brought in. Amp'd Mobile drops off
phones for the housemates. They can see all the undercard
fights live on the phones. The finalists will get an Amp'd
Mobile phone and service for life. The fighters are pumped.
Team Shamrock trains without Shamrock who has the stomach flu.
Tait works with the team on his own. Kalib still doesn't like
Shamrock's training, but he is a nice guy.
The night of UFC 57, Noah explains and shills for Amp'd Mobile
touting the fact that they saw the undercard on the phone.
Bisping was happy to see the fights on TV. Ed is happy to see
his coach, Couture, fight. Josh trains with Couture as well.
Ed saw Couture get caught and knocked out. Couture announces
his retirement and Ed gets emotional. "Seeing him lose and
retire like that brought tears to my eyes. I am going to win
it for Randy."
Fight Announcement: Team Ortiz gets to control the fight.
Representing Team Ortiz will be Rory Singer and before he
picks the member of Team Shamrock. Ortiz again says he should
have picked Ed. So, he is going to mess with him mentally. And
he picks Solomon to fight Rory. Ortiz notices he is getting
pissed--and that's the idea. "It's Mental Warfare." He
compares it to Muhammad Ali getting into the heads of
fighters. Ed said, "Tito I will smash through your guys...I am
That is when Shamrock and Ortiz get into a verbal and then
almost physical match. Dana said all of a sudden it became a
big kindergarten with name calling and shouting. Ortiz said
"Shamrock has no confidence. I know what buttons to push...and
I push them." Everyone watches and then splits them up
physically. Shamrock said, "I had to fire up the team somehow.
If it means getting into it with Ortiz...so be it." After the
pull apart, Shamrock pulls his team together and both teams
react. Shamrock is "done with this crap" and "hates losing"
which fires up the team. Solomon says he is ready to bang.
Team Ortiz is laughing at what happened, although Bisping
sensed a new friction in the air. Solomon and Bisping get into
it verbally as well. "It got my engine running. I felt I was
in the Lion's Den."
Training Session--Team Ortiz. Rory will be 30 in May. He is
from Athens, GA and is a nursing student getting his RN. He
has been training for 6-7 years and it keeps him sane after
cleaning dirty people all day. "It keeps me sane. It's a pure
sport and a great way to blow off steam."
Back at the house, Solomon and Rory get into a trash talking
war with Bisping as the "judge". Rory said the "bamboo court"
was ridiculous. "He can talk better smack than me, but I am
not afraid of him."
Training Session Team Shamrock--The plan for Hutcherson is to
make it a street fight. They won't let him get set. No boxing,
no grappling. Solomon has been fighting for his whole life and
it saved him from prison. He was the fat kid who got picked on
and beat everyone up. "I fought long and hard for this...this
is my time to shine. I can't see myself losing to Rory."
Training Session Team Ortiz--Ortiz says that the worst part of
Rory's game is that he doubts himself. He wishes he would have
noticed that and he might have picked differently. "The only
person that can beat Rory is Rory." Rory gets into it with
Kendall for being late going home in the van.
Back at the house, Kendall sneaks training info to Solomon. He
doesn't feel guilty about doing it. "He's my boy and this
isn't a team thing." He tells Solomon about his bad ankle and
bad mental skills.
The Weigh In: Rory comes in at 186, Solomon at 185. The teams
say that this is the most anticipated fight so far, and pick
their winners. They are split. Dana thinks this was a bad
choice for Tito and likes Solomon in the fight.
Fight Day...we see the usual trash talking and last minute
prep. Rory Singer is out first. He was born in Brooklyn, NY.
Solomon Hutcherson from Racine, WI is next. Time for the Coors
Light COLD HARD FACTS:
33 Age 29
5'11" HT 6' 2 1/2"
73" Reach 77"
10-2 Record 9-5
Our Ref is Herb Dean...let's get it on!
Hutcherson attacks Singer right away and at 4:40 slams Singer
to the ground big time and goes into ground and pound mode. He
doesn't hit as much as Rory does from the
bottom(guard)position. Rory is scoring more than Hutcherson.
At 2:25 Rory Pushes off. At 2:10 Hutcherson kicks his legs
from the standing position. At 1:45 Hutcherson is back on top
of Rory. At 1:00 Dean calls for a clean break. At :45 seconds
Hutcherson bangs Singer into the fence. At :20 Seconds
Hutcherson seems gassed and the round ends.
In between rounds, Ortiz is pumping Singer up. "He is Gassed.
Look for the head kicks!" Shamrock says "He is as tired as you
are. You have 5 minutes to take it home. Don't let him take it
away from you."
At 4:42 of the second round...Singer hits Hutcherson on the
side of the head with a head kick which stuns Hutcherson. Rory
goes in for the kill and punches him with a series of lefts
and rights with no defense and Herb Dean stops the fight.
Singer wins $5,000 by knockout of Hutcherson. He advances to
Time for the Amp'd Mobile Recap:
Dana White says that Rory did what he needed to do. After the
slam, he didn't let Solomon do much damage from the top. Ortiz
says he survived the storm. Shamrock said that he pumped him
up in between rounds and his eyes opened up and he said that
he was going to win. Shamrock said the kick to the side of the
head was gutwrenching.
The kick was so stunning, Hutcherson didn't know where he was,
or if he won or lost. Shamrock explained it to him. He wasn't
happy. He said he was mad as hell that his lack of cardio cost
him the match. He said he got sloppy and he paid the price.
Kendall said that it will suck without him in the house.
Solomon said that "Team Dagger will rise from the ashes." He
also said Kendall invited him to train in Hawaii with him.
Next week, one fighter will throw in the towel. Which fighter
will leave Las Vegas and give up the dream of becoming the
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
Airs: Thursdays at 10pm ET on Spike TV
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