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"The Comeback Begins" - August 17
 
"Don't call it a comeback..." -LL Cool J

16 fighters who have had their shot in the UFC and limited success return for another shot at glory! The winners of each weight class get the biggest prize of all--$100,000 and a title shot! This is Jason Block and welcome to the "Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback"!

 
This year, since we have 16 veterans we don't have trainers we have coaches. The coaches are Randy Couture, George St. Pierre, and Mark Dellagratte. We return to the UFC Training Center in Las Vegas. Dana White explains the concept of "The Comeback". Shonie Carter explained that he fought on PPV...and Matt Serra were upset that all the newbies get more recognition than he has. White explains the question that will be answered this year will be "Do you have what it takes to keep on fighting?"
 
He gathers the 16 veterans and tells them that "no bulls**t, I am excited about this season." He explains the concepts of no coaches and has the 16 fighters pick jerseys in their respective weight classes. For the Gray Team we have:
 
For the Welterweights: MATT SERRA, SHONIE CARTER, CHRIS LYTLE and DIN THOMAS. For the Middleweights: PATRICK COTE, EDWIN DEWEES, PETE SELL and SCOTT SMITH.
 
On the Blue Team we have for the Welterweights: RICH CLEMENTI, MIKE BURNETT, JEREMY JACKSON and PETE SPRATT. For the Middleweights: CHARLES MCCARTHY, GIDEON RAY, JORGE RIVERA and TRAVIS LUTTER.
 
He tell them to pick names and making their own training schedules. "Make the Most of It." We see the Grey Team train first. Shonie thinks they are the more experienced team. Matt Serra wanted revenge on Shonie because they fought before but they are professionals. We both worked hard and we make the most of it. Chris Lytle says Matt brings energy to the team. We see the Blue team Training next. Rich Clementi says, "Everyone is a tough bastard here." Mikey Burnett says, "I will do nothing half-assed. I have been through divorce and alcoholism and now I am living the life of a UFC fighter. "I am creating the future not fixing the past."
 
We get the coin toss with Team Mojo (Grey) and Team No Love (Blue). This is the same rules as last year. There is a coin toss...win and keep control. Team No Love gets control. Serra is disappointed in the toss. Welterweights are up first and the decision is 4:00 tomorrow.
 
Team Mojo Training Session. Serra says they are no egos here. Din Thomas calls Matt the leader of the Team. Shonie had to be pushed as the lead horse and it's frustrating not to keep up and for the first time in his life...he pukes. The team asked "Is he ready to fight?"
 
The fight selection is Rich Clement of Team No Love v. Shonie Carter of Team Mojo. Clementi says it's a great match for him. Shonie says they can understimate him all they want.
 
Weigh In Time. Clementi is 0-1 in the UFC. White describes his history at UFC 41. We see clips of the Feb 28, 2003 fight of Clementi v. Yves Edwards where Clementi gets choked out. Clementi calls this opportunity a "redemption for himself". Clementi weighs in with the NV Athletic Commission watching at 171.

Shonie Carter's history is a lot more colorful. He is from Chicago. He is a 5 Time World Champion, but none in UFC. He debuted at UFC 24 v. Gunn. Then he was in UFC 26 v. Serrano. Then in UFC 31 he fought his teammate Matt Serra, with 20 seconds left in the fight...Shonie hits a spinning backfist that knocks Serra down and Matt loses. He dropped off the map and comes back at UFC 53 and loses to Nate Quarry...he has a few losses in a row. He weighs in at 171. "It's about damn time. I have been shot at, knifed, and had an iron skillet thrown at me. Do you think I am afraid of him?" Clementi says he will get into the finals.
 
At the UFC House, Shonie spray paints the UFC Steel logo. Din Thomas--"Does he want to fight on be on TV?" Matt Serra said he needs to stay in focus.
 
Training Session Team Mojo...Serra says Shonie has over 200 fights but needs direction..we need to discuss strategy.
 
Fight Day: "You will enjoy the fight" Shonie says...and Serra will be in his corner. Clementi is on his game more than he is. We see the usual last minute prep and trash talk.
 
Clementi is fighting out of Slidell, LA. Carter is out of Chicago, IL

Tale of the Tape:
 
CARTER                     CLEMENTI
34            Age                30
5'9            HT                5'9
73"           Reach            72"
81-15-8     Record          33-10-1
 
John McCarthy is our referee. The Old Spice Red Zone Clock is on:
 
Round 1:
 
Feeling out until 4:20 in the round where Clementi takes Carter down. Carter gets out at 4:00. At 3:15 Carter is back in the center. 2:50 there was an exchange of kicks and punches. Carter takes Clementi down at 1:50. Carter grounds and pounds and Clementi gets up at 0:34. The 1st round ends with Clementi and Carter against the wall of the cage.
 
Round 2:
 
Clementi with an immediate takedown at 4:50. Clementi is on top of Carter--Carter excapes and reverses. He pounds away and he dominates Clementi as Clementi gets up at 0:56. The fight ends and we have a 10 minute war.
 
The recap is by Amp'd Mobile. Shonie says Clementi didn't like the roundhouse kick. Clementi thought Carter was effortless in escaping the holds. And by unanimous decision the winner is SHONIE CARTER!!!! Team Mojo is up 1-0. Dana White said Shonie owes Matt for coaching him to the win, and he consoles Clementi. Clementi feels he has nothing to be ashamed of. He didn't roll over for anybody.
 
The comeback has just started...who will be the first middleweight on his way to a title shot? 
 
 

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