The Ultimate Fighter: Season 10 – Episode 10: “Gut Check”



Leading up to tonight, Roy Nelson won a controversial decision over Justin Wren. Dana visited the house to check up on Matt Mitrione, causing people to wonder who might take Matt’s place versus James McSweeney. Tonight, Brendan Schaub takes on Jon Madsen.

The show begins with Team Rashad arriving at the gym for training. Rashad discusses the good energy and camaraderie the team has. But Matt breaks the happy mood by telling Rashad that he now has a migraine, has been throwing up, etc. There is serious concern over whether or not he will fight. He wants to, but it might not be wise. The words “concussion,” “swelling of the brain,” etc. are thrown around, but the doctors have not told him that he can’t fight. The coach even calls him out on it — if he really had swelling of the brain, the doctor would’ve told him he couldn’t fight. He’s clearly making it up, and the coaches question his desire to fight.

Even back at the house, the guys discuss it. James puts it perfectly, “If you can’t swim, stay out of the water.” He’s not brain-damaged, he’s not concussed. He clearly doesn’t want to fight. Scott reiterates the idea, and throws himself out as a possible replacement.

Matt is even the topic of discussion at Team Rampage training. Rampage believes that if Kimbo ends up fighting James, he can win. But…apparently he was rolling around with Damico and his weight did damage to his knee. Rampage knows that James will kick at his knees if they fight; James is more experienced at kicking legs than Kimbo is at not getting kicked (it’s scary, but even in Rampage-speak, that makes sense).

The next day, Brendan is preparing for his fight with James. Brendan sees stand-up as his advantage, being that Jon’s strength is wrestling. His only fear then is the takedown. As they are working out, they call Rashad in for practice, but he says he can’t help (he said previously that he wouldn’t specifically work with anyone as it’s not fair). Instead, Roy gets in and helps him out. After the workout, Brendan complains a little about who he drew to fight, but he just wants to win.

Kimbo is being seen by a doctor who tells him that he is missing cartilage that coats the bones, called a “kissing lesion”. He equates it walking around on hard pebbles without a shoe on. He has worn out the cartilage and it was replaced with fluid that needs to be drained. Kimbo seems more afraid of the needle than fighting!

And then the moment I’ve been waiting for: the coaches’ challenge, beach volleyball between two coaches who’ve never played! I love it! Teams will be Ramapge and Tiki vs. Rashad and Mike Van Arsdale. They will be playing for $10K in cash with each fighter winning $1500. Wow…where do I sign up???

The game begins and actually looks good. Team Rampage is winning to start and the guys are all pretty hyped up. Rampage is just happy that Rashad is pissed and has no smart-ass comments. No sooner does he say that that Rashad and Mike start winning Game 2. Now they are tied 1 game apiece with one more to go. Rashad and Mike take the first point, and like Dana says, Mike starts looking/acting like a pro. Game 3 is continually tied right to the end, but Team Rashad pulls it together for the win. Rampage is seriously pissed, but with pain in his face he shakes the hands of Rashad and every player. However, the peace is shortlived as Rashad “rubs” the money in Rampage’s face and it gets him all sorts of riled up.

A sad looking Kimbo discusses how disappointed he is with his knee. James offers a solution — a tub of ice-freakin-cold water. The look on Kimbo’s face as he sits in the tub is absolutely priceless. Even as he struggles to get out, James pushes him right back in. Come on, if Wanderlei Silva can do it, the Uber-Macho Kimbo can do it, no? And then jumps right into the hot tub!

Later, Jon is training, and with Rashad no less. This irks Brendan, as Rashad really didn’t do much for him. He understands that both Jon and Rashad are wrestlers, but it’s really not fair. Jon’s gameplan is to change his level frequently so that Brendan doesn’t know when he’s going to shoot. He knows that Brendan will want to keep it standing, but that’s not where he’s comfortable.

The following day, Matt strolls into the gym looking as sluggish as ever. Rashad questions him as to whether or not he wants to fight, which Matt claims he does. Rashad tells him that he doesn’t want him to do it for the wrong reasons and wonders if he thinks they’re forcing. Matt stutters a bit but finally admits that he does feel that way a little — which couldn’t be further from the truth. What it comes down to is that Matt better be 100% into it or else he could get hurt. And for Matt, he just wants to end the show and go back home….then why sign up in the first place?

Dana then decides to speak to the guys, trying to getting them to realize that their hearts need to be in this 100%. Dana will never force someone to fight if they don’t want to. If they don’t want to fight, they’re in the wrong place. He puts it well: to a real fighter, they’re invincible. There’s no question as whether or not they will fight. And Matt Mitrione is not that guy, and at the end of the day it’s up to Matt to decide whether or not he wants it, because if he doesn’t, someone does. My question is, isn’t there some sort of screening process to this show? There seems to be one of these guys EVERY season. There’s always someone who doesn’t really want to be there. Can’t they weed these guys out from the get-go?

At the weigh-in, Dana discusses each fighters’ chance at winning. Schaub is a stand up guy out of Greg Jackson’s camp while Madsen is a wrestler out of Matt Hughes’ camp. Basically, whoever can impose their will can win this fight.



No glove-touch, and Madsen almost immediately goes for a takedown which is fended off. The two dance around each other for a while (while I yawn). Finally, Madsen shoots, picks Schaub up and slams him. In Schaub’s half guard, Madsen alternates between knees and body shots. Madsen jockeys for position and Schaub tries to push him off. Schaub pushes off the cage with his feet to move them away. They are warned to advance position, but Madsen isn’t doing a whole lot. Finally they are stood back up. Schaub throws a weak jab and Madsen shoots. They clinch against the cage, where Schaub gets in a knee or two. Again, in the clinch not much happens. Schaub reverses and controls the clinch with knees and body shots. As Madsen backs up a little, Schaub lands a short jab that drops Madsen to his knees. Schaub tries to get Madsen in a guillotine, but Madsen picks up and slams Schaub. Back in half guard, Madsen lays on top while Schaub lands some body shots. Even with ground control Madsen has landed fewer shots than Schaub from his back. And the round ends dully.


They start with a weak jab exchange and more dancing. Madsen fakes a shoot, but Schaub strikes and tries to go for his neck. They clinch and jockey for position. Madsen tries to get Schaub down, but is unsuccessful. Back to their feet, neither wants to be aggressive. Schaub keeps backing Madsen up and finally inches up on him. He catches him off guard and lands a big left-right, knocking Madsen out.

Winner: Brendan Schaub via KO

Post fight, Rashad admits that Brendan was using the fence a lot and probably should’ve been penalized. He actually wondered if Brendan would be able to pull off the win, but he did it. Not the most exciting fight, but at least it was a good ending. Dana was even impressed that Brendan could overcome Jon’s wrestling.

Next week: A two-hour special with the final four fights of the season. The quarterfinals are left: Who will fight James McSweeney: Kimbo or Matt? Will Big Baby pull off a win? Then the semi-finals — who will win to fight in the finale at the Palms?

(and according to a commercial after the end of the show, there will be a Kimbo twist that no one sees coming….yeah, like we haven’t heard that one before)


  1. Mikey

    November 18, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Not like it would make a difference but Schaub grabbed the fence and Madsen's shorts enough to at least get a point deduction. Rashad didn't seem to like Schaub too much, I must have missed something before.

  2. Dane

    November 18, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    uh actually rashad trains with schuab so im pretty sure he likes him he just called it how it was he grabbed the fence a shit ton of times.

    im way glad madson lost he's the most boring fighter in that house i would rather watch paint dry then watch him fight. and i love ground fighting so thats saying something. his takedowns are pretty sick but other than that he really needs to improve his game.

  3. Curva Adelante

    November 19, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Just another booooooring TUF fight. *yawn*

  4. steve

    November 19, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Thank god the bitch wrestler got KO'd I cant stand people with no stand up that call themselves fighters. He is a wrestler trying to fight. Nice knockout to see. Love seeing him bounce of the canvas :)

  5. Nichole Lesniak

    November 19, 2009 at 12:56 am

    But steve, does that mean you hate Rashad too? How about Matt Hughes? Matt Hammill? You gotta cut Madsen a break – he's still early in his career. Plenty of time to work on his stand-up.

  6. steve

    November 19, 2009 at 1:04 am

    I hate watching any that cant stand up fight and they dont need to be on tv if they cant fight. Nobody wants to see a fucking lay on a guy. They want to see damage and fights finished. Madsen is garbage. And you named people that actaully do something with the ground game so I am not sure you understood my post. Listen I dont like seing a guy ty and win a fight with doing no damage. And if you do you might want to watch college wrestling. Hughes has subs and some ok ground and pound and he looks to improve position. rashad has some serious punching power when he is on top and Matt hamill has a ko win in his career and he tries to finish fights aswell.

  7. Donio

    November 19, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Guys c'mon is mma youre best tools set against another dude's best tools set yu cant always go for the knokout or what kinda flashy tricks.

  8. Muay Thai

    November 19, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Koscheck coming in to the Ultimate Fighter didn't do much damage to anyone. He could take people down at will but he'd just lay there. Look how he came out though.

  9. Nichole Lesniak

    November 19, 2009 at 4:26 am

    steve…maybe you should switch to boxing.

  10. CobraClutch

    November 19, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Curva – just stop watching if it bores you so much.

    steve – i understand what you're trying to say. you don't mind ground game or wrestlers if they do something on the ground. this dude just isn't that good…and he got finished. so no big deal. it's over and he lost. who cares? but to say that you don't think wrestlers should be in the sport defeats the purpose of the reason why the sport was formed in the first place.

    it's called MMA, which stands for "mixed martial arts" just so you know. that means that either there is a "mix" of the different martial arts in the cage by different opponents with different disciplines or they're mixed together by any one particular opponent. Back in the day, you had strict wrestlers vs strict jitz vs strict karate. At the end of the day, the most successful ones were either able to dominate their opponents because of their utter mastery of their craft and fighting skills (Roycie), or they have multiple strong disciplines where they can scrap, submit, or wrestle (Machida). Randy Couture didn't know shit when he came in other than wrestling, but he's adapted to the sport and became a hall-of-famer.

    I, for one, don't like to see any fighter that doesn't have a mix. You bitch about the lay-and-pray wrestlers, but what about the Kimbo types. If you get him on the ground it's over. That's just as annoying to me as the wrestler who can't strike well.

  11. CobraClutch

    November 19, 2009 at 4:43 am

    *Royce…apologies to strict BJJ enthusiasts. Hahaha. I was thinking Royce Gracie and typed a combo of the name. hahaha.

  12. BigJon

    November 19, 2009 at 11:42 am

    you guys are all comming down on steve but i totally agree with him. jon madson sucks all he does is take people down and stay in gaurd. i love a good ground fight but he fucking sucks. he doesnt even throw hands to set up his take downs. hes a giant wet blanket. steve didnt say he doesnt like people with a wrestling base he said rashad and hughes both have good ground and pound and rashad and hamil have KO power. im with steve on this one way glad that big Oger got knocked on his ass.

  13. CobraClutch

    November 19, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I am in the middle, per my long ass message above, BigJon. So, we're not ALL coming down on Steve. He's got a point, but I think he's also missing one, too. ya know?

  14. BigJon

    November 19, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    ya I see what your saying lol but I think everyone can agree madsen is a boring ass fighter.

  15. Dane

    November 19, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    i agree i was very glad he lost i thought he was gunna lay and pray his way to the finals

  16. steve

    November 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Like I said switch to college wrestling if you dont like seeing action. There is a reason the top earners in the ufc are mostly strikers. MOST people dont want to see a guy take another man down and lay on him to try and earn a decision doing nothing but laying on him. Sorry nobody is gonna change my opinion and if you think that watching that is exciting you are crazy and are kidding yourselves.

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