The Ultimate Fighter: Season 10 – Episode 5: “Rude Awakening”



Last week on the show, Matt gave up valuable info from Team Rashad that forced them to change tactics. In the end it didn’t matter though, as Brendan gave the team their fourth straight win.

Tonight’s show starts with training for Team Rashad, who is 4-0, not that Rashad wants to brag (of course he gives credit to the coaches. Poor Team Rampage doesn’t have as good coaches). During practice, big Matt rolls and hurts his arm, but with his football player mentality, he tries to ignore it. In his head, he thinks that if he gets a cortisone shot, he’ll be fine. The older, wiser, Rashad tries to talk him out of it, knowing that it won’t last. But meathead Matt won’t listen.

Shortly after, Marcus arrives at the gym and Team Rashad is still there hanging out. As he walks in, Rashad jokes with him, offering him a spot on his team. But then Rashad also lets on that Marcus will probably be fighting soon. This just elates Marcus. We’ll see how long his happiness lasts. At Rampage’s training session, poor Rampage is feeling sorry for himself over his 4 losses, claiming it’s even affecting his sex life. Oh wah!

As they are training, all eyes seem to be on Rampage’s last choice, Zak. Even though he’s quite large and a wrestler, he doesn’t seem to be doing well with the grappling. Down on his back, he looks like a turtle stuck in place. Rampage admits that his hopes won’t be too high if Zak is picked for the next fight. At the house, it turns out that Zak is the butt of jokes there too. As he is accused by Sims of leaving behind a “family of Jensens” in the shower, several guys comment that Zak is just very sensitive and can’t take a joke. He kind of casts himself out of the group.

Back at the gym, Matt tries his hand at training even with his arm hurt. With his side all wrapped up, he is still hopeful to fight next. Rashad just thinks he’s crazy. Matt promises Rashad a win, but still complains that his shoulder hurts. The coaches doubt his motivation for being there in the first place. They really don’t believe he’s there to fight, but just to be there.

When Team Rampage arrives, Shivers tells Rampage about the shower incident, but what can Rampage do but shake his head? Next thing Rampage knows, he looks over at the guys training and suddenly sees that Zak passed out! Not sure if he just didn’t tap out in time, Rampage is even embarrassed for him.

So the next shot we see is Matt playing basketball in the pool. Several guys notice how one minute it hurts, and the next he’s training or playing. The general consensus seems to be that he’s faking it so that he’ll be picked to fight last. Everyone else just wants to see him fight to prove himself. At training, Matt and Roy are rolling around and all Rashad can do is watch how well Matt’s shoulder is moving around…hmmm. When the coaches call for the guys together for drills, Matt asks if he could ice his shoulder. But Rashad calls his bluff and tells him that he looked like he was moving fine. Matt’s excuse? He’s sore and was just concerned. (And what was with the He-Man rant???)

In the Team Rampage van, poor Zak gets ragged on again about the whole masturbating thing. But Zak claims he’ll just shrug it off and just answer in the cage…

And that leads us up to the next fight announcement (which Rashad is starting to enjoy a little too much!) in which Justin Wren will fight Wes Sims. Rashad doesn’t see Sims as a threat, but Rampage is just desperate for a win. Marcus, who clearly thought he was going to fight next, starts walking around the gym all pouty. When Rashad finally corners him, Marcus claims that he had his word (which he didn’t), but he’s pissed regardless. Rut roh!

Justin Wren, who trains under Travis Lutter, feels like this will be a youth vs. experience matchup. While he recognizes that Sims has far more experience, he also feels like he is more well-rounded than Sims. Using his youth to his advantage, he feels like he can keep the pressure on Sims.

Wes Sims, however, just wants to make things exciting. As a former fighter in the UFC, Kimbo gives the fight to Sims just based on his experience. Of course, the conversation then turns to Kimbo who wants to fight again and is looking for any way possible to do it (shoving Wes Sims down the stairs? Hmmm…). Sims then goes on to pooh-pooh Justin’s wrestling by saying that he has trained with the best. And just when I thought he couldn’t get goofier, he feels the need to lift his shirt to show off his killer bod….yuck.

At the weigh-ins, Justin strips down to his lovely purple bikini briefs and comes in at 247.5. Not to be outdone, Wes shows off his own black banana hammock. I’m glad I didn’t eat before watching this.


Justin admits that this is probably the biggest fight of his life, but imagines there will be bigger fights to come. He claims to feel less pressure for this fight, which makes sense as he has less to prove.

Wes promises not to disappoint Dana and the Fertitta’s. He seems to just be happy to be back. All he wants is to “put an ass whoopin’ down.” “The jungle, reality, the cage. They’re all home.” Dude, maybe they should have psych evaluations before this show…


(BTW — is it just me, or is Dana getting fat?)

Right away Wren goes for a takedown and pins Sims up against the cage. Sims nails Wren with some nasty foot stomps. To counter, Wren gets in some knees. They separate and after a weak exchange, Wren gets Sims down on his back. He starts in side control, landing some nice shots and eventually works into a full mount. Wren wraps his arms around Sims’s neck and switches back to side control for the choke. Wren has his arms wrapped around tight, but Sims refuses to tap as he turns purple. Finally, the ref stops the fight.

Winner: Justin Wren via Submission (side choke)

Once again, Rashad notices that Rampage and his team are not in the cage checking on Sims, so he goes in to look after the still dazed fighter. Justin is thrilled with his win, as he should be. Now, Team Rashad is up 5-0. Their dream of 8-0 is looking more and more realistic.

Team Rampage files into their locker room and the coaches can’t figure out why their guys aren’t winning. Dana sees it as the team just not connecting with them, but Rampage puts on no airs about being a coach. In yet another heated exchange with Rashad, he tries to defend his coaching “skills.” He doesn’t feel he needs to be in the cage after the fight, and feels that he’s doing things right. (It has to do with him not going to prison? Huh?) Come on…when are these two just gonna throw down??

Next week: Rampage starts running his mouth again and he and Darrill nearly get into a little tussle. And yet again, poor Zak becomes a target in the house. But what’s worse? An injury could put Kimbo back in the mix. Please say it ain’t so!


  1. shawn

    October 14, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    this is the worst season yet. every fight so far sucked! this shit isn't worth watching. man they don't even know the name of choke hold that won the fight last night!(side choke?) try arm triangle dumb asses!!!!!!!!!

  2. Nichole Lesniak

    October 14, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Really? Herb Dean doesn't know what he's doing?

  3. Curva Adelante

    October 14, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Shawn – You are a butthead!

    Arm Triangle Choke when done from the side is often termed a side choke.

    Look it up and learn something.

    And – who the hell cares about the terminology!?!? FIGHT!

  4. zack

    October 14, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Wes Sims sure is a character…


    October 15, 2009 at 12:11 am

    yeah i kinda liked ol Wes till i saw him fight or try to fight…. he sure didnt look like much … didn't he say he trained with Courture or somebody or something .. sure didn't show me much … so far the fights looked like the fights on shotime xc or what ever that crap is

  6. Nichole Lesniak

    October 15, 2009 at 12:35 am

    He said he trained with Coleman…. there is just something not right in the head with that guy. He's funny, yeah, but almost in a creepy way.

  7. Joe Smith

    October 15, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Shawn, before you talk shit, you should know what you're talking about. hahaha.

  8. roy

    October 15, 2009 at 2:06 am

    i remember he used to be called wes the project sims, coleman thought he was going to turn him into the champ one day.

  9. Joe Smith

    October 15, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Who else is getting tired of the over-hype and lies? The preview spot for this show said, "See the result that no one saw coming!" And with Kimbo they were like this was the biggest fight on TV!!! Then afterwards Dana says, "Yeah, the fights on this season sucks so far, but all the rest are amazing! This is the best season, yet!" Oh, yeah? When is this season going to start being the "best, yet?"

    You guys know I'm always defending Dana and the show, but I have to admit that doubt is creeping into my mind that this season is ever going to be watchable in the future. I wish I could just fast-forward to the final fight and be done with the drama.

    But I DO wanna see Big Baby Marcus fight. I have high hopes….just hope he doesn't tap out to a SIDE CHOKE in the first minute.

  10. Tbone

    October 15, 2009 at 3:04 am

    TUF 10 sucks, The Ruins has better fighting on it then the ulitmate fighter.

  11. Nichole Lesniak

    October 15, 2009 at 4:38 am

    My god, people, it's not that bad! You make it seem like you're watching Legally Blonde or something! Yeah, these guys aren't as good as in previous seasons, but it's still pretty entertaining. Just watching all this different personalities clash, and watching the big guys gas is fun to watch. I especially enjoyed seeing Kimbo not live up to his hype.

    If you don't like it, change the freakin' channel and stop bitching about it in here.

  12. roy

    October 15, 2009 at 4:47 am

    its not that bad- its pretty bad

    Legally Blonde- might be better

    big guys gas is fun to watch- boring to watch

    enjoyed seeing Kimbo not live up to his hype. -what hype that he sucks? i thought he did better than i expected so far he dosn't look any worse than the other guys and he fought the best guy in the house.

    i keep watching hoping something good is going to happen but i keep getting let down.i won't give up yet but it has been pretty lackluster.

  13. zack

    October 15, 2009 at 6:02 am

    I think on all the other seasons of TUF there has been a couple of guys on the show that you knew were going to be really good and going to do well in the UFC after the show was over. On this season there really hasn't been a clear cut person that has shown that they could do well against the current UFC HW's.

    Yeah, the fights so far have been sort of lackluster. But Rampage still continues to crack me up each week. That entertainment alone is enough for me.

  14. steve

    October 15, 2009 at 6:13 am

    The best part of the whole season was seeing kimbo get the better of roy nelson forcing him to shoot for a taedown. Since kimbo was ko'd by Seth in 7 seconds. I guess kimbo proved it was a fluke. Other than that I dont see anyone growing into a serious contender. They are all 1 dimensional really.


    October 15, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Ramp is funny tho… the way he says things ..then looks at ya .. good stuff ….Rashad is the asshole i always thought he was …and i am not sure big Marcus has much but… i might be wrong

  16. Nichole Lesniak

    October 15, 2009 at 9:04 am

    @ roy –

    It's no worse than the Junie season.

    I'm a chick and even I know Legally Blonde is crap. And the fact that you even said maybe about about it means that I can no longer take you seriously. Next thing you'll be saying is that you like High School Musical.

    Uh, did you live under a rock this season? People were hyping Kimbo to not only beat Nelson, but to make it pretty far. And the only one who looked worse than Kimbo was Shivers.

    @ zack – I agree about the Rampage factor. Although I was kinda disappointed that he didn't really say anything too off the way this week. I wanted a Rampage-ism to add to the list!

    @ steve – huh? Are you implying that Kimbo's loss to Seth was a fluke? Please tell me you're being sarcastic…

    @ WHODINI – Rampage is nuts. He says crazy things and with a straight face! He scares me! But I disagree about Rashad. Before this season I disliked them both equally, but Rashad is growing on me. He seems to be a good guy, and he's definitely the better coach.

  17. Tbone

    October 15, 2009 at 9:54 am


  18. Ryan S

    October 15, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I dont think the problem is that these guys suck, I think most are just not as experienced as the fighters on the other seasons. I.E. Kimbo and all the ex-football players.

  19. Tbone

    October 15, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Worst season ever and it should be cancelled. No fighter on the show would last 1 min in the UFC.

  20. Nichole Lesniak

    October 15, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Umm, Tbone – Wes Sims already did.

    If you don't like it, why are you watching it? And why are you reading the recap?

  21. dane drebin

    October 15, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    i agree nicole it might be one of the worst seasons but its still better than 90 percent of the shit shows they have on tv

  22. roy

    October 16, 2009 at 2:23 am

    It’s no worse than the Junie season.- fight wise yes it is

    even said maybe about about it means that I can no longer take you seriously- the fact that you think these fights or fighters are good i can't take your mma views serious anymore.

    Uh, did you live under a rock this season? People were hyping Kimbo to not only beat Nelson, but to make it pretty far. And the only one who looked worse than Kimbo was Shivers. – who?everyone i know said roy was the fav and kimbo would lose his first fight. kimbo won some fans over and they where hoping he did well was all i saw and to me he has looked better than everyone but nelson who beat him. not saying he would beat the wrestlers who have fought but they have not been impressive at all.

  23. roy

    October 16, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Umm, Tbone – Wes Sims already did. yeah years ago and today he would not last a minute.

  24. Nichole Lesniak

    October 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Even fight-wise it's no worse. Only one good fighter came out of that season.

    I didn't say they were good. Where did I say that? I just said the season isn't as bad as you're making it out to be.

    Apparently you don't read watch TV much. Spike has been promoting Kimbo nonstop. Hell, they even keep implying that he's coming back. I never said that Roy wasn't the favorite, or even that Kimbo is any good. I just said that there was and still is positive hype around Kimbo.

    Tbone just said none of them would last in the UFC. I was pointing out that one already did.

  25. asdf;lkj

    October 16, 2009 at 9:50 am

    tbone…it's setting ratings records….they're not going to cancel the show just because you don't like it. hahahaha.

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