The Ultimate Fighter: Season 10 – Episode 9: “Rattled”

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Updated: November 11, 2009
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It totally sucks that I missed last week’s fight, but I was seriously sick and slept right through it. Leave it to me to sleep through one of the best fights.

Previously, Matt Mitrione was rocked hard in his win, and Marcus Jones gave Team Rampage their only victory. Now the quarterfinals begin and Justin Wren takes on Roy Nelson. Can Wren score another big upset??

Tonight, the show just seems tense to start. Team Rashad, with its 7 wins, pulls up to the gym. The problem for Rashad is how do you train 7 teammates to fight each other? This has never happened on the show before. They decide to start some with some individual work with the coaches, and then they’ll do their cardio as a group. Basically, the coaches will be hands off and they’ll just be getting in their workouts. It is a little strange to see opponents training virtually side-by-side, and Justin does admit to peaking in on Roy’s training. Roy equates it to fighting a friend and wanting to get it over with.

Oh boy, Matt. He says that his fight rattled his brain a bit and seems ditzier than ever. Though Justin believes he’s just milking it. Even in the van, Matt looks like he’s “passing out”. When they get home, Matt claims his head got worse and that he was dry-heaving. Dr. Brendan diagnoses it as a concussion. And then the K word gets thrown out there….*sigh* I wish they would just stop playing this “Kimbo might come back” game.

At Team Rampage training, Kimbo is shown while Rampage talks about the hopes of bringing Kimbo back. Kimbo then refers to himself as a “fight contractor.” (wtf?) Claims when he puts his “hatemakers” on you, you’re a “Dundadda.” (I repeat wtf?) Then news comes back that Matt was taken to the hospital and is not back yet. But Rashad is not worried about Kimbo coming back and instead finds the prospect exciting.

Tiki and Rampage then come rolling up in the parking lot looking like they’re up to something. To comment on Rashad’s “cocky attitude” they decide to feed up several chickens and leave them in the other guys’ backseats. Now that’s just wrong.

When the guys come out, they’re scratching their heads at first, but Rashad actually laughs at it (well, at first). However as Rashad puts it, not only are they smelly and nasty, they crapped all over the car! They proceed to open up the doors and let them out, and a chicken-chase ensued with Rashad and Tiki sitting in their truck yukking it up. Bottom-line though, Rampage’s joke backfired! Rashad actually seemed happy AND he got a better rental car! Rampage claims he will not give up on his pranks!

Back at the house, Matt is back, but is tight-lipped about his medical condition. He leaves Team Rampage scratching their heads as he wanders around cluelessly. Later that night, Dana shows up at the house, surprising the guys. When asked about how he’s feeling, Matt says he’s fine and wants to fight. The doctor has cleared him, so he’s good to go (though Scott Junk makes it known that he’s ready and willing to take Matt’s place — did he really need to touch that welt, it was nasty!). But Dana says that they will still have the doctors keep an eye on him just in case. There’s no way they’ll take a chance on a possible head injury.

In weighing on tonight’s fight, James believes that Wren will win, but Kimbo points out that Roy is well-trained and has all the tools needed to win. Justin, on the other hand, he says is the fat guy who gets caught by his mother eating powdered doughnuts and lying about it. Ok, that was wrong. Funny, but wrong!

At the weigh-ins, Dana jokes that Roy loves Roy more than anyone else and he’s waiting to be impressed by him. However, he was impressed with Justin’s first fight. Rashad is expecting the unexpected, because both guys are similar. Marcus doesn’t even wanna call it because Justin is just so likeable.

FIGHT DAY

Both guys are getting ready and talk about their mutual respect. But what it comes down to is youth versus experience.

ROUND 1

Wren strikes first with short jabs. Nelson just feels him out. Wren with a jab combo. Wren then charges at him with a couple strikes, but is blocked. Wren attacks again and has Nelson backing up. They wrestle against the cage, and Nelson is in control in the clinch. Nelson gets in some nasty knees. The ref restarts them. Finally Nelson strikes with some jabs which Wren returns backing Nelson up. Against the cage, Wren gets in a knee. Back in the center, they exchange more short jabs. Wren tries an overhand right but is blocked. Nelson sneaks in some jabs to the face, but Wren gets one in too that slightly rattles Nelson. They have a couple more short exchanges, but continuously circle each other. Nice leg kick from Nelson. Wren aggresses again and lands some nice shots to Nelson’s head. Another exchange with a leg kick from Nelson. Wren goes after Nelson and misses as the round ends.

ROUND 2

Nelson starts the round with a quick jab, but Wren is quick to return it. Wren goes with a combo and finishes with a leg kick. Wren with another set of jabs has Nelson backpedaling. More similar exchanges from the first round. Nice overhand from Wren is countered by Nelson’s left hook. HUGE swing and miss from Wren. Wren seems to be swinging wildly, but not landing much. Wren charges at Nelson and pins him against the cage, but Wren falls back and Nelson lets him back up. A good exchange has them clinching against the cage briefly, but they wind up back in the center. Nelson is now landing more shots, but he seems tired. Wren comes at Nelson with several good shots. Both seem tired. Great leg kick from Nelson leads to more solid exchanges. Powerful shot to Wren’s face. A good shot from Wren has Nelson doubled over into a clinch, but nothing comes of it. They stand back up and dance as the round ends.

Many guys call for a third round, which I would agree with, but I see that it’s only 10:57 :(
And the judges say it’s over — Rashad is shocked, as it should have been a third round fight.

Dana says that Roy was being destroyed by Justin in the first round (destroyed? HARDLY, Dana, seriously). But in the second round, Rashad noticed that Roy really picked it up and dominated Justin.

Winner: Roy Nelson via Majority decision

Before they even made the announcement, I called this one. I don’t know what fight Dana was watching, but I could’ve seen the first round going either way. If I were a judge, I would have given it to Justin, but it was not a dominating round for him. However, Roy completely controlled the second round. He won that round decisively. Without a third round, I could totally see the judges giving the fight to Roy.

A tearful Justin is disappointed in himself and expresses his regret about his choices during the fight. Roy then goes to Dana, asking if he made the fight more exciting. But, of course, Dana is his typical ass-self. Clearly Dana just DOES NOT like Roy. I get it, he’s not really marketable. But to badmouth him all season is just not right.

Next week: Matt’s health is questionable again, so all eyes are on Kimbo. Rampage and Rashad go head to head in the coaches’ challenge (volleyball…nice!). And Brendan Schaub is set to take on Jon Madsen in the next quarterfinal fight.

26 Comments

  1. Scooby-Doo

    November 11, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Like I said D. White is F@#K'n up the MMA landscape with this show !!!! Why did'nt you just sign the HW from Pride (That u Bought years ago?)or You should have got the ones from Affliction, Cage rage ,King of the cage,etc…. Why are putting this sad buch of so-called fighters(maybe a few are ok) on the air and cutting film to make it look good. Put some F!#@ING Fights together quit this BS Reality crap!!

  2. Ryan S

    November 11, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I thought Justin looked pretty good on his feet. He was throwing nothing but bombs, but they started to get sloppy in the second round. I wish we could have seen his ground game, I didn't get to see his fight Wes Simms. I think we will see Justin Wren in the UFC. Roy Nelson seems to have a good chin.

  3. Nichole Lesniak

    November 11, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    I agree that Justin was swinging hard, but he was doing much damage with them. I was really hoping that either of them would take it to the ground, but at least for Justin it was probably smart not to.

  4. Nichole Lesniak

    November 12, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Scooby – I agree that this season is lacking in quality fighters, but you can't put the blame on the show. The previous 9 seasons were successful in creating marketable, quality fighters. One bad season out of 10 isn't all that bad.

  5. Scooby-Doo

    November 12, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Come on war when one of the winner's of the show fights a real fighter who has fought his way into the sport the hardway. Always look bad Rashad was exposed by Machida.Bisbing looked SCARED against Hendo.Griffin got tapped on the chin with a jab by a spider lol. Bonner WTF (so called runner up to ass whoppings). OK maybe one or two Sanchez/Diaz.The fighters who look good coming into the sport are the guys who don't get picked and did'nt win the tuf show. I know there is a button ,but when love the sport you gotta to see wass happinggg homez. I don't think its ignorant stuff.

  6. roy

    November 12, 2009 at 3:56 am

    danas hate for roy is getting stupid, i bet the only way he is in the ufc is if he wins the whole show but kimbo will be in with a first round loss, thats another reason this season sucks not just the bad fights but the bs and doudle standards of dana showing.

  7. Shogun of Harlem

    November 12, 2009 at 4:24 am

    roy i agree

  8. Hall

    November 12, 2009 at 5:28 am

    I agree wid WAR SHOGUN I personaly have used the power button the last 4 weeks and it sounds like I havnt missed a damn thing, thank GOD for on and off switches

  9. CobraClutch

    November 12, 2009 at 5:46 am

    I agree with the one judge that scored it 19-19. I think Justin won the first round by harder strikes and octagon control. To me, it wasn't very close at all. Same with the 2nd round, but flipped. Roy easily won that one. But I do agree with Dana that if it went to a 3rd round, Justin might have been too gassed to finish strong enough to win. So, the right guy won anyways.

    This brings us to another sad reoccurrance. What the hell is wrong with all these fighters where they can't last even TWO rounds??? How are these guys going to compete in "real" three-round competition if they keep getting gassed by the end of round 1? Maybe they need to do some more road work in the sun out there in Vegas, and let the fighters out of the house to train extra time.

  10. CobraClutch

    November 12, 2009 at 5:54 am

    scooby. yes calm down. you Dana bashers really need to learn that if it wasn't for the UFC and Spike's reality show, then MMA would not be where it is today. I ain't a "nut hugger" but facts are facts. These things have helped propel the sport forward, onward, and upward.

    They don't just grab guys off the street for the show. You have to have professional fights under your belt, and you have to compete in open tryouts (except this season, but that's obviously different). A lot of these guys can just go right into the UFC, but the show is interesting, and it's fun to watch a competition. It's not like these are the scrubs who get a "Rocky's chance" shot at the MMA spotlight. It's a bonus to the UFC. You have to out-perform all the others in the open tryouts, win your fight to get into the house (not all seasons, and not this season), and you have to win three rounds of fighting to get the contract.

    That's good enough for me to see that they deserve to be in the UFC. That's fighting the hard way to me. Certainly that's not the "easy" way into the UFC. Can YOU do that, Scooby? No. So give these guys some credit, overall, for making sacrifices and doing the best they can.

  11. T.R.

    November 12, 2009 at 6:54 am

    this season sux a big donkey.

  12. dm7953

    November 12, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Something is wrong when the fighters are gassed 1/2 way through round 1. No road work? Poor diet? Hands on hips in the 1st round? These guys are supposed to be in shape by now. It's kind of sad really to watch the fights this season.

  13. Shogun of Harlem

    November 12, 2009 at 7:41 am

    This season just sucks. Roy Nelson moves pretty quick for his size. By looking at him you would think he is nothing.

    I really dont like roys strategy that he is playing on the show. He is doing just enough to win these fights. He is not pushing himself in these fights at all. With last night’s fight he let that guy get gassed.

    I am waiting for the real roy to show up in the cage. He has been holding back alot. He is playing this competition safe, to safe. He is planning to be in his best shape if he goes to that final fight.

  14. WAR SHOGUN

    November 12, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Scooby Doo calm down… How can you say that D White is “F@#K’n up the MMA landscape with this show” ? I know the fights hasn’t been the most exiting ones… but hats MMA for you, not every fight ends with a KO and D. White has nothing to do with it. Oh and FYI there’s a little button on your remote that says POWER, press it it will prevent you from watching TUF … if you don’t like it don’t watch it, don’t say nothing about it if your gonna post ignorant stuff.

  15. Duh

    November 12, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Once again this season sucks and all the fighters suck. Marcus maybe can be a good figher

  16. Shogun of Harlem

    November 12, 2009 at 10:00 am

    It is sad but heavy weights it seems to be in worse cardio shape than the other weight classes. They dont have to worry about making weight as much as the other weight classes.

    Look at the bellies on these guys.

  17. shawn

    November 12, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    another fat boy bullsh*t fight!!! if Roy keeps winning it will make Dana look like a dumb*ss more than ever!

  18. Rayburn

    November 13, 2009 at 12:36 am

    The problem is these are chubby middleweights posing as heavyweights. A real professional heavyweight worthy of the UFC is lean in shape and talented. Roy has not improved much since his ifl days.

    Fedor > Lesnar > Cain > Congo > Rothwell > Nelson

  19. Mikey

    November 13, 2009 at 1:12 am

    I would add Carwin > Cain

  20. Nichole Lesniak

    November 13, 2009 at 6:50 am

    @ CobraClutch

    I disagree that Justin had harder strikes – he just had more. I thought that rounded was more of a draw. But you're right, a third round would've ended in a Justin loss anyway. And I also agree that these guys ALL need to work on their cardio! How could ex-football players not go 10 minutes???

    And I COMPLETELY agree about Dana and what this show has done for the sport. However, I don't think they have to have professional fights under their belt. I believe Wes Shivers was 0-0 to start.

    @ Rayburn –

    Roy has already said he's not giving it 100% and is saving it for the finale. Makes sense to me.

    And for all of you who keep saying the season sucks – WHY ARE YOU STILL WATCHING IT THEN? Take your bashing elsewhere.

  21. CobraClutch

    November 13, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Nichole, I thought Justin had Roy in trouble there for a minute against the cage, and Roy never had Justin in trouble, but unless there's a tap, it's all subjective, right? :)

    I got the pro requirement from their open audition call. Their notes said that you had to have at least one professional fight on record. Maybe it's different if you're with a reputable fight club (like ATT or Lion's Lair?). But Wes Shivers has a 2-1 pro record. :)

    I do completely agree, though…if you guys don't like it, then don't watch. If you don't like the UFC and think their cards suck, then don't pay for it. If you hate Dana and don't want him to be successful, then don't follow the UFC.

    All this whining and bitching really needs to stop. Are you guys MMA fans and tough guys, or are you little girls in the sewing circle? Come on, guys…let's talk MMA and have real conversations here.

  22. CobraClutch

    November 13, 2009 at 7:16 am

    *Lion's Den. Oops. hahaha.

  23. CobraClutch

    November 13, 2009 at 7:24 am

    And as an aside, if they DON'T bring Kimbo back after all this teasing all season long…..I will be pissed. But I'll still watch…I just won't bitch about it on the forums….but know I'll be out there….pissed. hahaha.

  24. Nichole Lesniak

    November 13, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Cobra – you are absolutely right and that's why ya never leave it in the hands of the judges!

    I dunno why, but I remember in the first episode when Shivers fought, they showed him as 0-0. Odd.

    But I disagree…with all this teasing, if they bring Kimbo back, I'm gonna puke! lol

  25. steve

    November 13, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I cant believe im saying this but I agree with Dana White about Roy Nelson. He would have won the 3rd but he is lucky that Wren gassed. If he doesnt he knocks roy out. Roy has not looked to sharp standing as of late and he looks fatter than ever. He is so cocky its not even funny. I hope he loses by vicious KO. Then we will see what he has to say. His training is getting as fat as possilbe I guess. He will get Crushed by a top 5 HW. He might be able to win a boring fight against guys who have no real experience fighting against B lvl fighters. A couple of these guys can make it to the ufc and stay for a couple years but who? I am still not sure if any can pose a real threat ever.

  26. CobraClutch

    November 13, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    It's weird…I saw that, too, and on Sherdog he's listed as 0-0, but this site:

    Link

    Has him listed as 2-1 and has fight videos, too.

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