The Ultimate Fighter: Season 12 Episode 2: “Well-Played”

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Previously on TUF, 28 of the toughest lightweights entered the cage, but only 14 emerged to take their spots in the house. Tonight, coaches GSP and Kos choose their teams in the hopes of producing The Ultimate Fighter.

The chosen ones roll up to their new digs, and as usual are just floored by what they see. Like kids on Christmas, they run around, taking it all and choosing rooms. It isn’t long before they end up either in the pool or in the kitchen…not to mention they start sizing each up skill-wise (in particular, Jeff, the smoker/drinker). But their down time is short lived.

Before long, they are on their way back to the gym for team selection. Several weigh in on who they prefer as a coach, while the coaches rank the guys and plan their strategy for making choices. GSP plans on trying to fake Koscheck out, by making Marc Stevens’ name highly visible on his list. He hopes this will cause Kos to pick Stevens first, thereby letting GSP snag Michael Johnson. And initially, it looks like the plan is going to work. Kos wins the coin flip and chooses first fighter pick and….

He plays right into GSP’s game and picks Marc Stevens. GSP is smiling like a fox in a henhouse as he picks Michael Johnson.

And the teams are (in order in which they were picked):

Team GSP
Michael Johnson, Jonathan Brookins, Spencer Paige, Alex Caceres, Kyle Watson, Cody McKenzie, Dane Sayers

Team Koscheck
Marc Stevens, Sevak Magakian, Sako Chivitchian, Andy Main, Nam Phan, Aaron Wilkinson, Jeff Lentz

Once the teams are decided, they get right to training. GSP says that he wants to be less like a coach and more like a training partner. He wants to bring in many different coaches, such as Greg Jackson (the maestro, the strategist) and John Danaher (the encyclopedia, the smartest man GSP knows). According to GSP he chose his fighters based on their ability to be helped. To him, it’s not about him and not about him winning; it’s about the guys and how it’s their time to shine.

At Team Kos’ training, Kos thinks he has a bit of an advantage, because he himself has been through TUF before. He believes in ‘mindless training’ — listen to him and you will achieve your goals. As for his coaching staff, he believes them to be world class- Bob Cook is his head guy, capable of doing it all, in addition to Teddy Lucio (his personal boxing coach) and Daniel Cormier. He also realizes that he has been labeled (the heel of the UFC) and wants to use that as motivation. His goal: to beat GSP and to win this competition.

Next up is the first fight announcement, which is GSP’s pick. He opts to pit Alex Caceres (Bruce-Leroy) against Jeff Lentz. Apparently, Alex wanted this fight and GSP wants to keep him happy. Dana, however, was surprised at GSP’s approach at letting his guys choose their opponents. Kos has zero fear.

Back at the house, Alex is already prepping for his fight. He talks about how he got into MMA when his dad showed him “Enter the Dragon.” However, it wasn’t until he was 14 that he started wrestling and really training. Later at the gym, GSP admires Alex’s tenacity and motivation. Coach Danaher says that it’s all about control, matchup and strategy.

On the flipside, proud Jersey-boy Jeff Lentz (yay Jersey! I actually just realized that I saw Lentz fight in Jersey this past November — he’s a scrappy MF’er! Not only does the guy fight for Kurt Pellegrino, but he looks like him too!), talks about his strengths over Alex — his ground game and his ability to break Alex down to the point where he wants to go home. Kos expresses his concern over his “fighter’s diet” of coffee and cigarettes. He’s hoping Jeff can still take it seriously.

Lentz at Ring of Combat in Atlantic City, NJ - Nov 2009


Both guys are completely pumped and ready to win. Seems to me that Lentz has the motivation and will, but I can’t help but wonder if Caceres has the better skill set.

Immediately, Caceres seems more aggressive with a head kick followed by a checked knee. Lentz backs off of a big roundhouse, unfazed. Lentz charges and has control of Caceres against the cage. Neither advances much in this position, but Lentz is at least trying to better his control and works some knees. Lentz then goes for the throw, but Caceres is able to keep himself up. A solid minute of slow dirty boxing. They are warned to work, and Caceres gets his arms around Lentz’s neck, looking for the guillotine. He goes so far as to leap up to secure the choke, but can’t sink it. Back to the clinch, the wrestle and Caceres looks for it again as he takes it to the floor, but can’t finish it. At first Lentz is in Caceres’s guard, but they are back up quickly. Caceres tries again to take Lentz down, but it doesn’t last. Lentz is back in control with Caceres’s back against the fence. Herb Dean restarts them in the center, and finally we get a decent exchange. Caceres’s body kick, for Lentz’s leg kick. Now they really begin to slug it out, and the round ends with a nice slam from Lentz. Round 1 was ALL Lentz.

Definitely a more tentative start, but Caceres strikes first with a checked head kick. Lentz follows up with a body kick and is more the aggressor this time. Caceres is backing up and Lentz gets him back into the clinch. He tries to get Caceres down, but it is Caceres who gets him down with back control. But Lentz is quick to roll out of it and into Caceres’s guard. Lentz then turns on the ground and pound. Lentz starts to punish his face and ribs, but Caceres waits for the opportunity to wrap his legs around Lentz for the triangle. At first he hooks the wrong leg, but he corrects it. Lentz tries to slam Caceres to get his legs loose, but to no avail. Caceres is patient and works on pulling his legs tighter…until Lentz taps.

Winner: Alex Caceres via Submission (Triangle)

One thing’s for sure, no one is going to doubt Lentz’s cardio! He got caught and was disappointed, but he’s not giving up. With the first round going the way it went, he very well may be back for the wildcard.

And although I initially disliked Alex, he is starting to grow on me ?

Next week: Alex goes too far with his post-fight boasting. Kos accuses his team of losing focus. Iron Mike Tyson makes a visit to the gym. Who will the next fight be?


  1. CobraClutch - Not A

    September 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Nichole…excellent recap as always.

    This is my last post forever on this site, because with all the name stealing and immaturity it's just not worth my time anymore.

    No other post under "Cobra Clutch" or any variation of will ever be me. I have too much going on with being an adult who runs businesses to deal with these immature children who troll around on this site.

    I just wanted to say thanks for being one of the good ones, and always delivering amazing in-depth coverage and reports. I wish you would post on other sites so I can keep reading them.

    Take care, and best of luck with everything! :)

    CobraClutch…..signed off for good.

    (curtain goes dark).


  2. Tico

    September 22, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    great news

  3. Bear

    September 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    The name stealing is getting old but how many times have we heard that CC…"this is my last post"- stop being so dramatic. If you want to post, post, if not, don't. But don't play childish games.

  4. Nichole Lesniak

    September 23, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Thanks, Cobra.

    It's a shame to see you go. You are definitely one of the few able to debate intelligently. I will certainly miss the witty banter!!

    Just sucks how the few can ruin it for the many.

  5. Tico

    September 23, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Yes Cobra a.k.a. King Kong a.k.a. ReBoot a.k.a. Dana White a.k.a. Scott Coker a.k.a. Dyer Maker a.k.a. Detroit a.k.a all your other names

    we'll miss you and your stories of MMA training with your friends, dating hot ladies, watching porno's starring War Machine and telling all of us about your anal fetishes…very witty.


    September 23, 2010 at 6:14 am

    I'll miss checking you and reminding you that you didn't win anything.

  7. jbug

    September 23, 2010 at 11:03 am

    yes cobra was such a genius always talking about dick sucking. good riddance you fucking teabagger… yeah right like he'll never post again.. douchebag of the year

  8. jbug

    September 23, 2010 at 11:07 am

    yes cobra is such a genius always talking about sucking dick. good riddance you fuckin teabagger.. yeah right like he is never going to post again… besides we all seem to like the fake cobraclutch alot better because he actually talks about mma… i wouldnt be surprised if cc was nichole lesniak

  9. Hellion

    September 23, 2010 at 11:32 am


  10. PoppyNick

    September 23, 2010 at 11:48 am

    that's hilaroius that jbug write it twice to try to correct himself. but yeah don't think nichole would go through the trouble to do all that. doesn't seem like the kind of thing a write of this site would do.

  11. Nichole Lesniak

    September 23, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Wow, that's some brilliant detective work jbug!

    Get a clue, moron – I work for the site. Cobra does not.

    Now if only the trolls would disappear from the site instead…

  12. Miko

    September 23, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I think the guy from Alaska with the killer guillotine is going to take it all. He's definitely going to be the winner here. Oh, and GSP will beat KOS by KO in round 2. Except, that KO will be faked, then KOS will get up screaming about how he was poked in the eye or something.

  13. jbug

    September 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    i only typed it twice because the first time it wasnt popping up. second, some of you on this site take yourselves a little too seriously. nichole, im the moron? you are the one who said cobra is one of the only people to debate intelligently. apparently, you havent read most of cobra's posts..

  14. GG

    September 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Shut up, jbooger. you're the one attacking people.

  15. Nichole Lesniak

    September 23, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Amen, GG!

    Yes, you are the moron. That part is not debatable. I've been writing for this site for 3 years, and Cobra has been posting here nearly as long. You only just got through puberty, so what would you know about intelligent debate?

  16. jbug

    September 24, 2010 at 1:25 am

    cobra's your boyfriend or something huh? it's ok to defend him. but he's gone so don't cry too hard.

  17. Dick Richard

    September 24, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Let's get back to talking about MMA, guys. This type of fighting reminds me of my mom and dad fighting in the next room and I could hear everything. It's scary, and giving me flashbacks. Please stop? Pretty please?

  18. Rich in NJ

    September 24, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Nichole, where did you see Lentz fight around here? I'm in Central New Jersey.

  19. Dick Richard

    September 24, 2010 at 2:12 am

    that wasn't me…it's cobraclutch of course

  20. STEVEO

    September 24, 2010 at 6:47 am

    wasn't me above, but if someone on here seriously says cobraclutch can be part of an intelligent conversation is out of their mind, that guy has attacked every person on this site over and over again and if nicoles only been here for 3 years then ive been here easily as long, and that guy is the worst poster on this site ever. but now that my 2 cents have been dropped off, I think this can be a very competitive season, I too like the alaskan kid, the dude gsp took first looks tough, and there are a few sleepers as well. looking forward to every episode.

  21. Ryan S

    September 24, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Yeah Nichole, I love your commentary, but I gotta disagree on the Cobra part. If you ever disagreed with him he would always go on a rant about how you don't know anything about mma and he does because he trains and hangs out with hot chicks. It was very mindless. I think I have been posting about that long also.

  22. Ryan S

    September 24, 2010 at 8:57 am

    On that note, I think Bruce Leeroy, or whatever his name is, could be really good, but he needs to stop with the flashy stuff.

  23. jbug

    September 24, 2010 at 10:07 am

    i did not post that this morning, i was actually at work at 825.. im not trying to argue with anyone, but cobra is the biggest douche probably ever to walk the planet.. i only post on here when something interests me… but the name stealing is a little bit much so i dont post much anymore… im also 33, with a wife and kids and and an ok jog, mortgage payment etc… so im actually a bit past puberty.. but i apologize if my humor was taken wrong..

  24. jbug

    September 24, 2010 at 10:08 am

    meant ok job, not jog, im too fuckin lazy to jog..

  25. Miko

    September 24, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Right. Like you have a job. No one has a job these days, especially a OK one.

  26. Nichole Lesniak

    September 25, 2010 at 11:12 am

    jbug – Thank you for proving my point. If you'd been around here for any length of time, you'd know that I am married – and not to Cobra.

    Dick Richard- If only I was jbug's mother. Then I could actually shut him up the old school way.

    Rich in NJ – At Ring of Combat in Atlantic City this past November. Follow ROC on Facebook – they're always posting about their fights. I try to go when I can. Despite it being a smaller organization they actually put on pretty good shows.

    STEVEO – Funny, Cobra never attacked me. Perhaps because I didn't resort to name-calling when I disagreed?

    But anyway, something about the Alaskan kid bothers me. I can't put my finger on it… but he is def not my favorite. I think it's still too soon to call it.

    Ryan S – Like I said, Cobra and I have disagreed. But we still managed to have intelligent debate WITHOUT name-calling.

    And I agree with your comment on Bruce Leroy. His "act" is gonna get real old, real fast.

    Uh, Miko…I have TWO jobs :P

  27. Nichole Lesniak

    September 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    One in the office and one on my knees :)

  28. Nichole Lesniak

    September 25, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Again, anyone who knows me on this site knows that I don't work in an office :)

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