Previously on TUF, Cody proved he was not afraid to trade barbs with Koscheck. Team Koscheck finally gets a win when Nam Phan takes out Spencer Paige. But did their post-fight antics go too far?
To start, Kos is already pushing buttons. This time his victim is Michael Johnson, who he claims is looking a little fat. But yet again, his jokes fall short.
Team Kos is happy to finally get fight control, and is happy with the potential of his three remaining fighters. The coaches assemble the team to talk about the strategy of picking fights. They’re stressin’ either way.
Back at the house, Mike complains about Team Kos and their premature celebration. He points out that they could end up going 6-1, and to celebrate the way they are is obnoxious. To amp it up even more, Kos shows up to hang with his team and decides to rub it in either further. He gets out on the balcony and Mike is just unhappy with his presence — he wants to know why he’s pickin’ on him and being a dick. He is right about one thing — they are going to bump head a lot more.
Finally, Koscheck makes his fight pick and chooses Marc Stevens to fight Cody McKenzie. As they’re enjoying the stare-down, Marc tries to no avail to get Cody to laugh. Instead, Cody turns out and gently taps the top of his hand under Kos’s chin (which annoys Sevak). After some thought, Kos realizes how much it annoys him…and wants even more for Marc to win so he can repay the favor.
In the locker room, GSP is trying to talk some sense into his guys about the Kos situation. He is no coward, and has faced adverse situations, but he tells them that the best way to deal with Kos is just walk away. If you don’t let him get to you, he cannot get any pleasure out of seeing you squirm.
At training, Cody talks about his background and goals. He is an unorthodox fighter, who just sees Marc as someone in the way of his paycheck. A decision is not even an option; the goal is a knockout.
Marc, AKA Mini-Koscheck, sees Cody as a scrapper, but also as just another fight under his belt. Experience is definitely on Marc’s side.
At the weigh-ins, Dana discusses the fight choice: Kos’s first pick vs. GSP’s sixth pick. While Cody has an impressive record, Marc won his first fight at TUF via KO. He gives the edge to Marc Stevens.
McKenzie comes out swinging wildly immediately. McKenzie then goes to kick but Stevens catches it and drives him backwards and down to the ground. But right away McKenzie latches his arms around for the choke and sinks the guillotine. Stevens is asleep quickly.
Winner: Cody McKenzie via Submission (Guillotine)
I hope you didn’t blink and miss that. Kos is horrified. Marc was caught and put to sleep in no time flat.
However, GSP warns the guys not to behave the way Team Kos acted. Do not act cocky, do not brag. Be the nice guy and you will not be expected to be aggressive in the cage.
The mood in Team Kos’s locker room is s.i.l.e.n.t. So much for their fight-pick gameplan. Now Team GSP gets the next pick and no one knows who’s fighting whom.
But the wait is short, and Team GSP chooses Jonathan Brookins to fight Sevak Magakian. Kos had not planned for this, but even Jonathan thinks that Sevak is one of the toughtest fighters in the house. It will be a challenge.
After the next fight is announced, Jonathan is doing his yoga and meditation. He believes that not only does it prepare him for fights, but a little soul-searching never hurt anybody. As such a mellow person, many wonder how he could enjoy fighting so much. But it’s really the competition he enjoys. GSP is rolling with him, talking about what a sponge he is…but suddenly GSP is bleeding. They went head to head and GSP ended up with a lovely cut on his eyebrow. Yup, stitches!
According to Kos, Sevak is a wild man. He’s the alpha male, outspoken and outgoing, which is why they get along so well. Sako, who has trained with Sevak for 8 years, says he will not quit unless you knock his head off. Power in his punches, good Jiu Jitsu, good strength and a big heart — all things he has. Will it be enough?
Both tentative at first, but Magakian gets the first solid punch in. After feeling each other out, Brookins easily gets Magakian down and has side control. He’s looking for a submission, as Magakian tries to maneuver out. Magakian manages to stand, but Brookins gets on his back and wraps his legs around tight. Neither advances the position, but Brookins does get a few uppercuts through. Finally, Brookins manages to work his right arm under Magakian’s chin. He continues to tighten harder and harder. Magakian’s knees buckle him to the ground; he taps.
Winner: Jonathan Brookins via Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Dana: That was some sick Jiu Jitsu. Amen.
It must suck to be yellow today. Once again, they are pretty much silent.
Next week: The final preliminary fight. Can Dane overcome the stigma of being the last pick? Or will Sako unleash his inner psycho? GSP and Koscheck hit the diamond for the coaches’ challenge. Dana and the coaches make their picks for the wildcard.