Previously on The Ultimate Fighter, in the 3rd quarterfinal fight, Chuck O’Neil avenged his first loss by beating up on Zach Davis. Then Tony Ferguson takes out his aggression and KO’s Ryan McGillivray in an astounding 45 seconds. But Tony lost control at the house, turning everyone against him. Coming up tonight is both semifinal fights. Two warriors will advance to the finale.
Tensions already seem high in the house in the wake of Tony’s drunken outrage the night before. Tony wishes Chuck a good morning as he comes down the stairs, but Chuck ignores him. “A drunk man’s words are a sober man’s thoughts,” quips Chuck. Tony has seemingly burned every bridge he had in the house.
After Chris and Ramsey weigh in, the guys are back at the house and Tony tries to address the team with an apology. He claims that he drank too much, blacked out and doesn’t know what he was saying. Chuck speaks up tells Tony how lucky he is that none of them killed him. He says that from the deepest part of his heart, that that was not him, that he feels terrible. But the guys don’t seem to be buying it. Hey, at least he tried.
Both circle looking for the opportunity to strike and Nijem goes first, attacking Cope vehemently. He rushes him backward and gets him against the cage. He looks for a single and when he can’t get him down he starts swinging big and hard. They clinch again, Nijem continuing to try to take Cope down. Cope lands several big hands to Nijem’s face as Nijem tries to maintain control. They get some space between them and Nijem starts with a flurry of punches. Nothing serious connects, so he throws some knees. He loses balance a little and Cope tries to take advantage by pushing him down to the mat. Cope unleashes some hammerfists but is warned for shots to the back of Nijem’s head. They clinch, where Cope alternates between knees and fists. Nijem is more leaning on Cope than anything, so they are restarted. Cope is loose on his feet and slips a solid jab through Nijem’s guard. Nijem then returns the jab and follows it with a leg kick. Nijem fakes a superman, but Cope gets in a leg kick. Both keep kinda faking shots and dancing around each other. Cope lands a great inside leg kick and the round ends.
The round starts like 2 ended, but C strikes first with a hard leg kick. C swings big and R ducks it and shoots. At his waist, R has C to his knees, but C works free and they are standing again. Another leg kick from C. Huge swing and miss from C. Big overhand from R, but lands softly. He follows up with a straight leg and immediately charges. They clinch and C peppers R with several shots. R pulls away and catches C with a jab that rocks him. He backpedals and R goes after him. He lands several shots, knocking him to the ground where the ref has to pull R off of C.
Winner: Ramsey Nijem via TKO
Next up is Tony Ferguson vs. Chuck O’Neil. There is some serious bad blood between these two now. Chuck is fueling this fight with his emotions, but Tony is taking it for what it is. Just another fight.
O’Neil jabs the air, but then catches Ferguson. He follows with a jab, right kick combo. Ferguson’s still feeling O’Neil out but ducking a lot of O’Neil’s shots. Finally Ferguson lands a leg kick. As Ferguson ducks a jab, O’Neil gets him with a head kick. Their exchanges are solid and calculated. A BIG body kick from O’Neil. O’Neil is clearly looking for a knockout. Big left from Ferguson but O’Neil eats it. Ferguson throws a right-left combo and O’Neil eats that too. Now Ferguson takes a couple on the chin. Inside leg kick from O’Neil. Combo-counter-combo-counter. That’s their pattern. Ferguson drops and fakes a takedown but O’Neil doesn’t fall for it. O’Neil attempts a superman punch but T ducks and lands a body shot. Uppercut followed by a left for Ferguson. Ferguson sneaks a quick left jab through O’Neil’s guard. Nice leg kick from Ferguson. O’Neil is thrown off balance and Ferguson looks like he’s going to jump, but he allows O’Neil up. A left and right from Ferguson get O’Neil falling back, but the round ends.
Nasty leg kick starts the round for O’Neil but Ferguson counters with his own. O’Neil tries another, but Ferguson catches it and throws him off. Inside leg kick from Ferguson. Combos from both with a few leg kicks throw in. This round seems to be a continuation of the last, despite O’Neil’s corner telling him to mix it up. Ferguson lands 2 big body kicks back to back. O’Neil lands a good right to Ferguson’s jaw. But Ferguson is still wisely keeping his head down and his guard up while O’Neil seems a bit more anxious. O’Neil’s looking for opportunity. Straight jab snaps O’Neil’s head back. Ferguson throws an uppercut, but O’Neil dodges it. Ferguson is able to throw a punch and dodge O’Neil’s counter almost simultaneously. Finally O’Neil lands a combo. O’Neil is looking bloody. Ferguson is controlling the center and has O’Neil backing up. But both are swinging big and hard. O’Neil tries a spinning back kick but it fails to land and is awkward. Ferguson is chasing O’Neil around the ring as the round ends.
Again, both swing big immediately. They’re throwing bombs and big kicks, but neither are particularly accurate. Some land, some miss. Ferguson is landing many more and is ducking most of O’Neil’s. Ferguson lands a shot to O’Neil’s kidneys. Again, Ferguson is controlling the center and pushing the pace as O’Neil dances backwards. Ferguson lands serious leg kicks. O’Neil finally connects with a left to the chin, followed by a leg kick. T has O’Neil with his back to the cage and connects with a straight jab that drops him. Ferguson goes in, but allows him to get back up. The same pattern continues as before, and finally Ferguson connects with several shots that just crumple O’Neil to the floor. The ref has to stop it there.
Winner: Tony Ferguson via TKO
They beat the SHIT out of each other. The first round was so technical; Tony was able to start picking Chuck apart. By the 2nd round, he was able to really start breaking him down. And in round 3, Chuck’s leg was basically gone and it allowed Tony to finish him off.
The finale will officially be Tony Ferguson versus Ramsey Nijem.
Regardless, Tony still does not have a lot of fans in the house and more guys are behind Ramsey – particularly JDS.
This episode ends with a message from Dana about Brock having to pull out of his fight versus Junior Dos Santos due to a serious issue with his diverticulitis. As a result, Shane Carwin will be taking Brock’s place. Personally, I am PUMPED for this fight!
Also on the card, Clay Guida battles Anthony Pettis, while TUF alums Tim Credeur and Ed Herman also throw down. Not a bad little card ?