Previously on The Ultimate Fighter, Assistant Coach Lew overstepped his bounds, forcing Junior to put him in his place. Team Lesnar suspected Chris Cope of spying for the other team. Team Dos Santos earned their third win when Ramsey Nijem pulled off a rear naked choke over Charlie Rader. And after the fight, Brock lashed out at his team for their lackluster performances. Will someone rise above and become the Ultimate?
As Chris is getting treated for his post-fight injuries, Brock lashes out at the boys for looking like chicken shit (again). Len storms out, proclaiming that he fought his heart out making a good point that Brock wasn’t even there for his fight (though he did lose). However, Brock couldn’t care less. He’s just being honest — using his own loss to Cain Velasquez as a prime example. He blamed no one but himself. Clay commends Brock for trying to light a fire under them, trying to get them take the damn bull by the horns and just TAKE IT. All the man wants is someone to “Wow” him. Len just feels like he got robbed by the judges — doesn’t he realize that he shouldn’t have left it in their hands? Back at the house, Len is STILL going on and on about Brock’s name-calling, whining that Brock needs to grow up (so says the one who is still whining…).
At the fight announcement JDS picks his own Mick Bowman to take on Team Lesnar’s Clay Harvison. This is a big fight for Team Lesnar as they need it to regain control and for a morale boost.
At training, Junior is getting frustrated with Coach Lew. Lew, brought in for his wrestling, is trying to teach Mick a little of everything…boxing, BJJ, etc. Junior’s like, “Um, hey, this is my team.” There’s a good reason that Junior’s the coach and Lew’s not.
On Clay’s side, he’s not going underestimate Mick’s toughness. He knows he’s a brawler, but he’s not afraid to step in with him and throw down. At training, they work his jabbing and his combos to counter whatever Mick has. As they’re strategizing, Clay looks over and sees Cope staring them down. Immediately he thinks Chris is a narc and discusses with theory with Charlie. Mr. Toughguy then starts ranting about how he’ll drag Chris into the street and kick his ass right there in Vegas and how he’s been known to break the law. Sorry, kid, but chances are if you have to brag about it, you’re so full of it that your eyes are brown.
The show returns showing someone writing in the sand “Chris Cope Double Agent.” The perpetrator isn’t shown, but Chris and friends discover it. Chris denies it and brings it up to everyone ‘round the fire. He puts it out there and wants to know who thinks he’s playing both sides. No one really fesses up, but some admit to their doubts. Chris promises that his word is good and that he’s a man of integrity. The guys claim to believe him and thank him for his honesty.
But no sooner do they “believe” him that they’re back upstairs trashing him. They all think that it must’ve been someone on Team Dos Santos that wrote in the sand, and if that’s the case, Chris must be a double agent. So much for giving him the benefit of the doubt.
Moments later, Chris comes up all smiles and flat out accuses Tony of being the writer. Tony denies it, despite Chris’s claim that #1 — Tony has written in the sand before and #2 — The handwriting matches up. Chris pushes and pushes, causing Tony to take huge offense to being called a liar. The Team starts to wonder if this is Chris’s guilty conscience talking. Chris and Tony eventually kiss and make up and move on.
The sand bit becomes the topic of conversation for Team Dos Santos also. Apparently, it was the handiwork of Mick — not because Chris is feeding them his team’s info, but because Chris is always lurking around them, seemingly trying to collect info not dispense it. Duh…
Right out of the gate both are swinging big. Harvison is more offensive and lands a couple combos. They start being pickier with their offense and choose what they throw more hesitantly. Harvison lands a solid right and left. Bowman shoots for a takedown, but Harvison reverses it and gets Bowman on his back. From his feet, Harvison lands a couple solid bombs, but Bowman counters with some big up-kicks. Harvison falls onto Bowman, allowing Bowman to grab onto Harvison’s arm looking for an armbar. Harvison wiggles out and they are both up on their feet. Back to standing, they exchange several combos, and Harvison sneaks in a couple big knees. Harvison charges Bowman and pins him against the fence where he alternates between knees and body shots. They separate but Harvison is still on the offensive pelting Bowman with combo after combo. Back against the cage, Harvison retains control but Bowman spins out and lands a nasty elbow to Harvison’s temple. Harvison then spins into control and attempts but misses the very same elbow. In the center, they’re throwing bombs again, and Bowman connects a straight jab that snaps Harvison’s neck back but he takes it. They exchange a few knees, but the round ends with a failed double from Bowman.
(Definitely giving that round to Harvison — he controlled the round, landed more shots and was the aggressor)
Bowman charges first with a leg kick but doesn’t connect. Harvison retaliates with a jab/kick combo that sends Bowman flying backwards. Harvison charges at him, peppering him with jabs and they clinch. They alternate control but neither does much. Back at center, they go tit for tat — combo for combo, kick for kick, but Harvison lands more shots than Bowman does. Harvison slips as a goes for a takedown, but Bowman doesn’t take advantage. The exchanges continue but both are slowing down. Finally, Bowman lands a leg kick and a jab that surprise Harvison. But Harvison returns the favor. However, Harvison seems to be less offensive than previously. Harvison is backing up more and allowing Bowman to take shots. Bowman looks for the takedown but settles for the clinch. He sneaks in some head shots and some knees as the round ends.
(I would’ve given the round to Bowman, but apparently the judges saw differently).
Winner: Clay Harvison via Decision
Clay was completely dominant in the first round, but a kick that hurt his right hand threw him off in the second round. It was like a switch went off and allowed Mick to take over Round 2.
After the fight, Mick is beside himself with disappointment, no matter how many times Junior tells him to keep his head up.
In Clay’s corner, he’s proud of his win, but the joy is cut short when the gloves come off and he discovers that his pinky is not only broken, but the bone has come through the skin! Off to the hospital he goes to get it reset and casted. Sorry, buddy, you’re out. And despite this ending Clay’s tenure on TUF, Brock is proud. *insert eye roll*
Next week: Injuries plague Brock’s fighters. The conflict between JDS and Lew comes to a head. And we get the last to preliminary fights. Plus, the wildcard is announced.