The Ultimate Fighter: Season 13 Episode 8: “Shut Him Up”


Before tonight’s episode of TUF, in the wildcard Chuck O’Neil transformed from “Trash-bag Charlie” to “Cold Steel” as he choked out Javier Torres in convincing fashion. And in tonight’s first quarterfinal fight, quiet ninja Ramsey Nijem takes on tough guy Clay Harvison, while Shamar Bailey finally gets his wish, as he looks to shut up Chris Cope in the cage.

From the beginning of the episode, there are concerns. Shamar admits that he’s got some pain in his back and fears that he’s pushed himself too hard. But he’s will to fight through the pain to fight Crhis and to shut him up once and for all.

At Team Dos Santos training, Junior works with Ramsey on his stand-up, knowing that that is likely where Clay will try to keep the fight. Junior considers Ramsey to be the best wrestler on his team, so if he’s able to get Clay he knows it’ll be all over. With family from war-torn Palestine, he sees wrestling as a survival skill and is really just happy to be fighting in a cage and not for his life. How many guys can say that?

Later, Dana brings Brian Stann in for a surprise visit to speak with the guys. As a Marine prior to fighting, he talks about all the things that he learned from being in the military and how he has used those skills to his advantage — namely the discipline. He stresses the importance of dedication, the training and making the right decisions. Brock jokes at the end that maybe some of the guys could benefit from enlisting.

Brock gets Clay and Chris together to work on their wrestling. Clay needs some work, especially knowing how good Ramsey is at it. Brock is pleased to see how quickly Clay is picking up some of the takedown defense moves. He hopes that stuffing his takedowns will help to discourage Ramsey and leave him open for Clay’s stand-up.

After the weigh-ins, Ramsey is complaining about feeling sick (I think we could’ve done without the belching, thanks!) but he’s pumped and ready to fight.


They both swing big and miss right away but Ramsey quickly has Clay down. Ramsey swings around and tries to mount Clay’s back. He nearly gets shaken off, but quickly remounts with one leg locked around. Clay is on all fours, allowing Ramsey to pepper him with headshots. Clay sprawls and opens himself up too much allowing Ramsey to get his arms under his chin. Ramsey pulls tight and Clay taps almost immediately.

Winner: Ramsey Nijem via Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Clay is pissed at himself for losing to “Stripper Ramsey” but Dana pats him on the back, and tells him not to be upset considering he was fighting a week after busting his knuckle. Brock is very nonchalant about the loss, but when away from Clay all but calls him an idiot for giving up his back to a wrestler. Even Chris tries to make an excuse out of Clay’s knuckle. Hey guys, how about giving Ramsey some credit?

Next to fight will be Shamar, who Junior has the utmost confidence in. Shamar is using Chris’s tendency to scream at random moments as his motivation to beat him. His gameplan is to keep him backpedaling and off balance on his feet, and to then take him down to finish him off. He believes it is pretty much his fight for the taking.

Despite Shamar’s hatred for Chris, the feeling is not mutual. Brock’s advice to Chris is to continue pestering him. But wisely, Chris sees that he has nothing to lose in this fight but everything to gain which is exactly the opposite for Shamar. His plan is to keep fending Shamar off and wearing him out. Brock tells him he’s just got to “own Burger King.” Dana wonders if Chris, who is just having fun with it all, can expose Shamar as the very one-sided fighter he saw in the first fight.


Shamar comes out swinging and pushing Chris back as he said he would. Chris just keeps circling to avoid it. Shamar reaches in but misses. Shamar’s looking anxious and trying to pick his shots but he looks impatient. Chris finally throws a combo and Shamar shoots at his waist. Pegging him against the cage with one leg up, Shamar allows Chris to pepper his head and body with short shots. Shamar holds onto that one leg and struggles to get Chris down, but Chris sprawls. Chris pulls away and they return to center. More dancing and circling, until Shamar unleashes a combo that backs Chris up. In the clinch, they both land a few knees. Shamar has control, but Chris is the one landing shots and staying busy. Chris frees himself and dances around the cage which looks like is frustrating Shamar. He keeps dropping his guard. Shamar charges again, and allows Chris to land several hammer fists while on the cage. In a final push, Shamar shoots, but once again is unable to do much as the round ends.

Uh, what was that Shamar?

And the dance continues. A nice exchange where both land a couple jabs. Shamar goes in and Chris catches him with a right. Chris is staying light and avoiding Shamar’s shots. Shamar throws a right, and Chris throws 2. Shamar shoots and they clinch where they alternate knees. Shamar changes his mind and backs off. Chris swings big, but Shamar ducks in time. A combo from Chris lands this time. Now Chris is going offensive, but Shamar decides to shoot. The clinch doesn’t last though and they stay on their feet. They’re both swinging big, but Chris is always throwing combos instead of Shamar’s single jabs. A big overhand from Chris misses. With a minute left, they clinch and Shamar is bleeding. They briefly stand, but Shamar shoots again and the round ends as Chris is landing hammer after hammer.

Winner: Chris Cope via Decision

Shamar’s gameplan = gone out the window. Shamar couldn’t control the stand-up. Chris stuffed every one of Shamar’s takedowns. While Shamar had a lot of the control, he just couldn’t overcome Chris.

JDS is shocked with end result, but in reality, Shamar couldn’t win it. He got showed up. Shamar catches Dana and says that he wanted to show the judges a different side of his game, that he’s not just a wrestler and that he could’ve taken Chris down if he wanted. Dana points out that he did try several times to take Chris down, but Shamar explains that he pulled something in his back. So which is it Shamar? You could have taken him down but you chose not to? Or your back was hurt so you couldn’t do it? Excuses, excuses….

Looks like Chris will not be shutting up any time soon :)

Next: With the pressure mounting, Tony goes ballistic. Then two more quarterfinal fights: Cold-Steel Chuck O’Neil takes on Zach Davis in a rematch and Tony Ferguson fights Ryan McGillivray. The show will end with the semi-final fight announcements. Eight episodes in and the fights are finally getting better!


  1. Ray 23

    May 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I have to admit Chris Cope shocked me a little. What impressed me the most about him was how busy he stayed pinned up against the cage. That's usually the most boring part of fights, when you get pinned like that. But he worked with punches and tight knees. I don't know how Dos Santos could have thought Shamar won. Ramsey looks like a pretty well rounded fighter, he's going to be tough to beat.

  2. Ken

    May 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Ramsey looked good, quick take down and the submission. I think shamar should have won the second fight. It was boring but Shamar controlled the entire fight held cope up against the cage for most of it were they exchanged weak knees and punches, when cope got him against the cage he quickly reversed position and pinned him back up against the fence. it was a boring fight chris may have done a bit more when in the clinch but he was being controlled the entire time and when they were in the middle of the cage Chris danced around and showed no interest in engaging. So i would give the fight to Shamar based on control and aggression.

  3. zulu

    May 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    At last!! is this a break through??? someone loses for doing nothing but leaning! Cope landed knees and punches from the clinch while Shamar did fuck all. Nick Lentz must be worried!!!!!!!!


    May 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I have to admit I agree that shamar lost that fight, did he even hit cope the entire fight? and then that bullshit at the end kissing dana's ass. I wanted to show I could bang and not just take him down. THE ONLY THING YOU DID THE ENTIRE FIGHT WAS SHOOT FOR TAKEDOWNS. Cope stuffed all of them. I am not impressed by your performance.


    May 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    he did suck all he did was lean on him like you said i dint he ever landed a punch .. oh yeah wipe that dana spooge your chin

  6. Nichole Lesniak

    May 19, 2011 at 2:21 am

    I still don't particularly like Chris (he wasn't really "good", he just made Shamar look really bad).

    But Ken, I don't know how you think Shamar won. Control doesn't win fights, it's what you do with it. And he did nothing. For every punch/knee that Shamar attempted, Cope landed 3. Cope did exactly what Machida does – avoids being hit, he was being elusive. And in the second round, Cope was the one doing the engaging.

    The end with Dana totally pissed me off! You lost. Take ownership of it and don't make excuses!

  7. Ken

    May 19, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Yeah the ass kissing after the fight was totatl BS. But in the fight Cope ran he didn't look like Machida he looked like Caleb Starnes. when they weren't up against the cage Shamar landed a couple nice body shots besides that they traded glancing blows back and forth Shamar chased him around pushed him up against the cage. Cope was more active when he was against the cage but judges score based on aggression control and "effective" striking. Shamar controlled was more aggressive and neither guy landed any strikes worth anything. Not saying either guy dominated it was a horrible fight but based on judges criteria Shamar should of had the decision


    May 19, 2011 at 5:45 am

    i would call hitting someone in the face repeatedly effective, if he hit a few good body shots copes body must be made of steel because i dont think he even once winced in pain let alone looked to be hurt at all, shamar pushed the pace but had nothing other than about 50 stuffed take downs to show for it, i think copes a tool but he won the fight.

  9. PoppyNick

    May 19, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Both of them looked like ass, toss up fight and should have went to a 3rd. I though Shamar won the first round with control (although very boring) and I thought Cope won the second round. Either way neither of them in my opinion deserved to move on.

  10. hosan

    May 19, 2011 at 10:28 am

    In order for control to win a fight it has to outweigh the damage done. Damage comes first, imo. Cope landed enough punches to the face, and since he stuffed so many takedowns it showed that shamar didn't have complete control of the fight.

    He could take it to the cage, sure, but he couldn't take it to the ground no matter how hard he tried. and then when he got it to the cage, he was the one getting hit.

  11. Ray 23

    May 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I think in a lot of judges eye a stuffed takedown is a plus for the fighter that stuffs the takedown. Chris Cope was also doing damage in the clinch. But I get what you all are saying about ring control. It was a close fight. I thought Chris had a slight edge in the stand up too, even though he wasn't the one pressing forward most of the time.

  12. Keith

    May 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Cope was a BS decision.

  13. Mikey

    May 21, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Cope won the fight. If I held someone against the cage while he punched and knee'd me I would have lost too. Shamar choked.

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