The Ultimate Fighter Season 8: Episode 5

In scenes from previous episodes, we are reminded of the chaos that has ensued thus far. It all started with Krzysztof’s prank two weeks ago. What followed last week was the mayhem created by none other than Junie — the drunkenness, the “assault” with a glass, the (near)fight with anyone in his way, and ending with his meltdown over Efrain’s win. As if we weren’t all talking about Junie this week anyway, we’re reminded of him like a rash that won’t go away.

In a continuation from last week’s fight, Escudero v. Nelson, we truly see what happened. There is a recount of Junie flipping out and jumping into the ring, at which point everyone is trying to hold him back. Dana, talking to another guy, says that if Kaiser, the head of the athletic commission, had been there, Junie would’ve been kicked off for sure. In an attempt to calm him down, Team Mir takes Junie into one of the back rooms. Of course, Junie is still fuming despite everyone telling him to calm down. Junie (sarcastically) agrees that he *might* have an anger problem. Clearly, he does though, as he says his problem is with Efrain, that he never liked him from the beginning and he doesn’t think he’ll make it past the semis.

Efrain seems unfazed by the whole mêlée. He even goes so far as to enter Team Mir’s room and give Junie a hug (which is half-heartedly returned). In an attempt to rectify his behavior, Junie then goes to apologize to Mir, who almost seems like he doesn’t want to hear it. He rightfully tells Junie he would rather him prove his worth than say it.

Back at the house, Junie’s conduct continues to be the topic of conversation. Primm tells Junie that he likes him (he really, really likes him), but after his jumping the fence, he wanted to punch him because he saw it as an extreme sign of disrespect. All Junie can really say is that he is not just hype and promises he’ll back it up. Almost in a threatening way, he also promises that if he loses and is stuck in the house, they’ll have deal with him drunk every night. For some crazy reason, he then claims that getting on this show was the worst decision of his life. He can’t stand being stuck there every day without being able to hit someone. Anger issues? Junie? Nawww….

Team Nogueira gets a huge surprise at their next training session. As they are all doing their thing, Anderson Silva walks in. As Nog’s Muay Thai instructor, he gives Silva a lot of props. Silva loves to coach and seems genuinely happy to help train the guys. And as any of us would be, the guys are just AWESTRUCK (As am I. I have to say I’m very impressed with his English!). Silva brings a lot of energy to training (and even mimics Bruce Buffer — who knew he was such a funny guy?). Bader is particularly thrilled that he gets to spar with Silva (Badereven gets in a couple good shots!).

Krzysztof, meanwhile, is organizing his next attack. He and Lawlor grab all Efrain’s underwear, soak them in water, wrap them in cellophane and put them in the freezer hidden below several large bags of what appears to be ice. Then the diabolical geniuses choose to put itching powder in Efrain’s bed. They put some in Kyle’s bed…Philippe’s bed…Roli’s bed…..

Finally, Efrain comes home and finds a note in his room about his “kidnapped” underwear. The note advises him that if he doesn’t find it that night, it will be returned to him in the morning. After searching for a short while, they find the frozen lump at the bottom of the feezer. At this point, Efrain laughingly declares war! Until….he lays in his bed and his butt starts itching! Kyle and Efrain are the ones that have realized the extent of the prank. Kyle, in particular, says they have crossed the line and promises to have something in store for them. Knowing his plan, he guarantees that it will escalate extremely quickly and will probably get out of hand. In the van on the way to the gym, they begin their plotting (something about pubic and ass hair?).

Everyone arrives at the gym for Team Nogueira’s fight pick. All the guys look apprehensive. They seem like they don’t know what to do with themselves as they wait for Nog to decide. After what seems like an eternity, Nog announces that the next Light Heavyweight fight will be between Eliot Marshall and Shane Primm.

In defense of his choice, Nog says that Shane asked for Eliot. In Mir’s opinion, they’re very similar and very well rounded, but Eliot is more advanced. Eliot says Team Mir will get their first control.

Back at the house, Team Nogueira continues plotting. They (rather oddly) decide to put sardines all over their rooms…rubbing it in the carpet, on the walls, and anywhere else they can. Kyle, however, takes it one step further and dribbles the oils into their sheets and on their beds. Efrain knows they’ll be upset, but he claims not to care.

Team Mir finally comes home, and right away Krzysztof realizes his room smells like fish. Kaplan admits that he doesn’t care, declaring that it doesn’t smell that bad. In total, the team seems unfazed…..well, except for Vinny. Apparently, he doesn’t take jokes very well. He goes on a rampage looking for the perpetrator(s). Each member of Team Nogueira denies it. But Efrain is the only one not in bed, so Vinny takes advantage. VINNY PISSES IN EFRAIN’S BED! Primm says that he crossed the line, but Vinny says he could’ve done worse.

At Team Nogueira’s training session, we get a little background information on Primm. Raised as a military brat, he has a good work ethic that he gets from his father. Nogueira describes his fighting as good stand up, good knees, and good enough ground to make a good fight. Primm jokes that it’ll never get to the ground, while Nog predicts a knockout.

On the way to their training session, the Mir guys are covering their noses because they smell so bad. We then get some background on Marshall. He is a self-proclaimed geek who had no friends in high school. He is half Jewish and half Black, so he didn’t really fit in with everyone else. Once he got to college, he started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Mir says he’s extremely well rounded.

While at the gym, Efrain is lounging on one of the benches, exhausted. This catches Nog’s attention pretty quickly. Efrain begins telling Nog about the pranks they are playing on each other in the house. Nog is in disbelief and is disappointed because he knows the guys need rest. Nog is sparring with Stankie and when Mir comes in, they have a talk about the pranks. Mir, kinda shrugs it off, but to appease Nog tells the guys (with zero authority in his voice) no pranks until after the fight. This approach apparently does not satisfy Nog. Back in their room, the coaches and fighters discuss the situations. Stankie says he should talk to them all as a group (though he goes off on a tangent about eating sardines). They decide to get all the guys together to have a talk with them.

Later on that night, Nog and Stankie arrive at the house to put an end to the pranks. Dana has even gotten wind of the situation, because Nog feels it’s a distraction to the fighters. Dana thinks its pretty cool that Nog cares that much and will be really impressed if he can get them to stop (and so will we all!). Team Mir comes home and the guys are rounded up. Immediately, Team Mir acts as if they’re being held against their will. Bader feels like Team Mir was being disrespectful. They wouldn’t even look at the coaches. Marshall even makes fun of Efrain for “tattling” on them and having their coach yell at them. In hopes of quieting Nog, Marshall also promises to stay away from the beds and clothes. Krzysztof is the only one to sincerely apologize for the itching powder (though adding that his next prank will be a big one and will be on Monday). Nog looks neither convinced nor satisfied.

Fight Day
In prefight predictions, Primm says it won’t last long and promises a knockout. Marshall says Primm probably wants to keep it standing, which is fine, but then he’ll take it to the ground. Primm claims he’s better in the clinch, and will destroy him with knees, Anderson Silva style.

Light Heavyweights
Shane Primm v. Eliot Marshall

Round 1:
Both guys look relatively loose at the start.
They touch gloves and immediately Marshall is swinging with a great combo. Primm goes on the offensive with a failed attempt at a superman punch and goes for the clinch, but Marshall gets a takedown where he is in control. On the ground, Marshall gets full guard. They roll pretty quickly, and both guys are on their backs. Marshall slips in the hooks for a rear naked choke, but Primm wiggles out. A few body shots later, and Marshall puts the hooks back in. He gets it deep, but it is awkward and lets go. They continue to roll around with Marshall on Primm’s back. Marshall gets some good shots to the head and it is clear that Primm is winded. Marshall keeps slipping his forearms under Primm’s chin and letting go. Primm can’t get out of his guard no matter how much he twists. Finally, Marshall gets his legs wrapped tightly around Primm’s waist, sinks the hooks in deep, squeezes and Primm taps.

Winner: Eliot Marshall via Submission (rear naked choke)

Post fight, Mir notices right at the beginning that Shane can’t even look at Eliot. In the replay of the fight, you can actually tell that Eliot was listening to Mir’s instructions.

This was a huge win for Marshall, as he feels better now, having proved that he belongs on the show (considering how he ended up in the house). Now Mir has control and Dana hopes he’ll do a better job with the matchups and play it right.

Expectedly, Nog is extremely disappointed. He thought Primm had the best heart/attitude of all the 32 fighters. You are born with heart, they can’t teach it to you.

In scenes from next week, Team Mir discusses who to match up with Junie (which will be Roli Delgado). For some reason or another, Mir calls Delgado’s black belt into question. Finally Junie and Roli get to fight, and we can all only hope, perhaps Junie will finally get the beatdown he deserves.