The Ultimate Fighter Season 9: Episode 10


“Smiling and Punching”

Previously, Pierce’s heart was questioned causing Dana to pull him from the fights, giving Frank Lester a shot at redemption. Tensions between the teams rise, as seen by the Bisping/Demarques drama. In the final prelim fight, UK favorite Faulkner fails to perform and gives Lester the most shocking upset. Tonight, the semifinal matches are decided.

As soon as the final prelim fight is finished, Dana calls in Hendo and Bisping to choose the semifinal fights. The coaches ideally would like to see Dollar/Pearson and Dent/Winner at 170, and Demarques/Wilkes and Osipczak/Lester at 185. However, they are still going to call each guy in one by one and see what they want to do.

So, they call in the guys and for the most part, they ask for what the coaches want, with one real exception — Dollar wants Dent (which Dana gets a kick out of)! Dana throws the idea of teammate vs. teammate out at the coaches and Bisping is adamantly against it. Hendo is less passionate, but agrees. Dana’s major concern though, is that the finale might not end up UK vs. US if they don’t do it this way. I don’t know where Dana’s going with this, but they call out the guys and announce the fights to the surprise of all:

Osipczak vs. Demarques
Winner vs. Dollar
Pearson vs. Dent
Wilkes vs. Lester

Once the initial shock wears off, Dana informs Frank that he’s the first guy who’s ever been brought back that’s actually won — wow, that is kinda huge.

Back at the house, the guys enjoy dinner together and discuss their opinions of the picks. No surprise, the guy doing the most talking is Pierce — talking to a couple attentive Brits about how the Americans were too busy drinking, and had no pride or motivation. Whitson (Shaun White) overhears this and calls him out on his behavior — reminding him how Frank fought all beat up, while Pierce wussed out. Pierce STILL claims he would have fought, but that it wasn’t his decision. Tempers calm, but Pierce is still all buddy-buddy with Faulkner, discussing techniques and whatnot. The next morning over breakfast, Whitson tells the others how he overheard Pierce telling Faulkner how Damarques trains (which Faulkner then tells Nick). Very shady.

The next day, at Team USA training Hendo is confident and thinks his guys have a good shot at doing well. In the previous few days, Damarques was sick, but seems better now. The ever-humble Damarques thinks he’s the best in the house — that he’s scary at the clinch, scary at the ground n pound…yada yada yada. Hendo apparently agrees and thinks Damarques will win the show. Ugh.

Rumors abound, and Hendo comes out and talks to Pierce (who said he’s looking forward to going home) to confront him about what he heard. He asks Pierce if he’s been telling the Brits guys about their training, which Pierce adamantly denies, and Hendo believes him! What a….eh, I can’t even say.

If only Hendo could see this, but later at Team UK training Nick talks about all the info he got from Faulkner about Damarques’ training. Of course, he will use it to his advantage. Bisping admits that Damarques is the US’s strongest guy and really needs to work on Nick. His intent is to work on his feet and his takedown defense. Nick will do whatever it takes to win.


Nick realizes this is going to be his toughest fight to date, but thinks Damarques isn’t mentally as tough. Damarques (he’s praying again!) just wants to take his will to fight away from him. We shall see…

Round 1: Johnson takes the first shot, but Osipczak lands a good leg kick followed by another painful one. A great jab lands from Johnson. Osipczak goes in and takes another shot from Johnson. Johnson swings and misses, and they clinch. Johnson throws Osipczak down and is in full guard. They scramble a bit and are back up with a good exchange. Solid leg kick, followed by a missed head kick from Osipczak. More good exchanges and a nice rib shot from Johnson. Nice jab to the chin from Johnson. Osipczak goes in for a missed right and Johnson takes him down. Johnson is in full guard and Osipczak tries to keep his feet on his hips and goes for a triangle. Now Johnson is in half guard trying to pass for side control. Repeated unsuccessfull attempts to pass and Osipczak lands several elbows. Back in full guard, then half again. Johnson lands a few good shots and Osipczak tries to reverse. In full guard, Osipczak lands solid elbows, which Johnson returns. More elbows from Osipczak. Johnson backs off and lands a couple shots. He stands up and Osipczak is able to get up. They clinch and Osipczak lands a good uppercut that knocks Johnson back. Osipczak lands several more shots with Johnson against the cage, and it almost looks over. But Johnson regains himself and retaliates with good shots as the round ends.

Round 2: Both come out aggressive. A nice missed overhand gives Johnson a shot at a takedown. Johnson gets him down and has side control. Here he lands a couple knees and elbows. Osipczak rolls and Johnson is in his guard. Osipczak pulls his leg up and tries to get a triangle, meanwhile landing a couple elbows. Johnson passes into side control and tries to trap Osipczak’s arm for an armbar. Now he’s in half guard and lands some good elbows and jabs. Johnson tries to mount, but ends up back in his guard. They exchange some elbows, but neither is doing a whole lot. Osipczak tries to kick Johnson off, but no luck. A solid rib shot from Johnson. Osipczak tries to go for another triangle, but Johnson manages to mount him. He lands some good head shots and Osipczak rolls. With his legs wrapped tightly around Osipczak, Johnson rains down several shots (Bisping shut up about the back of the head!). Osipczak is protecting himself, but not doing anything to change the situation. The round ends with Johnson landing shot after shot to his head and ribs.

Round 3: Johnson takes the first shot and lands a few good jabs. Both look tired. Nice overhand from Osipczak, followed by a body kick. Now a good combo from Osipczak. A nice uppercut from Johnson misses. Johnson lands a BIG left, but Osipczak takes it. They clinch and Johnson lands a flying knee to Osipczak’s covered head. Osipczak is backing up and covering up a lot. A weak spinning backfist from Osipczak doesn’t land. Johnson is throwing a lot more shots, but Osipczak is blocking most. Osipczak kicks, but Johnson catches it and takes Osipczak down. In half guard, he tries to mount him. Johnson pretty much just lays on top of Osipczak and gets in some good elbows. He’s got one arm trapped and tries to pass. He finally mounts Osipczak, who rolls over. Osipczak reverses it and is in Johnson’s guard. Osipczak lands some good body and head shots, but nothing damaging. Johnson lands several head shots, as does Osipczak and the round ends.

Both coaches and Dana pretty much agree that Damarques was solid to start and got the takedown, but Nick was able to rock him toward the end of the round. Thankfully Damarques snapped out of it and gave it right back to Nick. A worn out Nick was controlled by Damarques in both the remaining rounds.

Winner: Damarques Johnson (unanimous decision)

Team USA is thrilled, and Dana compliments a very beat-up looking Damarques on his performance. Nick is disappointed, as this was the first fight he lost in his last 10. But it looks like the Americans have the first fighter to go into the finale!

Next time: the 4 remaining lightweights square off and we will be treated to two semifinal fights in one episode — who will move on to the finale?

Personally, as much as I don’t like Damarques as a person, I’m glad to see the Americans take the first win into the finals. It wasn’t the most technical, nor the prettiest fight, but a win is a win. How funny would it be to see a Damarques vs. Lester finale?


  1. tom

    June 3, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Damarques Did really good i thoght Nick was the Dark Horse the hole time…

    I think Ross vs Dent will be good until Ross Knocks him out, But Dent does have good JJ??

    i Hope the Black Uk guys Kills The usa guy..

    I hope Frank gets his ass beat Again..

  2. dane drebin

    June 3, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    demarques will win the welterweights

    ross will win the lightweights

    and hendo will destroy bisping

    also i dont like dent he just rubs me the wrong way for some reason

  3. kom34

    June 3, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    i think pierce showed why he got his ass kicked off the show. you don't work with the other team to help them with their gameplan. then he looked stupid trying to deny it. dousche.

    i think it was a good twist that it wasn't teammate vs. teammate to make sure it was a us vs. uk final. i'm glad dana let the teams fight each other.

    demarques showed some heart in there. he was rocked and didn't go down. thats a warrior and i think he's going to win his division too.

  4. Cobra Clutch

    June 3, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    THAT was the amazing out of this world can't miss fight that's been hyped up all week????? Just the banging at the end of the first??? I feel dirty for believing in this season. I'm glad Demarques won, because he's the best on the show. If he lost, then the next person I sparred against would have been feeling it for a week. hahaha.

    How much of a weasel bitch is Pierce? A true Benedict Arnold that guy. But what Shaun White (hahaha) said is awesome…that Lester went in there with a messed up eye and 4 broken teeth, fought his heart out and won…what's more American than that? And THAT was the quote of the show.

    True that…even in this tough economy, and all the fat and lazy years we've had, it's time for America to get up, and fight with our broken teeth and messed up eye and show the world that this empire ain't falling just yet, boys.

    U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

  5. 69insidemytriangle

    June 3, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    nicole i now i say crazy shit 2 you but dat was a good read gurl keep dat shit commin boo. you single gurl? i dun care if u think or wat.

    cobra dat last paragraph you said was real man i liked dat shit baby

  6. 69insidemytriangle

    June 3, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    if you thick or wat*

  7. Cobra Clutch

    June 3, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    wow…wait…was that an all-positive note from 69??? I must be dreaming? do you think…no…maybe…possibly…that it's becoming…dare i think….HUMAN????? And he went back and corrected a spelling error! well…sorta. he left the other 13 errors as they were, though. haha.

  8. Mike

    June 3, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    am i the only person who thought that fight should have been stopped twice? once for the 10 or so uncountered blows from Nick to Demarques at the end of the first and again for Demarques pure beating of nick on gnp?!

    fight was ok, clips from the Pearson v Dent fight look good.

  9. thedude

    June 3, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    no dude demarques fought through that first round even though he was taking alot of shots. bisping makes me laugh at how much of a baby he is. i also thought it was pretty funny that they had kimbo slices name all over the inside the octagon commercial break.

  10. Ryan S

    June 3, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Demarques definately did not deserve to get that fight called at the end of the 1st. He survived and he did a damn good job. Yeah, it was a good fight, but it was overhyped.

  11. karma-killer

    June 3, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Not seen this episode yet as we don't get it until Sunday over the pond but its sounds like a good fight. I expected Demarques to win his fight but i wish someone would shut his big mouth. Feel bad for Nick as he definatley did have the heart that was lacking in some of the other fighters. I hope im not anoyed by the ref's decisions sounds like it should have been stopped in the first. However i will reserve my judgement until i have watched it. We need to win the next for moral me thinks. We seem to be suffering from fatigue as a group. I know what that feels like i still can't walk properly from my last training session on tuesday. i couldn't fight a kid in my current state.

  12. Nichole Lesniak

    June 3, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Dane – I agree with your predictions 100%. Although I dislike Damarques, he'll easily beat the winner of Wilkes/Lester.

    And I was beyond pissed at Pierce last night – what an a$$hole! I was half yelling at the TV. lol

    Pierce doesn't have half the heart that a guy like Lester does.

    That was a helluva fight – both Damarques and Nick can take a punch.

    Uh, thanks 69…..

    Not single – married and 9 months pregnant!

    Mike – I don't think the fight should've been stopped. Damarques was still standing and still aware, and although Nick was on the ground and not fighting back, he was still defending himself. I think had it been stopped, everyone would be complaining that it was too early.

    Was anyone else annoyed by Bisping constantly yelling about the back of the head when Nick WASN'T being hit in the back of the head?? He was like a yapping little dog!

  13. mawpah

    June 3, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Damarques' ground game is horrible! He mounted Nick and didn't know what to do!

    His striking is good, but he is really overrated!

  14. tom

    June 4, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg Officially set for UFC 103

  15. Al 2.0

    June 4, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I'm an american from the midwest, but boy do I want Winner to win…I mean thats his name. And I think Demarques is going to win also. THeres prob going to be a US and the UK a winner (again the name) in both respective weights and all this smack talk, jabbing at each other, and revolutionary war bullshit totally pointless.

  16. Tim

    June 4, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Of the subject…

    Dane Drebin…

    There is a comment on the Fedor vs Barnett that says you sound like a whinny little girl…

    However it says it was from the real Tim…me but i did not write this and just wanted to clear this up as i dont know if someone is trying to be funny and preten to be me as to make seem like some kind of Asshole…but honestly it wasnt me and whoever it was please stop with that crap….Its also funny how i cant seem to recomment on that post anymore…

    Thank you.

  17. Tim

    June 4, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Cool Cage took care of the imposters comment and deleted it..

    Go Winner…..

  18. Cobra Clutch

    June 4, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Yes, can we all agree NOT to f–k with the naming system and just insult each other in our own names? hahaha. Let's not be like Pierce and be all pathetic about it. If we have to say something just man up and say it under your own name. Come on, guys, let's at least keep this high school level at worst. hahaha.

  19. Tim

    June 4, 2009 at 2:40 am

    Damn Strait…

  20. Nichole Lesniak

    June 4, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Yuck – I teach HS kids, can we not go to that level?? lol

  21. dane drebin

    June 4, 2009 at 9:31 am

    nichole i agree with everything you said in comment #12.

    alsot that fight shouldnt have been stopped in the first demarques was moving and throwing back shots while still standing. it could have been stopped but i dont think it should ahve and im glad it wasnt because he was the better fighter by far.

    and tim thanks for clearing that up i didnt even notice no worries

  22. Pierceisgay

    June 4, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Since i saw pierce and the other fag in the spa i knew he was gay.AND WTF DOES HE STILL DO ON THIS SHOW?

    I wish they would let someone of the us team fight him to death dman fagget!

  23. Cobra Clutch

    June 4, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Pierceisgay, are you related to 69inmytriangle? hahaha.

  24. nick deezy

    June 5, 2009 at 10:27 am

    haha… richie ur tha shit. u kno bout these lames in the house. we need to get drunk sumtime… haha jk. but i knew demarques was gonna win….

    damarques is gonna win his division

    i hope cameron dollar wins his division because he straight murdered wutshisface

    US Of F*ckin A Man

  25. Al 2.0

    June 9, 2009 at 4:55 am

    I know I'm a little late and I didn't read everyone's comments to see if someone already mentioned this…but I believe CB Dollaway was eliminated and brought back and won his fight to fight Amir for the winner of TUF.

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