The Ultimate Fighter Season 9: Episode 11

Episode 11: More Ups, Less Downs

Previously on TUF, the semifinals begin and Damarques Johnson gets the decision win over Nick Osipczak to give the Americans the first slot in the finals. Tonight, the first of the lightweight semis pits Cameron Dollar vs. Andre Winner. Then we’ll see who is triumphant between Ross Pearson and James Dent.

Tonight’s episode begins at Team US Training. Henderson discusses his plan for Cameron, which involves starting on his feet, then taking Winner to the ground to finish. Unfortunately for Cameron, his ribs were hurt at some point in the week, are now very tender and causing trouble for him. Hendo wants Cameron to stand up and bang with his sparring partner, but not be stupid and hurt his ribs. Of course, the ribs become an issue. Cameron is afraid of getting hit in the ribs because he’s afraid he’s gonna fold when it comes to the real fight. The ultimate goal for Hendo: to make the finals a nightmare for Dana with no UK guys.

Over at Team UK’s training, again, Pierce’s name is brought up. This time, he told Winner what Cameron likes to do, so he’s preparing based on that. But no, Pierce never said anything, right? Later at the house, it’s brought up that Winner likes to suck his thumb, and the guys rib him a bit for it (though he denies it at first). They’re making fun of Winner for this, but not Faulkner for his mouthpiece issues??? Very interesting. Cameron jokes that he can’t lose to someone who sucks his thumb.


Cameron is feeling the pressure once again, but trusts that god wouldn’t give him something he couldn’t handle. He prays every night for “God’s speed and Devil’s rage.” Winner, on the other hand, just wants to pay the bills. He says he doesn’t like to run his mouth, but he’s going to try his best, otherwise what’s the point?

ROUND 1: Some dancing, and Dollar takes the first shots. He keeps working the jabs, but Winner returns them. Both are swinging hard, fast and wild. Winner takes a sharp punch to the jaw. They clinch and Dollar gets some knees in. A good knee from Winner and Dollar shoots. Winner lands some good shots that rattle Dollar and keep him down a bit. Winner tries to back up, but Dollar grabs his legs and pulls him down. They scramble back up and clinch. Dollar is working for some kind of takedown, but Winner is landing several shots to the head and ribs. They separate a bit and exchange. Dollar shoots and takes Winner down, but Winner lands on top and mounts Dollar. He rolls over and sets Dollar up in a triangle, but can’t seem to get it tightly at first. Dollar works hard to pull himself out, but Winner manages to really sink his legs in and Dollar taps.

Winner: Andre Winner via Submission (triangle)

Post-fight, Winner is happy to win, and to not have embarrassed himself on the show (as compared to previous seasons, this is something to be happy about!). The Brits are happy to have their first guy in the finals.

Rightfully so, Cameron is disappointed to have come so far, and not made it. Ever the proud coach, Hendo sees a lot of potential in Cameron and sees a future for him in the UFC.

Now in the finals we have one American at 170, and one Brit at 155. What’s next?

The following day at Team UK training, Pearson discusses his fight with a well-rounded Dent, who he is excited to fight. During some grappling training with Bisping, Pearson’s shoulder gets dislocated, which he says happens from time to time. Pearson is clearly in pain, and everyone looks concerned. Bisping simply pops it back in, and he’s back to training. Wow. That’s nuts.

Later, at Team US training, Dana reveals that he was NOT impressed by Dent’s fights so far. In his eyes, Dent was playing it safe, just trying to squeak out a win. Dent takes this personally, and is going to turn it up for the next fight to show everyone. Hendo somewhat agrees, and says that he hasn’t shown what he’s capable of yet. Dent wants to finish this fight big and promises to let it all hang out. He better!


At the house, the tension is clear. Both are just kind of hanging around waiting for the fight. Pearson promises to make the fight messy and give it everything he’s got. He intends to keep the pace fast and is looking to knock Dent out. He wants the fame and glory and money — and Dent is keeping it from him. In an almost echo, Dent says he is going to destroy Pearson, who is in his way of a big contract, and thinks he could either TKO or submit him. He is at least willing to acknowledge that Pearson is dangerous, but he’s not the toughest he’s ever fought. We shall see…

ROUND 1: Dent starts off with a missed leg kick, followed by a blocked head kick. Pearson opens up with a jab and they clinch. A few weak knees from Dent. Pearson attempts head kicks but falls. Dent is against the fence and Pearson works some body shots and head shots. They separate and Pearson lands a good head shot, followed by a body kick. Then he lands a good uppercut-jab combo. Dent manages a knee. Backing up a bit, Dent lands a jab to Pearson’s face. Pearson counters with a GREAT head kick and Dent is back up against the cage. In the clinch, they exchange some knees and body shots. Good uppercut from Dent and they’re apart. A blocked head kick from Pearson. Dent goes in for some knees, but they’re blocked. A good knee-uppercut combo from Pearson and they’re exchanging repeated jabs. Clinching again, Dent swings wildly but lands nothing. Back in the center, a spinning kick from Dent misses. Solid shots from Pearson keep Dent against the cage. In the clinch, Dent lands a few shots, but none do any damage. On their feet, they exchange several jabs as the round ends.

ROUND 2: Dent is the first to swing…and miss. Dent lands a good leg kick, which Pearson counters. Good body kick from Dent is followed by a great head kick from Pearson. A good exchange in the center nets Dent a nice shot to the Pearson’s head. Now Dent lands a good leg kick. Pearson lands a series of body shots, pushing Dent back to the cage. In the clinch, Dent works some knees. He weakly attempts to get Pearson down, but nothing happens. They move back to the middle and Dent lands a nice jab. Good hook from Pearson. More exchanges in the center and this time Dent puts Pearson against the cage. Pearson reverses and takes Dent down. In his guard, Pearson works some shots to his head. Dent tries to get out and Pearson mounts him, but he loses it. Back on their feet, Dent does a lot of swinging. The two exchange a lot and keep the pace fast. Dent shoots and latches on to Pearson’s leg but can’t get him down. Dent is on his back and Pearson pounces. In Dent’s guard, he rains down punch after punch. The round ends as Dent looks for a possible arm.

ROUND 3: Dent starts offensively with some jabs, but Pearson backs up. Dent continues and lands a good body kick. Pearson finally lands a jab and solid straight arm to Dent’s face. With Dent backing up, Pearson follows up with more jabs and then takes Dent down. Dent goes for a guillotine, but Pearson gets out and is in Dent’s guard. Pearson alternates punches and elbows, and then he throws in some hammer-fists. Pearson backs off a bit and Dent changes position giving up his back in side-control. Pearson pounds on Dent’s head and body, and then he starts looking for an arm. Pearson continues the head shots while Dent turtles up, covering his head. Dent rolls over and Pearson is back in his guard. Pearson continues the punishment with elbows and the occasional straight arm. Pearson backs up a bit and Dent rolls again giving up his back. Now Pearson can throw in knees. Crouching and covering his head, Dent just takes more abuse. Though the two keep flipping between full guard and Pearson controlling Dent’s back, the round ends with Dent just being punished.

Winner: Pearson via Unanimous Decision

Dana was much more impressed by Dent this time around, and now respects him. Can’t say I disagree. Even Pearson gives him props for his toughness. But somehow I end the show confused, as Dent claims the house got to him??? Is that his excuse for the loss?

All in all, tonight’s fights were interesting, but weren’t much of a surprise. As much as I disliked Dollar in the beginning, he sorta started to grow on me and I really had hopes that he’d win tonight. It seemed like he had a chance against Winner and I was seriously disappointed to see him lose. As for Dent, I really didn’t expect him to win, but the fast pace and real tenacity of both he and Pearson was truly impressive. Both guys can really take a punch, and neither of them gassed. Were they the most technical fight? No, but they were really entertaining.

Now, at least one of the final fights has been decided. The lightweight finals will showcase Brits Winner vs. Pearson. I couldn’t even fathom a guess as to who’s going to take it, but if it comes down to going the distance, my money’s on Pearson.

Next week: One fight remains to see who will take on Damarques in the final. Lester must once again take on the man who destroyed his smile. Will history repeat itself or will Lester get his vengeance? War Lester!


  1. karma-killer

    June 10, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Thats Readressing the balance in style. Come on England!

  2. mawpah

    June 10, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Dollar should have won his fight and Dent was a punching bag. Dent's strategy was stupid! Stand there and let Pearson out punch you? Pitiful!

  3. Mike

    June 10, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Winner will take the lightweight final.

    I'm hoping Wilkes will take the welterweight final (not that i expect him to, i just think he could)

  4. mawpah

    June 10, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    I'm looking forward to next season. It's going to be a train wreck!!!

    Kimbo, Roy Nelson (rumored) and a bunch of ex-NFL guys!

    Can anyone say "jump the shark"!?!?

  5. Nichole Lesniak

    June 10, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Agreed mawpah – it seemed like Dent would only land 1 of every 5 punches, while Pearson was a little more selective and actually landed a lot more. Dent almost reminded me of Nick Diaz, although Diaz actually HITS his opponent.

  6. tom

    June 11, 2009 at 1:30 am

    dent did badass and it was a good fight…

    the light weight finals will be badass fight…

    demark should win welter weight…

    next season will be badass..mike v is on it…he has fought randy and some other badass..

  7. tom

    June 11, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Gina Carano and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos fight for Strikeforce's 145-pound title on Aug. 15

    cant wait Cyborge all the way

  8. gg

    June 11, 2009 at 5:39 am

    thx 2 dana white dent lost his fight. Dana white is a dumbass and should keep his mouth shut.

  9. Nichole Lesniak

    June 11, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Thanks to Dana? I must've missed the part where Dana got in the ring with them!

  10. Cobra Clutch

    June 11, 2009 at 9:51 am

    lol @ gg…how the F— did Dana cause Dent to lose? hahaha. He didn't listen to his corner, and got out-classed. That's how he lost. He definitely tried hard and did he best, no doubt. And he got a little respect back. At least he fought and fought hard. Not like Mr. "sure i'll fight if I have to, but can't I just be on TV without doing anything? Let Lester take my place…wwwaaaahhhhh…"

  11. Cobra Clutch

    June 11, 2009 at 9:53 am

    In other news, however this one started…I think Cyborg will win, but I'm always cheering for Gina, because she's way prettier. Hahaha.

    And back to TUF9: How embarrassing, losing to a dude who sucks his thumb. And how embarrassing to suck your thumb!!! Who the F— does that?????

    Predictions (One each, U.S. and U.K.):

    – Demarques

    – Pearson

  12. other derek

    June 11, 2009 at 11:09 am

    gina carano all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. other derek

    June 11, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    and also guys does anyone know where the fuck chris leben's been?

  14. Kash

    June 11, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Dent is a warrior but he didn't seem to have the skill to take him to the next level. He brought it though.

    Leben got suspended for something. I don't remember what. But he should be back pretty soon.

  15. gg

    June 11, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    How? Dana White told him he was boring, so he tried 2 have an exciting fight which was retarded and he ended up getting his ass kicked. If u watch his first two fights he's smarter than that and didn't run out swinging like an idiot.

  16. Cobra Clutch

    June 11, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    GG, are you related to Dent or something? I mean…come on. hahaha.

  17. karma-killer

    June 11, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Leben was suspended for doping i believe after fight with bisiping. Hasn't he also been in trouble for fighting in the 'real world'. Probably got his ass kicked then as well.

  18. Nichole Lesniak

    June 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    gg – If he can't take a little criticism (especially when it's the truth), he's in the wrong business. If I listened to every dumba$$ that criticized me, I wouldn't be writing on here anymore!

  19. mawpah

    June 12, 2009 at 3:40 am

    This is the Ultimate!

    You're gonna get knocked out!

  20. dizzyboy7

    June 20, 2009 at 1:17 pm



  21. dizzyboy7

    June 20, 2009 at 1:20 pm







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