The Ultimate Fighter Season 9: Episode 3



Episode 3: Red, White and Bruised

There was a lot of hype and anticipation (and worry) before tonight’s show, all seemingly caused by the Spike leak showing Rob Browning in the house before he even fights. Many, myself included, were worried that this meant that Rob made the show. Though I don’t think Spike is dumb enough to leak that kind of info, I still sat on the edge of my seat for the episode, hoping that Season 9 wouldn’t just be a repeat of last season.

Episode 3 begins with a recap of Dana’s trip to the UK and back to Vegas to find the fighters for the show. Dana was truly impressed with the heart of the Brits, whereas the Americans had a really rough start. On tonight’s show, the two remaining Americans, Kiel Reid and Jason Dent, will take on alternates Frank Lester and Rob Browning to determine who makes it into the house.

As the show starts, the guys are welcomed into their new digs. The Americans enter first and they all admire the pretty cool paintings depicting Teams USA and UK (very impressive art, I have to say. Too bad it’ll all get destroyed if history repeats itself). Jason Dent says it best when he admits to feeling a little more territorial, like the Brits are invading and they need to defend their home turf. Then the Brits enter, not knowing what to expect. They arrive expecting hate from their host country, but they are welcomed (though Defranco says he can’t really understand them…another says he’ll just have to smile and nod). Of course, Junie…errr…Rob Browning immediately wants to start doing shots and helps to solidify the American stereotype for the Brits — a bunch of guys that just drink, curse and say “dude” a lot. Several of the guys decide to hit the b-ball court, and sure enough, the Brits are lost. They start kicking it around like a soccer ball. Out of nowhere, little Junie Junior begins launching eggs out onto the courts. Even the other Americans roll their eyes at his antics. One of the Brits gets in Browning’s face and rightfully spits off that he’s (Rob) not even in the house yet and he’s acting like an idiot. He then proceeds to go piss in the other guys’ shower, as opposed to the communal toilet. Pissing off even Americans, Rob tries to get his own teammate to hit him, but thankfully, he doesn’t bite even with all of Rob’s “you can’t fight” trash-talk. And all of this on the first day.

With the Rob-drama put to rest for the night, the guys sit down and make up some ground rules as far as jokes and behavior in the house (you mean they watched and actually learned from previous seasons?!). Touching each others’ food is off limits. Anything involving bodily fluids is a no-no. Basically, if it’s not yours, don’t touch it. They all seem to be in agreement…even on the fact that they all want Jason to win so Rob is gone. Dent is feeling the pressure of being the one to eliminate Browning, but all seem hopeful.

The next morning, the Americans arrive at the gym for their training session. Henderson decides to make things business as usual. The guys that have to fight don’t practice with each other, which makes sense. Hendo comments that MMA in the UK is a few years behind, and wrestling is virtually non-existent (which I have been saying for years!). This gives him a lot of hope for the success of Team USA. When they’re done working out, there is definitely an air of American pride in the room and the guys are trying to pump each other up to beat the Brits. Then Bisping arrives, first coming into the gym’s kitchen where he lights the fire under the Americans with some light-hearted ribbing about the Brits’ future success. The Americans just laugh politely until Bisping is out of the room. Johnson compares him to the “proud-parent from the church basketball game.” Later, he adds that they only thing they could beat them in is soccer.

Bisping is feeling the pressure of being the UK coach, with his entire nation wanting the team to succeed. The fighters arrive at the gym and immediately get to it. While Bisping had intended the first day to be relaxed and light, his sparring partner comes right at him with a jab to the face. It’s on from there. The Brits realize that they are seen as the underdogs, that the Americans think they are just going to breeze right through them, but they are looking to shock everyone. Bisping warns the Americans not to take them lightly (should any fighter take any opponent lightly?).

Back at the house (cue ominous music), Browning actually seems nervous about fighting, particularly because he’s not used to fighting at 155 (he typically fights at 135). He says he’s finally comfortable around the Brits, though the feeling is not mutual. Wilks gives him the nickname “15 minutes” to commemorate the amount of time he’s looking for on TV. Dent doesn’t seem as nervous, but he admits that he just want to get it over with because he’s tired of the hype. Lester, a former soldier, on the other hand, is excited just to “bash his head in.” He knows Reid has more fights under his belt and trains with Pat Militech, but Lester feels that he shouldn’t be underestimated. Kiel Reid seems far more nonchalant about the fight, knowing that this is his ticket. He’s a competitor and an athlete, not a guy with a job to go home to. Basically, all four of them just want to fight, and win, as these fights actually mean the most.


Kiel Reid v. Frank Lester

Round 1: Both look a little tentative at first, but Lester is the first to strike. They dance around the ring some more with very cautious shots. Reid takes Lester down and works to keep him on his back. They posture for position and Lester is completely down. In half guard, Reid isn’t doing very much. He tries to pass his guard, but is not having any luck. Both are told to start doing something. Reid gets Lester’s neck and tries to pull up for a guillotine, but can’t get it in deep enough and they separate. On their feet, they clinch and exchange a couple knees. Reid goes for the takedown again, but no luck. Reid is just holding onto Lester’s leg and is eventually able to slam Lester down. In the process of slamming him, he pile-drives his own head into the mat hard, thereby knocking himself out.

Winner: Frank Lester via TKO

Reid comes to, not understanding why the ref stopped it. What’s really lucky is that Lester didn’t know that Reid was out and was yanking on Reid’s arm for the kimura. If the ref hadn’t stopped it, Lester may have just ripped Reid’s arm off. It’s unfortunate that Reid had to lose that way, but it’s a part of the sport. All the guys feel sorry for Reid and rightfully so.

Reid: You know you can’t beat me.
Lester: I just did.
Reid: I beat myself.

Truer words were never spoken. There’s no way to really know who would’ve won the fight, but you’ve got to feel bad for Reid. I especially didn’t like the way Lester acted after it was all over. Yeah, there’s “no ifs, ands, or buts, Kyle was out.” But he knocked himself out. Seriously, dude, eat some humble pie and count your lucky stars that you’re moving on.

Jason Dent v. Rob Browning

Round 1: The guys dance for a bit, feeling each other out. A good straight leg from Browning. Some good kick exchanges, and jab exchanges, but nothing damaging. Great overhand combo from Browning and he goes for the takedown. Dent holds his own and stays up. More straight legs from Browning followed by jabs. Good head kick from Dent, but it’s blocked. Dent shoots this time and gets Browning down on his stomach. Dent is warned for shots to the back of the head, but he continues his barrage of knees and fists all over Browning’s body. Browning just turtles up and isn’t fighting back. He just rolls and cowers as Dent delivers punch after knee after elbow. Finally Dent mounts Browning and keeps straight-arming him. The ref warns Browning to fight back, but he just covers his face. Finally, the ref stops it.

Winner: Jason Dent via TKO

Even Hendo is happy to see Browning go, because he didn’t want to deal with another Junie. Something tells me he’s not the only one. On his way out, Rob whispers to Dana, “135 here I come.” God, I hope not.

After the final teams are established, the coin is flipped to see who picks the first fight. They will alternate fight picks until everyone in each weight class has fought. The coin is tossed and USA gets the first pick. They are dismissed, and Bisping throws down the gauntlet offering to fight right then and there.

In the preview for next week, the guys are shown preparing for the first fight, though it is not shown who will be fighting. Bisping continues to talk trash, which Hendo says will just add fuel to the fire. Who will be the first to claim victory for their country?

At this point, I’m really worried for Team USA.


  1. Nichole Lesniak

    April 16, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Sorry for the delay everyone! This is what happens when you have spring break and a crummy VCR lol.

  2. Sam

    April 16, 2009 at 3:52 am

    Its the Rob Browning show. I didn't know someone could be more "ignant" then Junie. Tuf must be suffering in the ratings

  3. Cobra Clutch

    April 16, 2009 at 4:41 am

    What's a VCR? I think I read about that in history class. haha.


  4. kom34

    April 16, 2009 at 5:20 am

    good write up nicole. i thought last nights episode was pretty good. browning acted like a dousche because he is one. but it was really sweet to see him get pummeled. those body shots looked brutal

    the first fight was really good. its too bad reid knocked himself out. i would have liked to see if he could pull out of that kimora.

    i think rob browning proabably has only a couple more minutes of fame left in him. i'm sure he'll be doing a ton of interviews now.

  5. Nichole Lesniak

    April 16, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Sam – I know, right? I thought Rob was actually worse than Junie. Junie at least took more than 24 hours to piss people off. But you can't blame the show. Rob was an alternate – they obviously didn't want him on the show from the start either!

    Haha Cobra – it's what people have when TV doesn't run their lives. :P

    Thanks, kom. That was one of the best losses ever! I loved seeing Browning cowering in the cage like a lost kitten. I just hope this is the last we have to hear from him. I pray that Dana has the sense not to let him fight in the WEC.

  6. Tim

    April 16, 2009 at 8:19 am

    I am so happy little browning got his ass kicked. And what the hell is up with Lester thinking he actually beat Reid??? Reid beat himself and yes a loss is a loss but its not like Lester KO'd him or anything. Then after that he said did you see that right i KO'd him with?? and the other guy was like what Right Reid got you too, you didnt beat him he beat himself..i just thought that was funny.

  7. Ryan S

    April 16, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I agree with you completely Tim, except for one thing. I hate it when people say "You didn't beat me, I beat myself." In my opinion, Lester put Ried in a position that forced him to knock himself out. Get over it. Yeah, he shouldn't have been so happy afterwards. I wouldn't have. And yeah, he probably wouldn't have won if that didn't happen. But still, fuck Rob Browning. At least his brother didn't turtle up on the mat.

  8. Bob

    April 16, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Man, Reid acted like a dick though, he wouldn't even shake hands with Lester, C'mon it isn't his fault you knocked your own dumb ass out. Wins are wins, don't be a dick about it. Anyway, I was on the edge of my seat once Browning was on the ground receiving some GnP. He was like 2x the prick Junie is, man I was getting angry watching him. I did a little dance once the ref stopped the fight, YES!

  9. dane drebin

    April 16, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I'm totally with you on this one Bob. if the reff didnt stop it Reid woulda lost his arm he's lucky he didnt get seriously injured. Reid seemed like the better fighter overall but if ur out ur out get over it and dont blame a guy for being happy he got to be in the house because thats a huge life changing thing and anyone would be happy no matter if they won by person dropping out or someone not making weight u'd still eb stoked as fuck to get in that house. Jesus browning Jr. is worse than junie and thats hard to do. how would u like it if u had junies family as ur fster family good god id shoot myself. The brownings are the walking living breathing sothern stereo types of what happens when u do drugs and screw your cousins.

  10. Bob

    April 16, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Yeah the armbar looked really sick after a few seconds before the ref stopped it, ouch. Also, let's go throw eggs at the British guys, that'll be great, and now I'll start shit with my teammates before I even get into the house!

    Man I never thought I'd despise any pair of brothers in MMA more than the Diaz bros, but wow the Brownings need to be put to sleep or something, menace to society.

  11. Nichole Lesniak

    April 16, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I agree that Reid should've at least shaken hands, but I think he would have if Lester wouldn't have bragged so damn much! There's a difference between being happy for the W and bragging.

    Dane – I dunno about Reid's arm…I think he was out before Lester really had it good. Had he not knocked himself out, I still don't think Lester would've won.

    Bob – I agree 100% about the Browning bros vs. the Diaz bros! That's exactly how I feel about both! The Brownings are the poster-children for sterilization!

  12. dane drebin

    April 16, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Oh u misunderstood me nichole i know that the knockout is what won the fight im just saying if the reff didnt break it up he could have gotten seriously injured. the reason he got knocked out is because he landed on his dome because lester was twisting his arm for a kimura as they were going down to the ground.

  13. Miko

    April 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    So glad browning was sent packing.

    We don't need another BS series with a douche bag browning hijacking the show.

  14. Ryan S

    April 16, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Whats funny is that Dana White is probably kind of upset that Browning didn't make it. They always want the outrageous idiots on those shows.

  15. Nichole Lesniak

    April 17, 2009 at 1:19 am

    I agree Ryan, but if Dana wanted him on the show, he wouldn't have cut him in the first place. Remember, he was only on as an alternate.

  16. Cobra Clutch

    April 17, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Lester is a classless douche. I hope one of the Brits cleans his clock…but I want all the other Americans to win. :)

  17. dane drebin

    April 17, 2009 at 10:28 am

    for all you people saying lester didnt win blah blah blah reid beat himself… u should go look on sherdog they have a GIF in slow motion of lester sweeping reids leg causing him to fall on his face… pretty much puts it to rest that reid lost fair and square. but keep whinning entertaining.

  18. Tim

    April 17, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I dont know what your watching but Reid picked his ass up and was going for a takedown and landing on his head….you can say he tried to sweep him but Reid took him down forcefully and ended up knocking himself out. either way a win is a win but i thought it was funny how Lester actually thought he knocked him out with a right hand..dude did you see that right i ko'd him with…other guy…what are you talking about…reid ko'd himself…funny shit…looking for lester to get his ass beat by the british…sorry i am an american all the way but the british seem to have some awesome talnent this season.

  19. dane drebin

    April 17, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    i keep trying to post it but its not working

  20. Nichole Lesniak

    April 18, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I watched that gif over and over – sorry, but that wasn't Lester sweeping, that was him trying not to get picked up.

  21. Rose

    May 22, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    cool…Jason Dent won feel bad for the other guy

    and yeah lester won…weepe!!

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