The Ultimate Fighter Season 9: Episode 4

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Episode 4: Game On

Finally, the fourth episode promises the start of the action and the beginning of a war between two the two clashing countries. The show begins with a recap of last week in which Lester beat (and I use the term loosely) Reid and Dent thankfully ousted Browning. The Americans won the first fight pick, which initiates some smack talk from Bisping.

Right off, we start by watching the Brits running in the Vegas heat (are they nuts?) followed by a training session on the mats. Bisping seems happy with the work ethic of his team, saying that none of them are slackers by any stretch. According to him, all the guys are well-known fighters on the British fight circuit and the “assistant” coaches he brought in are actually his coaches in the “real world.” The Brits claim to want to beat the Americans so bad that it drives their training. Bisping doesn’t know, nor care, how hard the Americans are training, but knows that it couldn’t possibly as hard as they are training. Um, a little cocky, are we?

An off-handed comment from Henderson about a guy’s jumper (which I assume is a reference to his basketball skills?) sparks whiny backtalk from Bisping, which annoys Demarques (what doesn’t annoy him?). Hendo tells the guys to use the mockery as motivation. As their coach, Hendo looks to get to know the guys to see what he needs to work on. He talks about the four (4!!!) assistant coaches he has brought in to help the guys improve in all areas. His one concession about the teams is that it’s tough for his guys right now because the Brits have had two weeks off since they last fought, while the Americans have had three or four days. He’s worried about them making weight again — not that they won’t, but that it isn’t healthy. They discuss who is closest to their weight and can handle a fight so they can determine their first fight pick.

The fight announcement day arrives and Henderson has chosen US’s Mark Miller to fight UK’s Nick Osipczak. Hendo chose Miller for his weight and his skills shown thus far. After the choice is made, Bisping makes a crack, which once again gets Demarques annoyed.

With the choices made, Bisping decides his best approach is to go over the tape of the American audition fights since he had missed them. He and his assistant coaches start analyzing and taking notes on Mark Miller — no knees thrown, no chin, when he drops his hands, etc. Not a single positive thing is said. He feels that Miller is damaged, so he is confident in Osipczak’s chances. Later, Bisping and Osipczak spar and work on his footwork to counteract Miller’s jabs. And in all honesty, the sparring looks good. He really looks like he’s improving. To me, he could be a sleeper.

Back at the house, Demarques discovers that Team UK left a t-shirt behind. Oh boy, I can just feel the antics coming. He decides to take a bleach pen and write USA-1, UK-0 on it. In their eyes, it was free game because it was left in a common area. They hang the shirt in plain sight and leave a “ransom note” hanging on the front door for the Brits to find when they come back. This joke is not even funny; it’s just sad.

At the official weigh-in, everyone discusses the upcoming fight. Of course each team is impressed with their own, but Dana is leaning toward Mark based on their audition fights. Can’t say I disagree.

Team UK arrives home and finds the note, but they refer to the prank as “gay”. It turns out to have been Dave Faulkner’s shirt, but they all get a chuckle. Like I said, not even funny.

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At USA’s training session, Mark Miller discusses how he got his nickname of Meat Missile (it’s what he told his grandmother as a joke over breakfast). He claims that he doesn’t really have a game plan, as he’s a “go with the flow” kind of guy. He basically just wants to throw some big hands. It definitely seems as though all think Miller’s more explosive and more powerful, with Hendo claiming he’s going to “beat the **** of the guy.” I sure hope so!

Demarques (I seem to be saying his name a lot….hmmmm) finds that someone has left their wrestling shoes behind, oh my! Others seem to find this to be a touchy thing to be messing with. Demarques and Lester begin writing them in blue sharpie…USA 2, UK 0. (again, not funny). It turns out that that they were Ross Pearson’s, but they were loaned to Dave Faulkner who forgot them at the gym. When the news is broken to him, Pearson is not happy. He tries to get to the bottom of who wrote on the boots, but to no avail. Bisping refers to the whole thing as childish (for once, he and I agree!). He then advises his team not to retaliate and to ignore it, to instead focus on the fights and the training. This is beginning to feel like déjà vu!

Once all is settled, Bisping pulls Osipczak aside to discuss their fight plan. They think Miller will be easy for him. The plan is to start off by giving him a false sense of security with some striking, but then to take him down because Miller has nothing on the ground. A solid strategy if you ask me.

FIGHT DAY
Nick Osipczak vs. Mark Miller

Miller wants to come out and set the pace, letting the UK know that they mean business. Osipczak wants to give his team a boost, knowing that they need him to win. He feels the pressure, whereas Miller says he doesn’t. Osipczak doesn’t care whether he wins by submission or knock-out; he just wants to finish off Miller.

ROUND 1:
Miller looks far calmer than Osipczak. They touch gloves and Miller immediately starts striking, but Osipczak goes for and gets the takedown. In full guard, Miller wraps himself around Osipczak and Osipczak tries to get him a position where he can do some damage. Miller won’t let him. He manages to get himself up and around Osipczak getting himself in Osipczak’s guard. Miller lands some shots to Osipczak’s body and tries to posture for full mount, but they end up back on their feet. They clinch and Miller lands some damaging jabs, one of which rattles Osipczak and they’re back on the ground. After an attempt at a guillotine from Miller, they get back and exchange several jabs. They clinch and exchange more — most damage from Miller. Osipczak goes for and gets the takedown. Miller lands some good shots from his back, while Osipczak lands some body shots. Miller looks like he goes for a triangle. Osipczak backs off allowing Miller to get up a bit, but Osipczak pulls him back down into a guillotine. It’s thought that Miller taps, but he gets out it. Miller is in Osipczak’s guard and is landing some good head and body shots. Miller backs off and Osipczak gets up. The round ends as Osipczak takes Miller down.
Definitely a crazy round.

ROUND 2:
A big combo to start from Miller, but Osipczak counters. Another huge combo from Miller and Osipczak takes him down. Miller tries to get him in a guillotine, but can’t sink it. Osipczak lands some good elbows and Miller lets go. Osipczak has side control. Good knees from Osipczak. Osipczak is being told to posture up, but he’s just lying on Miller. Finally Osipczak mounts Miller. Miller has a good grip on Osipczak’s neck and is being told to roll up to sink it. Finally he does and manages to roll up and over into Osipczak’s full guard. He drops a good straight arm and a few good hammer fists. But Osipczak also lands some good elbows. Miller backs up a little and Osipczak tries to take advantage with a triangle, but Miller gets loose and just stays in his guard. More elbows from Osipczak, but no progress so they are stood up. A weak exchange and a HUGE head kick from Osipczak drops Miller like a sack of potatoes and he is out cold.

Winner: Nick Osipczak via KO

What a brutal fight. Even Miller calls it a straight-up rumble. Very back and forth, a lot of ground-n-pound, a lot of submission attempts. Hendo is disappointed because Miller didn’t really stick to the game plan (did Miller know they had one?). Bisping thought that with all the heavy punches someone would get knocked out. Osipczak says his usage of “look low, kick high” is the oldest trick in the book. Bisping is happy because Osipczak followed the plan of getting Miller on his back. Bisping realizes that he’s being dick by running his mouth, but he’s doing it for a reason — to get the Americans to lose before they even get in the cage. And apparently, it worked. Miller realizes that he has no one to blame but himself — he slipped up, got lazy and got caught. We can only hope that the rest of Team USA learns from Miller’s mistakes.

However, this does not seem so in the previews from the next episode — after only one (seriously disappointing) loss, Team USA starts to splinter while the bond between the Brits grows even stronger (are there really no egos on their team?). Are the Brits for real? Are the Americans just posers? In episode five, we’ll be treated to two fights in one episode which should provide the answer. Truthfully, I’m just happy that the previews haven’t shown drunken douche-baggery – yet!

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49 Comments on "The Ultimate Fighter Season 9: Episode 4"

  1. Cobra Clutch

    I agree. They need to stop f'ing around with the games and get serious or we're going winless like last year's Detroit Lions.

  2. tom

    I love how the UK team seems like the First TUf cast and the USA teams Seems like the last season…WE alll know USA will lose…the only way i can see Team USA winning if they get to pick the next fight, but if not UK all the way..

    I thought mark and Nick were in the top 3 best on each other there team..Wht did they make Them fight now????but fuck it was a great fight..

  3. Cobra Clutch

    I think it's also coaching. I know it's only a couple episodes, but Henderson kinda looks lazy, too mellow. I think Bisping is coming across like a major dick, but at least he's watching tape, getting his people fired up, specializing game plans for them to win; and all we see out of Hendo is "I'm pretty laid back, and will do my talking in the ring." He picked the Meat Missile because he was on-weight, and didn't even think about the match up or WHY he wanted Mark to fight. That said, Mark did better than I expected and almost had the Brit knocked out a couple times, but his bang-only attack and zero muay thai/jits skills really proved to be his undoing. If all you can do is bang, then at least keep your damn hands up!

    I'm holding out high hopes for "Shaun White" though…I think he'll go pretty far for the U.S.

  4. roy

    i am a big hendo fan but i got to agree with you on that cobra, bisping is really getting invovled and hendo seemed to just pick the fight and not really think about it at all.

  5. Nichole Lesniak

    Ugh….that Shaun White-looking kid gives me the creeps…. he looks like Ronald McDonald and Carrot Top had a kid!

  6. dane drebin

    i could see this season being a lot like penn vs pulver season in that bisping will be the better coach get way cocky and then get destroyed when they finally fight.

  7. Cobra Clutch

    haha. Good point, Nichole! Maybe that's why he fights so well, because if you looked like that…you'd HAVE to fight. haha.

  8. Rick Roll

    Don't get all caught up with the edit monster. Remember that the producers and editors piece together the footage they shoot. What they decide to show and what they decide to cut frames what they want you to believe about anyone on the show. Unless you train with these coaches you are just guessing what they are like. Also, each individual is responsible for his training. If you are an idiot and refuse to listen and learn from your coaches that is your fault, not the coaches.

  9. thedude

    are these really the best fighters they could find for the usa team. it seems kinda one sided. bisping seems like a good coach, but i still want to see him fight some real competition.

  10. dane drebin

    Good point RICK ROLL Henderson could be the better coach as well and they are just trying to make bisping seem like something valid.

    AND i agree with you thedude it seems like they took the best fighters out of some states in the USA while they took the best fighters out of ENGLAND PERIOD. Luckily for myself i think Demarques who lives in my city of Salt Lake will win the whole thing.

  11. STEVEO

    guys we also gotta remember that hendo brought in 4 other coaches with him, twice as many as bisping, the guy is a world class wrestler, at the olympic wrestler im pretty sure he has a knack for teaching. As we have discovered bisping is very vocal, henderson is not he probably gets the same message across saying 10% of what bisping says. I am an instructor in the army and some people can say the same thing as me in about half the time. I think hendo would be a great coach and I wouldn't want to fight for bisping, not a big fan of all the trash talk. I actually hope hendo crushes him, his best fight was against a somewhat green rashad evans and now we will find out if hes for real or not. I will agree that the UK all around does seem to be stronger but I think thats because a few americans got in on a miracle in there fight in fight. I honestly believe that the UK team will win seem more skilled and disciplined.

  12. Tom

    I think what some of you are forgetting when you claim you only picked the best fighters out of SOME states and we picked fighters out of the whole of England, have you seen the size of our country??? Plus it's a UK team it just so happens the fighters chosen to represent were from england. We'll see what happens as the season goes I don't wanna argue but you cant try and pass it off as if you only picked a back up team or something, just face facts. I get nervous everytime we fight of course because I want us to win but if we loose I'm not gonna make silly excuses

  13. dane drebin

    Tom MMA in America is light years ahead of MMA in the UK. if the UK team dominates it doesnt mean the UK has better fighters than America. It means Dana made the teams unfair to make the UK look better. I mean look at the ufc. Not just the ufc but MMA as a whole and how many champions are from the UK? it pretty much speaks for itself.

  14. brits are coming

    listen uk is as big as california and mma is in its infancy so stop makin out americans are the best if your so good why not take on brazil. You only lost one fight and most americans have already given up and started making excuses the best champs in the ufc are a silva soon to be machida gsp the only american champs who have been dominant where fighting when there where no decent foriegn fighters because they didnt do mma. Just like when royce battered your big dozy yank fighters in early ufc you americans caught on so will everyone else its just a matter of time till theres a british champ bisping kelly talor hardy semtex hatherway are just the begining there will be tons of uk fighters in a few years maybe even german and french remember gsp fedor anderson machida imo are the best and none are yanks . fedor would destroy lesnar even tho he has weight advantage on everyone infact after ufc 98 you will only have one american champ left

  15. karma-killer

    This all make my arse laugh, or should i say ass for your benefit. you have 256 million people to choose from we have 56 million yet we somehow have had preferential treatment in the draw. Our of country is full of warriors dating back before yours even existed or before we found it and colonised it. We owned your country dont forget we give you your country back (4th july – streched supply lines) fight multiple world wars train your special forces. Yes thats right your delta force was trained by our SAS and then save your ass in countless wars of your own making with only a hand full of elite troops yet you doubt the ability of our warriors. Just take a look at our history – Your gonna lose FACT.

    England is a place where people get drunk and fight in a pub (bar) for recreation and then take on the police. In your country they rely on guns to sort out such anti-social behaviour. Its just brute force and ignorance here lads :-)

  16. dane drebin

    unfortunately LADS your country wont have anything on America for quite sometime because you have no wrestling while America Has new world class wrestling studs every year. And ask any MMA fighter and 9 times out of 10 they will tell you wrestling is the most important thing to learn first (see Hamill Raping Bisping).

    AMERICA has produced such great fighters and champions as Lidell, Couture, Hughes, Franklin, Kos, Bj Penn, Kenny Florian, Vera, Lensar, Mir, Sylvia, Coleman, Randleman, Henderson, Pulver, Mike Brown, Faber, Forrest and Tyson Griffin, Sherk, The Shamrocks, and countless other amazing fighters.

    Who have u produced? Bisping??? Get the fuck outta her with this shit

  17. dane drebin

    And basing ur beliefs on which country has the better fighters on a reality TV show just shows ur own ignorance not mine.

  18. karma-killer

    Im talking about real fighting pal not some gay wrestling sh*t. to The roman's invaded our England before your counrty was discovered 1400 years before roughly and brought restling with them. They invented it remember? who do you think brought it to the USA? do you think we simply forgot it? we just don't hold it in such high regard as you yanks. hugging another guy is not a good thing in any situation. we prefer to beat people up. Nick Osipczak beat miller off his back for f*ck sake why do you think wrestling will be the deciding factor.

    ITS NOT THE SIZE OF THE DOG IN THE FIGHT, ITS THE SIZE OF THE FIGHT IN THE DOG!

    Come on England.

    You speak our language (badly) and even your time zone is governed by ours. USA has a big ego with nothing to back it up.

  19. dane drebin

    HAHAHA that last post showed just wat your knowledge or wrestling is. Its the way wrestlers train that makes a fighter. if youve ever been to a wrestling practice you would know that its the hardest sport in the world. its builds ur cardio and gives u a strength u cant get from lifting weights. Wrestling decides if the fight goes to the ground or stays on the feet. People That dont understand grappling think its gay. Go against an NCAA champ and let him break you in half and tell me how gay it is. And how do we have a big ego with nothing to back it up? I just named off a ton of amazing MMA FIGHTERS that the USA has produced and you have none. It seems that you are the ones with big egos and no back.

    This is arguement that you cant win… Name one MMA champion you have in the ufc… Oh wait there isnt one… and there never has been one.

    P.S. Bisping is one of the most over rated fighters in the ufc. He beats nobody's and has lost to any A level fighter he has ever faced. Henderson or Franklin would both destroy him.

  20. dane drebin

    How many fighters does the UK even have in the top ten rankings? you're pretty dillusional if u think the UK is anywhere near the mma fighters that the USA has.

    P.S. i enjoyed watchin Money Mayweather give Hatton a whoopin… bet ricky thought Floyd was just gunna come in for some hugs right?

  21. dane drebin

    BAHAHAHAH Good luck with that Eddie

    Hendo is 24-7 and has 10 (T)KO's

    all of his losses have been by sumbission or decision and he has never been KO'd or even TKO'd in over 30 fights.

    Henderson has beaten a who's who of worldclass fighters such as: Carlos Newton, Affliction Heavyweight Gildert Yvel, Big Nog, Babalu, Wandy silva, Renzo Gracie, Ninja Rua, Bustamante, Ryo Chonan, Gono, Belfort, Palhares, And Rich Franklin.

    Bisping is 17-1 a very good record no doubt with his only TWO losses thats right TWO! being to Rashad and Hamill. Even the UK fans should know hamill won that fight.

    The only performances worth mentioning from bisping was his close decision with a green Rashad and Leben.

    Bisping has 4 submissions to his name and 1 being by strikes. Bisping only has two KO's on his record when he knocked out two nobodies. Even his training partner rampage must know he cant bust a grape and his only shot is to dance around and try to out point hendo which is not likely. Bisping is like a poor mans Rich Franklin.

    Hendo will wreck bisping.

  22. Eddie

    "Henderson has beaten a who’s who of worldclass fighters such as: Carlos Newton, Affliction Heavyweight Gildert Yvel, Big Nog, Babalu, Wandy silva, Renzo Gracie, Ninja Rua, Bustamante, Ryo Chonan, Gono, Belfort, Palhares, And Rich Franklin. "

    Which will make Bisping's win even sweeter.

    Dont get me wrong, I do like Hendo, and I think it will be a great match, but IMO I think Bisping will out smart him and eventually win.

    I know people think Bisping is acting like a dick. But he said it himself, he is trying to get under the oppositions skin. To upset and put the opponent off. Psychologically a match can be won/lost before the competitors even get into the cage.

  23. Tim

    So true you must first be mentally tough before you are physically tough, a weak mind makes a weak body.

    Bisping is menatally and physically tough, dont know about Hendo as it really seems to be getting to him.

    Also why is it that everyone loves the Brits….maybe because they dont fight and talk shit to one another they just there to fight and have fun. I mean i am a true American but damn those brits seem very cool to chill with.

  24. dane drebin

    just because henderson is 1 fight down in his coaching doesnt make him mentally weaker than bisping thats the stupidest thing ive ever heard tim. Henderson is an Olympian and the only person to hold two belts in pride at the same time. He's just as mentally tough as bisping and a lot more imo.

  25. karma-killer

    My prediction – a flying knee cracks hendo's head in two as he shoots for the take down. Dane your whole college system revolves around wrestling & american football (not real football) and thats ok i appreciate it must be difficult to see the big picture but thinking that wrestling is 9/10 of fighting is a gross underestimation of the skills required for an all round fighter. Wrestling does have the ability to nulify a fighter and kill the action. If your idea of fighting is rolling around on the ground with another sweaty man then thats fine. But i can assure you that all of our guys want to break bones and cause permanent damage to each other just for fun. Our boxers are amoung the best in the world. Kalzage, Haye, Frotch, Hatten etc. All this from a small island, smaller geographically than most of your states one which had the largest empire the world has ever seen and will never see the likes of again. I just want you guys to realise that your not the epicentre of the world and your achievements are negligable when it comes to comparing warriors. The UFC is in its infancy you got the jump on us this is true. Now prepare to watch our fighters redress the balance. And take our rightful place as the pinicale of unarmed combat.

  26. dane drebin

    1.) Hendo rarely goes for double legs most of the time he clinches and does a grecco takedown seeing as he was a GRECCO champion. Look up grecco roman wrestling. there are lots of different kinds of wrestling.

    2.) I never said wrestling was 9/10 of fighting but it is a lot more important than striking. Ask any mma fighter and he will tell you to start out in wrestling and use that as ur base. And this point has been proven many times from seeing Collegiate wrestling champions with no mma experience come in and do very well in mma. While practically no professional boxers have come over and done well in mma.

    3.) I dont think America is the epicentre of the world. Our economy sucks dick and we have a lot of things wrong with our country. But i am very proud to be an American and alls im saying is that the UK is not on the same level in mma at this point. And it pisses me off when the UK has aboslutely no mma champions yet and like 1 fighter in the top ten rankings yet thinks they are superior to the USA.

    IMO it goes like this when it comes to MMA talent.

    1-Brazil

    2-America

    3-Japan

    4-Russia

    5-UK

    And why do u keep bringing up stupid shit like you used to own our country and all this crap. What does that ahve to do with mma? We broke away from your country because it was being run wrong and we wanted to be free from it. How did that revolutionary war turn out for you guys anyways? We saved you're country's ass in WW2 and we have the bigger more powerfull country now so get over it and be humble until your country actually does something worth mentioning in mma before you start bragging how tough the UK is because u are one up on a reality TV show.

  27. Eddie

    "I’m sorry…did you call american football not “real football?”

    No, no, i’m not even going to begin on that."

    Good, then dont. -_-

    Look we could talk about the war etc for god knows how long, bitching between ourselves about who won ths and who saved who etc…whatever. Past is the past, we will never agree, so lets forget it.

    And your right with the MMA talent list, i totally agree with you on that.I'd maybe even consider putting Japan above you as there are a lot of good japanese in pride)

    But remember we havent been doing it as long as anyone else, in a way, our guy beating your guy in that match is probably to us what USA beating England at football (soccer was) to you a few years ago. So let us celebrate that victory, because yes it was a big deal to us. And I guess we want to make the most of it while we can :)

    Also just because there arent that many brits in the UFC does not "automatically" presume we shouldnt have guys in the top 10 of MMA. Thre are other MMA organisations then just UFC. There are a lot of organisations in the UK. We have Cage rage and a few others.

    There is also Pride in Japan (though I dont think there are any UK fighters over there).

  28. paul

    karma killer all you have is was and and you lost a war to one of your small colonies and now it would not even be fair we would stomp you, as far as wrestling i don't like wrestlers but they are the best fighters and it is the best base, you could go into a mma match with wrestling only and win it you go in with boxing only and you would lose just about every fight.

  29. karma-killer

    You asked why i keep banging on about all these wars and our historical prowess in sports. Its because im trying to educate you that PROPORTIONATELY we are the greater nation.

    When you look at the size difference, money difference, population difference we stack up very well against the rest of the world. Just look how many of our atheletes won medals at the olympics in china. i think we ended up 4th in the rankings behind china, USA then russia. But in medal total we were 3rd beating Russia by over double the amount of medals. When you look at the scale of the countries mentioned proportionatelty per head we were top. I can only see this rank improving in the next olympics as its on home soil. Our support is legendray there is no one more patriotic than us english often in USA vs UK boxing in VEGAS the English croud outnumber the americans and even when the numbers are few the vocal support is louder.

    In short i was not critisising the achievements of american fighters in the UFC. I'm critisising your view that we as a nation are lightweights that have no fighting ability. I wounder what your excuses will be when the UK team are having to substitute members and give them to the USA to balance the sides.

  30. Dizzy UK BOY

    uk for life…hendersons team are a bunch of babies…stupid pranks…not even funny…uk are into the training and know what they're there for….UK ALL DA WAY..

    come on you british!!! …bispin rules…..

    Dizzy UK 4 LIFE!!

  31. Nichole Lesniak

    Remind me again which martial art the UK invented??

    Ridiculous how this has turned into a pissing contest….

  32. dane drebin

    The UK invented how to have a janked up smile… get some top ten dentists before you start raggin on the usa

  33. dizzyboy7

    dane: wot u on about top ten dentist..first of all that aint even funny man…usa aint got nuttin over us uk! we're all adults in the ufc ur all babies ..which ill see tmoz coz ur all crying like babies…hmm we're all gettin on bondin coz we're what you call A TEAM!!!

    UK UK UK! ALL THE WAY

    UK BABY!!! ENGLAND BABY!!!

    BISPING BABY HAHAHAHA

  34. dizzyboy7

    haha watchin ufc 9 now!

    americans..such babies constant arguin..i respect two of them who understand that uk are cool and have a team bonding…why isit americans are arguin so childish on t.v…so pathetic…

    and that idiot sayin he banged all those women…ur a loser ur gona get ur arse kicked…prick

    uk for life!!

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