The Ultimate Fighter Season 9: Episode 5


Episode 5: Wiggity Wack

Previously on The Ultimate Fighter, Team USA chose Brit Nick Osipczak to fight American Mark Miller, giving Osipczak a big win over the Americans. Could this loss be a wakeup call for Team USA, or will it be the wedge that drives between them?

Bisping is pretty thrilled by the win and tells his guys to get used to this elated feeling. Henderson, on the other hand, looks for the loss to be a wakeup call for his guys. Pierce says it opened his eyes, with Dent adding that it’s pissed them off and are looking for revenge. On the ride home, Dent goes on to warn the rest of the guys to be respectful when they get back to the house. He’s worried that Cameron is going to run his mouth and make them all look bad (and rightfully so, as Cameron tells Dent he’ll pretty much do what he wants). Demarques points out that they are not really a team, and aren’t fooling anyone into thinking so.

Upon arriving back at the house, the disparity in their ages is apparent (their ages range from 21 to almost 30) — one guy is running his mouth about how many girls he’s slept with (another refers to him as the Wilt Chamberlain of MMA) — including the wife of a friend. You can see the older guys rolling their eyes at the pure BS spewing from this kid’s mouth. Some of the older guys talk about distancing themselves and hanging out more with the Brits, noticing that they’re more mature.

Back at the gym, the guys assemble for Team UK’s fight announcement, in which Andre Winner will take on Santino Defranco. Bisping is confident in Winner, while Hendo thinks Santino could take Andre down and pick him apart. Prior to the weigh-ins, Winner is shown trying to cut weight in a sweat suit. Winner grapples with Bisping and both are going all out. Winner even gets Bisping down to the cheers of his teammates. This could be bad for Defranco!

At Team USA training, the focus is on Defranco talking about the issues he had when he made it through the second season of TUF in 2005 — where it was found he had two brain aneurysms that required him to leave the show to have brain surgery. If the goal of showing this is to garner sympathy for Defranco, it definitely worked.

On fight day, an incredibly confident Defranco doubts Winner’s abilities against someone with as much experience as he has. In their respective locker rooms, Defranco is hyping himself up, as Bisping is doing the same for a seemingly calm Winner. Winner asserts that the only way he can lose is via submission.

Andre Winner vs. Santino Defranco

Round 1: The fights starts with a good leg kick from Defranco. Winner spends a lot of time backing up. Defranco delivers another leg kick, which is followed up with a jab from Winner. Defranco shoots, but can’t get him down. They clinch but separate quickly. Solid jabs from Winner, and Defranco responds with several good kicks. Defranco shoots and fails again due to Winner’s impressive sprawl. Good combo from Winner, followed by another. They continue swapping jabs and kicks, but no damage being done really. Finally a jab from Winner rattles Defranco. Defranco finally gets Winner down, but pulls him down into his guard. Defranco looks for a triangle, but can’t get his leg over. Winner gets out of it and Defranco just wraps his legs fully around him. Winner backs off and starts in with a barrage of punches which Defranco is not really defending. Finally the ref stops it.

Winner: Andre Winner via TKO

Team UK is elated, as this win is a huge boost to their morale. Winner is so happy he cannot describe the feeling of his victory. Defranco is pretty hard on himself for looking for the way to end it quickly and being impatient. Hendo tells them to be confident in their game and stick to their game plan. Instead of moping, they should all use these two losses to fuel their fire. They need a mental boost, so they need to pick a winning fight.

At the house, things are not like they’ve been in past seasons. There is a clear unfriendly vibe, and some USA’ers are giving Dent a hard time about being antisocial. This irks Dent who just wants to train and fight. He even tells his own teammates that it’s more enjoyable to hang out with the Brits.

Team USA trains the following morning, with Hendo having them sprinting up stairs (OUTSIDE)! Hendo starts talking possible fight scenarios, with Demarques and Pierce as possibilities. Pierce doesn’t seem to be very confident in himself. Hendo wants him to fight Faulkner, but he’s reluctant since they’ve become close. Cameron has some choice words about Pierce and his “fear”, then he pisses off Miller. All of this dissension starts Demarques on a rant, which just further annoys Dent. As usual, Demarques runs his mouth about them not being a team, but he just continues to alienate them. I’m sorry, but does Demarques realize that he’s part of the problem? The coaches step in to remind them of why they are there. They need to be a team — “you can’t train by yourself, you can’t get ready by yourself.” They need to be there to help each other out. He tells them to bust the UK’s guys balls, not each other’s.

Like night and day, the Brits are back at the house having a great time, acting like a real team. There are clearly no egos on their team which is why they seem to be getting along better. They seem to be bonding and that’s what they think will contribute to more wins for them. The team dynamic is undeniable.

They assemble back at the gym for the next fight pick from Team USA and Hendo chooses Demarques Johnson to fight Dean Amasinger. Hendo claims to have done this to “ensure” a win for the US. Bisping agrees that Demarques is probably USA’s best fighter, but thinks Dean should not be underestimated. He’s still looking for UK to go 3-0. Bisping discusses Demarques’s previous wins, which frequently seem to be by triangle, which he fears Dean is susceptible to. Dean comments that he’s tightened up his loose spots in his game and is quite confident in himself. On Demarques’ end — he refers to Dean as Mr. T: the Mohawk with the bald spot. Is it terrible that in a way I want Demarques to lose?

He feels good, and Hendo has confidence in him. He prays in the ring — thanking god for the chance to fight (you think god condones this? To me this is like a crack addict thanking god for crack!).

However, Demarques feels the pressure for a win. In the locker room, Dean is anxious, wondering where Bisping is. All are on edge, as it is obviously very strange for the coach to be MIA. No one knows where he is. Even Dana is now concerned. In the nine seasons of TUF, there’s never been a situation where a coach didn’t show up. But the fight must go on — the assistants are confident they can corner Dean. Dean is disappointed, but what can he do but fight.

Demarques Johnson vs. Dean Amasinger

Round 1: Great leg kick from Amasinger . He goes for another kick that gets caught. He falls back and Johnson is on top. They stand up and exchange for a moment. Amasinger shoots and takes Johnson down. Immediately Johnson goes for an armbar, but Amasinger frees his arm. In Johnson’s guard, he tries to get some shots in, but Johnson makes it difficult to land anything. Amasinger backs off a bit and gets his neck caught between Johnson’s legs and gets set up for the triangle. Johnson pulls it in tight and Amasinger taps.

Winner: Demarques Johnson via Submission (triangle)

So, Team USA finally gets a win. Hendo jokes that Bisping didn’t show because he knew his guy was going to lose and that he wouldn’t be able to gloat. Dean is tearfully pissed off at himself and is not taking the loss well. He can’t believe he got caught. He thought he’d be able to overpower Demarques. He still wants to know where Bisping is, but he doesn’t blame him for the loss.

Next week: The Bisping question is solved. Will Team USA ever get along? Is it the house? Personally, this season seems like no other so far. Part of me says the guys are more mature, and the lack of stupidity in the house is evidence of this. But, on the other hand, people can’t seem to get along. Even adults could make the best of this situation — and the Americans just aren’t cutting it. I sure hope that Demarques’ win spurs the team on and is the start of a new chapter for them. But if Demarques is the best the team’s got, I am not really hopeful.


  1. Mouwpah

    April 30, 2009 at 4:32 am

    Now I'm really wondering where Bisping was.


  2. Jarrod

    April 30, 2009 at 4:35 am

    "Defranco looks for a triangle, but can’t get his leg over."

    That wasn't a triangle attempt… he was looking for a gogoplata choke – an extremely advanced submission that is rarely attempted in MMA and even more rarely succeeds.

  3. Nichole Lesniak

    April 30, 2009 at 7:19 am

    It was prior to the gogoplata that I was referring to. I did hear the coaches mention this attempt too, but I think I looked down for a second lol

  4. Cobra Clutch

    April 30, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Great recap, as always, Nichole!

    Ugh…how annoying is Bisping right about now? Looks like "Shawn White" and Demarques are the US's only hopes…they'll be OK…but I can't wait for some of these morons from the US to get knocked-the-Fü¢&-out!

    What's with all the whining and in-fighting…we look like morons….the whole world is laughing us from both the Bush years and now this show (OK, admittedly, that's extreme and exaggerated, but you get my point…hahaha).

  5. LottoSuper7Results

    April 30, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Great reading, thanks for the info.

  6. Nichole Lesniak

    April 30, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Cobra – Thanks! that's what pisses me off about this season. People are watching this around the world and this is confirming the negative image we have. It's sad that the Demarqueses and Camerons of the show are our representatives. Cameron is creeping up on my s-list….

  7. paul

    April 30, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    the americans are acting like idiots

  8. dane drebin

    April 30, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Ya this season really pisses me off it makes us look weak as shit when when USA is a powerhouse in mma. its all a scam from dana white to make his pocket richer by focusing on making more stars for the U.K. so bispings pussy ass doesnt have to main event every card they have over there. Bisping would have been in a lot of fights with a lot tougher competition if he wasnt from the U.K. and wouldnt have the record he doesn now.

  9. Kash

    April 30, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    At no point do I think those guys represent America. They must have had Junie Browning doing the casting for Team USA this season. They're a bunch of complainers.

  10. T.R.

    April 30, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I hope Hendo smashes Bisbing in the first round. That bastard is cocky and his fighting is boreing as hell.

  11. dane drebin

    April 30, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    tell that to all the Britts bragging on the other thread about last weeks show

  12. Mike

    April 30, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    dane drebin if the Dana is trying to make his pocket richer (which btw he ALWAYS is) why would he put bad fighters in?

    sorry but thats a bad excuse, you have a fighter who was ORIGINALLY supposed to be in TUF in 2005 and was in till he had to go to hospital. tonight…. guess what he got schooled.

    you have no excuse, right now American team is

    A, badly trained.

    B, Lack clear gameplan (not surprising with Hendo as coach who ALWAYS has the same gameplan)

    C, Not bonding properly, this is a MUST if you wish to train properly.

    now on the the post. its a great summary keep up the good work.

  13. dane drebin

    April 30, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    is that you bisping?

  14. Mike

    April 30, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    if i was Bisping what would i be doing hanging around on Cage today replying?

  15. rory

    April 30, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    the uk team are jus alot more hungrier for it and bisping is motivating the uk team better and has a better relationship with them.

  16. steve

    April 30, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    How could you ever turn down or say you didnt want to fight a guy b/c you would have trouble with him. Its really not there choice. They are gonna have to eventually face the better fighter and how come the ufc cant get 16 guys in a house that all love to fight and are willing to fight anyone. Seriously the americans on the show look like jokes. Demarcus is the only guy besides camron dollar that I think actual like to fight on the american team. rory nailed it the uk guys are tougher overall and are all hungry. The brain dude barely got hit and just curled up into a ball. He barely even had a scratch on his face the next day after the fight. This shows level of competition seems shitty sometimes.

  17. rory

    April 30, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    the uk team relise this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, there are no real gd mma organizations in the uk and they relise this is proberly there only chance to make a career out of it, as for america theres loads and the popularity from this series could get them a chance to get onto another organization if need be, the uk team want the contract.The usa team want their 15 minutes of fame on national television. i feel sorry for the american guys who failed to get onto the program who wudnt complain and would fight their hearts out.

  18. Nichole Lesniak

    May 1, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Ugh…I can't believe I'm going to say this….I actually agree with steve.

    I've been to several local shows here in Jersey and have seen more talent there than I've seen so far this season. I don't know if the more talented guys just aren't trying out for the show, or if Dana just doesn't know how to pick 'em…but either way it's really disappointing.

  19. STEVEO

    May 1, 2009 at 3:54 am

    i really like the way all these guys seem to get amped up over the uk vs. us thing when they could likely give a terd less about it and just want that contract, every guy in that house is there for the money not their country.

  20. Seth

    May 1, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Yeah, I'm seriously going to have to agree with everyone else; the American team sucks. It's pretty bad when you're a hardcore patriot and you're rooting for the Brits. Personally, I'd say Demarques is the best bet for we American; he's at least a little confident, deserved or not. Everyone else is basically wondering what they're doing there.

    Nichole, I agree with you fully on the maturity issue; if Rob Browning had made it on the show by some crazy freak accident, I think I would've killed myself; I can't stand crazy all-talk bitches like him and his brother, though Junie has gotten a little (a very little) more mature…haha, right.

  21. Oz

    May 3, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I think Bisping didn't show up because his team couldn't choose the matchup for that fight, even thought his team had won the last fight. Winner chooses the next fight, right? But I think Dana got scared that US fighter would look too bad by losing again three in a row, so he changed the rules and Bisping protested by not showin' up.

  22. dane drebin

    May 3, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    it would suck if ur coach didnt care enough to even show up for your fight

  23. Nichole Lesniak

    May 5, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Oz – The fight choices are alternated between the teams. It's been that way the last 2 seasons (which is how Hendo chose this fight to begin with).

    I agree, dane…it's pretty low of Bisping not to show. He better have a damn good excuse!

  24. karma-killer

    May 7, 2009 at 6:04 am

    I hope bisping had a good enough reason for not turning up that was f**king disprespectful otherwise. There's no doubt dean was one of our weaker fighters. He's from near me in nottingham, So i was still rooting for him. I just wish he had got that chance to shut that twat Demarques up. Some one earlier in the thread made a point that all the fighters are fighting just for the contract. That might be true of the americans, But i can personally garantee that most of them uk guys are definatly fighting for Queen and country. America is largely made up of imigrants in the nicest possible way and tries its best at celebrating its short history by letting off a few fire works every now and then. But we are brought up to be proud of our people and fight to the death to represent. Trust me our lads have the weight of a country on their shoulders and it can make a big difference. Sometimes its counter productive though look what happened to hatten this week took 25k fans to get beaten badly. no doubt if the fight was in his local gym without the pressure he would have been much sharper.

    Although i still think Pacman would have won he's awesome hands.

  25. karma-killer

    May 7, 2009 at 6:05 am

    P.S don't have a hissy fit again guys just adding fuel to the fire and giving a uk perspective. No harm meant we love you arogant pussy's realy ;-)

  26. roy

    May 7, 2009 at 6:17 am

    arogant yes pussies no, there are plenty of idiots in america but push us to far and we will come together and win.

    ps. no disrespect meant i really like the english people even if they like smoking fags.

  27. karma-killer

    May 7, 2009 at 7:42 am

    lol yes we do like smoking fags, thats why our teeth are manky ;-)

    Any more stereotypes please i love them. Its great to generalise

    I know the USA fighters are not pussies but its funny banter.

  28. roy

    May 7, 2009 at 7:53 am

    all in good fun karma, the english are behaving much better than the americans and its a bit embarrassing but where not all like that.

  29. dizzyboyUK

    May 9, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    hahaa frank just lost shame on you prick…running your mouth saying your gonna kick james arse and his face…well mate he knocked your teeth out and won the fight…thats what i thought usa…u all talk too much shit!!

    UK 3

    USA 2

    Thats what im talking bout..well done UK!!

  30. dane drebin

    May 9, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    demarques form the slc just down a couple blocks from where i live is gunna win the whole thing the uk can win as many fights as they want but the winner of the show is gunna be big D.

  31. Frank

    May 22, 2009 at 12:13 am

    As usual, Demarques runs his mouth about them not being a team, but he just continues to alienate them. I’m sorry, but does Demarques realize that he’s part of the problem?

    Demarques is the only guy on the american team who wants to fight and be a team, he wants to beat everybody he faces but still realizes that like it or not this season is U.S.A vs U.K and there is a team aspect, you gotta support the guys on your team, NOT the other team like some people ( jason dent, pierce), I don't see how trying to get team u.s.a to act like a team is being part of the problem…

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