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MMA: The Ultimate Fighter Episode 8 Recap

Last week we saw Chuck O'Neil win the wildcard fight to advance to the next round, and we also saw Brock Lesnar somehow lose a football style obstacle course to a man who's never played a down of football in his life for $10,000. Fun stuff.

The episode started off with Shamar Bailey telling a teammate of his that he hurt his back in training, but that it won't be a problem for his upcoming fight. Just at the right time his opponent Chris Cope happened to walk by, prompting Bailey to question whether Cope's timing is more than just coincidence. Either way, those two guys clearly don't get along and that will make their fight so much more fun to watch. Neither man looked all that great in their first fight, but Bailey looks like the superior athlete and is probably the favorite in that match.

The first fight of this round was Ramsey Nijem from Team Dos Santos against Clay Harvison from Team Lesnar. Nijem absolutely ran through Charlie Rader in his first fight, and without a doubt has looked like the best fighter in the house at this point. He's relentless and has good wrestling; both those things have proven to be ingredients for success on past seasons.

Harvison is a tough dude too though; he dislocated his pinky finger in his first fight and just kept going right to the finish. He earned a lot of respect in the house but definitely drew a tough matchup in this one.

Dana White came in with UFC veteran and U.S. Marine Brian Stann for a group pep talk. He basically told them that as prepared and focused as a Marine has to be, a mixed martial artist at the highest level needs to be on the same plateau with their work ethic and focus. It looked like the fighters were little kids listening to a super hero talk to them. It was funny.

Once again at his weigh-in, Nijem decided he has to be a weirdo and create some sort of strange homosexual tension by painting his nails and wearing tiny bikini briefs while on the scale. He also bent over really slowly while picking up the rest of his clothes to show off his butt. He is so strange, but if his opponent underestimates him he's proven he can deliver a rude awakening.

The first fight started just as everyone had expected, with Nijem rushing in and pressuring Harvison. Just like Nijem's first match he immediately got a takedown and secured Harvison's back, getting a rear naked choke in place and forcing his opponent to quit.

That fight took less than one minute. Its unreal how easy Nijem has made his first two fights look, and it's pretty safe to say he's my favorite to win this thing at this point. I just don't see anyone there than can deal with the amount of pressure he brings, and his grappling has looked fantastic so far. It was easy to think of his first fight as a fluke because we knew nothing about Charlie Rader as a fighter, but we saw Harvison's toughness in his last brawl, and Nijem made him look like garbage. Look out for him.

Like I said earlier, the second fight looked more interesting because Bailey and Cope really don't like each other. Apparently Cope would wake up every morning and give a Rick Flair-esque "WOOO!" scream, waking up anyone and everyone that wasn't already up. That usually consisted of Bailey, who decided to let Cope know that he'd be beaten severely for his actions. I love these in-house drama stories sometimes because it usual takes place over absolutely nothing. Cope's first fight didn't really show anything fantastic, just that he was tough and resilient while Bailey's fight was a bit of a disappointment. Overachiever vs. underachiever? Probably. Lesnar described the matchup between Bailey and Cope as "wrestler vs ... Chris." Even his coach doesn't know what to make of him.

For the first two minutes of the fight, Bailey looked like a man possessed. He bounced around the cage and used head movement to stay out of range while he landed two or three really good shots of his own. After that though, the next eight minutes were a totally different fight. It looked like Bailey was gassed afterward, he just kept shooting for takedowns that Cope denied. During every takedown attempt, Cope punished Bailey with shots to the side of the head and body that had to figure in on the judge's scorecards. In the second round, with his coach yelling "No hesitation" and Dana White screaming "Let your ****ing hands go kid!" Cope really started finding his rhythm and he used good angles to land clean shots on Bailey. He looked like he took Bailey's will away in this fight. It really was a case of overachiever vs. underachiever and somehow Cope showed that heart and stamina can beat raw skill sometimes.

I found it a little bit cheap and almost petty that Bailey went out of his way to find Dana White after the fight and tell him that he could've taken the easy way out against Cope and just take him down to grind out a victory. He said he wanted to show White that he could "bang" and put on a show. But when White pointed out that Bailey HAD tried to take the easy way out and take Cope down multiples times but got denied, Bailey used his previous back injury as an excuse. He reminds me of the typical "looks like Tarzan; plays like Jane" type of guy. That was a really poor way to end his time on the show in my opinion.

After all is said and done this week, Nijem is shaping up to be the favorite with Cope set to play the sneaky underdog type role. Two more fights next week will decide the semifinal matchups. Stay tuned.

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Auth 07-25-2012 04:45 am (total posts: 1)
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Cemal 07-25-2012 02:05 am (total posts: 1)
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I'm about a month behind here. I had a goal for July, which I reechad (added 30,000 to my WIP). I took off the first week of August and with the rest of the month, planned on editing everything I wrote in July, to be ready to continue on with the story the first of September. Well....that didn't happen. :( Took me longer to get the work edited and other things came up. Then school started and what not. Then I had to do a pre-edit on one of my other stories. So here I am.....but I'll be ready to get back to writing tomorrow!! So the plan is to write another 30,000 words in October!!
Agus 07-23-2012 03:39 pm (total posts: 1)
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Joe 07-05-2012 01:27 pm (total posts: 1)
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If I didn't already know that the only 2 Mexicans on the boards were clownbabies I'd be offended. Hahaha
A Mexican 07-04-2012 04:16 pm (total posts: 1)
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You wish your UFC columns were as good as your mafia gameplay. Oh wait, both suck

larry 07-04-2012 03:02 pm (total posts: 1)
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welcome back
TT 12-30-2011 08:11 pm (total posts: 1)
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Any comments on tonight's fights?
Cody 05-06-2011 10:35 am (total posts: 1)
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I'm incredibly dissapointed with the season of the ultimate fighter. I haven't been impressed with anyone with the exception of Tony Ferguson. It just feels like sub-par talent, and I don't think Lesnar really gives a crap. I will say that Junior Dos Santos is probably the nicest guy in the world who could kill someone with one punch.
Joe 05-04-2011 05:28 pm (total posts: 2)
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Haha, ARW got beaten by the notorious St. Pierre "UD". Good calls on the others.
ARW 05-01-2011 02:08 am (total posts: 1)
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boom 4-1 tonight.. only loss was a 3.5-1 jake shields bet... like I said.. !
ARW 04-30-2011 11:44 am (total posts: 1)
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Aldo & machida win. I agree somewhat with the Henderson analysis.. But I think Henderson wins a close fight.. Its really tough to bet against St.Pierre. But- I had to. I got over 3 to 1 on Shields & he's a stud. His record speaks for it self.. St Pierre more than likely wins by dec. -but- I like to gamble. Sigh*
Sam the Gambling fiend 04-28-2011 09:44 pm (total posts: 2)
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great breakdown. I think st. pierre got this one. Cmon Joe!!! We need your help making picks, you write great articles but your not giving me any locks bro. Cmonnnnnn son, I need a lock. 2 for the money son, 2 for the money.
Joe 04-07-2011 04:47 pm (total posts: 2)
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I'd agree if Walt was writing the articles, but I don't gamble on the fights myself so I surely can't ask you to. I'm just giving a breakdown of the fighters and how I think the match up will play out, I guess that's the main reason I don't make it a clear point to tell you to expect what I think may happen. If the insight I offer on the fighters helps you gamble, then I'm glad but gambling isn't my thing (I like keeping my money, haha). I appreciate the feedback though.
JV 04-07-2011 01:04 pm (total posts: 2)
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I'm a gambler. Walter runs hands-down the best free gambling tip website there is, and it's good because it's clear(and net positive). I'm not criticizing your writing. The writing is fine, but the picks are wishy washy. It's just not consistent with the rest of the website. It should be: Diaz(-220) 2 units. Do you agree?

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