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TUF 9 Episode 3 Recap

The third episode of the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter kicks off with both teams arriving at the house (U.S. arrived first) and becoming acquainted with one another. We know from last weeks episode that four U.S. fighters (Frank Lester, Kiel Reid, Jason Dent, and Rob Browning) will fight for the remaining two spots that were left vacant.

Both the U.S. and U.K. fighters get along well except for Rob Browning, brother to the infamous Junie Browning from last seasons TUF. It took no time at all before little bro filled the shoes as the house pest and found his way to the fire water. A dozen thrown eggs and a couple of confrontations later both teams were prompted to set some ground rules down for the house, obviously trying to prevent any antics that happened last season.

The next day was training day for both teams. Dan Henderson told his fighters that he will be focusing on ground and pound, working the clinch, and wrestling after expressing that he believes wrestling to be almost “non-existent” in the U.K. Michael Bisping and his group head into the cage for some sparring, promising that his team will be on weight, in shape and ready to fight.

Bisping also kicks off the mind games early this season with a little trash talk to U.S. fighters Damarques Johnson and Jason Dent which in turn only stoke the fire for the U.S. team.

Now it’s time for the two elimination fights which will finalize the U.S. roster.

First up are the welterweights: Kiel Reid vs. Frank Lester.

The fights starts and Reid finds an immediate home for his right hand following up with a takedown. Lester scrambles to his feet but Reid goes for a standing guillotine. Lester fights the choke and each fighter land a knee. Reid looks for a double leg but Lester defends and locks in a standing kimura. Lester pulls guard yanking back on Reid’s arm causing him to drop head first into the mat knocking him unconscious.

Lester tweaked Reid’s arm into a real bad spot before Mazzagatti saw what happened and stopped the fight. “I didn’t know he went to sleep, so I just kept yanking and yanking,” Lester says.

Frank Lester moves into the house by way of TKO in the first round.

Next are the lightweights: Jason Dent vs. Rob Browning.

The fighters meet in the middle and both are trading strikes moderately before Browning shoots in for the takedown but Dent defends well. Browning has a couple of push kicks to offer and Dent throws a high kick that connects with his foot. Browning shoots in but Dent stuffs the takedown once more. Browning turtles up under the bigger fighter and has nothing to offer on the ground as Dent closes up shop with some heavy hands from the top and a series of knees to the ribs of Browning. Mazzagatti again stops the fight in the first round.

Jason Dent moves in the house by way of TKO in the first round.

So the U.S. team is finally set and of course Henderson adds that he is definitely happy to see Rob Browning go. Next week we will be treated to the first U.S. vs. U.K. fight in the season as well as the first in history of TUF and the U.S. has control over the pick.

Here are the FINAL 16 fighters for the 9th season of TUF:


Mark Miller                             Richie Witson
Jason Pierce                            Jason Dent
Damarques Johnson                Santino Defranco
Frank Lester                           Cameron Dollar

Welterweights: Lightweights:
David Faulkner                       Ross Pearson
Dean Amasinger                     Martin Stapleton
Nick Osipczak                        Jeff Lawson
James Wilks                            Andre Winner

  • eLijah says:

    Well I’m really happy that Browning didn’t make it. Gets into the house and immediately acts like a douchebag. Who wants to see that again?? If there are any more Brownings in that familly that should all be required to go to therapy.

  • redness says:

    I to was glad to see Browning get a beaten. This looks like the first season that the guys might act like adults.

  • Grappo says:

    So glad that Junie Jr. got schooled. I hate bullsh*t. Maybe this season will have a little less of it than usual.

  • JJ Docker says:

    I’m from the UK and it’s makes me cringe watching Bisping represent my country. His “trash talk”, as Henderson put it, is forced and embarrassing.

  • Angry Mike says:

    I don’t want to come off as picky, but Dent won the fight with Browning because of numerous inside and outside leg kicks. By the time Browning hit the ground, I don’t think he had much strength in his lead leg, which Dent hammered pretty thoroughly. Before that Browning landed a number of unaswered punches. Without the leg kicks the fight might have gone Browning’s way.

  • Grappo says:

    Dent had absolutely no head movement. He basically used a less effective version of Matt Hamill’s “cover yo face with yo forearms” defense. He also didn’t seem like he knew what to do on the ground. I don’t expect him to last past his next fight.

    That said, leg kicks or not, what’s the difference? He still pounded Junie Jr. into submission. “Without the the fight might have gone ‘s way.” You could say that about any fight.

  • Grappo says:

    eh, it messed up my last line.

    “Without the -whatever was effective-, the fight might have gone -the loser’s- way.”

  • JesseStone says:

    Bisping calling U.S Yankies, and he is so confident that his guys will win. We will see. It’s fine being proud of where you are from, but i would say display of heart is the most important.

    great article Brett!

    P.S Steve Mazzagatti is the worst ref ever

  • Bullylover says:

    I’m pretty sure all true mma fans are happy browning lost. To bad for Reid though i think he might of had the upper hand had he not knocked himself out. I’m from Cali ind a got to say i’m ashamed of how Lester acted after the fight. No true californian would ever want to win a fight like that. But then again i doubt he’ll make it past any of those Brits. Bisoing is one of my favorite fighters but if he thinks his Brit’s are going to run right through us he’s trippin. I feel that we have the way superior WW besides Lester.


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