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The Ultimate Fighter 13: Episode 3 Wrap-Up

Team Lesnar
Head Coach: Brock Lesnar
Assistant Coaches: Luke Richardson (Strength/Conditioning), Marty Morgan (Wrestling), Erik Paulson (Jiu-Jitsu), Rodrigo Medeiros (Jiu-Jitsu), Greg Nelson (General)
Fighters: Len Bentley, Charlie Radar, Tony Ferguson, Clay Harvison, Myles Jury (Injured), Chris Cope, Nordin Asrih, Chuck O’Neil

Team Dos Santos
Head Coach: Junior dos Santos
Assistant Coaches: Lew Polley (Wrestling), Luiz Dorea (Boxing), Billy Schiebe (Muay Thai)
Fighters: Shamar Bailey, Ryan McGillivray, Javier Torres, Ramsey Nijem, Zach Davis, Nick Bowman, Keon Caldwell, Justin Edwards

Scoreboard: Teams tied at 1-1

General Information: Justin Edwards replaced Keon Caldwell on Team Dos Santos. Lesnar missed the fight due to having to take care of some personal issues.

Injuries: Shamar Bailey suffered a cut over his right eye during training.

House Stories/Drama: Chris Cope becomes untrustworthy as he hangs around Team Dos Santos more than Team Lesnar would like. Len Bentley was very worried about Cope giving away his game plan.
Gym Stories/Drama: Team Lesnar got annoyed at being called “chickensh*t” but Lesnar straightened them out. They really hyped it like Lesnar was going to chew his team out but he was very calm and even understanding. Lew Polley pushed Team Dos Santos very hard in training, which was the opposite of Dos Santos’ “nice and easy” approach. Dos Santos kept things in line though, in the nicest manner possible.

Fight Announcement: Len Bentley (Team Lesnar) vs. Ryan McGillivray (Team Dos Santos) as picked by Brock Lesnar.
The Fight: Bentley dropped McGillivray early in the first round with a left hook but somehow McGillivray regained his composure and survived. After getting to his feet, McGillivray ended up dropping Bentley with a left hook of his own just over halfway through the round. On the ground, Bentley went for an armbar but McGillivray escaped. The round ended with McGillivray going for an arm in guillotine but Bentley lasted until the bell. Very entertaining first round. The second round wasn’t quite as action packed but it wasn’t dull either. McGillivray out landed Bentley on the feet but his takedown was stuffed and he took some knees for his troubles. Bentley hung in there and fired back but his conditioning didn’t hold up compared to McGillivray’s. Very close fight but the judges reached a unanimous decision after two rounds.
Result: Ryan McGillivray def. Len Bentley via Majority Decision

Ryan McGillivray Report: Great showing by McGillivray. He was dropped in the opening moments of the fight and I thought he was out cold but he survived and came back very strong. Conditioning and heart is what really won the fight for him. He also has some power in his hands and appears to be a threat to stand with anyone on the feet.

Len Bentley Report: Bentley put up a hell of a fight but he couldn’t quite hang with McGillivray’s pace in the second round. Dana was very impressed with his performance though and I’d be shocked if he wasn’t part of the Wild Card fight.

Eliminated Fighters: Myles Jury, Nordin Asrih, Keon Caldwell, Javier Torres, Len Bentley

5 COMMENTS
  • MCM says:

    Damn good fight on the show last night. My only problem was Ryan would only throw the jab then back away. I kept calling at the screen for him to throw combos in the second, and I never talk to the TV. I agree with Dana that that was probably the best fight I’ve seen on TUF. Good striking, good grappling and exciting to watch.

  • Rece Rock says:

    That was a good fight…it was 340 lbs of chicken salad…Dos Santos is such a nice guy I almost don’t like him.

  • Angry Mike says:

    There must be a tremendous adrenaline dump for the fighters on TUF. Season after season their mouths are hanging open and their hands are down at the end of the second round, and there are no combos to speak of after the first few minutes. Most have professional fight experience and train, so I can’t believe they all have subpar conditioning.

    Anyway, that was an entertaining fight, but I was surprised there wasn’t a third round. I didn’t think there was a clear winner in either round.

  • Dufresne says:

    I thought Bentley had it when he dropped McGillivray and got the mount. And since Dos Santos said that Bentley had the better wrestling earlier in the episode, I figured that once it hit the mat with Bentley in such a dominant position he was gonna take it home early and decisively. But McGillivray pulled through and had a very impressive showing for the rest of the fight.
    At the end of the fight I was expecting a 3rd round, but I can see how the 2 of the judges scored it in McGillivray’s favor so I wasn’t too shocked by the outcome. Bentley gets my early vote to fight for the wild card spot, and unless this season has a string of incredibly competitive fights I don’t see anyone taking that from him.

    There must be a tremendous adrenaline dump for the fighters on TUF. Season after season their mouths are hanging open and their hands are down at the end of the second round, and there are no combos to speak of after the first few minutes. Most have professional fight experience and train, so I can’t believe they all have subpar conditioning.

    I think that’s because they don’t know when they’re going to fight so they have a hard time judging when to peak with their cardio training. That and even though some of them have professional experience, it hasn’t been high level professional experience against another fighter that can push just as hard as they can.

  • screwface says:

    Captain Hindsight says if Len didn’t get cocky and let Ryan up in the 1st, he would’ve won that fight.

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