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The Ultimate Fighter 13: Episode 8 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, Mick Bowman, Keon Caldwell

Scoreboard: Teams are tied at 4-4

General Information: Brian Stann came in to speak to the fighters about the Marines and fighting.

Injuries: Shamar Bailey complains of back pain but it’s not bad enough to keep him from fighting. Clay Harvison’s dislocated finger is still bothering him.

House Stories/Drama: Shamar still doesn’t like Chris and his “wooing” but Chris has no problem with Shamar.
Gym Stories/Drama:

Fight Announcement: Clay Harvison (Team Lesnar) vs. Ramsey Niihem (Team Dos Santos) in a Quarterfinal Fight
The Fight: Ramsey immediately took down Clay, secured his back, and locked in a rear naked choke to force the tap out. Whole thing took less than a minute.
Result: Ramsey Nijhem def. Clay Harvison via Submission Round 1 (Rear Naked Choke)

Ramsey Nijhem Report: Dominant performance. Dos Santos thinks he’s the best fighter on the show, everyone knew he had a wrestling advantage, and he said that if he got Clay’s back then it would be over. Best performance on the show thus far.

Clay Harvison Report: Not much to say about Clay. He was a weak wrestler and it really showed. Just a bad match up for him.

Fight Announcement: Chris Cope (Team Lesnar) vs. Shamar Bailey (Team Dos Santos) in a Quarterfinal Fight
The Fight: A close and rather dull first round. Neither man established their striking although Shamar did control the center of the cage. Shamar went for multiple takedowns but Chris defended all them and punished Shamar with short punches in the clinch. I gave a slight edge to Chris because I believe in rewarding stuffed takedowns. The second round was more or less identical to the first although Chris started using and landing some very good counter combinations while continuing to stuff the takedowns. I thought Chris won the fight and the judges agreed.
Result: Chris Cope def. Shamar Bailey via Unanimous Decision

Shamar Bailey Report: I thought Shamar looked terrible in this fight. He didn’t do anything in the striking department and didn’t succeed on a single takedown. Maybe the back injury hindered his performance but it was a poor showing.

Chris Cope Report: Even though he didn’t really damage Shamar, I liked what I saw from Chris. His takedown defense was very good, he made sure to punish Shamar on every takedown attempt, and he was content on just resting. He seemed a lot more comfortable in the second round, letting his hands go a bit more with counters and just out-working Shamar.

Eliminated Fighters: Myles Jury, Nordin Asrih, Keon Caldwell, Len Bentley, Charlie Radar, Mick Bowman, Justin Edwards, Javier Torres, Clay Harvison, Shamar Bailey

  • Rece Rock says:

    Previously wasn’t Clay Harvison’s pinky dislocated and bone like poking out the skin or something? What a waste of an elmination… I mean how healed up could the guy have been? I guess good hand or not he was gettin sub’d.

  • TerribleT says:

    This has to be the worst TUF season ever plus there’s NOBODY in the house that’s worthy of being in the UFC. I hate to say this but TUF may have run it’s course. I bet the ratings are piss poor this season.

  • TerribleT says:

    I’m gonna recant my last statement………I think Ramsey might have a legitimate shot at being in the UFC for a few years.

  • MCM says:

    I think Ramsey has potential to make it in the UFC, as well as Chris Cope. I don’t know why, but that guy is just Forest Griffin-ish to me. He’ll never be a champ (I don’t think), but if he can start training full time, he has the skill to out work and out scramble a lot of dudes.
    I think there is potential in a few of these guys, they just haven’t shown anything on the the show. It’s been a horribly directed/edited season.

  • TerribleT says:

    Yeah I gotta give Chris props for not just listening to Brock & company’s instructions during his fight but for actually putting it into action. Everything they yelled at him he immediately did it or tried to do it. I’ve seen very few fighters on TUF ever do this. I gotta admit I was impressed with this . . .


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