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All-New Episode of The Ultimate Fighter Tonight

Teams have been chosen, and tonight, it's a battle of number one picks as Team Rousey's Shayna Baszler battles Team Tate's Julianna Pena! The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs Team Tate - Tonight at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on FOX Sports 1.

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The Ultimate Fighter 18 - Episode 2 Discussion and Results:


Courtesy: Dan Downes, UFC.com




The episode opens up at The Ultimate Fighter house with people rushing to claim bedrooms. There doesn’t appear to be any problems other than Peggy wondering how five girls sharing one bathroom will turn out. Then, in record timing that would make any Real World participant envious, we jump straight to some hot tub action. Chris Holdsworth speculates about the people hooking up while Julianna Pena dismisses that notion claiming she just, “came here for business.”

Morning comes and the men and women discuss training etiquette. All the women keep repeating that they want to be treated the same, but Tim Gorman says there’s no way he’s going 100% against a girl, and he’s not very polite about it. Used to the type of condescension that comes with being a female fighter, Sarah Moras and Shayna Baszler take it all in stride with Sarah vowing to teach Tim a lesson during practice.

We cut to a Team Tate training session. Miesha confesses that she’s never had the responsibility of being a head coach before and feels a little overwhelmed by all the pressure. The first practice is a light recovery day to give all the fighters a day to recover after their elimination matches the day before. As this is going on, Miesha notices that budding feminist Tim Gorman’s hamstring looks pretty bad. Gorman tries to shrug it off and say he’ll be fine, but they want him to go to the doctor.

As Team Tate finishes up, Ronda Rousey shows up with her team and literally kicks the door in. Not only is she the first UFC women’s champion, she’s also extremely punctual. At six o’clock sharp she starts kicking Team Tate out of the training area. Miesha is clearly annoyed, but nothing really comes from it. Ronda even admits that her motivation isn’t a desire for efficiency and admits, “I know it’s rude, but psychologically [speaking], you move when I tell you.” Despite this, I still think it would be nice if she came out with a line of pocket watches.

After the break we learn who will be “that guy,” this season -- Anthony Gutierrez. He breaks down all the women in the house and their prospects for the honor of hooking up with him. He believes that, “Sarah is into me really, really, bad,” but her desire for him gets her cut off his short list (if he can break arms like he can break hearts, Anthony Gutierrez will be the next Ronda Rousey). Jessica Rakoczy is his “hot cougar,” and Jessamyn Duke says she has a boyfriend, but with Anthony’s charm, no relationship is safe. For the female rebuttal, we hear from Raquel Pennington who simply states, “Anthony is annoying.”

Team Rousey’s Chris Beal reveals that he has a swollen right hand from his elimination fight that’s been impairing his training. As Beal struggles with an injury, Shayna Baszler isn’t worrying about anything. As she preps for her fight with Julianna, she can’t think of any possible strategy her opponent might have. She confidently states, “I’ll beat her everywhere.” Shayna’s confidence doesn’t seem to be misplaced either. We hear briefly from Julianna and she appears to have a crisis of confidence.

We cut to a Team Rousey training session and learn more about Shayna Baszler. Her nickname, “Queen of Spades,” comes from the fact that she does sleight of hand magic tricks, and the queen of spades is the card of death. Born into a family of wrestlers, she’s been competing for over a decade. She tries to describe how hard the path has been for the pioneers of WMMA, but she struggles to get the point across (she does drop a nifty Vulcan mind meld reference, though). Regardless, she’s had a long, difficult road, but she’s happy to finally be at the big show.

After a break we learn more about Julianna Pena. She spends time talking about how being a fighter doesn’t mean you can’t be feminine. So what she wears makeup? That doesn’t mean she’s not a “real fighter.” Her path to the UFC began when she joined a cardio kickboxing class at local gym and then stuck around for an MMA class. It just took her one session to realize that she wanted to do it for a living. While Julianna may have been a little uncomfortable with her chances for victory, Miesha believes that Julianna has the standup advantage and that will be her path to the next round.

As the rest of Team Tate continues to practice, UFC President Dana White walks in and calls Miesha and Tim Gorman to the office. Inside, the doctor announces that Tim’s semimembranosus has avulsed. If you never took an anatomy class, it basically means that part of his hamstring has torn off. Tim tries to plead with Dana and the doctor to let him stay on the show, but realistically he’s out for 4-6 months. Tim wasn’t around long, so there were no tearful goodbyes, but I’m sure his natural charisma (and Tweeting skills) would have helped him make a lot of lifelong friends. With Tim gone, Dana already knows who they’ll bring back -- Louis Fisette. He must be happy to be on the show, but probably not the, “lives with his parents,” title under his name.

We have the weigh-in, some more posturing, and then it’s time for the fight.

Round One

Julianna comes out hard. She’s swings big, heavy punches and pushes Shayna up against the fence. Shayna bumps for space, there’s a scramble and she scores a trip takedown. She moves directly to side mount and quickly takes Julianna’s back, but fails to get both hooks. Julianna uses this to get her guard back, but she starts eating some punches. She throws up an armbar that goes nowhere, but it affords her an opportunity to return to her feet. Julianna goes for a takedown, but Baszler hits the switch takes top position back inside Peña’s guard. Shayna moves to side mount, but Julianna rolls her over into half guard. Now it’s Julianna’s turn to drop some ground and pound. This is short lived, however, as Shayna is able to finish a single and put Julianna on her back. They keep scrambling, but the round ends with the Queen of Spades in top position.

Round Two

The second round begins with Julianna scoring a big right hand. This forces Shayna to go for the tie up to recover, but Julianna pushes her off and connect with a left hook that stuns the veteran. Shayna finally secures a clinch and pushes Julianna to the fence. Pena reverses and with 3:00 minutes left she starts landing strong knees from the clinch. Julianna finishes a takedown and works her way to Shayna’s back. She works both hooks in and locks in the rear naked choke. There’s no escape and at the 1:52 mark, Shayna taps.

Julianna is ecstatic and echoes the words of my old coach when she says, “it doesn’t matter if you wear lip gloss, you can still be a fighter.” Amidst all the celebration, Ronda sees Miesha smiling and vows to make her pay for, “smiling at [Shayna’s] pain.” We move directly to the fight announcement for next week’s fight which will be Chris Holdsworth vs Chris Beal. Miesha cites his hand injury as part of the reason for the choice and Ronda doesn’t like the fight for the exact same reason.

The episode ends with a sneak preview into next week’s episode. What old wounds will erupt between the coaches? Does Chris Beal take back control for Team Rousey? Does Anthony Gutierrez leave TUF to resurrect, “The Pickup Master?” Find out this and more next week on The Ultimate Fighter!


The Season at a glance:


Team Tate:

1. Julianna Pena (1-0, submitted Shayna Baszler in episode 2)
2. Sarah Moras
3. Raquel Pennington
4. Roxanne Modafferi
5. Cody Bollinger
6. Chris Holdsworth
7. Josh Hill
8. Tim Gorman


Team Rousey:

1. Shayna Baszler (0-1, submitted by Julianna Pena in episode 2)
2. Jessamyn Duke
3. Peggy Morgan
4. Jessica Rakoczy
5. Chris Beal
6. David Grant
7. Anthony Gutierrez
8. Michael Wootten



**Got Questions for Shayna Baszler about tonight's TUF 18 Episode? Send them to admin@punchdrunkgamer.com or post them HERE**

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Old wounds erupt between the TUF 18 coaches, and Chris Beal faces Chris Holdsworth on the next episode of The Ultimate Fighter.


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All-New Episode of The Ultimate Fighter Tonight


Team Tate earned the first victory of the season last week. Can Team Rousey's Chris Beal defeat Chris Holdsworth and get them back in the game? The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs Team Tate - All-new episode tonight at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on FOX Sports 1

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The Ultimate Fighter 18 - Episode 3 Discussion and Results:


Courtesy: Dan Downes, UFC.com




The episode opens up at the TUF house as Miesha Tate and her assistant coaches stop by to congratulate Julianna Pena on her upset victory over Shayna Baszler. Upon receiving her congratulatory milkshake, Julianna acts more excited than when she actually won the fight. To ensure that Shayna doesn’t feel left out again, Miesha brings some chocolate cake for the Queen of Spades to enjoy. Way cooler than an olive branch, Miesha uses this opportunity to discuss the “controversy” from last week. She tries to explain that she wasn’t “smiling at her pain,” as Ronda described it. Rather, she was just happy for her friend to win. Shayna doesn’t seem too affected by it.

Julianna may have a delicious milkshake, but she doesn’t appear to have many friends inside the house. We don’t hear everyone’s opinion, but Anthony Gutierrez speaks up and tells us that he likes everyone in the house; Julianna is the only one that bugs him. Ever chivalrous, he adds, “But she’s pretty good looking, so she can get away with it for longer.” Much of the dislike stems from the fact that people just find her annoying. Exhibit A: her attempt at a British accent. If you thought Dick Van Dyke’s Cockney accent in Mary Poppins was bad, this is on a whole new level. Cody Bollinger calls it “unbearable.” Julianna brushes it off and calls all the other people in the house immature. If there’s one person we can trust, I think it’s the one jumping up and down over melted dairy products and speaking in a fake accent.

We cut to a Team Rousey training session and Ronda is still stinging from the defeat. She blames part of the loss on Shayna getting too emotional. The champ cautions them to embrace the 4 C’s. Be a cold, calculating, confident [expletive] (I’ll let you guess the fourth one). We then hear from the first combatant in this week’s elimination bout -- Chris Beal. He reminds us about his battle with sarcoma cancer and that, “after that, everything is easy.” His right hand still has some swelling from his fight to get into the house, but Ronda is 100% confident that it won’t hold him back. Beal has the same confidence and knows the key to victory is to keep it standing and not let his opponent Chris Holdsworth do, “his jiu jitsu stuff.”

After the break we see the Team Tate training session and there’s more drama afoot. Cody Bollinger heard that someone revealed all their planned match-ups to the other team. Due to the fact that Julianna already fought and appears to be close with the members of Team Rousey, he believes it was her and calls her out in the transportation van. She offers up a weak denial, plays with her hair and then tries to pin Roxanne Modafferi as the prime suspect since Roxy shares a room with some Team Rousey people.

After that uncomfortableness, we learn more about Chris Holdsworth. He traces his MMA roots to hanging out with his dad and watching martial arts movies. One night Papa Holdsworth brought back a copy of UFC 1. Chris was immediately hooked and enrolled at a gym the next day. It harkens back to a simpler day when children were motivated by bare knuckle fights and parents cultivated those desires. He works on his striking defense and Miesha tells him to watch out for Beal’s left hook. Holdsworth also tells us that he doesn’t want people to think he’s just a grappler and he’s looking forward to showcasing his striking against Chris Beal. Looks like we only need to wait another episode to find the next Andy Wang!

From there we go back to the house and see the battle for first hookup. The runaway favorites right now appear to be Chris Holdsworth and Julianna Pena. They make small talk that’ll remind you of your awkward high school years. I was waiting for Miesha to show up and pass notes, but to no luck. Holdsworth makes a bold move when he casually drops the “I like friends with benefits” line. Julianna seems interested.

We return from the break and Julianna apologizes to Roxanne for accusing her of leaking information to the other team. Roxanne seems totally unfazed by the whole issue and just wants some peace and harmony. We then learn the truth behind this whole issue -- there’s nothing to it. Jessamyn Duke admits that no one told her anything. She was just giving Raquel a hard time. The damage appears to be done, though as Julianna writes off all her teammates and says, “to hell with them all.”

On to more serious matters, we cut to Chris Beal running. Before he had cancer, he hated to run. Then when he thought he would lose his leg and never be able to run again, it made him appreciate it. Now he runs 6-7 miles a day. We also see him running through drills to prepare for Holdsworth’s grappling. Footwork will be the key to winning this fight for Beal and Ronda personally works with him to make sure he’s ready.

After the break both teams head out to the Red Rock Casino to watch some UFC fights. Soon, though, the fights on the TV turn out to be the second most interesting conflicts in the room. As Jessamyn Duke puts it, there’s some “weird posturing” with the coaches at the bar. A comment from Miesha about how Ronda hits pads was the catalyst, but underlying issues were the real reason. It comes as no surprise that Bryan Caraway is the one to blame. Ronda and her coaches are still mad at his Twitter comments from last year. There’s some yelling and a variety of insults, but no physical encounters. We’ll see how long that lasts.

After weigh-ins we see Chris Holdsworth in his room with some of the other guys. He then announces that Julianna had written him a letter. Naturally, he hands it over for someone to read aloud. It’s basically a pep talk, but the gentlemen suggest that this is proof of her desire to hook up with Chris. The nice thing, though, is that there’s no way Julianna will find out and it will come back to hurt him. What are the odds? We’ll have to wait for that answer until next week, it’s fight time.

ROUND ONE

The round opens with both fighters finding their range and not committing to anything big. Holdsworth throws an inside low kick, but it connects below the belt. After the restart, both men continue to exchange jabs. Beal is the first to open up, but Holdsworth swiftly avoids. About a minute in, Holdsworth scores the first significant strike of the fight. Holdsworth seems committed to stand up and trade shots with Beal. It looks like he wasn't bluffing when he said he wanted to show off his striking. With about three minutes left, Holdsworth attempts his first takedown. Beal not only defends, but also reverses position and takes top position. Holdsworth attempts an armbar, but Beal powers through. Both men return to their feet and Holdsworth continues to score his jab-cross combos. Beal lands some knees, Holdsworth tries for a double leg, but Beal defends. They circle back to the middle and with just over a minute left, Holdsworth drops Beal with a right hand. Pushing for the finish, Holdworth jumps on top and throws some punches. Then he locks in an arm-in guillotine and Chris Beal taps with 41 seconds left.

Dana can’t believe how things played out. The grappler Holdsworth stood toe to toe with the power puncher and beat him at his own game. Ronda still thinks that Chris fought well, he just hesitated too much.

It’s time for the fight announcement. We return to the women’s division for Team Tate’s Roxanne Modafferi and Team Rousey’s Jessica Rakoczy. Miesha believes that Roxanne’s experience and grappling with lead to her to victory. Ronda likes Jessica’s all-around ability, but prefers for the fight to remain on its feet.

The episode wraps up with a sneak peek into next week’s episode. How does Team Rousey vent their frustration? Will the battle of the sexes heat up? Does Chris Holdsworth give Julianna his letterman jacket? Find out this and more next week on The Ultimate Fighter!


Season at a glance:


Team Tate:

1. Julianna Pena (1-0, submitted Shayna Baszler in episode 2)
2. Sarah Moras
3. Raquel Pennington
4. Roxanne Modafferi
5. Cody Bollinger
6. Chris Holdsworth (1-0, submitted Chris Beal in episode 3)
7. Josh Hill
8. Louis Fisette (Replaced injured Tim Gorman)


Team Rousey:

1. Shayna Baszler (0-1, submitted by Julianna Pena in episode 2)
2. Jessamyn Duke
3. Peggy Morgan
4. Jessica Rakoczy
5. Chris Beal (0-1, submitted by Chris Holdsworth in episode 3)
6. David Grant
7. Anthony Gutierrez
8. Michael Wootten



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TUF 18: Episode 4 Video Preview

Tensions continue to rise between Team Rousey and Team Tate coaches and boxing champion Jessica Rakoczy takes on jiu-jitsu master Roxanne Modafferi on the next episode of The Ultimate Fighter.


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All-New Episode of The Ultimate Fighter Tonight

This week, Team Tate's Roxanne Modafferi battles Team Rousey's Jessica Rakoczy! The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs Team Tate - All-new episode tonight at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on FOX Sports 1.

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