We’re down to the final first-round bout on "The Ultimate Fighter." Team Koscheck still looks shell-shocked from losing both bouts in last week’s episode, but they have to get right back at it with the final first-round bout, Team Koscheck’s Sako Chivitchian vs. Dane Sayers of Team GSP. Who will win? And who will win the Coaches Challenge? Read on for a recap and spoilers.
— Water cooler talk of the week: Spencer Paige has returned to the house after he had surgery on his hand, so he won’t be able to earn the wild card spot. The only thing these fighters are talking about is the wild card. Who deserves it, who doesn’t, who fought well in their bout, and who has been drinking and partying too much to show they really "want it." Aaron Wilkinson claimed that Jeff Lentz has been hitting the bottle too much to deserve the shot, calling Lentz a "professional waster." Be sure to use that term at the bar this weekend, folks.
— Drunk of the week: Speaking of drunks, Skarbowsky is back! He dispenses pearls of wisdom, like pointing out that Sayers, a Native American, is the only one really from "the States." And that being good is not OK. If someone asks you how you are, answer perfect. Then you’ll make Parisian drunks happy.
— Cool nickname of the week: Sayers’ nickname is Red Horse, which is also his Indian name.
— Misogynistic, unfunny humor of the week: Clearly bothered by GSP’s aloofness to his prank attempts, Josh Koscheck goes off on a Team GSP medic, Brad Tate, calling him a male nurse. That’s a joke that would have been funny at a time when both men and women weren’t nurses and doctors, but pointing out someone’s profession + gender? Sorry, Josh. Not funny. You’re going to have to keep working to get under GSP’s sin.
— Inspiring story of the week: Sako was shot in the leg when he was 19 by gangfire. He said that experience taught him to stop drinking, partying and running the streets. Now, just three years later, he’s used the judo he learned earlier in life and is now on "The Ultimate Fighter."
— Coaches Challenge! My favorite thing of the week: If you can’t get behind the UFC forcing their fighters to play unfamiliar sports for large amounts of cash, check your pulse. It’s usually hilarious, and this season, Kos and GSP are facing off in a home run derby for a prize of $10,000 to the coach, and $1,500 for each his fighters.
Needless to say, GSP is not pleased. He’s Canadian. Do they play baseball in Canada? (Oh.) It shows, as GSP has no idea how to swing a bat, much less hold one. Kos is slightly more experienced, having played ball as a child, and won the prize for his team.
— Trash talk guessing game of the week: Who said?
1. The other team is underestimating me.
2. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t beat him.
3. I plan to win. I plan to win this damn fight.
4. I don’t know what he thinks about me, but if he thinks he’s going to walk in and take me out, he’s mistaken.
Sako Chivitchian (Team Koscheck) vs. Dane Sayers (Team GSP)
Round 1: Sako survived a guillotine attempt at the beginning of the round, just to get in a clinch-filled brawl. Both fighters were in defensive mode, avoiding takedowns and strikes instead of scoring their own. Even GSP was saying how close the round was.
Round 2: Sako started with the takedown. Though Sayers got back to his feet, Sako controlled him the whole time, landing knees often as they were clinched. Referee Josh Rosenthal had to warn the fighters Sako more than once not to hold onto the fence, and quite frankly, he was lucky that he didn’t lose a point.
Surprisingly, the fight did not go to the third round. Sako won the unanimous decision, 20-18, but Dana White and the coaches were impressed with Sayers.
Wildcard winners of the week: Koscheck lobbied White for Aaron Wilkinson and Marc Stevens, while GSP mentioned both Wilkinson and Sayers. White made the final decision for Aaron Wilkinson vs. Stevens, both Team Koscheck fighters. This is the fight for next week.
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