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TUF 6: Episode 11 Recap/Thoughts

So far, George Sotiropolous, Mac Danzig, and Matt Arroyo have all advanced to the semifinals. On this week’s show we have Tommy Speer taking on Ben Saunders for the fourth and final spot in the semifinals.

During a Team Hughes training session, everyone is worried about Tommy’s cut and the swelling on his face, specifically Mac Danzig. Danzig claims he wouldn’t even be training for three weeks with a cut like that because if it gets opened again it could be career threatening. Danzig may be right, but these guys didn’t come here to pussyfoot around.

Billy Miles thinks that if Tommy’s injuries are serious enough to where he can’t fight, then he will be the person that steps in for him. There’s a UFC contract at stake at the end of this thing and as long as Tommy is cleared by the athletic commission, there’s no way he’s missing this fight. I have to admit, though, Tommy’s face looks jacked up.

Billy Miles’ dreams of stepping in for an injured Tommy end when Tommy gets his stitches taken out and is cleared by the NSAC to fight.

Back at the house, Larry (Troy Mandaloniz), Curly (Richie Hightower), and Moe (Jon Koppenhaver), as Blake Bowman calls them, decide to skip practice and drink all day. Does this make sense to anyone else? All of these guys lost and they’re not training? You have a limited amount of time that you’re in the house and able to train with world class fighters like Matt Serra and Matt Hughes and you decide to just skip practice and drink? Where did they find these guys? I bet there’s 100 guys out there that would have grabbed the opportunity to train on a full-time basis for six weeks with two top welterweights by the balls. These three, however, are completely unprofessional and on top of that, they’re idiots.

So they drink all day and smash stuff in the house and punch holes in the walls and generally cause mayhem. This same old shit happens every season on TUF and the UFC has to spend an extensive amount of money remodeling the house after every season. Did they ever stop to think that the less money the UFC has to spend on bullshit like remodeling the TUF house, the more they could pay their fighters? Obviously that might be stretching it a bit, but you see my point. The destruction of the house every year is just out of control.

When Team Hughes comes home, everyone is salty at the destruction of the house, particularly Mac Danzig who starts talking garbage to Richie Hightower and almost fights him.

What Team Hughes doesn’t know is that Koppenhaver decided to drop a deuce in the upper tank of Team Hughes’ toilet while they were gone. Billy Miles immediately identifies this issue as an “upper decker” when he comes home and takes a piss. When he flushes, Koppenhaver’s fresh deuce streams out into the toilet bowl. Yum. I think Miles has had experience with upper deckers before as he was easily able to discover the problem. Something tells me Miles has pulled a few upper deckers in his day.

Anyways, Billy tells Mac about the issue and tries to keep it calm. Mac takes it pretty well and doesn’t flip out. Instead, it’s J-Roc that flips out. He is raging pissed. He didn’t even know what an upper decker was until that fateful day in the TUF house and now he’s experiencing it full bore. J-Roc smashes the top of the toilet against a wall, kicks a member of Team Serra’s door open and starts yelling “Who shit in our toilet, dawg?! Who shit in our toilet?!” I think there’s plenty of guys in the house who have shit in the toilet, but only one who did it in the upper tank. Either way, you get the gist. Koppenhaver tackles J-Roc because he thought J-Roc was going to punch him and then a scuffle ensues which is eventually all broken up. Five minutes later everything is fine and everyone is chilled out.

Troy and Koppenhaver get the lucky job of cleaning up the upper decker, using kitchen utensils to mine for brown nuggets. Fun times.

“These are the kind of people representing our sport?,” asks Danzig, and he’s got a really good point. There are guys who were brought onto this show for their fighting ability and then there are guys who were brought onto this show because of their relative ability and how well their personalities would clash on a reality show. Richie, Troy, and Koppenhaver seem to be in the latter group.

It’s fight day and Ben wakes up sick. He takes a nap and wakes up feeling a bit refreshed but can’t breathe out of his nose. Not good for a fight. Dorian Price thinks Speer will take Saunders down and “GnP the piss out of him.” We shall see.

Ben Saunders (Team Serra) vs. Tommy Speer (Team Hughes)

Round 1:

The fighters clinch and Ben is trying to land knees from the clinch while Tommy forces him back up against the cage. From there, Tommy gets a quick takedown and looks to work ground and pound from Ben’s guard. Ben tries for a triangle choke from the bottom but Tommy is able to posture out of it for a moment. He tries to slam Saunders out of the choke and ends up tightening it as Ben transitions to an unbelievably deep armbar. It is a nasty armbar and I’m thinking Tommy’s going to tap for sure. He fights through it and is able to get back to his knees and Saunders transitions to a deep triangle choke. Another very tight submission, but Tommy is able to land a nice elbow that bloodies Ben’s nose and powers out of the choke. From there, Tommy lands punches from the top until the round ends.

Round 2:

The fight immediately gets taken to the ground where Ben is actually able to sweep Tommy from his back and get to his feet. Tommy immediately takes the fight back to the ground and works some ineffective ground and pound from Tommy’s guard. Mazagatti stands them up due to inactivity and Tommy shoots in for a takedown. Ben throws a flying knee that misses and ends up on his back again. Mazagatti stands them back up one more time and Tommy gets yet another takedown to end the round.

Unanimous decision victory for Tommy Speer (Team Hughes).

Matt Serra should have pitted Mac vs. Tommy if he really wanted to screw Hughes. With his matchmaking he’s given Hughes two fighters in the semifinals and now both teams have two guys in the semifinals.

After the fight’s over, they pick the semifinal fights:

Mac Danzig (Team Hughes) vs. Matt Arroyo (Team Serra)

Tommy Speer (Team Hughes) vs. George Sotiropolous (Team Serra)

We also learn that one fighter will not be able to compete, so someone who was eliminated will get another shot at redemption.