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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

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