It must have been really dusty in Vegas this season of The Ultimate Fighter because I have never seen so many tears since Forrest Griffin did a his best Tito Ortiz impression after getting knocked out by “The Dean of Mean”. Unlike Rob Emerson I don’t think Cole Miller is a “pussy” for crying. I think it just shows the tremendous amount of pressure each of these fighters is under. 6 weeks with out friends or family. The biggest opportunity in your career… The crying is just an emotional dump. I feel like Griffin recently stated in an interview; If you haven’t cried about something then that means you have never really cared about something and I feel sorry for you.
After the tears dry up Miller is rewarded with his first win by getting a fictious UFC belt. The winner of the fight from either team gets to wear the belt after they win. Manvel hopes everyone from team Pulver gets to wear the belt.
Pulver talks about how big this win is and brings up and interesting point about strategy, knowing who will fight next means only one fighter has to fight next. Not knowing means all fighters must begin to cut weight. This is the smartest thing Pulver has said so far.
The Lobstah shows back up at the house saying he is healthy and that he will continue training and be a replacement fighter if someone is to get hurt.
Gabe Ruediger goes from crybaby to bully by constantly bad mouthing Matt Wiman in his face and behind his back. The confrontations looked staged and Gabe seemingly has no real beef with Matt so this makes it look even phonier.
After another Chicken Fry bracket update BJ tries to throw another monkey wrench in Pulvers plans. BJ talks Emerson into calling out Corey Hill and even has a script for him to follow “Corey you F-ing coward pick me.” Don’t hold your breath for a BJ Penn screen play. Emerson totally botches his lines and starts telling Hill he is “all bark and no bite”. Great improv but Pulver doesn’t bite and he sets up Manvel Gambaryan vs Noah Thomas.
Noah has had 40 fights in the last 2.5 years but Manvel seems unfazed. BJ says he respects Noah for being a True Fighter and not getting involved in all the drama back at the house. I don’t; know if that’s a great idea in the long run. Look what drama did for guys like Chris Leben, Bobby Southworth and Josh Koscheck.
Emerson and Gabe become friends and quickly find mischief in the form of two girls on horse back. They ask the girls to come around front and they very kindly oblige. When team Boredom goes around front they find that one of the horses has slipped and fallen on the concrete. Now even I knew that would happen if the horse has shoes on so I find it hard to believe that the two girls and Willie Nelson wouldn’t. TUF fighters to the rescue! They get some rugs from the house and get the horse back to the safety of asphalt. Emerson stays away from horses because they have knarly Thai Kicks.
BJ finally sits Gabe and Matt down to talk about their feud. Matt calls Gabe “fat: and Gabe responds with “Lets go fight right now…” Joe Lauzon thinks the fighting is causing problems for the team. Gabe and Matt shake hands and it seems to be over for now.
The show shifts to give us a long background on Manvel. We find out that he is UFC veteran Karo Parisyan’s cousin and that they train Judo together. I know Manvel is a very accomplished ground fighter and has freakish strength much like Karo. He is as good or possibly better than Karo is on the ground. With the long in-depth intro it looks like the UFC is saying to us that we will be seeing a lot more of Manny in the future.
Now it looks as if the UFC has shown it’s true colors by having a text message survey for who would win if Gabe and Matt fought. After interviewing Gabe several times it seems as though this on camera persona is made up and possibly used to make an otherwise boring house exciting. Hopefully this leads to big things for Gabe and his new Bad Guy role. 88% think Matt would win the fight. Shows what TUFers know….
Noah and Manvel both weigh in and make weight. Noah steps on the scale with a sandwich in hand. Manvel calls him fat.
Team Boredom plays with a shield they take off one of the walls in the house. Emerson takes a rock in the groin.
While team Pulver is training BJ’s Team is bored so they begin writing on the walls. Noah writes support the troops and Emerson writes “Suck it Team Pulver” When Team Pulver returns they see the comment on the wall and go ape shit. Nate Diaz rips off his shirt and jumps up and down. Pulvers camp break up the initial fight and Team Boredom apologizes.
Then we cut to Manvels reaction. I guess he showed up late because he starts going ballistic about how he will take everyone on Team BJ one by one. Manvel wants to know who wrote it so he could punch him in the face. Emerson admits it and there is no punch. Manny states that he is packing his stuff and leaving. Funny how when Nate and Manvel found out who did it they didn’t want to fight no more. Maybe they have Emerson as a favorite like I do. Maybe they were hoping it was someone smaller like Lobstah.
After what seems like an hour of screaming an uncharacteristically calm Miller gets Manny to settle down and not leave the house.
The morning before the fight Mr Jekyl and Hyde Ruedigar gives Noah a pep talk stating that Manny blew his wad the night before with the 2 hours of screaming.
The fight begins Manny comes out strong landing a right hook that stuns the former Marine. Manny bulrushes his wounded opponent and gets a takedown. From there Manny quickly passes the guard moves to north south and gets a Kimura.
Hopefully Manny got 2 years of aggression out during this fight and both teams respect each other more… Meh this is reality TV who wants that? Bring on the DRAMA team boredom…