This episode starts hopefully like no other episode ever starts… with a fighter lubing up a tube and shoving it into his nether region. Well it seemed like that’s how it started now that I can’t get that image of that KY dripping tube out of my head. It actually started with a recap of the last fight; a dominating display of Judo by Manny Gambaryan. Cole Miller says that Manny put a beating on Noah Thomas and he is right. Manny looks as thought a weight has been taken off of him.
Now back to the Colonic…. Gabe Ruediger approaches BJ about the colonic and he seems fine with Gabe getting it. Gabe states the benefits as weight loss and he feels a lot better after it. Sounds like a win win situation….
It seems the lack of TV, Family, and friends is finally getting Nate to his breaking point. “I need to fight Immediately!”. He feels that Joe Lauzon is a good match up for him but that since he is getting punked by Emerson he would rather fight him. Whoa whoa whoa Nate… If I was Nate I wouldn’t bite off more than I can chew. Nate wants to take on 2 of BJ’s best fighters. I don’t know what they got in the water up in Stockton possibly some sort of herbal tea but it gives you elephant size balls.
Tony DeSouza thinks Gabe needs to worry less about getting tubes shoved up his ass and more about fighting. Tony questions Gabes reasons for being on the show. I think Gabes reason is becoming quite clear; he is on the show to become a notorious Reality TV star. I haven’t seen a major MMA Forum that doesn’t have an “I hate Gabe” thread going. What ever he is doing it’s working.
Jens brings in UFC Veteran Jeremy Horn as a training partner for his team. Nate is stoked to train with Horn since he and his brother grew up watching his fights. Corey doesn’t know who Horn is but Horn believes that Corey is a lump of clay. Horn feels that he has a ton of potential and wants him to come to his school in Salt Lake City. Horn feels that he can make a superstar out of him. His size and work ethic look to me like his biggest assets but his talent is too raw to think he will be the next Josh Koscheck.
Now off to Healing Waters and the dripping tube. Coleen greets Gabe and tells him “we are gonna have fun.” Gabe says he came to fight but it sounds more he came to fart as more and more gas is forced out by the tube of water. Coleen massages Gabes abdomen as she tells him she is waiting for a “Mudd Slide” with a twinkle in her eye. Wow I have seen enough thank you Dish Network DVR. Wonder if he got her number?
Gray Maynard says he would never skip practice and that he feels Gabe got the colonic in order to get more attention. Sounds like Maynard is talking shit on Gabe to get more attention.
Some of the fighters began prancing around with thongs on. Nate thinks “that gay shit” makes fighters look bad. Lodune “Vanilla Gorilla” Sincaid disagrees. Nate says no one up in Stockton acts gay like that. Maybe they are too busy acting like Cheech and Chong.
After some more Chicken Fry standings we finally get a good fight announced. Two of my early favorites to make it to the finals. Rob Emerson will take on Nate Diaz. “I love this fucking season”. – Dana White
I have seen both of these guys fight and both look to have all the potential in the world. I have seen Nate Diaz mow over Tony Wares at Strikeforce and Gil Rael at WEC winning both by TKO in the first. He fought a technical battle vs Joe Hurley where he won by Triangle Choke in the second. He even gave #1 lightweight contender Hermes Franca a run for his money taking the first round before he was armbarred in the second. If anyone from this show could pull the next Matt Serra this is your guy. His only downside is that he may not have the experience that his fellow TUFers have had but his camp more than makes up for that.
Now let’s not forget about Emerson before we go and give Diaz the phoney UFC belt. Emerson is the guy who early in his career took Jens Pulver to decision (loss). Emerson has taken on more tough opponents then probably all of his class mates combined including UFC veterans Dokonjonosuke Mishima and Melvin Guillard. Emerson is on a 4 fight win streak but unfortunately sometimes fights to the level of his opponent. Emerson can dominate one fight and then look mediocre in the next. Emerson looks to have all the tools of a great fighter but sometimes looks timid. I felt if Emerson could get some good match ups that he could easily be in the final 4.
After all this I lean towards Emerson. He has more experience against tougher foes and I really can’t see him getting KOed.
More training footage.
Nate says his older brother Nick got him into fighting and motivates him. “You better go whoop somebody’s ass or get the fuck outta here.” – Nick Diaz
Emerson says he wants to put on a good show. Emerson considers himself mostly a kickboxer with good takedown and sub defense. Sounds like UFC’s prototype fighter.
“He wants to make it personal I’m gonna make it just as personal. He is gonna bring out a a better fighter in me. Probably shouldn’t have done that.” – Emerson
“I’m going out to Bang” – Nate Diaz
It seems another poll has been taken and tallied 67% of the people taking the poll think that Horn can make Hill a superstar. Once again what does a TUF n00b know?
Tale of the Tape
Nate has a 2 inch reach advantage in reach and height. Didn’t realize how short Emerson’s arms are. My fight prediction goes out the window…
Nate fights eerily similar to his older brother. Stalking his prey until he is able to close the gap with a quick 1 2. From the clench BJ and Pulver can both be heard yelling instructions to their fighters. Ken Shamrock is thinking maybe these guys are on to something.
After they break clinch Nate is doing a modified version of what boxers do by holding out his jab hand and grabbing Emersons hand. BJ screams out “Don’t let him grab your hand.” Apparently up in Stockton it isn’t gay for 2 dudes to hold hands.
Nate is dominating the standup. Nate lands a right hook and is gaining crucial ring control points by maintaining the outside position of the fence from the clinch. Looks as if Nate is going for a standing Kimura. I thought Nate was here to Bang?
Emerson is able to ward off another takedown defense and score some damage of his own ala some knees from the “Thai Clinch”. Emerson lands a nice left but Diaz seems unfazed.
As the round ends Emerson is able to fend off another of Diazs takedowns.
In Robs corner BJ talks to him as if he is winning the fight “Beautiful” he says.
In Nates corner they are acting like he is down a round in the fight. Horn asks him “Why are you here?”
That is an interesting bit of corner strategy that we have yet to see in the show due to the lack of competitive fights. I prefer the latter. In a very very close round MMA-Fighter.com has the fight 10-9 Diaz.
Nate is scoring again from the clinch by landing knees to Robs inner thigh and soloplexes. Diaz breaks away from the clinch and lands an over hand right then an uppercut that stuns Emerson. Diaz finally succeeds in getting a takedown. Rob is able to get back up but is put on his back again by Diaz
Nate begins running a Jiu Jitsu clinic on Emerson. After landing several shots from half guard Nate gains mount. Rob takes a few shots and gets to his knees. He almost gets into Diaz’s guard but Diaz’s able to transition smoothly to Emersons back. Nate goes for an armbar on Emerson but it fails and he ends up going for a Kimura. Emerson fights off the Kimura and then finds himself in an armbar attempt. Nate sweeps him and now has the armbar from top. Emerson isn’t tapping so he goes to mount again and Emerson once again gives up his back. This looks to be the last transition as Diaz easily sinks in a deep Rear Naked Choke and he gets the tap.
Dana is excited after the fight and claims it was the best fight they have had in the last five seasons. Apparently he missed Bobby Southworth losing to Stephan Bonner.
Pulver Feels that Diaz just plain out worked Emerson. I agree. Emerson just didn’t have the gas and he looked to be in better shape then anyone on the show.
I feel better about this season after that great fight. Hopefully better fights not colonics lead to better ratings. Looks as though Hughes is back in the next show wonder what he will say to BJ. Wonder what he thinks of Coreys lips? Always saying controversial stuff that guy is good TV. BTW I thought Jens and Hughes hated each other. Why would Pulver invite that guy to his camp? Oh yeah “That guy is good TV.”