TUF 13 coaches Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos
Week 6 began on the heels of Mick Bowman’s loss to Clay Harvison of Team Lesnar, where Junior dos Santos is seen giving words of encouragement to his fighter. Immediately, Lew Polley, the assistant wrestling coach for Team Dos Santos, is seen contradicting Junior’s words of advice with his own feedback.
The Junior-Polley feud is finally coming to a head. ?
“We have to talk each other,” says Junior when he feels that Lew has crossed the line, yet again.
Brock pulls number one pick Len Bentley to the side, telling him that he could very well be back in the competition now that Clay Harvison might be exiting the show due to a seemingly serious finger injury suffered in his fight with Bowman.
Bentley heads back inside the cage to continue training, and is immediately seen writhing in pain when he pops his knee during a drill.?
“I just want to exit the building… sick to my stomach,” says Brock, who seems to have had his fair share of bad luck during the course of the show.
Harvison is in the hospital having his fingered examined, where despite being able to see his own bone on his pinky, it’s just a dislocation.
Bentley soon meets Clay in the hospital, telling him what transpired in training. After checking with the doctor, Bentley’s worst fears are put to rest, and he has suffered a dislocated knee cap (Patella). He will heal up just fine.
Back at the gym, the tension between Polley and Junior continues to mount once dos Santos discovers that Lew visited the house earlier in the day without having consulted with him first. It’s the final straw. Junior discusses the matter with boxing coach Luis Dorea, who agrees with the heavyweight contender that Polley’s days on the show are over after the constant disrespect.
Junior takes Polley aside, where the two begin to argue, and dos Santos finally cuts the tension by telling Lew that his services are no longer required.
Lesnar, who is in control following Clay’s latest victory, chooses Tony Ferguson to take on Justin Edwards.?
“I think Justin is a very good wrestler and his stand-up skills are very good, too,” says Junior.
“I’m very excited for this fight and I think Justin is going to beat Tony.” ??
“Tony Ferguson, this kid, I think is the guy that could possibly win the whole show,” proclaims Lesnar, glowing about his number three pick.
Next, the final quarterfinal match is announced, when Chuck O’Neil will meet Zach Davis of Team JDS.
Back at the house, the Team dos Santos fighters discuss Polley leaving the show, saying it will make it more difficult for them to understand instructions from their all-Brazilian coaching staff, but that it’s ultimately dos Santos’ decision.
The fight’s are underway. Tony shows up in shirt and tie, which is customary for him. Ironically enough, it’s his birthday, and what better present than a win on ”The Ultimate Fighter?” ?
“It’s going to be hell for him,” says Tony just before entering the cage.
The fight is one of the best of the show. Justin, an alternate of an alternate for the TUF show, proves that he’s every bit the fighter that Junior raves about. He wades in with wild hooks, some finding their mark. He changes levels on two occasions and takes Ferguson to the mat, and then stands back up for more punches. The stand-up exchanges are even with both fighters getting in good strikes. On the second takedown from Justin, Tony connects with a hard upkick to the chin. Justin is out before he hits the mat, however, Tony seals the deal with a few more punches on the ground for good measure. It’s a brutal knockout for an elated Team Lesnar.??
“I love when guys come out and fight like these two did… it was a great fight,” says UFC president Dana White.
“I had a good birthday last year for sure, but this is one is definitely the best one that I have ever had,” Tony exclaims.
The second fight is up.
The bout is a back-and-forth grappling exchange, where Davis seems to be getting the better of O’Neil early, taking him down to the ground every time the two are pressed against the cage. An armbar attempt from Davis gives O’Neil top position. Davis, however, locks up a tight triangle choke, which immediately has O’Neil tapping.
White is impressed with the two fighters, though O’Neil is dissapointed with his performance and promises a better showing next time out.
The coaches later meet with the UFC president to choose the wild card selection.
Everyone agrees that Edwards is the number one pick, however, because he was knocked out, he has to serve a 90-day suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission and cannot continue.
They next bring in all the fighters one by one, however, the coaches and White are taken aback by the fighters nonchalant attitudes towards their second chance to reenter the competition, including Len Bentley, who d?oesn’t appear particularly enthusiastic.
Everyone reconvenes back at the gym where White reveals that they have chosen Javier Torres and Chuck O’Neil as the wild card picks.
“I’m just.. honestly, I’m confused,” says Bentley.
A preview of the next show shows Len confronting coach Lesnar, questioning why he wasn’t a wildcard pick. Lesnar and dos Santos go head-to-head in the coaches challenge, which appears to be a gauntlet of football related drills. And finally, the wildcard showdown happens, pitting Torres of Team dos Santos against O’Neil of Team Lesnar.
It’s now Team dos Santos 4, Team Lesnar 3 heading into Episode 7.