Right off the bat, the episode starts off with an elimination!
Chris Camozzi was eliminated from TUF. In an earlier episode, Camozzi was complaining about a toothache. He thought maybe in his previous fight, a filling had fallen out. Upon a closer examination with the doctor, Camozzi suffered a hair-line fracture on his jaw. Dana White, owner and President of UFC and TUF, thought it was the best interest to pull him out of competition. Everybody, including his coach, Tito Ortiz, was all in shocked. Since Camozzi is out, that means Ortiz can bring back a pervious fighter who did not make it into the competition.
Seth Beczynski is now back and ready to go! Lucky guy! Let’ s hope he makes it this time around.
Yager and Ring, on Team Ortiz, was doing some warm up sparring. Then a fight broke up between the two of them. Apparently, Yager was hitting to hard and called Ring a “Bitch.” Tito Ortiz, coach, had to step in and break up the two. Yager (pronounced as Jagar) is frustrated with everybody “sandbaging during warm up”. Ring is pissed at Yager, because of the foul language to another team mate. I side with Ring on this one. Take it easy Yager. It’s easy to get carried away during light sparring, I have. Just man up…say your sorry and more on. You will look like the better man. During this time Ortiz had an inspirational speech about being a team player…”who are you going to train with, if there is no one around.”
The fight of the night was announced by Chuck Liddell. Since his team won last fight, Liddell has control over this fight. He chose from Team Liddell, Brad Tavares (Local boy from Hilo, Hawaii) vs Team Ortiz, James Hammortree.
The fights are 5 minute-2 rounds. If its a draw, there will be a sudden victory match.
1st round: Tavares comes out with a couple of good leg kicks. Both have pretty good pace. After Tavares came in with a couple of punches at the 4:17 minute mark Hammortree goes in for the shoot. Hammortree has a hard time taking down Tavares, but eventually they go to the ground. They both have very good scrambling abilities. If Tavares was on the bottom, the next second he was on top. Vice versa with Hammortree. At one point, Hammortree had Tavares’ back, but failed to get the rear-naked choke.
2nd round: Minor exchanges of punches in the beginning. Then it goes to the ground again, but Tavares kneed Hammortree’s face. Then it goes back onto the ground. At one point, Tavares had a Kimura, but failed to follow through. This whole fight had a lot of ground fighting then stand up. I prefer more stand up, because I sometimes find ground fighting a little boring. But this fight was very interesting. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.
I wasn’t too surprise when the judges called the fight a draw.
At the beginning of the fight Tavares had really good jabs. Honestly, Tavares has better stand up than Hammortree. Once again, Hammortree took Tavares to the floor. At this time, you can tell that Hammortree is tired and he was just resting or buying time by taking Tavares to the ground. Fortunately, for Tavares, his conditioning was on point. Brad kept punching and kneeing Hammortree. In the end, Tavares did more in this round. (The fight result was 10-9)
Victory goes to Brad Tavares, Team Liddell.
***Tune in to next week episode: Yager and Ring blows up. And a controversial ending to that week’s fight put Tito Ortiz in a fit of rage.**