The Ultimate Fighter Episode 4 CageJunkies Recap
On last week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter, we saw Team Mayhem keep their winning streak alive, with bantamweight Johnny Bedford defeating Josh Ferguson via Unanimous Decision, improving the team to 2-0. The episode continued to get a little more interesting, when it was revealed that secret mole John Dodson from Team Mayhem, has apparently been feeding information to Team Bisping regarding his teammates strengths and weaknesses, injuries, and fight picks. In this episode we get to see two fights, moving the competition along and two steps closer to determining who’s going to win the UFC six-figure contract. Can Team Bisping pick up their first win? Will Mayhem confront John Dodson and call him out as a Benedict Arnold? Will we see lots of commercials for Blue Mountain State? Once again, I have the answers to all of your questions again this week.
The episode starts with Bisping announcing that he will be preparing Featherweight Steven Bass to fight, knowing he was going to be picked to fight against Dennis Bermudez. And the reason he knows, is because Team Mayhem mole John Dodson told him who his team was picking. In the gym, Bisping pushes Bass extremely hard, forcing him to spar a 3rd round, even though he wasn’t up for it. It comes time for the fight announcement, and Michael Bisping doesn’t even show up. Mayhem entertains both teams by doing impressions of Bisping and saying he doesn’t care about his team, which they just laugh off. Mayhem says Bisping’s team are acting like it doesn’t bother them, but he says under the surface he knows they were disappointed that their Coach wasn’t there.
We then get right to the first fight.
Stephen Bass (10-0) Vs Dennis Bermudez (7-2) at 145 lbs.
They both come out throwing punches and leg kicks. Bermudez clinches and works Bass against the cage, peppering him with short punches while Bisping screams out to Bass to get the underhooks. Bermudez takes him down and starts working ground and pound from Bass’ guard. Bermudez stands up, dropping punches from a standing position as Bisping screams to Stephen Bass to “get the f**k up!” Bass is clearly not listening to his corner at this point. Bermudez then mounts again as Bass fails to get back to his feet, while Bermudez completely controls him on the ground, raining down bombs. Bass then gives up his back, and after Bermudez tries to work for a RNC, he starts to punch Bass repeatedly in the face. It looks like the ref is going to stop it on a few different occasions, as Josh Rosenthal tells Bass he has to fight back, the round ends.
CageJunkies scores it 10-9 for Bermudez.
Did you know that Blue Mountain State is on after TUF? It is, I swear! But just in case you weren’t aware, Spike makes it repeatedly clear during the commercial breaks.
Bass still looks out of it from the beating he took in the first round, and Bermudez clinches again, then lands a brutal knee to his face, dropping him like a rock, and starts hitting him with some vicious ground and pound. Suddenly, Bass grabs Bermudez’s leg seeing on opportunity to attempt an ankle lock. It almost looks like he has it, but Bermudez is just too athletic and pulls his leg out, then drops Bass with more punches and finally the ref stops it.
Winner Via TKO in Round 2: Dennis Bermudez
After the fight in the training, Bisping says he doesn’t want to kick a man while he’s down, but he tells his team (including Bass) the reason he lost the fight is because he didn’t listen to a damn thing his corner was telling him. He tells Josh Ferguson “No, offense, but the reason you lost your fight was because you threw some crazy flying knee.” He continued, “You guys needs to stop with the Jean Claude Van Damme shit and just do as your f**king told.”
Back in the Training Center Jason “Mayhem” Miller announces the Bantamweight fight, as he picks Dustin Pague to go to war with the green-haired Louis Goudinot from Team Bisping.
During the interview, Pague talks about his faith in God. In the meantime, Stephen Bass pulls Coach Bisping aside and according to Bisping, blames his coach for his loss. (What was actually said was not shown on camera). Bisping is livid at this accusation, immediately announcing it to the team in front of Bass, telling them that if anyone else feels the same way, say it now. No one speaks up, and Bisping tells his fighters Bass lost the fight because he didnt stick to the gameplan or listen to his corner.
Fight Number 2:
Dustin Pague ( 10-4 ) versus Louis Gaudinot (5-1 ) at 135 lbs.
After fighters touch gloves in the center of the cage, Gaudinot throws a couple jabs, while Mayhem yells for his fighter to get off first.
These guys are not holding anything back, throwing kicks, jabs and hooks. Pague gets Gaudinot down briefly, but he gets back to his feet, eating a knee for his troubles. Gaudinot attempts a spinning back kick and misses, as Bisping screams at him “No crazy sh*t! Pague gets him in the clinch, hitting him with elbows and knees. Then forces Gaudinot against the cage to work some dirty boxing. Gaudinot keeps coming forward but Pague keeps landing straight rights. These guys are all over the cage with lots of energy, with Pague seemingly landing the better strikes. Gaudinot goes for a body lock takedown, but Pague underhooks and stays on his feet, stuffing the takedown.
CageJunkies scores the first round 10-9 for Dustin Pague
Gaudinot looks tired, and Pague drops him with a straight right, then follows him to the ground to rain down punches. Gaudinot uses the cage walk to get back to his feet, as Bisping yells for a whizzer. BIG knee from Pague that drops Gaudinot again which looks like it may have broken his nose. Pague then follows him down, gets his back and chokes him out.
Winner: Dustin Pague via Rear Naked choke round 2
Team Mayhem improves to 4-0, dominating both of tonight’s fights. In their respective training rooms, Dustin Pague thanks Jesus, a lot. He says it wasn’t himself who won that fight, it was god. Bisping consoles Gaudinot, who’s obviously distraught from the loss. Coach Bisping seems a lot more pleased with Gaudinot’s performance than he was with Stephen Bass.
Mayhem gloats about his victories, and who can argue with him since his team is 4-0 at this point. Other than briefly in the beginning, there’s very little mention of the John Dodson mole situation, even though they teased it and even showed upcoming clips last week leading up to this week’s preview. They then tease it again at the end of this week’s episode, saying “next week, Coach Mayhem confronts John Dodson.” I really hope the producers do not think that this drama is what’s going to bring the viewers back each week, because if they are, I feel they are seriously undermining the viewing audience’s intelligence. Just bring on the fights. That’s what we all really want to see, and even though this week the fights were pretty one sided, the actual fights took up most of the episode. A lot less filler, inside the house shenanigans, and drama made this episode the best one of the season so far.
We get a look at next week, where the John Dodson saga continues (apparently). They show clips of a couple of shoving matches between Bisping and Miller in which they almost come to blows, having to be separated a few times.
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