MMA: Ultimate Review with Jack Anderson

October 3, 2013 

Note: This is the fourth in a weekly series reviewing the TV show The Ultimate Fighter, which is broadcast at 7 p.m. Wednesday’s on FS1. Chiawana wrestling coach Jack Anderson is a coach on the show and will provide insights into the episode as well as a glimpse of what’s to come next week.

Plot points: Three things stood out, and thankfully none of them involve coach-on-coach anger issues. The first is the build-up to the fight between David Grant from Team Ronda Rousey and Louis Fisette of Team Miesha Tate. The twist is that Fisette lost his elimation bout to get into the house in Week 1 but returned when another fighter had to leave with an injury.

Second, a lot of the guys are grumbling about cutting weight down to the 135-pound bantam division, especially as their lighter housemates are gobbling down a Mexican feast. Some of the bigger guys are carrying an extra 20 pounds or more between bouts.

Finally, Momma Rousey pays a visit to her daughter’s practice. Ann Maria Demars was a world champion in Judo and passed along to her baby girl the ability to break arms and make people cry.

“She’s 5-foot-2, but she can look at a 6-foot-5 man in a way that will make that guy scared,” Rousey said. “She’s got an intensity about her. I’m the nice one.”

Anderson alert: Big mistep by the producers to not get any Anderson — by my count the real star of the show — in the episode. It was like TUF Light, with all the sugary goodness left out. A little flat, I must say.

Jack says: They’re in the house all day, every day besides training, and they’re bored, and they get whatever they want. There’s a request list for food, and they get whatever they want.

Quote of the week: You get that first fight in and it’s like a sick addiction, really. You hear your name called after you win, and it’s like you can’t get enough of that feeling. — Fisette.

Fight night: The teams pull even at two wins each as Grant wallops Fisette. The Team Tate fighter spends most of the time in the fetal defense position, and gets a series of fists, elbows and forearms to the face in the first round. With the same coming his way in the second, he goes ultimate fetal and gives up his back. And that can mean only one thing — rear naked choke.

Miesha Moment: Let’s go, Louie. Hey, your hair looks awesome.

Ronda Rant: It’s just passive-aggressive (bleep). They’ll smile in your face all day. The second you turn around they’re going to talk (bleep) and insult you. I have no respect for people like that.

Looking ahead: Hooters girls, frolicking in the pool and makeovers. No, this ain’t your daddy’s TUF. In the octagon, Team Rousey’s Jessamyn Duke will face Team Tate’s Raquel Pennington, and Tate already has a strategy. “We’re just going to have Raquel go out there and punch her really hard in the face, and pretty sure she won’t like that.” Anderson says it will be a great fight.

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