After a quick little recap of last week's episode, and the dramatic clash between Shonie and Rich, it is explained that fighters don't leave the house once they lose. This is a good thing for Rich Clementi, who receives a van ride back to the house instead of the airport. Back at the house, Team Mojo celebrates Shonie's victory. While Shonie is taking a vacation in la-la land...
After a quick little recap of last weeks episode, and the dramatic clash between Shonie and Rich, it is explained that fighters dont leave the house once they lose. This is a good thing for Rich Clementi, who receives a van ride back to the house instead of the airport. Back at the house, Team Mojo celebrates Shonies victory. While Shonie is taking a vacation in la-la land, the team notices Shonies diary out in the open. It is soon discovered that inside are intricate diagrams of Team Mojos fight strategy, with detailed fight brackets and all. While Matt Serra and the majority of the team are a little concerned by Shonies documentation, Chris Lytle isnt bothered by it. The main problem with the whole situation is that it would be extremely easy for someone on Team No Love to pick up the diary and spoil the master plan. Although the diary entry is discussed the next morning, it seems that no one is really that shook up about it.
Speaking of being all shook up, Charles McCarthy was a bit worried by Team Mojos plan, and didnt like being in the dark about who would be the next to fight. He was mainly concerned about making weight, remarking that while everyone else would make weight, he wouldnt. You would think this little scare would motivate McCarthy to step up his training in an attempt to lose some weight early. You would be incorrect in assuming this, as Team No Love decides to take the day off, and instead spends the day lounging around in the gym. Georges St. Pierre remarks (for virtually the first time this season) that oftentimes skill alone is not enough to win a fight, and that you really have to put in that extra effort in the gym to see victory. I guess well have to wait until this weeks fight to truly find out.
Cut to this weeks fight announcement. Nominated as the "voice" (pardon the pun) of Team Mojo, and undoubtedly soon to sign a major record contract, Shonie Carter started things off with a prank. It seems that McCarthys self-doubt stuck with Team Mojo, as Shonie called out McCarthy before telling him that he wouldnt be fighting next. McCarthy had an awfully angry look in his eye, and maybe Team Mojo should have thought twice about pissing the Jujitsu whiz off. This weeks fight would instead pit Team No Loves Gideon "The Gladiator" Ray against Team Mojos Edwin "Bam-Bam" Dewees. The obligatory UFC background check followed, with the fighters exploits in the Octagon being detailed and examined. With a 0-4 record between the two of them, Ray and Dewees most likely felt they had a lot to prove, not only to each other but the new TUF fans as well. Ray remarks that Dewees is nothing but a stepping stone, and Dewees wants to make a statement that will make all future middleweights "lose sleep" over possibly fighting him.
Fight time rolls around and the first thing I noticed was that it was only 10:30pm. I immediately noted to myself that I was about to witness a 3-round battle, and thankfully I was right on the money. Gideons pre-fight prediction of a bloody war was also spot on, and there will be much more on that later. Round one opened up with both fighters looking to mix it up a little. Dewees was searching for a right middle kick, while southpaw Gideon Ray looked to land some nice left low kicks to the inside of Edwins lead leg. After being smacked with two of these jarring kicks, Dewees swiftly took the fight to the mat with a nifty throw. It was here on his back that Gideon spent most of the round, absorbing elbows and punches. Dewees controlled his opponent well from the top position, moving from guard to mount a few times.
It was pretty funny to hear Serra repeatedly scream "Elbow Bam-Bam, Elbow! Relax Bam-Bam, take your time!" Flashbacks of my childhood interspersed with brutal ground and pound screeched across my eyes as I watched the first round. Ray managed to change his fortune with less than a minute and a half remaining in the first round, as he swept his opponent after fending off a side choke attempt. Gideon managed to score with some effective ground and pound from inside the guard, but he was forced to spend the last 30 seconds of the period fighting off a triangle choke.
Ray looked very tired during the break, and before we know it the second round is starting. Dewees comes out pushing the pace with strikes until a chopping overhand elbow from Gideon takes some of the wind out of his sails. Dewees grounds the fight again, and the second period looks to be a repeat of the first until about the 3 minute mark. It was at this point that Ray threw a clean elbow from the bottom, slicing open the hairline of Dewees with scalpel-like precision. Referee Herb Dean wisely stopped the action to check the cut, and the doctor ruled the fighter okay to continue.
Back to the same position on the ground, Edwin opens up from the top with some brutal ground and pound. Blood is leaking from the small cut like a torrent (most likely due to an elevated heart rate), and Gideon somehow manages to sweep his opponent once again before standing up. After another quick wipe down from the doctor, the fighters exchanged blows in the center of the octagon. Ray showcased his striking prowess, scoring with a clean spinning back kick and some crisp combinations. Dewees held his own, but found himself on the receiving end of a diving right hand after being stuffed during a takedown attempt.
Dana White enters the octagon after the second stanza and announces that there will be a third round. Ray really wants this one and comes out to start the third with a spinning back hook kick. Unfortunately for Ray, this kick caused him to end up on his back eating more ground and pound from Dewees, who at this point looked more like Chris Leben due to the massive amount of crimson colored blood in his hair. Blood was leaking everywhere, but Dewees showed the heart of a champ by pushing the pace through it all. Ray again spent the majority of the round on his back, eating strikes and trying to grip and hold onto his explosive foe.
The more blood that poured out of Edwins cut, the harder it was for Gideon to keep a grip. With things looking somewhat grim for Ray (and rather macabre with blood covering the fighters and the canvas), he again swept his opponent onto his back and into guard. With under a minute left in the round, Gideon desperately pounded from inside the guard, but it was too little, too late. All three judges scored the round 10-9 in favor of Edwin "Bam-Bam" Dewees, granting him a trip to the semi-finals. After the fight, Gideon Ray remarks that they should have stopped the fight based upon the remarkable amount of blood that Dewees lost during the second and third rounds. Dana White and the ringside physician both felt that the cut itself wasnt dangerous, and that Dewees was perfectly composed despite the massive amount of blood that was constantly leaking out of his head. Once again another great fight and I cant wait to see what happens next week on the third episode of
.THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER!