Dana Whites promise at the beginning of the season that there would be a fight on each episode was broken last night, but under the circumstances White could hardly be faulted. Noah Inhofer was eliminated (after already securing a spot in the semi-finals) from the show last night, but instead of being defeated in competition...
Dana Whites promise at the beginning of the season that there would be a fight on each episode was broken last night, but under the circumstances White could hardly be faulted. Noah Inhofer was eliminated (after already securing a spot in the semi-finals) from the show last night, but instead of being defeated in competition he decided to walk out.
Last nights episode began with a focus on Matt Hamills training, which might have led viewers to believe he would finally be making his TUF 3 debut. However, the spotlight on Hamill had more to do with how he was further isolating himself from the rest of team Ortiz, due to his perceived cockiness and over aggressive training style. Hamill is arguably the best wrestler in the house and during one of the training sessions he elected to defend takedowns without using his hands, which some of his teammates and in particular Michael Bisping found very disrespectful. In addition, its widely believed on the team that Hamill is training too hard in practice, so in a sparring session with Kendall Grove, the Hawaiian native landed a high kick to Matts head. Hamill appeared to be somewhat worse for wear after Groves kick, but to make matters worse during the same session Josh Haynes connected with an uppercut on Hamill that he thought broke his jaw.
Saul Soliz took Hamill to the hospital to get examined and ensure he hadnt suffered any serious damage. Hamill returned to the house with a clean bill of health, but he still seemed down and out so his teammate Danny Abaddi became his ever-present sidekick. Acting more like Waylon Smithers then an Ultimate Fighter, Danny seems to become Hamills personal butler as he makes him sandwiches and requests more milk is delivered to the house for Matt.
With White away on business in Toronto (promoting UFC 58 USA vs. Canada) Tito Ortiz led the group during this weeks fight announcement. With Hamill obviously in no condition to fight, Ortiz selected Josh Haynes from his team and called on Tait Fletcher from Shamrocks team. In preparation for Taits upcoming fight he was sparring with teammate Mike Nickels and they got into it pretty serious, leaving Fletcher with a bloody nose. Tait then took his frustrations out on Shamrock, believing its the coaches responsibility to step in when he notices the training is getting out of control, especially since hes scheduled to fight in a couple of days. The next day Ken and Tait buried the hatchet and concentrated on getting Tait into the semi-finals.
During a team Ortiz training session a mysterious package arrived for Noah that accused him of cheating on his girlfriend (all of 6 months). It became quite evident this was bothering Noah and since no outside contact is permitted while the show is being tapped, he was contemplating leaving the show unless he was allowed to make a phone call. White was alerted about the situation and showed up at the house delivering a pep talk that stressed the opportunity Noah had in front of him. Whites advice was clearly lost on Noah who obviously has the physical tools to be on the show, but clearly lacked the mental toughness the producers were looking for. Not willing to stay unless he could make the phone call, White sent the South Dakota native home. Other fighters have voluntarily left the show, but this is the first time someone had already competed and won, and still walked out. Noah was no doubt watching last nights episode while he was on his knees painting his girlfriends toenails. As is often the case with an injury or when someone leaves the show, a fighter thats been eliminated is allowed to come back, and judging from Titos reaction it pretty much confirms Ken will be getting back one of the fighters he previously lost.
Will it be Lightheavyweight Jesse Forbes or Keith Rotharmell?