Following last week’s victory and the re-gaining fight pick control as planned, team Jones continued to be positive and focus on the task ahead to prepare Clint Hester for his battle against Jimmy Quinlan from team Sonnen. Although the batching of Urijah Hall for his uncalled offensive comments against Adam continued, the team was united and committed to dominate the tournament. Team Sonnen, despite the lost, had the good mood still riding high. The seemed confident on getting the best out of the next match up and having Jimmy Quinlan finishing the fight with his hand raise.
Once again the trend of surprises on The Ultimate Fighter continued when team Sonnen was allowed for a night out to the Hooters Restaurant. It was a fun time with good food, great looking waitresses wearing tight white and orange clothes, and an awesome entertainer in Gilbert Smith. Everyone in team Sonnen enjoyed themselves except Hall who isolated himself from the festivities and ignore the numerous requests to join the rest of the team. Hall admitted to be having a hard time dealing with the mental aspect of the TUF competition.
Team Jones was shaken up a bit as Josh Samman had to be rushed to the hospital because of swelling in his left leg. He did not want to risk it given his history of blood clot which almost cost him his leg. Samman decided not to “tough it out” like most fighters do with lingering injuries and pains from a recent fight and went to get it checked. Tense moments during the ordeal but he received good news and was cleared to fight within a couple of weeks.
During team Sonnen’s practice we learn about Quinlan’s life growing up in Boston and his career as a police officer. Jimmy gave credit to the police academy for positively impacting his life. Coach Sonnen was confident in Jimmy’s ground game and reassured that if he got the fight to the ground Hester would be in a lot of trouble. As always, Sonnen gave a pep talk as it is always important for him to let his team know he cares.
During team Jones’ practice we got to know Clint. A boxer turned mixed martial artist (because his boxing gym closed down) with a unique super hero like trait as he used to protect kids from bullies during his childhood. Coach Jones worked on the striking with Clint and taught him his controversial lateral kick to the knee. Coach Jones liked Clint’s striking skills as well as his ability to implement a recently learned technique but was worried about the fight going to the ground as well as Clint’s conditioning.
No surprises here, Jimmy wasted no time and went for the takedown. He could not do much with it as Clint was able to get back up. Jimmy took Clint down in various occasions but could not impose any real damage. Clint on the other hand, almost scored a guillotine choke and landed some good body shots. In the end, Jimmy’s take downs were relentless and the first round ended with Jimmy Quinlan in a dominant position.
The second round began with Clint attempting a takedown which took everyone by surprise. He ended up exposing his neck for a guillotine attempt but was able to defend it. Jimmy forced his game plan and the fight took place on the ground. After scrambles and transitions, Jimmy was able to obtain a good position taking Clint’s back. He landed some punches to loosen Clint up and was then able to lock in the rear-naked choke and secure a submission victory as expected by coach Sonnen.
After the fight, although he looked like he barely got a scratch, Jimmy felt as he was bruised all over his head. Nonetheless, he was very excited about taking down the #1 pick for Team Jones. Clint on the other side was disappointed about his performance but hopeful to get the wildcard spot. Coach Sonnen reminded Coach Jones about their bet from last week’s bowling match and handed him the Team Sonnen Jersey. So far this season there has not been any drama between the coaches, will that change?
Next week’s fight was announced and by default we will see Dylan Andrews go against Zak Cummings. Tune in an see who wins the coaches challenge plus a Dana White surprise on the toughest tournament in the world, The Ultimate Fighter.
Fight Results up-to-date:
Team Sonnen (4-2)
Luke Barnatt (1-0, TKO win over Gilbert Smith in episode 2)
Uriah Hall (1-0, KO win over Adam Cella in episode 3)
Tor Troeng (0-1, TKO loss to Josh Samman in episode 6)
Jimmy Quinlan (1-0, submmision win over Clint Hester in episode 7)
Kevin Casey (0-1, unanimos decision loss to Collin Hart in episode 4)
Kelvin Gastelum (1-0, submmision win over Bubba McDaniel in episode 5)
Team Jones (2-4)
Clint Hester (0-1, submision loss to Jimmy Quinlan in episode 7)
Josh Samman (1-0, TKO win over Tor Troeng in episode 6)
Bubba McDaniel (0-1, submision loss to Kelvin Gastelum in episode 5)
Gilbert Smith (0-1, TKO loss to Luke Barnatt in episode 2)
Collin Hart (1-0, unanimos decision win over Kevin Casey in episode 4)
Adam Cella (0-1, KO loss to Uriah Hall in episode 3)
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