The Ultimate Fighter: Season 4 Catch-Up Again

Well I’ve been trying to keep up with the episodes but things just keep on getting in the way, here’s what has happened up until now…

Episode 3:

The episode begins with a quick recap of Edwin DeWees-Gideon Ray which DeWees won by unanimous decision in an extremely bloody and brutal fight. Back at the house, it seems that Shonie Carter is annoying the rest of the fighters with his crazy antics. Shonie just says that he really doesn’t care what other people think of his actions. During Team No Love’s training session, Jeremy Jackson talks about how the team’s morale is down after losing two straight fights. Dana White then talks about Jackson wasn’t even supposed to be on the show until the very last minute when another fighter pulled out.

Later that night, Jeremy makes a comment about how he doesn’t trust Din Thomas because of the way he looks. Din calls Jeremy out to fight because Jeremy supposedly doesn’t like to punch other people in the face. Dana brings in a big screen TV so the fighters can watch UFC 60. White reminds them that one of them will be facing either Matt Hughes or Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title in the near future. (We now know that it will be either Matt Hughes or BJ Penn)

Matt Serra is especially disappointed that Royce Gracie loses to Matt Hughes in such a decisive fashion. This makes Serra even more motivated to win the competition and take the title from Hughes being that Serra has trained extensively with the Gracies. The next while Team Mojo is training, Dana comes in and introduces Marc Laimon in as one of the new trainers. Laimon was previously a trainer on the first season of the show.  Serra immediately states his dislike for Laimon because of his training methods and because of a past confrontation.

While they are training, Laimon makes a comment about Gracie’s loss to Hughes the night before, making Serra extremely angry and causing him to go off on Laimon. He says that Laimon doesn’t even fight and has no place making a comment like that. Laimon responds with the fact that he studies MMA extensively and his opinion is very valid. When the fighters return to the house, they decide to pull a prank on Shonie. Earlier in the day, Shonie finished a drawing and then went to training. The fighters draw a replica of the piece and then deface it , making it look like Shonie’s artwork is destroyed while the other one is safely hidden away.

Shonie comes home and quickly loses his cool, challenging the culprit to a fight inside the Octagon no matter what the weight class. Jorge Rivera then brings out the real drawing and everyone laughs. The next day a Team Mojo training session, Randy Couture makes a remark about how talented of a fighter Jeremy Jackson is. Dana goes into Jeremy’s UFC history which consists of a loss to Nick Diaz. Jeremy was forced to stop fighting for a while because of some personal problems but has returned and is ready for action.

The fighters are called to the training center where they learn that Pete Spratt will be fighting Chris Lytle. After the two fighters are selected, Dana does a little profile on each of them. Both have fought numerous times in the UFC with both wins and losses. Dana then reveals that Spratt was actually offered the chance to challenge Matt Hughes for the welterweight title at one point but Pete turned down the offer, stating that he wasn’t ready. Both fighters weigh-in and then enter the Octagon the next day very confident that they will be able to win the fight.

The fight begins with the fighters touching gloves and Lytle immediately rushing after Spratt and pressing him against the cage before taking him down. Spratt leaves his neck open and Lytle quickly secures a guillotine choke, tapping Spratt out seconds later. After the fight, Pete is very upset that he lost the fight so quickly and was surprised at how Lytle came out so strong in the beginning of the round. Dana comments that Team Mojo has three guys in the semi-finals while Team No Love has none.

Episode 4:

The show begins with the fighters recapping Chris Lytle’s quick victory over Pete Spratt. Fighters from Team Mojo comment on how being in control of picking the fights by winning them gives them a distinct advantage in the game. Team No Love has a meeting and discusses who Team Mojo might pick to fight next. They are almost certain that it will be Patrick Cote calling out Travis Lutter.

Later that day, Travis Lutter and Pete Sell have a confrontation in the kitchen where Lutter bad mouths Sell. Sell tells Matt Serra about the situation and how he now wants to fight Lutter. Serra reminds Sell, who he has known since they were teenagers, to not let his emotions get the best of him that it’s all about making it to the semi-finals at this point and picking the best matchups for their team.

Scott Smith finds a rash on his arm. He walks over to the other teammates where Pete Sell says that he has a similar rash on his toe. They are sent to the hospital to get checked out only to find that they both have staph infections. Both Dana and Randy believe that one of the fighters came onto the show with the infection and that it was not received in the training center.

Jeremy Jackson has a conversation with Din Thomas about his personal life and why he had to step away from fighting. He tells Thomas that his brother died about two years ago and that he has been having so many problems that he has been living out of the trunk of his car for the past six months. Jackson says that his biggest problem is with women, whom he moves in with only to be kicked out shortly after. His main goal is to win the competition, get a title shot, and then win enough money so he can buy his own house.

Georges St. Pierre takes Team No Love to the local YMCA for a different kind of practice. It is there that Jeremy Jackson meets one of the lifeguards and asks her to meet him at the house at midnight that night. Later that night, all of the fighters are sitting outside talking. They each head inside to end the night and Jackson tells them that he is going to take a piss by the bushes. After everyone goes inside, Jackson hops the wall and goes and meets the lifeguard.

The next morning, the fighters receive a phone call that practice is cancelled and that Dana White is heading over to their house right then to make an important announcement. The fighters ask each other what it might be about and Jackson reveals that he snuck out of the house last night to meet with a girl. Dana enters the house and gathers the fighters into one room. It is there that he tells Jackson to back his bags and go home.

The staph infection appears to be spreading throughout the house as Din Thomas now has it as well. Patrick Cote is also said to have early signs of a possible infection. The fighters gather at the training center where it is announced that Scott Smith will take on Travis Lutter in the next fight. Dana gives small profiles on each fighter and why they deserve to be on the show. Dana believes that Lutter is the dark horse of the competition and could seriously win it all. Dana also noted that Scott Smith was put on the show to make up for his controversial loss to David Terrell at UFC 59, when a referee called for a clean break but Terrell continued fighting and submitted Smith.

Before the fight, both fighters reveal that they want to fight using their strengths: Lutter wants to take the fight to the ground; Smith wants to knock Lutter out standing up. The fight begans and the two do a little shadow boxing. Lutter fakes a right hand and then quickly gets behind Smith. Smith tries to keep Lutter from taking him down but Lutter successfully suplexes Smith onto the mat. Lutter takes Smith’s back and begins a ground and pound assault.

Lutter continues to pound away while Smith tries to cover up. Lutter then sees an opening and locks in a rear naked choke, forcing Smith to tap out. After the fight, Smith commented on how he knew he couldn’t stop Lutter once he got to the ground and that he must focus on that aspect of his game if he wants to become a better fighter and make it back to the UFC some day. Lutter’s win gives control back to Team No Love for the first time in weeks…

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