The Ultimate Fighter 21 Episode 1

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American Top Team (since 2001)
Dan Lambert
Notables: UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, Thiago Alves ,Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva,Mike Brown, Hector Lombard, Tyron Woodley and Dustin Poirier.

In 2011, a splinter group left and formed the Blackzilians.
Glenn Robinson
Notables: Rashad Evans ,Vitor Belfort, Anthony Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Michael Johnson and Matt Mitrione.

A little bit of the history of the two camps.

Lot of changes here from previous Ultimate Fighter seasons.

You don’t know who is fighting for the other team until the weigh-ins.

The first four fights are worth a combined 25 points. The second four fights are worth 50 points each. The last four fights are worth 100 points each. The team with the most points wins $200,000. For a fighter to be eligible to fight in the finals, he will have had to fight two times during the initial 12 fights. The winner of the finals wins $300,000 and the Ultimate Fighter trophy. A guy can fight the max of 3 times. You don’t have to fight.

ATT intro’s their team (Descriptions are from the team selections)

Marcelo Alfaya (16-7, 1NC) Porto Alegre, Brazil
“Grillo” Tough as he is crazy- great grappler

Steve Carl (21-4), Belle Plain, Iowa
Former WSOF champion

Nathan Coy (14-5), Vallejo, Calif.American Top Team
The Captain, tough as nails, solid grinder, All American wrestler

Michael Graves (4-0), Toledo, Ohio
Natural Talent, only has one speed

Hayder Hassan (6-1), Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Really heavy hands

Sabah Homasi (8-4), New Brunswick, N.J.
Up and Downs in his career, but might be able to put it all together (Oh, Just what I want to hear!)

Uros Jurisic (5-0), Ljubljana, Slovenia
Raw and athletic.

Steve Montgomery (8-2), Florence, S.C.
“Creepy” 6’4 and a southpaw.

Then the Blackzillians

Valdir Araujo (14-5), Gama, Federal District, Brazil
“BBMonstro” Not afraid to mix it up

Carrington Banks (3-0), Peoria, Ill.
Hasn’t fought in 2 years, seems like they were split on adding him.

Luiz “Buscape” Firmino (16-5), Joao Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil
Been around for a while fought some top talent and beaten them all. You are gonna have to bring a shovel or a shotgun because you are not knocking him out. (So I guess the 5 losses were to scrubs?)

Jason Jackson (4-2), Kingston, Jamaica
Top Cardio guys, show him something once and he knows it.

Vicente Luque (7-4-1), Westwood, N.J.Blackzillians
Also one that didn’t jump out. Incredible ground game.

Andrews Nakahara (4-2-2), Mogi das Cruzes, Sao Paulo, Brazil
World Champion in Karate

Felipe Portela (8-2), Brasilia, Brazil
Was an Alternate, good wrestler.

Kamarudeen Usman (5-1) Auchi, Nigeria
Olympic Alternate, great leader

ATT keeps saying the Blackzillians bought their fighters. Getting a bit tired of the constant hate.

Can I say its odd that the Blackzillians have only 3 black guys? Is that wrong? As the guys walk in the house, we get a beer ad. That’s just funny.

Dana shows up. The winner gets the advantage- this time, fight at the the “home gym”

ATT meeting. Dan forgets the rules saying there is no limit on how many times a guy can fight. We are 5 days out. Michael Graves

Blackzillian meeting is watching UFC on Fox 14. Glenn looks constipated the whole time.

One of the Blackzillians is pretty smart- thinks he can figure out who is fighting by watching what people are eating and doing. Thats a damn good idea. He’s dead on with Mike Graves being the ATT rep. Makes sense to throw the wrestlers out there first, to me, since they can recover for the second fights, where as the boxers might get cut open and be one and done. I almost wonder if I’d go from the oldest down, give them the most rest.

Mike Graves highlights. He’s been at ATT for 5 years.

Yaaay! Bitching about stealing food and the kitchen. Why they don’t get seperate kitchens in those huge houses I have no idea.

Blackzillians pick Kamarudeen Usman. Some words of wisdom from Rashad, who should be all over this season, both as a TUF Alum, TUF coach and one of the top fighters. Kamarudeen Usman
Kamarudeen is from Nigeria, was a wrestler- so we get wrestler vs wrestler. He’s been staying with Rashad, who has taken him under his wing. He get a “doing this for my kid” thrown out. He calls himself the Nigerian Nightmare. Think we got one of those already. #gimmickinfringement

Dana says that the Blackzillians has a guy that can lay and pray for 2 rounds and get the easy win, and ATT picked a guy that can win anywhere.

Whole bunch of talk of the two guys, I’m ok with it since we might see them again, but a good bit seems to be filler, and if you have seen the previous seasons of TUF, same stuff.

Michael Graves (4-0) vs Kamarudeen Usman (5-1)
Graves is 23, Usman is 27- and has a 1 inch reach advantage. Both are 6’0

Usman does that crawling thing a little too long to the middle of the cage and gets popped, I laughed out loud on that one. Graves is winning on the feetm and Usman gets 3 takedowns but does nothing with them. 10-9 Graves round 1.
R2 more of the same, until 93 seconds left, then Graves jumps his back and tries to finish with a Hughes-era monkey RNC. With time running out, he finally falls off and Usman gets some G&P. Possible R3? I’m not sure- I’m kind of either way on it, but leaning no. I don’t go much for takedowns with no damage.

Somehow its 2-0 for Usman 20-19×2 19-19. I can’t see that. We get our first bullshit of the season.

graves usman

Dana bitches about both fighters, can’t blame him.

Mike gets a pep talk. Rumble shows up to support Usman.

Next week: More Ultimate Fighter bitching.

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