Episode four of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 gets underway with Team Dos Santos kicking things off in the gym and morale is at an all-time high after they managed to upset Team Lesnar in last week's elimination fight. Their last pick, Ryan McGillivray, was able to weather an early storm and outpoint Brock's number one pick, Len Bentley.
Assistant Coach Lew Polley accuses Lesnar of "not caring" and thinks his guys are outworking the opposing team.
Team Lesnar shows up and Bentley is bummed about giving up control of the fight pick. Brock says his team lost the battle but can still win the war and he's left it up to "The Four Horsemen." Unfortunately a lot of his guys are "lallygagging" in the cage during practice and Lesnar informs them if they chicken out, that's on them.
Back at the house, Chuck O'Neil and Charlie Rader explain the genesis of their bromance amidst a feast of raw spinach and protein shakes.
Time for the fight picks and Team Dos Santos selects Ramsey Nijem, their best wrestler, to face off against Charlie Rader. Charlie looks fired up and O'Neil calls it a bad pick for "Cigano" because Rader was a state champion wrestler and has heavy hands.
Charlie predicts he'll win by knockout.
Nijem gets heat from the rest of the cast because he paints his toenails and watches Glee. He also wants to see just how uncomfortable he can make everyone by stripping down and calling Shamar Bailey his "chocolate friend."
The next day, Coach Lesnar brings in former UFC welterweight champion and ex-TUF coach Matt Hughes to drop some knowledge and it seems to pay off for everyone involved.
Time for the weigh-ins and both guys hit their marks without incident. We get a few more training montages and a heavy dose of pre-fight banter which is presumably added to kill time until the fight starts.
Let's get to it.
Elimination bout #4: Team Dos Santos' Ramsey Nijem (4-1) vs. Team Lesnar's Charlie Rader (14-4)
Round 1: Touch of gloves and Ramsey charges, pushing Rader to the fence. They spend about two minutes jockeying for position and periodically exchanging knees. Coach Dos Santos let's out a creepy line of support: "Yeeeeaaaahhhh Ramsey! I like dat!" Lesnar is a bit more direct in his approach: "Punch him! Punch him! Punch him!" Referee Herb Dean orders them to work. A Ramsey knee connects with Rader groin and time out is called. Rader has that pained look on his face like he just found out they were remaking Akira with Robert Pattinson in the lead. Oh wait... Rader shakes it off and they restart. Ramsey bull-rushes in with the E. Honda hundred-hand slap before dropping down to drive Rader to the fence. Rader eats a knee and they resume their struggle from the first half of the round. Ramsey finally scores a takedown and the peanut gallery erupts in appreciation. Bronx cheer? Rader pops up and Ramsey works him back down. Yawn. Ramsey lands intermittent shots and Rader looks positively bewildered on the ground. This guy is 14-4? Round expires with Ramsey on top who gets the 10-9 nod on the unofficial Nostradumbass scorecard.
Round 2: Both guys coming out with some bounce in their step, throw some sloppy strikes before Ramsey shoots and gets a big takedown. Rader lands on his stomach and immediately turtles. Ramsey misses a big opportunity to secure the hooks and Rader stands. Ramsey works for the takedown and eats a few hammerfists but gets it done. This time he secures the leg and rolls him over and works for the sub. Rader has quit written all over him. Ramsey barely has to work to flatten him out and sink in the fight ending choke.
Result: Ramsey Nijem def. Charlie Rader via submission (rear naked choke)
After the fight, a pissed off Coach Lesnar launches his stool (the one he sits on, not his feces) into the cage and yells "I don't care, these guys don't even want to be here." Len Bentley does a mini-Lesnar and throws his hat across the gym.
Lesnar also admits the fight was over the minute Charlie stepped inside the Octagon because he could "see it in his eyes" and between rounds one and two it was a "bad dream" because Rader was beating himself.
Back in the locker room, Ramsey gets a hero's welcome from Coach Dos Santos and then goes off on a tangent about how he trains to break people and how he can beat anyone in the house and blah, blah, blah.
I don't want to knock a guy that won his fight, but he didn't exactly face a game opponent and he might want to be careful as to not pull a muscle patting himself on the back.
Bentley is forced to walk out during Brock's "ass-chewing" because despite losing to the opposing team's last pick, he "fought his heart out" and "left it all in the cage."
For those keeping score at home, Team Dos Santos has secured a 3-1 lead.
Stay tuned next week as Bentley continues his anti-Lesnar crusade, Chris Cope is once again blamed for playing both sides and a major injury sidelines a quarterfinalist.
See you right here next Wednesday night. Same TUF-time, same TUF-station.