Episode seven of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13, featuring heavyweight coaches and division rivals Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos, gets underway and Len "Sour Grapes" Bentley is still hot under the collar about not getting picked as a wildcard.
He pulls UFC President Dana White aside and tries to make a case for his spot in the live finale but Dana tells him the time for selling himself was before the wildcard selection, not after.
Brock gives his team a quick pep talk to console the contestants who are "one and done" and saves a special "tough shit" for the people still crying about "not getting their shot."
Back at the house, even his own teammates are getting tired of Bentley's complaining so they decide to "stir the pot" and let him know it was Brock who decided to pass him over during selections and that sends ol' Lenny over the edge.
Team Dos Santos hits the gym and Javier Torres prepares for his wildcard fight. Javier promises to "work his ass hard" and well, that leaves it open to interpretation I suppose, but the session ends with him and Junior embracing.
Ahem, moving on.
Now it's time for Team Lesnar to get their sweat on and OMG! Len Bentley is mad! He confronts Brock about his decision to exclude him from the wildcard and Lesnar's reasoning falls back to Len's knee injury suffered earlier in the season.
Bentley isn't buying it.
In an odd twist, Lesnar actually regrets picking Chuck O'Neil as a wildcard contestant as he seems to lumber through training with no apparent motivation or desire.
O'Neil tells the camera he's become "serious Chuck" because it's "not summer camp" and he wants to start treating this like a competition.
Will the strategy work?
In other drama, Chris Cope lets out a bellowing yell every morning and it pushes Shamar Bailey to the breaking point. They exchange words but no harm is done.
Football is on the docket and since Brock spent some time with the Minnesota Vikings training camp, he appears to have a distinct advantage over Junior, who looks to have never touched a pigskin in his life. As usual, winning coach gets 10 grand and the team he's in charge of gets $1500 apiece.
Brock gets smoked.
Not that "Cigano" was that spectacular, he just sucked less. Neither could seem to kick a field goal or throw a straight pass but Dos Santos gave the losing team some money because he's a good sport.
The next day both Chuck O'Neil and Javier Torres make weight without incident. After tipping the scales we get the usual pre-fight hype. Both guys are going to bring it this time, they're ready to capitalize on their second chance, blah blah blah.
Wildcard elimination bout: Team Lesnar's Chuck O'Neil (8-3) vs. Team Dos Santos' Javier Torres (2-0)
Round 1: They start pawing at each other to get it started. Chuck lunges with a barrage of punches and pushes Javy to the cage. Trip takedown fails. Javy reverses and uncorks a series of knees. O'Neil reverses. They break away but tie up again and go back to the cage. Trip takedown fails. Yes, I'm repeating myself, but I call it like I see it. Javy reverses and unloads a series of knees. One finds the sweet spot and time is called. They restart and Chuck kicks air. Torres returns fire, also an airball. Javy charges and lands a few but they're swatting punches -- no real damage done. Chuck kicks the midsection. Javy does a quick Evans-parakeet type of dance. They lock up and go to the cage. Chuck with a knee but gets reversed. They separate but Torres pushes him back to the cage. That's the horn. Tough round to call.
Round 2: More pawing. O'Neil lands one right down Broadway. Javy eats another and rushes Chuck to the cage. Torres gets him to the ground and secures the back but O'Neil powers out and gets a takedown of his own. He works from half guard and secures an arm. Torres in a bad spot but Chuck may not have the gas to pull off the Kimura. Javy frees the arm but is getting smothered. Torres looks confused. O'Neil keeps shuffling back and forth trying to find a place to call home but can't get out of half guard. Turns out he doesn't need to because Torres rolls and whoops! Chucky locks up the D'Arce choke. Javy grimaces and taps.
Result: Chuck O'Neil def. Javier Torres via submission (D'Arce choke)
Heading into the quarterfinals it's all tied up at four wins for each team. Dana comes out to announce the upcoming match-ups and it's:
1. Clay Harvison vs. Ramsey Nijem
2. Chris Cope vs. Shamar Bailey
3. Chuck O'Neil vs. Zach Davis
4. Tony Ferguson vs. Ryan McGillivray
Stay tuned next week for back-to-back quarterfinal bouts!
See you in seven!