The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) returns TONIGHT (Fri., Oct. 5, 2012) for episode three of the once great reality television show's 16th season on its loving home on the FX channel at 10 p.m. ET.
That's immediately following UFC on FX 5: "Browne vs. Bigfoot." Follow along with all that action by clicking here.
Now it's time for the next elimination fight and more hijinks inside the TUF house.
A complete live blog with full results from the show:
TUF 16 RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR EPISODE FOUR
Broadcast is live.
As always, we get a recap from last week before Josh Koscheck's music hits.
Joey Rivera is really happy he got to fight and beat the number one seed. We know this because he said this.
Back in the Team Nelson locker room, he busts out with straws and says the shortest straw will fight next. The team doesn't really like it, or at least it doesn't seem that way. They go for it, though, and Julian Lane -- the dude with the pink mohawk who annoys the shit out of everyone -- grabbed it.
They ask him who he wants and he brings up Matt Secor, Mike Ricci, and Bristol Marunde. He doesn't say just yet, we have to wait for the official announcement.
They hit up the gym and Dana White is there to say they get to take a field trip to the theaters to watch Kevin James' new movie, Here Comes The Boom.
Everyone watches it and has fun. Good for them.
Back at the training center and Nelson says he's going to push them today. Nelson says Lane came ready for two rounds and not three and he proves that to be true when he says he needs to rest during training and gets called a pussy for it by his teammates.
"Don't let the machines break you or he will break you," Nelson offers.
Time for the fight announcement.
Julian Lane vs. Bristol Marunde
Lane says he chose that fight because he wants to test himself. Carwin says he was surprised by the pick because he thinks Marunde is the more refined fighter and better at every position.
Bristol goes over the game plan with his coaches before turning his attention to his impending weight cut, which will entail dropping about 15-16 pounds in 24 hours.
His teammates say he's crazy but Marunde says he's fine. He's not looking forward to cutting weight, of course, but he should be able to make it just fine.
Meanwhile, Lane is still struggling during training. Nelson is all over him about his footwork and inability to use his head. They spend about 5 minutes (which doesn't seem like much but is plenty in a show like this) talking about circling off the cage.
To the official weigh-in.
Lane says Marunde didn't make 170 pounds because the scale was read wrong but nothing comes of it and everything will go ahead as planned.
More montage training stuff and both guys introducing themselves some more. The typical TUF crap where they talk about fighting for their families and all this nonsense no one cares about and leads to the lowest ratings they've ever had because we've seen this all before and it sucks.
Time to get busy inside the cage.
Julian Lane vs. Bristol Marunde (170-pound limit)
Round one: Marunde quickly clinches and drives Lane into the fence, leaning on him and working knees to the thighs. Bristol lands a big knee to the gut that cause Lane to shout out in pain. Marunde works the Thai Plum but Lane fights out with winging punches. When they break, Lane goes straight to the big money punches Bristol's coaches told him to expect. He manages to open a cut on Marunde's face. A late takedown attempt from Julian fails and Marunde ends the round blasting him with elbow strikes to the side.
Round two: Marunde is the aggressor early, as Nelson gets really pissed that Lane is sitting back and letting himself get walked down. Nelson specifically said not to let that happen and here he is letting it happen. Bristol, meanwhile, is measured and working the steady game that got him here. Lane still winging bombs that are hitting Marunde's defenses and not getting through. Coming up on two minutes left and Trevor Wittman tells Bristol to get his shit rolling. It's time to win the fight. Nelson screaming his head off at Lane and he's barely listening. "This is the fight you wanted, go get it!" Lane looks tired and that's rough because this might be headed for round three. He'll die there. Marunde clinches with 90 seconds remaining and actually ends up getting his back taken. He quickly reverses against the fence and they pummel for underhooks. They reset with 40 seconds left and exchange punches. Things get super uncomfortable with Nelson screaming "TAKE IT, JULIAN! TAKE IT! JULIAN, TAKE IT! TAKE IT, JULIAN!" I mean, yeah.
Final result: Bristol Marunde def. Julian Lane via unanimous decision
Post-fight commentary reveals Nelson upset that Lane didn't follow the game plan and listen to him, White wondering why Marunde wasn't more aggressive, and Carwin thinking Bristol left a little bit out there.
Nelson talks to White about Marunde not making weight. Dana says if the commission said he weighed 170-pounds, then he weighed 170-pounds.
"Hey dummy, if you had a problem with it, you should have said something right then and there. This guy says some of the dumbest shit. You can't fix stupid. You can't."
Lane crying in the back and saying he's got nothing and no money and he's "back in the trenches now." His teammates try to console him but he's really upset.
Next week will feature Lane getting pissed and trying to fight someone in the house and someone else getting pissed and trying to fight someone else in the house and then someone actually getting to fight someone else in the cage.
See you in seven, Maniacs.