Another episode in the books for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15, as Dominick Cruz's (L) team was able to even the score versus his hated rival Urijah Faber (R) and his squad of fighters.
Episode 7 saw some of the fighters start to buckle under the pressure of being locked away in a house together with a bunch of strange dudes and kept away from their friends and families. The mounting pressure led Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White make an appearance to give the fighters an inspirational speech about enduring to the end.
It was no "Do you wanna be a [expletive] fighter" speech, but the guys seemed to appreciate the words.
As the end draws near, not only are some of the fighters starting to crack, but the tension between coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber really seems to be an all-time high. There are "made for tv" beefs, then there is genuine bad blood. This is the latter of the two.
Let's take a look at the TUF 15 episode seven post-fight power rankings:
Andy Ogle was my bottom man on the totem pole last week. With Chris Tickle gone, Ogle is the new favorite to keep the basement occupied.
This week, his oddness reached new heights, as we were treated to a clip of him shadowboxing in a field, while giving himself a whispered pep talk. Afterward, he joined a couple of the guys up on the patio to tell them about a nightmare he had about his girlfriend.
It's cool. I had nightmare once that kept me up and ruined my entire next day. Then I turned five.
Ogle is a crier. That's fine, I guess, but when you add it to the fact that he writes adorable poetry about fighting and that he
absolutely kind of reminds me of a hobbit, I just have trouble seeing this guy being a professional fighter in the UFC.
I was wrong once before though.
So, after seven full episodes of TUF grandeur, here's what my power rankings look like:
(Note: The numbers in parenthesis indicate each fighter's ranking from the previous week.)
John Cofer (RIP)
The score is now even between "Team Cruz" and "Team Faber." In an effort to break the tie, Sam Sicilia will square off against Chris Saunders in a 3-vs-9 match up that has upset written all over it.
As the competitors get closer to the finish line, expect the drama to continue to percolate to a steady and eventual boiling point.
If you weren't able to catch all the LIVE action, no worries. Read a complete recap of TUF 15: "Live" episode seven right here.