Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back on FX Channel earlier tonight (Tues., Feb. 12, 2013) with episode four of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17: "Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen."
We get things started with Adam Cella returning from the hospital to let Uriah Hall know he's still alive (after this) and decides to congratulate him ... in the shower. Cella takes it like a man (the loss) and hopes for a chance to sneak back into the contest via the wildcard.
Kevin Casey is talking up his fight and reminds the house he has a cut from his elimination bout, which is why he chose Collin Hart -- who he claims is not an elite striker -- so that his injury won't be exploited. Bubba Jenkins tells Hart to dig his fingers into the wound and rip it open if he has to.
Collin, who was bullied as a child, is okay with being the quiet one who sneaks his way to the top and says Casey calling him out because he wants the path of least resistance is a "sign of disrespect."
Oh look, "King" Casey is channeling Mario van Peebles in "Rappin'" with a cutesy freestyle rhyme. "8 Mile" this ain't.
Team Sonnen hits the gym and Casey talks about having the Gracie family as a role model. Chael wants his guy to remember basic positions and not to silver-platter any submissions if the fight goes to the floor. Foreshadowing, perhaps?
Another commercial for some paint-by-numbers action movie starring Terrence Howard, who's probably sorry he held out for a few extra million to come back as Rhodey in Iron Man 2, especially now that he's relegated to appearing alongside Colin Farrell in a movie that will be in and out of theaters in about a week.
Back at the house, a few competitors are talking strategy and potential match ups -- until the power goes out in the middle of the night. Some of the guys from Team Sonnen use the opportunity to throw toilet paper (dude that's nuts!) at the sleepyheads on Team Jones.
The victims promise revenge for the Charmin charade. Lame.
At the weigh ins, both fighters make weight without incident (186). Casey goes to shake hands at the face off and Hart flips him the bird (so much for being the quiet one), leading to a bumping of foreheads. Turns out some people on Team Jones are butt-hurt over the snub and give Collin the "tsk-tsk."
Casey vows to keep it professional and promises to "teach the younger guy a lesson." I guess class will be in session for two full rounds, since it's only 9:30 and already time to fight.
Round 1: Brittney sighting! Hart runs out like a maniac and powers through a push kick to take Casey to the ground. "King" works his way into full guard and the action stalls. Someone can already be heard sucking wind. Not a good sign. Casey postures and looks for a guillotine but can't seal the deal; however, a scramble allows him to get upright. They tie up against the cage and Jones' call for a foot sweep is ignored. This fight is nothing but a battle for position. Zzzzzzzzz. Jones wants knees to the thighs but Hart is pretending he's Matt Hamill. They hug for awhile and Sonnen tells "King" to work harder. They separate with 20 seconds left in the round and swing sloppy strikes then resume the hugging. I score that round an 8-8.
Round 2: They start things out on the feet and Casey lights him up with a combo. Hart ties him up and they go to the cage. Someone is bleeding profusely (probably that eye cut) and Hart muscles his way into a takedown and works from half guard. Casey is too exhausted to defend and is getting ground into dust. Nothing particularly violent, just a good old-fashioned mugging. Jones tells Hart to do the "Hendo" hand-over-the-mouth trick but he just elbows instead. Hey, whatever works. Casey now in full guard but has basically laid an egg and is just getting smothered. Say goodbye to this fight, Mr. "King." Casey tries for a triangle choke but it looks more like that Liu Kang bicycle kick with legs flailing everywhere. Fight ends with Hart on top. Hideous.
Collin Hart def. Kevin Casey via unanimous decision (20-18)
Team Jones is on the board and Coach Sonnen says Kevin Casey never showed up to fight. Hard to argue after that performance. Hart says he's depressed he couldn't finish and feels lucky the judges didn't rob him. Truer words were never spoken in that town.
Here is the updated roster through week four:
Stay tuned next week as Bubba Jenkins (Team Jones) fights Kelvin Gastelum (Team Sonnen). "Bones" is looking for an easy night and Chael says he may be surprised come fight night as the 21-year-old will "push the pace."
See you in seven!