Episode five of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19, coached by featherweight rivals Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn, gets underway inside the TUF house and Josh Clarke is talking about his experience in both mixed martial arts (MMA) and boxing.
Team Penn believes he will stop Cory Anderson -- primarily a wrestler -- via strikes.
Naturally, Team Edgar is confident the takedown is there all day and wants to even the score after Dhiego Lima bounced Tim Williams on episode four (recap). Following the defeat, Coach Penn decided to scale back the training after comparing it to sodium intake.
"If you put too much salt on your food ... it uh ... tastes too salty."
Team Penn uses the time off to carve pumpkins because this was filmed during Halloween, which also means costumes and candy. That's all the excuse Mike King needs to dress up as a woman. A hairy, muscular woman. Then Josh Clarke shows up like a slutty maid and some of the guys are freaked out.
King thought he looked hot, but take my word for it, he's no Jane Marie.
Coach Edgar shows up at the house to trick-or-treat with his kids. Awwww. The next day, Team Answer goes for a hike on Mount Charleston, known for its Chew. Some of the guys start gassing on the hike and complain because it was supposed to be an off day.
"Little spotty at some points," according to Edgar.
Team Penn is back in the gym and Clarke is talking about trying to make it as a fighter while working 10 hours a day to pay the bills. He dabbled in the "sweet science" because it was hard to find fights in his hometown (Kentucky). Penn is trying to help him tighten up his ground game.
He asks assistant coach Mark Coleman for advice on escaping a submission hold, to which "The Hammer" replies, "Man, I don't know!" Later that night, Roger Zapata downplays the skills necessary to be a good wrestler, claiming you only need to learn 2-3 moves, as opposed to "twenty-hundred."
Anderson lost his shit and yelled at him in front of the rest of the cast.
Time for the weigh ins and as expected, both guys make weight without incident. The staredown is standard fare and both sides present arguments for why their fighter will win. Team Penn keeps yelling "He's nothing but a wrestler!" To which Team Edgar replies "No, he's not!"
I guess we'll find out.
Light Heavyweight elimination fight #2: Josh Clarke (Team Penn) vs. Cory Anderson (Team Edgar)
Round 1: Touch of gloves and Clarke is opening up the hands. Anderson shoots for the single and Clarke spins out of it and into a front choke. Anderson muscles him to the cage and Clarke falls on his butt. Anderson lets him up. UFC President Dana White can be heard mumbling off camera. It's kind of annoying. Clarke tags Anderson with a 1-2. Clarke misses a huge overhand right. Anderson stalking and eats a combo. He shoots for another single, transitions to a double, and scores a big scoop slam. Clarke in half guard while Penn shouts instructions. Anderson postures up and nearly gets clocked with an up-kick. He plops back down and right into a leg lock. He escapes, but it allows Clarke to get to his feet. Back to the center of the cage and Anderson gets tagged. Another single-leg takedown and into half guard. Time expires with Anderson on top. 10-9 Anderson.
Round 2: Touch of gloves and a lazy shot from Anderson gets denied. Anderson gets tagged, shoots again and eats a huge knee to the body, but gets the takedown anyway. "Guy's got no takedown defense at all," observes White. Anderson can't do much from the top and the ref warns them for inactivity. They ignore him so he stands them up. "Good job ref," says White. They get up and Clarke gets tagged, then stumbles backward and crumbles. Anderson jumps on top of him and we're right back where we started. This fight sucks. This is season 19, is this the best we can do? Ugh. Anderson can't do anything from top and Clarke is helpless from bottom. Great combination. Clarke tries for a sloppy leg lock and Anderson won't have it. Clarke rolls over and gives up his back and Anderson still can't finish him, despite the fact that Clarke has essentially given up. Awful. 10-9 Anderson.
Final result: Cory Anderson def. Josh Clarke via unanimous decision
Here's where we stand after week five:
Matt Van Buren
We're even at two apiece.
After the fight, Clarke calls himself "pitiful" and says Anderson is "good." Penn lays on the couch and says some comforting stuff about respect.
Stay tuned next week for "complete anarchy" as Ian Stephens (Team Edgar) takes on Roger Zapata (Team Penn) with a finish so controversial, Dana White uses the F-word! Oh wait, he always does that.
See you in seven!