Episode four of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 kicks things off with Daniel Spohn defending his putrid performance from episode three (recap), calling it a "safe gameplan," employed to preserve his spot in the competition. Patrick Walsh applauds the strategy and that pisses off Todd Monaghan, probably because he was on the receiving end of the loss.
Coach Edgar is aggravated by the defeat because he's now slipped into an 0-2 hole.
He is, however, encouraged that he gets to send Dhiego Lima into the cage, who looks huge for a middleweight. Elsewhere on the mat, Walsh is down in a heap after blowing out his back, so Edgar throws him on the stationary bike to make sure he "gets the work in."
On the other side of the bracket, Team Penn assistant coach Mark Coleman is yelling at a bunch of guys because he's a coach and that's what coaches do. "I wanna see somebody throw up!"
Never change, Mr. Hammer.
Coach Penn, meanwhile, is holding up the wall and shouting words of encouragement at Tim Williams. The plan is to keep Lima "on the outside." Back at the house, Williams reminices about the mistakes he made in his youth and how a near-fatal car accident turned his life around.
As did coming up empty in his first shot at TUF a few years back.
Williams first pro fight was supposed to be against current UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, until a brain aneurysm forced him to withdraw from the fight.
Matt Van Buren -- nicknamed "Gutter" -- is talking all kinds of smack and the rest of the gang finds it hilarious. Probably because no one thinks he's as good a fighter as he's making himself out to be. Probably only a matter of time before he rubs someone the wrong way.
Like Chris Fields, who gets teased for his accent.
We finally hear from Lima, who moved to the United States when he was 11. He couldn't speak any English, but watched plenty of martial arts movies. He also caught a PRIDE event, along with his brother (and Bellator champ) Douglas, and saw Quinton Jackson get KTFO by Wanderlei Silva.
That's when they found their calling.
Time for the weigh ins and both guys hit their mark without incident. Team Penn starts singing OLE! OLE! and it gets under Lima's skin. He promises to win and show the other team how to be respectful. Hey look, it's John Hackelman! In bed!
Lima has two kids and a third on the way. Just throwing that out there because he's fighting to feed his children. We also get a couple of off-color Titanic jokes from Van Buren.
Both fighters are warming up backstage and Ray Sefo is spotted. Lots of interesting cameos this season.
Let's do this.
Middleweight elimination fight #2: Tim Williams (Team Penn) vs. Dhiego Lima (Team Edgar)
Round 1: Touch of gloves and Tim busy with his hands. Lima being stalked and backed into the cage. Williams dives in and leans against him while trying for the takedown. Lima defends and grabs his opponent right by the yam bag. Williams responds with a takedown right into side control. Lima tries to wall walk and instead gets pinned into the fence. Lima eats an elbow. Williams with a choke and Lima gets a handful of fence. Referee Kim Winslow scolds him. Williams lets it go and drops a few bombs. Lima gives up his back and OLE! chants break out. Edgar yelling instructions that are falling on deaf ears. Lima gets rolled over and Tim is all over him, changing from a rear-naked choke to hammerfists. Lima ignoring his coach and getting worked over here. Williams controls him until the horn. 10-9, possibly 10-8 Williams.
Round 2: Both guys opt to stand and bang, neither getting a clear advantage. Williams has seen enough paddy cake and drives forward for the takedown, but this time Lima gets back to his feet. Lima throws a kick but it gets caught. Now he's swinging wild. Williams shoots but gets stuffed. Lima pushes off and they reset. Both guys look exhausted. Lima lands two nice shots to the dome. Then another. Williams clinches and Lima pops him with a left. Williams shoots and Lima falls on top of him and in a crazy twist, manages to take Williams' back in a scramble. He locks in the rear-naked choke and Williams taps. Wow.
Final result: Lima def. Williams via submission (rear-naked choke)
Here's where we stand after week four:
Matt Van Buren
Team Penn leads 2-1.
Stay tuned next week as BJ scales back the training, Frankie takes his team for a hike, and Cory Anderson (Team Edgar) fights Josh Clarke (Team Penn).
See you in seven!