Episode eight of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19: "Team Edgar vs. Team Penn" gets underway with a brief recap of last weeks episode where Team Penn dropped another as Anton Berzin lost a three-round decision to Team Edgar's Patrick Walsh (recap), which means Edgar and Co. have control of the fights.
At the TUF gym, Mike King (Team Penn) dissects his upcoming middleweight fight versus Eddie Gordon (Team Edgar), anticipating a "war" against the former football player, who calls for the body bags as he predicts a "one-sided ass whooping."
Back at the house, King starts complaining about the dirty kitchen, which is an absolute mess. He leaves a note saying "wash your dishes" aimed at Team Edgar. Sure enough, Gordon happens to be the one to read the note and proceeds to leave King -- whom he dubs the woman of the house -- a rebuttal.
King reveals how he turned his life around thanks to his girlfriend after serving time in jail and how his old football coach got him into mixed martial arts (MMA).
Coleman and King discuss a gameplan, as "The Hammer," as well as B.J. Penn, advise king against trading punches with the more powerful striker, something King is hellbent on doing.
Up next, the long-awaited coaches challenge as Edgar and Penn go head-to-head in a kayak race, something Edgar says gives the Hawaii-born Penn an advantage. Winner get's $10,000 and $1,500 for each of their fighters.
And they're off!
Penn gets an early lead, but Edgar closes the gap. Damn, that looks exhausting! Penn regains the lead on the turn and proceeds to leave Edgar pretty far behind. Edgar tries to make one final push, but Penn's rowing skills prove to be far superior as he gets the win for his team.
Gordon predicts a finish while King proclaims that there is no man that can stop him. Something's got to give.
Middleweight elimination fight #1: Mike King (Team Penn) vs. Eddie Gordon (Team Edgar)
Round 1: Gordon lands a right hand early as King whiffs on a kick. Nice stiff jab Gordon. King is content with staying on the feet, as he's yet to go for a takedown. Gordon is swinging with mean intentions, but nothing major landing so far. Gordon blocks a flying knee attempt from King. Nice three-punch combo from King as Gordon answers back with a clean left hook. King begins to pick up the pace as he manhandles Gordon, shoving him against the cage with one hand. He land a few punches, but don't seem to face Gordon. King's takedown attempt is stuffed as they press up against the cage. King whiffs on a elbow off the break. King presses again with strikes while Gordon is forced to play defense. Pretty solid round for both men, but Gordon might have stole it. 10-9 Gordon.
Round 2: Gordon opens up with a few jabs as King looks for an opening. Gordon stuffs a takedown and drills King with a nice combo. King lands an illegal low blow. Gordon drops his guard in agony and King comes flying in with a knee to the body before Herb Dean can call for time. Action resumes. Now it's Gordon who lands an illegal blow, as he accidentally pokes King's right eye. The ringside doctor lets the action resume. King is looking for the takedown as Gordon continues swinging with power. He just can't seem to fins his range. Nice left hook from Gordon connects. King shoots in and slams Gordon down hard! But Gordon gets back to his feet rather quickly. King shoots in again but Gordon refuses to go down as he's pressed up against the cage. King, however, doesn't give up and gets the takedown right before the bell. Another close round. But King took this one with his wrestling as we head to a third round.10-9 King.
Round 3: King opens up with a jab. His eye is beginning to swell thank to the earlier poke. King shoots for a takedown but Gordon refuses to go down without a fight. They break. Nice straight from King as Gordon barely misses with a huge left hook. Dana White says someone needs to step up and win the fight as the action has slowed down drastically with both fighters gasping for air. Now it's King who lands an eye poke on his foe. After a warning from Dean, the action resumes. Both men miss on their hooks. King shoots for the takedown but Gordon reverses it and takes him down. They quickly get back up to their feet. King lands a kick to the body and then a low kick. Nice left hook from Gordon as King lands another body kick. King misses with a right hook and slips to the ground. Gordon doesn't take advantage as King lands a flying knee once on the feet to close the round. Another very close round. 10-9 Gordon.
Final result: Eddie Gordon def. Mike King via unanimous decision.
Dana applauds King's toughness after nearly getting his eye gouged out, but is not impressed by either of their performances heading into the next round.
We go right into next week's fight announcement as B.J. Penn announces Chris Fields vs. Matt Van Buren for a light heavyweight showdown.
Here's where we stand after episode eight:
Matt Van Buren
Todd Monaghan Ian Stephens
Anton Berzin Josh Clarke
Mike King Tim Williams
Team Edgar leads 4-3.
Stay tuned next week as Van Buren and Fields finally settle their beef inside the cage in the final preliminary match of the season. The semifinals matchups are determined. Dana White drops a few F-bombs and criticizes fighters for lacking heart.
See you in seven!