The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21 returned to FOX Sports 1 last night (Weds., May 20, 2015), featuring episode five of the combat sports reality show, pitting American Top Team (ATT) against the neighboring (and despised) Blackzilians squad.
UFC 187 headliner Anthony Johnson drops by the house to show some love to last week's winner Carrington Banks, who trains alongside "Rumble" at the Blackzilians camp. Sabah Homasi is still complaining about the decision and calls the result a "robbery."
UFC President Dana White said "nothing is working" for ATT.
Now it's back to the war room to start training for the next fight and kickboxing menace Tyrone Spong is giving a pep talk. "No one is better than all of us together," according to the "King of the Ring." Points have doubled in the tournament (25 to 50) so the stakes are even higher.
Meaning ATT, down 0-100, is just two wins from tying it all up.
The coaches assemble to select the next fights and Hayder Hassan looks to be the guy for ATT. "Hulk" promises to score the first win for his team and explains why he joined the team: "I wanted to be with the baddest warriors around." His name in Arabic, he explains, means "brave."
We'll see if he lives up to it.
Moving over to the Blackzilians gym, it's their turn to send the next man into battle and Andrews Nakahara gets the nod. UFC 187 co-headliner Vitor Belfort once called him a future UFC champion. Turns out the Brazilian is a Kyokushin karate champion, which is like real combat and not point fighting.
Glenn Robinson calls him an "amazing striker."
Back at the house, Jason Jackson and Hayder Hassan start jawing at each other over some shit that went down two years ago under the Championship Fighting Alliance (CFA) banner. Jackson accuses him of being a dirty fighter and insists Hassan pulled his hair.
The next morning, Michael Graves decides to take the day off because he was out drinking the night before and is too sleepy to hit the gym. Naturally, that doesn't sit well with his Dan Lambert or his ATT teammates as Hassan gears up to weigh in for his upcoming fight.
UFC President Dana White is particularly annoyed.
Frank Gentile of the Florida Athletic Commission gets the weigh ins underway and both fighters make weight without incident. The cat is now out of the bag; meaning, both sides can start preparing specific gameplans now that opponents have been revealed.
170 lbs.: Hayder "Hulk" Hassan (6-1) vs. Andrews Nakahara (4-2-2)
Round 1: Touch of gloves and we're underway. Low kick by Naka and Hassan rushes him. Naka with a blocked body kick. Hassan stalking. Naka gets backed into the fence and gets creamed with a huge left hook. He crumbles to the floor and Hassan unloads a barrage until the ref stops it.
Final result: Hayder Hassan def. Andrews Nakahara via technical knockout
Here's where we stand after week five:
ATT (50 points):
Marcelo "Grilo" Alfaya (16-7, 1 NC)
Hayder "Hulk" Hassan (6-1)
Nathan "Soul Force" Coy (14-5)
"Creepy" Steve Montgomery (8-2)
Michael Graves (4-0) Sabah "The Punisher" Homasi (8-4) Uros Jurisic (4-0) Steve Carl (21-4)
Blackzilians (100 points):
Jason Jackson (4-2)
Luiz "Buscape" Firmino (18-6)
Kamaru "The Nigerian Nightmare" Usman (5-1)
Andrews Nakahara (4-2-2)
Carrington Banks (3-0)
Vincente Luque (7-4-1)
Felipe "Balboa" Portela (8-2)
Valdir "Baby Monster" Araujo (14-5)
After the fight, Team ATT goes nuts and the Blackzilians have to sit there and take it. Will they get revenge next week in episode six?
We'll find out in seven days!