Episode five of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): “Redemption” was back on FOX Sports 1 last night (Weds., May 17, 2017), featuring a cast of ex-TUF guys trying to redeem themselves and earn another crack at UFC superstardom under the tutelage of head coaches Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw.
If you missed last week’s episode click here for our complete recap.
We kick things off with a preview of the next welterweight elimination fight pitting Hayder Hassan (Team Garbrandt) against Dhiego Lima (Team Dillashaw). They train together at American Top Team (ATT), but vow to remains brothers no matter the outcome.
We shall see.
First up, we get a closer look at Lima as he trains with Coach Dillashaw, who tells Lima his kicks are “money.” Dillashaw is convinced Lima can beat Hassan “everywhere,” but is concerned about Lima’s self confidence.
On the other side of the facility, coach Garbrandt brings a doctor to the gym to give each contestant Cranial Facial Release (CFR), performed by inserting tiny balloons into the nasal cavity and quickly inflating them. As you might expect, there is some trepidation among the fighters.
Can’t imagine why anyone would be apprehensive about having a balloon animal shoved into their skull, but hey, that’s just me. A random, poorly-designed website — which no doubt is legit — claims CFR alleviates breathing disorders and other cranial issues like deviated septums and migraine headaches.
Now all they need is a guinea pig.
Assistant coach Urijah Faber volunteers and it goes about as well as expected; meaning, “The California Kid” freaks out and tells Garbrandt that he’s never doing that wacky procedure again.
We now go behind-the-scenes with Lima as he shows viewers his life inside American Top Team (ATT), where he trains in the morning and teaches classes in the afternoon. We then head over to his home, where his kids play and do all sorts of cute little kid things.
Now it’s Hassan’s turn to show us a little bit more about Hayder the man. While he’s a single guy, he does get family time (vicariously) through his brother and newphews. His brother is also a fighter, so they get to train together at ATT.
Both fighters make weight without incident.
170 lbs.: Hayder Hassan (Team Garbrandt) against Dhiego Lima (Team Dillashaw)
Round 1: Quick touch of gloves and Lima with a low kick. Hassan chasing him around the cage with big punches. Lima keeps circling and Coach Dillashaw is calling for feints. Lima shoots and gets denied, but is able to secure the takedown on a trip when Hassan tries to get on the inside with a big punch. Hassan rolls but gives up his back. Coach Garbrandt yelling for him to fight the hands. Lima has the body triangle and Hassan is in all kinds of trouble. Still three minutes left in the fight and Lima slinks over and gets the chin but not the neck. Hassan waits for Lima to break his leg grip and once that happens, he scrambles out. They get back to their feet and you can almost hear the confidence draining from Lima’s psyche. Wait, nevermind, that was my own flautlence. Hassan walking him down and throwing heavy leather. Lima waits for an opening and drives forward for a takedown. They hit the fence and Hassan breaks free. Round ends with some juking and jiving. I have it 10-9 Lima.
Round 2: After the obligatory touch of gloves, Lima opens with stinging kicks to the body. Hassan shakes them off and presses forward. Lima trying to circle out and rushes in for a takedown. Once again they end up against the fence but this time Lima gets him down. Hassan gets to one knee and Lima looks to take the back. Hassan is too strong and powers back to his feet. They reset in the center of the cage and Coach Garbrandt is screaming at Hassan to let his hands go (You gotta scrap Hayder!). Both fighters starting to tire and Lima shoots from 40 feet away and gets nothing. Hassan throws a quick combo and backs out. Lima launches one of his own but is punching scared, clearly afraid of the knockout. Hassan walks him down and Lima instinctively shoots, scoring a double-leg against the fence. Hassan, like before, tries to roll out and gives up his back in the process. Lima takes the back and once again secures a body triangle with 30 seconds left in the fight. This is a bad place to be when heading to a decision. Lima rolls for an armbar and the bell sounds. I had it 10-9 Lima.
Final result: Lima def. Hassan by unanimous decision
Here’s where we stand after episode five:
Seth Baczynski Mehdi Baghdad Eddie Gordon Hayder Hassan
Team Dillashaw leads Team Garbrandt 5-0.
After the fight, Lima says they left everything inside the cage as the team rewards him with high-fives and butt slaps. Hassan says he wasn’t fighting his opponent, he was fighting the clock and admits he was “frustrated” that he didn’t have one more round to work, but believes he showed his “fighting spirit.”
Next up, Coach Dillashaw will send Ramsey Nijem (TUF 13) into battle against Team Garbrandt’s Julian “Bang Bro” Lane (TUF 16).
See you in seven!