Episode six of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): “Redemption” was back on FOX Sports 1 last night (Weds., May 24, 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 sending Team Dillashaw’s Ramsey Nijem (TUF 13) into battle against Team Garbrandt’s Julian “Bang Bro” Lane (TUF 16).
Lane gets the first close-up, talking about how he loves fighting wrestlers and vouching for his “sick-ass guillotine choke.” Garbrandt mentions how they knew each other in the amateurs and talks about how Lane’s previous experience on the show helped him.
Lane’s home video shows the Mansfield, OH native going to Jersey to train jiu-jitsu with TUF 7 veteran Dante Rivera, then it’s off to his place to see his adorable daughters. He assures viewers that he’s a “good dude” and loyal while introducing his cousins.
One of his girls cries when he leaves for the house. Aw.
Ramsey’s turn. He describes his TUF 13 experience as “unique’ and the editing booth helpfully chimes in with video of him stripping in the house. Then we get to watch Tony Ferguson lamp him with a vicious left hook, although Nijem claims he’s thankful for the experience.
He describes himself as a “tiger-lion.” Um, the official term is “liger,” Ramsey. Or “tigon,” depending on whether the lion or the tiger is the mother. You guys learned something today.
Footage of his UFC run comes next. Nijem says he “f***ed [Andrew Holbrook] up” in his last fight and was so incensed with the judges’ decision that he refused to renew his contract, which led to him eventually hitting rock bottom a year later. Out of money and burned out, he jumped at the offer to join the show.
Coach Dillashaw speaks very highly of Nijem, who is extremely confident that Lane has no answers for his grappling.
Oh hey, it’s Lane’s TUF 16 meltdowns. Then it’s his post-UFC run, where he explains his losses as stemming from short notice against hometown fighters. He did win a CES title, at least.
Then it’s Ramsey again, who was in a car accident last year. His home video’s from Park City, Utah, and shows him and girlfriend Whitney working out together. It’s very cute.
We’re about halfway through the episode and we’re still on home videos, so a finish in the main event is looking likely.
Weigh-in time. Both hit the scale at 170 and do their traditional staredown. Nijem does a solid job of looming over him. Just Buchhoz gives Duane Ludwig grief for not being present in the house that often, which “Bang” brushes off as “having a business and a family.”
Buchholz escalates, saying Ludwig has no world champs and accuses him of hosting “intro to kickboxing.” TJ rightly tells Buchholz he’s embarrassing himself. Garbrandt joins in as Buchholz chews Ludwig out for “taking” TJ from them. Buchholz suggests he and Duane fight on the prelims, Duane laughs and claps him on the shoulders.
Garbrandt eventually takes a swing at Ludwig and the coaching staff intervene to keep Garbrandt away from them. Garbrandt tries to run around the bipartisan barricade before they separate, but then Buchholz and Ludwig get into it again. Buchholz accuses him again of “stealing” Dillashaw and “manipulating” him to go to Colorado.
Ludwig plays him like a fiddle. Cody goes off again because of course he does. Dillashaw explains his theory that Garbrandt is so confrontational because he’s not smart enough to put his feelings into words and relies on violence instead.
Showtime. Yeah, this isn’t going the distance.
170 lbs.: Ramsey Nijem (Team Dillashaw) vs. Julian Lane (Team Garbrandt)
Round one: Nijem sending out kicks, Lane working behind the jab. Nijam fakes a shot, takes a left hook, then shoots in on the fence. Lane pulls guard on a guillotine and Nijem scrambles for his life, eventually surrendering bottom half guard. Nijem eventually works his way free and puts him on the fence. Two minutes in. Good knee by Lane. Nijam answers with a hard one to the body. Nijem fires right hands to the body and one of them lands on the cup, leading them to pause and restart in the center. BIG uppercut by Nijem catches Lane leaning and he follows up with a leg kick. Nijem shoots into another guillotine with two minutes to go.
Nijem rolls from guard to mount to guard, finally slipping free and shooting in once more. Lane warned for grabbing the fence. He takes Lane down clean with a minute to go and immediately passes to half guard. Straight to full mount and he postures up for some nasty punches. The ref stops it right as Nijem transitions from the beating to a rear-naked choke. Weird timing, but Lane was getting thumped and Nijem got under his chin.
Final result: Nijem def. Lane by TKO (punches)
Garbrandt and Lane both protest the stoppage to no avail. Team Dillashaw is now one fight away from a sweep. Lane and Nijem give each other props for their performances, with Lane telling Nijem that his arms were burned out.
Here’s where we stand after episode six:
Seth Baczynski Mehdi Baghdad Eddie Gordon Hayder Hassan Julian Lane
Team Dillashaw leads Team Garbrandt 6-0.
The last men standing are next: Team Garbrandt’s Joe Stevenson and Team Dillashaw’s Justin Edwards. No theatrics this time. The next episode will have the wildcard pick as well, which Garbrandt doesn’t seem happy with according to the preview.
Same time next week, guys.