Caution: This post contains spoilers from the third episode of The Ultimate Fighter 6: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra.
We’ll start this week’s recap with fight selections. This week it was Team Hughes’ turn to call the match and they selected Billy Miles to take on Team Serra’s John Kolosci, who is known to be the nicest guy in the house.
While preparing for his upcoming bout, Miles cannot hide the fact that he misses his family and it’s really starting to take a toll on him, both mentally and physically. Matt Hughes recognizes Miles’ pain and he assembles his team for a little rally talk. Hughes reveals to his boys that he has about 2 or 3 fights left in him before he backs away from the UFC. Hughes points out to his camp that in his last 3 fights he hasn’t taken his training seriously. However, he recently had a baby girl, and now he wants to end his legacy on a winning note. Hughes wants to be remembered as a winner, and he wants his daughter to see that her father finished his career on top. He urges the boys to work hard and to make the best of their time on the show because when it’s time to go, they’ll be missing it. This was probably as emotional as Hughes has ever been publicly as he was even a bit teary eyed.
The Joe Scarola saga continues this week, and just like last week, and the week before that; Scarola wants to go home. As usual, Matt Serra tries to convince his good friend to stay. But this time around Joey doesn’t want any of it. Serra warns Scarola if he walks out the door, then he can expect to lose his job as an instructor back at Serra’s school in Long Island, New York. Even Dana White, fresh off a plane from Ireland, pleads with Scarola to reconsider his decision to leave. However, Scarola has his mind made up, and just like that he throws away his friendship with Serra along with his future as a UFC fighter as he heads for the door. In his own defense, Scarola reveals that he was hurt by Serra’s actions simply because they were supposed to be friends and Serra should have respected his decision. Quite frankly, Scarola leaving was probably for the best. His repeated pleas to leave were getting a tad bit annoying.
Things do not look great for Kolosci and Team Serra on fight day. Kolosci, a full time supervisor by day, and fighter by night finds himself to be very ill just hours before the fight. Kolosci sucks it up and heads for the octagon. The match begins and the two fighters circle one another when surprisingly, Kolosci goes for the shoot and pins Miles against the fence. Kolosci eventually gets Miles onto the mat but does little other than throwing some light punches inside of Miles’ guard. Miles eventually manages to sweep Kolosci, and in turn, pins Kolosci against the fence. However, Miles really isn’t capitalizing on his positioning; rather he just holds Kolosci against the cage. From the corner, Serra repeatedly instructs to Kolosci, “Don’t worry he can’t hold you and hit you at the same time.” Before you know it, Kolosci sinks a run of the mill guillotine choke that forces Miles to tap. Kolosci is announced the winner of the bout and Team Serra advances to 2-1.
The episode ends with a very dejected Billy Miles apologizing to Hughes and his teammates for a lackluster performance. The look on Hughes’ face indicates that he is not the least happy about Miles’ performance as well. Miles proclaims to be the best wrestler on the show and admits to being very stunned by Kolosci’s decision to take him down.
Here’s a look at the teams after the third fight:
- Matt Arroyo (1-0)
- John Kolosci (1-0)
- George Sotiropoulos
- Ben Saunders
- Jon Koppenhaver
- Troy Mandaloniz
- Richie Hightower
Joe Scarola(Eliminated by Mac Danzig – Week 1) Roman Mitichyan(Injured – Week 1)
- Mac Danzig (1-0)
- Dan Barrera
- Tommy Speer
- Jared Rollins
- Paul Georgieff
- Blake Bowman
Dorian Price(Eliminated by Matt Arroyo – Week 2) Billy Miles(Eliminated John Kolosci – Week 3)
Here’s a brief look at next week’s episode:
- Hughes is pissed and wants his guys to kick it up a notch
- Dorian Price looks like he’s ready to fold under the pressure
For more on this season check out our previous recaps: