Episode 7 of The Ultimate Fighter 11 begins with a recap of last week’s bout between Nick Ring and Court McGee, which saw Ring claim a controversial unanimous decision over McGee after two close rounds.
Following his victory, Ring meets with a doctor to discuss a worsening knee injury and says it’s affecting his ability to fight.
With just two fighters remaining, Team Liddell’s Joe Henle and Team Ortiz’s Seth Baczynski are set to meet in the final preliminary bout.
UFC President Dana White expects it to be a one-sided contest, as Henle was the last pick and was losing his matchup to get into the house before securing a late armbar. Despite Baczynski losing his opening round fight, White says his well-rounded skills should be enough to earn the victory.
At the Team Ortiz training session, Ortiz compliments Baczynski’s work ethic after being brought back into the competition following the exit of Chris Camozzi in episode three.
At the house, Henle, a wrestler in high school, explains that he began his MMA career on accident after casually training, but kept winning before eventually earning his spot on TUF. In the gym, Henle concedes he’s not the best fighter in the world yet, but is confident he has what it takes to win the fight.
Back at the gym for another Team Ortiz training session, Ring collapses while sparring and grabs his injured knee. Ring explains that he’s been battling knee problems for years and was trying to keep it secret from a “house of potential opponents”, but now needs help.
It’s quickly fight day, and Baczynski and Henle make their way to the Octagon.
The first round sees Henle score an early takedown before he controls Baczynski on the ground while trying for several submissions, but Baczyski manages to threaten with submissions of his own and finishes the frame with top control.
The pair exchange punches to begin the second before Baczynski takes the fight to the ground, only to have Henle claim top control and take his back. Baczynski escapes a rear naked choke, but Henle remains on top until the final minute, when Baczynski rocks Henle as they return to their feet. Henle gets a late takedown, but is saved by the bell from a rear naked choke.
With the first two rounds a draw, we head to a third and final round, which begins with Baczynski tagging Henle before scoring an early takedown. Baczyski controls Henle on the ground for the rest of the fight and dominates with bursts of ground and pound to earn a unanimous decision win.
Despite a lackluster final round, Henle is praised for his performance and hopes it earns him a wild card slot.
After talking it over with Liddell and Ortiz, White assembles the fighters and announces that Team Ortiz’s Kyacey Uscola and Kris McCray will meet in the wild card bout to determine the last quarterfinalist, while Court McGee will move on in place of injured Rich Attonito.
Next week on The Ultimate Fighter 11, Uscola and McCray square off to earn their way back into the competition, the quarterfinal matchups are determined, and one fighter’s “stunning announcement” allows another fighter to return.