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The Ultimate Fighter 8 Episode 3 Recap

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CAUTION: SPOILERS INCLUDED

Last week on The Ultimate Fighter 8 “Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir” the opening round of the lightweight and light heavyweight tournaments concluded as the thirty-two fighters was reduced to a cast of sixteen. The remaining fighters include lightweights Junie Browning, Efrain Escudero, David Kaplan, Brian McLaughlin, Shane Nelson, Phillipe Nover, John Polakowski, and George Roop and light heavyweights Ryan Bader, Jules Bruchez, Karn Grigoryan, Tom Lawlor, Vinicius Magalhaes, Eliot Marshall, Shane Primm, and Krzysztof Soszynski.

We’re teased that Brian and Karn may be too injured to continue in the competition but jump to the sixteen fighters who’ve advanced arriving at The Ultimate Fighter house and the alcohol is immediately flowing. At the house some of the fighters talk about their backgrounds, including Junie Browning, who discloses that he grew up poor in a small trailer and had a poor family life filled with fights.

Brian McLaughlin and Karn Grigoryan have both undergone CT scans which reveal small fractures in their noses. Brian says he’ll be “really f****** pissed” if he’s dismissed because of the small fracture, though the same fate awaits both Brian and Karn. Both fighters, unsurprisingly, want to stay in the house but Dana White reveals that the NSAC has suspended both for 180 days and they are out of the competition.

Kyle Kingsbury, who was defeated by Ryan Bader in the opening round of the competition, is brought back to replace Karn but the 155-pound replacement has already been flown home and isn’t yet revealed.

The team picks are up next with the missing fighter going to the team who picks last. A coin is flipped and Team Mir will pick the first fighter while Team Nogueira will select the first matchup. With the first pick Team Mir selects Krzysztof Soszynski while Ryan Bader goes to Team Nogueira with their first selection.

Here’s a rundown of the selections:

TEAM MIR

  • 205: Krzysztof Soszynski
  • 205: Vinicius Magalhaes
  • 205: Eliot Marshall
  • 205: Tom Lawlor
  • 155: Junie Browning
  • 155: Shane Nelson
  • 155: David Kaplan
  • 155: George Roop

TEAM NOGUEIRA

  • 205: Ryan Bader
  • 205: Shane Primm
  • 205: Kyle Kingsbury
  • 205: Jules Bruchez
  • 155:Phillipe Nover
  • 155: Efrain Escudero
  • 155: John Polakowski
  • “Mystery 155-pounder”

Light heavyweights will meet in the first bout with Team Nogueira having control over the matchup.

Following a Team Mir training session Junie Browning gets wasted and some serious psychological issues emerge as he cycles through happiness, anger, and depression throughout the evening. Krzysztof says he’ll be the “Chris Leben” of the season and that he has some serious demons.

At the house the fighters are at a table guessing which lightweight will be welcomed back when Roli Delgado, who lost to George Roop in the opening round, walks through the doors and rejoins the competition.

Back at the gym following a training session the first fight is announced and it’s Ryan Bader vs. Tom Lawlor.

After more training, a Krzysztof-led prank, and successful weigh-ins we’re on to the fight.

It’s a wrestler vs. wrestler matchup as Team Nogueira’s Ryan Bader takes on Team Mir’s Tom Lawlor.

RYAN BADER (Team Nogueira) VS. TOM LAWLOR (Team Mir)

ROUND 1 – The fighters touch gloves and we’re underway. Both fighters throwing punches early then Bader secures an early takedown. Bader works punches from the top from half guard but Lawlor eventually works back to his feet. After a brief period on their feet Bader gets another takedown. From half guard Bader controls the fight but neither fighter is able to land much. Bader stands up out of Lawlor’s guard and connects with a right hand that knocks Lawlor out cold.

Ryan Bader def. Tom Lawlor via KO – Round 1

With the Ryan Bader’s win advancing him to the light heavyweight semifinals, here’s how the teams now stand:

TEAM MIR

  • 205: Krzysztof Soszynski
  • 205: Vinicius Magalhaes
  • 205: Eliot Marshall
  • 155: Junie Browning
  • 155: Shane Nelson
  • 155: David Kaplan
  • 155: George Roop
  • 205: Tom Lawlor (0-1)

TEAM NOGUEIRA

  • 205: Ryan Bader (1-0)
  • 205: Shane Primm
  • 205: Kyle Kingsbury
  • 205: Jules Bruchez
  • 155:Phillipe Nover
  • 155: Efrain Escudero
  • 155: John Polakowski
  • 155: Roli Delgado

On the next episode of The Ultimate Fighter a night of drinking gets out of control, Shane Nelson tries to bait Efrain Escudero into a fight, and Junie Browning gets violent again forcing Dana to step in.

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