Since there were two fights on The Ultimate Fighter 5 tonight, they didn't mess around with much filler at the beginning of the episode. Almost right away, we get into the ring. The first fight of the night is between Brian Geraghty and Joe Lauzon. It's an interesting match, and Joe is the heavy, heavy favorite going in.
The best part about Lauzon being on Penn's team is that he actually knocked out Jens Pulver in a UFC fight. Joe is, by far, the biggest name of any of the contestants and you can see that the man has talent. 22 years old, Lauzon looks like a harmless little kid until you look a little deeper into his eyes. If you take a deep look at Lauzon, you see the insanity that lies within. He's a crazy man.
And it shows during their fight. Frankly, Brain Geraghty didn't stand a chance. Once the fight starts, Joe immediately take Brian to the ground and starts beating on him hard, landing a savage elbow that even knocks Geraghty cold for half a second. Brian gets to his feet momentarily, but Lauzon jumps on his back and chokes him out. Fight over.
Joe laid down an absolute beating., Brian was just completely over matched. Joe is one of the favorites to win this whole thing. BJ Penn is ecstatic, because it is his team's first win.
The next fight is Rob Emerson vs. Corey Hill. Emerson isn't as worried about Corey as he was for his last fight with Nate Diaz.
The best part of this episode: It turns out that when Corey tried out for the show, he lied about his record. Before the fight, he admits that he's only fought twice in MMA. At the auditions, he said his record was 8-0. Dana White says that they looked into his record, saw that he wasn't experienced, but they liked Corey so much that they kept him anyway. Corey is a ridiculous lightweight fighter, being 6'4" and all. He manages to cut weight, though.
Anyway, on to the fight. The first round is an exercise in patience by Rob Emerson, but it leads to nothing. He doesn't seem to know how to attack Corey, because his reach is so long. He doesn't know how to get inside. They trade flurries, but Corey is more the aggressor, and he manages to land a few punches. Round goes to Corey.
The second round goes to Emerson because he manages to land a few kicks, and gets Corey in a leg lock in the waning moments of the round. It was the most decisive round for either competitor.
That means we go to a sudden death round. Rob is far too patient for his own. He lands no punches, only kicks. Corey is the aggressor and lands some punches (not many), but it is enough to win the round and the fight. Probably the biggest upset we've seen all year. Rob is the better technical fighter, but Corey's height and reach baffled him.
And the kicker: after Corey wins the fight, he admits that he's NEVER fought a pro MMA fight before.
We'll have an interview with Brian Geraghty up tomorrow afternoon.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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