— It's good to be in the quarterfinals, isn't it? For the most part, all the fat has been trimmed and we have eight solid, interesting fighters remaining. At the start of the episode, Dana White brings Jens and BJ into a meeting. They have to sit down and come up with the quarterfinal match-ups. Dana tells them that they're looking for the best, most entertaining match-up, regardless of teams.
Dana also wants to have who he thinks are the top 4 fighters to stay away from each other in the quarterfinals. Jens isn't too happy about this whole thing, and disagrees with Dana's top 4. Dana thinks Joe Lauzon, Nate Diaz, Gray Maynard and Matt Wiman are the best. Jens wants Mann Gamburyan in there.
After much deliberation (and frustration from Jens) the matchups are announced, as follows:
QF Match #1: Joe Lauzon vs. Cole Miller
QF Match #2: Gray Maynard vs. Brandon Melendez
QF Match #3: Nate Diaz vs. Corey Hill
QF Match #4: Manny Gamburyan vs. Matt Wiman
Those match-ups seem pretty fair at first glance and all should be fun.
Team Pulver isn't too pleased with the match-ups, Team Penn is. Go figure.
Back at the house, we have some serious shenanigans. Marlon Sims, just a couple of days since he got beat down in the octagon, starts drinking a lot of tequila. Not a smart move. He starts yapping away at everyone out by the campfire, especially Noah Thomas. Marlon talks about how he'd love to fight Noah in the finale.
So, then, almost out of nowhere, Marlon flips Noah out of his chair. After that, Allen Berube presides over an impromptu MMA fight between the two while others watch on. Noah kind of cheap shots Marlon and the two go at it. Marlon pile drives him onto the concrete twice, and Noah ends up bleeding from the back of his head. Marlon kicks his ass, pretty much. The two make up.
The next day, Dana White comes to the house, says he saw the tape from last night, and is pissed. He gives everyone a huge lecture, about how the public perception of MMA fighters will only be reinforced by nonsense like this. He kick Marlon and Noah out of the house, as well as Berube, who made the fight happen.
Anyway, time for the fight. It is Lauzon vs. Miller. Both guys are young (22) and both have great potential. Both are great on the ground.
The first round begins with Cole quickly taking down Joe. He almost gets a choke submission, but Joe wriggles out of it. The rest of the round, which is quite exciting, is spent with Joe wailing on Cole with ground and pound while Cole intermittently attempts to submit Joe. Joe easily wins the round.
The second round starts off just as quick, but we soon find ourselves where we left off, with Joe dominating Cole on the ground. A couple minutes in, Joe gets an inadvertent shot to the back of Cole's head. The fight is stopped and Joe is deducted one point for the round. Cole takes a while to get back into it and it is quite clear that he's not okay. He wants to fight though, so they get back out there. It's all Joe from there. More ground and pound, and it starts to get ugly. The ref eventually calls it for Joe.
Solid episode. Lauzon is an absolute animal and may end up winning this whole thing.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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