— Tonight's episode of The Ultimate Fighter might as well have been called "The Rise and Fall of Gabe Ruediger". If you weren't sick of Gabe before, you will be now. You can't fault SpikeTV or the UFC for what occurred; it's no one's fault but Gabe's. However, I suppose you could fault whoever cast Gabe on the show. That was a miscalculation of epic proportions. Anyway, let's start at the beginning. On to the recap!
We briefly recap what happened in last week's fight. Everyone agrees that Andy Wang really screwed the pooch by not taking Melendez to the ground. That was the game plan going in, and he completely wasted the black belt that he owns. BJ is not pleased with the state of his team, and for good reason. He's frustrated by Noah Thomas, who has been eliminated, because he always seems to be joking around during training. I sympathize; that would be annoying. Tony DeSouza, assistant coach, embarrasses Noah in a grappling session.
Before the fight announcement, Team Penn assumes that Gabe Ruediger will be chosen to fight by Team Pulver. The first mention of Gabe's weight occurs, when he weighs in at 176, twenty pounds over. So, what does Gabe immediately do? He goes back to the house and eats some cake. Really.
So, we then go to the fight announcement and Corey Hill from Team Pulver chooses to fight Gabe Ruediger. Every moment that follows is excruciating and unbelievable. We won't go through it in extreme detail, but here are the highlights:
Gabe has to make weight. He begins cutting by meditating and sleeping.
Gabe waxes poetic about a "warrior class". Meanwhile, he keeps meditating and not training.
Gabe is at 173 the day before the fight. People are starting to get worried.
With three hours before the weigh-in, Gabe is at 163. He needs to cut the weight, but takes a lot of brakes, doesn't run on the treadmill. He doesn't seem to want it.
In a last bit of desperation, BJ Penn and Gray Maynard drag Gabe back to the house so he can hit the sauna, and sweat out those last few pounds. This is where the episode gets funny. Gabe goes drama queen on us, collapsing on the ground multiple times, crying, falling into the pool buck naked, refusing to re-enter the sauna, etc. BJ and Gray just stop trying after a while. It culminates when Gabe passes out, and an ambulance comes and picks him up.
The weigh-in is canceled because of Gabe. When he arrives back at the house from the hospital, everyone is pissed at him, and rightly so.
At the end of the episode, Dana White calls a meeting. He is really pissed off, swearing all over, and rips Gabe a new one. Eventually, he kicks Gabe off the show and out of the house.
Anyway, in lieu of Gabe, Dana brings Rob Emerson back onto the show, and Corey Hill won't get a free pass.
Before the show ends, thankfully, we get a double fight announcement for next episode.
The two fights are:
1st fight – Pulver's Brian Geraghty vs. Penn's Joe Lauzon
2nd fight Pulver's Corey Hill vs. Penn's Rob Emerson
So, there was no fight this week, but at least Gabe is gone.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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