CAUTION: SPOILERS INCLUDED – Is it panic time yet for Brock Lesnar on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos, or will the former heavyweight champ get his team back on track this week?
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After Charles Rader’s loss to Ramsey Nijem last week, coach Brock Lesnar isn’t happy with his team or their efforts in the Octagon. Len Bentley takes exception to such comments and he leaves the locker room.
“I’m not gonna sit there and get punked out,” said Bentley, who dropped a hard-fought bout to Ryan McGillivray on episode three. “I fought my heart out.”
Bentley eventually returns, and Lesnar lets his squad know that he wants somebody to “wow” him.
“Take it,” he tells the three fighters (Tony Ferguson, Clay Harvison, Chuck O’Neil) left to compete. “When you step into the Octagon, it’s kill or be killed.”
Team dos Santos retains control of the fight picks, and this week it will be Mick Bowman squaring off against Team Lesnar’s Clay Harvison.
In the gym, two recurring themes pop up again, as dos Santos and his assistant coach Lew Polley butt heads on the training of the team, and Team Lesnar’s Chris Cope continues to study his squadmates, which doesn’t sit too well with them since they believe he’s giving info to the other team.
“I know a shady person when I see one,” said Harvison. “I haven’t trusted him since the get go, and I still don’t trust him.”
“I’m not a double agent and I don’t work with Team dos Santos,” said Cope. “I don’t tell them about matchups or anything of that nature.”
The team meets later and apparently settle matters, but Harvison and some of the rest are still suspicious, and Cope accuses Ferguson of starting all the ‘double agent’ talk. Ferguson isn’t too happy and things get heated.
“On the street I would have kicked his ass,” said Ferguson.
It turns out that Bowman was the one who wrote double agent in the sand box in the house, not expecting that his joke was going to start so much drama.
Thankfully, the action soon shifts to the Octagon, and Harvison comes out throwing at Bowman, who is immediately put on the defensive. After settling in, Bowman looks for a takedown but comes up empty. When the action resumes on the feet, Harvison remains the aggressor, and he begins scoring more frequently en route to a solid first round performance.
In the second, the round is closer, but it’s still Harvison holding the edge as he earns a unanimous decision victory.
“It was a much needed win,” said Lesnar. “I was wowed.”
After the bout, Harvison gets some bad news when he removes his glove though, as the pinky on his left hand is broken.
“He’s out,” said UFC President Dana White. “The bone is sticking out of his skin.”
Team dos Santos now leads the competition 3-2. Here’s how the teams look:
Len Bentley – Eliminated on episode three by Ryan McGillivray
Charles Rader – Eliminated on episode four by Ramsey Nijem
Clay Harvison 1-0
Chris Cope 1-0
Nordin Asrih – Eliminated on episode one by Shamar Bailey
Team dos Santos
Shamar Bailey 1-0
Ryan McGillivray 1-0
Javier Torres – Eliminated on episode two by Chris Cope
Ramsey Nijem 1-0
Mick Bowman – Eliminated on episode five by Clay Harvison
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