Episode 6 of The Ultimate Fighter had advertised that there would be two fights. As the time went on, literally, we kept saying that these fights are going to be short. The first fight of the show was between Cody McKenzie (11-0, all submissions using the guillotine) and Marc Stevens, Koscheck‘s number one pick.
McKenzie said he was not an athlete, not an orthodox fighter, more of a scrapper. The latter has been witnessed multiple times as he got into verbal scraps with Koscheck, his way of defending GSP. He actually chucked Koscheck’s chin after the weigh-ins. St-Pierre said that McKenzie was not afraid of anyone. When talking to one of Koscheck’s team, McKenzie said that Stevens was better at everything, and listed the skills, but that he (McKenzie) would win.
Stevens has had more than twenty fights and was prepared for McKenzie to attempt the guillotine. He said fighting was just another day. Dana White thought that Stevens, who although he is a good wrestler, would try to keep the fight standing to avoid the choke from McKenzie. White mentioned that Stevens won his elimination fight by knock out and that he expected Stevens to win.
The fight began after the half hour mark of the show and if you went to get a drink or blew your nose, you would have missed it. At about thirteen seconds into the match, after McKenzie attempted a kick, Stevens caught the foot and went down to the floor with McKenzie, ending in McKenzie’s half guard. With one leg trapped, and an arm under his neck, Stevens was prime for the guillotine. It was on so tightly, that he passed out.
There was stunned silence by Koscheck and his team. GSP, in the change room, told his team that there would be no wall-banging, which Koscheck and his team did the previous fight after their win.
The next fight was between Jonathan Brookins, of GSP’s team, and Sevak Magakian. Koscheck said that Magakian was a wild man, an Alpha male, who loves to fight. He thought Magakian had tremendous talent, was a great wrestler, had good judo and jiu jitsu.
GSP told us that no one knew how good Brookins was, including Brookins himself. He felt that Brookins’s wrestling was amazing and he was getting better at boxing , absorbing the training like a sponge.
As we saw Brookins practicing yoga, he explained that he was mellow, yet competitive. He felt he was but a small, little speck in the universe.
The fight began in earnest with a beautiful ura nage (suplex in wrestling terms) by Brookins, with his ending in side control of the judo guy. Magakian managed to stand at the fence, with Brookins on his back. Then with his hooks in, and much patience, Brookins slowly worked for the rear naked. When he couldn’t get his arm under Magakian’s chin, he let go of the choke attempt, actually re-positioned his arm and eventually got it. Tap out.
When speaking to the camera afterward, Brookins said that he did not want people to fear him, but wanted respect.
In this episode, Koscheck, once again, showed his lack of good judgement and maturity. At the beginning of the episode, he and his team were at the house gloating over their win the previous fight, mocking St-Pierre’s team members. He always tries to get GSP’s goat: in this episode, he hid one of St-Pierre’s sandals. St-Pierre told his team that he only gets involved in conflict when his well-being is jeopardized. He just walks away. That was not to say that he did not remember all the things done to him. He remembers them and uses their memories in his fight with the individual.
The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 TUF12 is on Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. EST on Spike.
October 21, 2010