The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 TUF12 – Episode 1 aired last week. Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck are the coaches of these light weight fighters. As with last season, there will be seven preliminaries and the eighth fight will be between two losers to get the last slot.
The episode consisted of elimination fights, some shown in detail, others given the outcome only.
We had several rear naked chokes (hadaka jime), including one standing version: Jeffrey Lentz, Alex Caceres (calling himself Bruce Leroy), Kyle Watson and Dane Sayers (the standing version) all won by this technique. Alex Caceres came out in a yellow one-piece jumpsuit, looking like Bruce Lee in one of his movies. Koscheck said that Caceres looked like a banana, but he most likely didn’t get the point. Dane Sayers fought against a Gracie student who had a 76 1/2″ reach. Sayers over-extended himself early on, but managed to complete the standing hadaka jime to win.
Cody McKenzie won his match with a guillotine.
Mike Budnik, a former pro-skater, threw his opponent, Nam Phan, with a kneeling seoi nage, not something we see often and one of my favourite throws. Phan won the match, though, with a painful-looking body shot.
Jeffrey Lentz, who won by rear naked choke, also threw his opponent with an harai goshi. We love those judo throws.
Andy Main won his match with a juji gatame.
In addition to these matches, we had a knock out, wins by ground and pound, and by decision for the remainder of the competitors.
The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 TUF12 is on Spike at 10 p.m. Wednesday.
September 21, 2010