Wednesday, December 03, 2008

"The Ultimate Fighter" 12/3- ENTIRE SEMI-FINAL ACTION

We've got all four of this season's semi-final fights tonight!

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT SEMI-FINAL FIGHT #1: Ryan Bader vs. Eliot Marshall
Referee: Josh Rosenthal

Round 1: Bader solidy owned the first two minutes of this round. Marshall started to get something going early on in the third minute but couldn't keep up the momentum. 10-9 for Bader after this round.

Round 2: About 35 seconds into this round, Bader scores a takedown on Marshall. After they're both brought back up with less than 90 seconds left in the round, Bader takes down Marshall again. I scored this round 10-8 in Bader's favor, meaning he leads my scorecard 20-17 after two.

Round 3: Bader takes down Marshall once more 11 seconds into this round. He scores his second takedown of the round at the 1:52 mark. At the halfway point, Bader lightly slams Marshall down to the mat. For good measure, Bader takes down Marshall one more time with just 58 seconds left to solidify a blowout semi-final decision win and a ticket to the light heavyweight finals in Vegas. I had him winning 30-25, while the three official judges scored it 30-27.

LIGHTWEIGHT SEMI-FINAL FIGHT #1: Phillipe Nover vs. George Roop
Referee: Josh Rosenthal

Round 1: Nover comes out rockin' with punches and a takedown on Roop. Several submission attempts later, Nover wins by a Kimura at 1:41.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT SEMI-FINAL FIGHT #2: Krzysztof Sosynski vs. Vinny Magalhaes
Referee: Steve Mazzagatti

Round 1: Near the end of the first minute, Magalhaes goes for a submission using his legs, either a triangle choke or a hanging armbar, but he doesn't get the win right there. Early on in the last two minutes, Sosynski knocks down Magalhaes twice, but Magalhaes gets back to that submission he tried earlier. This time, he gets a legitimate armar locked on...and Magalhaes wins at 3:46! He's the first Team Mir member to make it to one of this season's two championship fights; he'll face Team Noguiera's Ryan Bader in the light heavyweight final.

Outside of the house afterwards, Junie Browning and Shane Primm get into a scuffle that was sparked by a glass coffee mug that was thrown by Browning. Soon after, Dana White's forced to come into the house and talk with him again. The last time they talked to each other, he was this close to being evicted. This time, Browning actually called for his dismissal from the show. In the end...

...after talking with the other fighters, the president won't grant him that silly wish; instead, he's gonna fight tonight.

LIGHTWEIGHT SEMI-FINAL FIGHT #2: Junie Browning vs. Efrain Escudero
Referee: Steve Mazzagatti

Round 1: Near the end of the first minute, after Browning hits a solid punch on Escudero, Escudero takes him down. This was a dull first round; I gave the slight 10-9 edge to Escudero.

Round 2: 40 seconds into the round, Browning's attempting a takedown but that doesn't happen. At 2:05, Escudero takes Browning down and traps him on the ground; he later tries a Kimura...Mr. White, your nightmare is over- Browning taps out at 3:27 and Escudero does a backflip afterwards! He gets to face Phillipe Nover in the lightweight final.

Prior to the semi-final fights beginning, Frank Mir made a bet with Antonio Noguiera that if most of Team Noguiera's fighers won their semi-final fights, Mir's head would be shaved. Since three members of Team Noguiera made it to the finals, Mir lost a lot of hair!

The next "Ultimate Finale" will air on Saturday, December 13th starting at 9 PM EST.
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