The show opens right where my DVR cut off last week, with Rampage Jackson destroying the locker room door after Matt Mitrione beat Scott Junk by decision and put Team Rampage down 0-7.
Then we gear up for this week’s fight, the final of the first round.
I have to admit I’ve been looking forward to this one since they showed Marcus Jones sparring several weeks ago. Jones, a former NFL first round pick, is raw but dedicated.
His opponent, Mike Wessel, has largely been a non-entity in the house so I don’t have a real feel for him. Wessel tells us that his wife is battling cancer while he’s trying for a slot in the UFC. That’s dedication on both of their parts.
We get another confrontation between Darrill Schoonover and Rampage. Rampage offers to make amends with “Titties” before feeling him up. Schoonover nearly snaps. Rampage may be playing with fire.
A practical joke in the house leads to Marcus Jones going nuts. I have to say, if you’re going to be part of the UFC I think you should have a thicker skin than that. If “sucks balls” is more than you can handle, then maybe this isn’t for you.
Of course, come fight time, maybe I’ll be wrong.
Jones is huge. I don’t honestly like Wessel’s chances.
Turns out, I’m right.
Rampage calls Jones’ style “Frankenstein style.” That’s pretty apt as Jones simply manhandles Wessel, picking him up and throwing him down like a rag doll. Jones then locks in an armbar from out of nowhere that had Wessel screaming that he gave up.
TEAM RAMPAGE FINALLY WINS!
Final first round tally Team Rashad 7. Team Rampage 1.
After the fight, Rampage, Rashad and Dana White meet with the 8 remaining fighters to find out who they would like to face in the quarter finals. Then the three of them meet and decide on the matchups.
They are announced as:
- Roy Nelson v. Justin Wren
- Brendan Schaub v. Jon Madsen
- James McSweeney v. Matt Mitrione
- Marcus Jones v. Darrill Schoonover
Dana White tells the camera he let Rampage pick the fight for his one guy, a decision that did not sit well with Rashad. No surprise he picked Schoonover. So we have the monster taking on the serial killer in a vendetta fight. That should be interesting.
Based soley on what I’ve seen so far, here are my picks for the next round
- Roy Nelson
- Jon Madsen
- James McSweeney
- Darrill Schoonover
Too bad for the locker room doors at the UFC training facility.