In a special two hour show, we are scheduled to get the two semi-final fights. You know what that means? That’s right we’ll find out who our finalists are.
You know what else it means?
Lots and lots of filler.
The show opens with new coach, Rich Franklin, taking over for the exiled Tito Ortiz, introduces his all-star team of coaches: Forest Griffin, Tyson Griffin and Gray Maynard. They proceed to coach their own remaining charge, Kris McCray in the final days leading up to his fight.
Speaking of fights, let’s get to it shall we?
First up, Court McGee takes on Brad Tavares. This one promises to be a hard win for whoever picks it up. McGee seems to get better each time he fights. I guess being a reformed smackhead takes away a lot of the fear. Tavares has looked good as well. He advanced to the semis after a DQ in his quarterfinal fight. Not his fault, but it will be interesting to see if he bounces back.
It is as good a fight as I expect, going nearly the full distance. With less than 20 seconds left in the fight, McGee locks a rear naked choke on the battered Tavares to take the win via submission and advance to the finals.
Then its filler time.
Dana White brings a group of Marines to the UFC Training Center to spar with the fighters.
Then its back to the house for more hijinx with everyone’s favorite quitter, Jamie Yager. Yager was unable/unwilling to answer the bell for a third round in his quarter final fight. Tonight, however, he felt well enough to, once again, antagonize his housemates. Tensions escalated until Yager and Kyacey Uscola had to be pulled apart. Yager accepted Uscola’s challenge to go ahead and fight in the backyard. Uscola made his way down and then waited. And waited. And waited. Yager watched Uscola pace in the back yard put stayed safely hidden in his upstairs room. If Yager’s heart was as big as his afro, he’d be a heck of a fighter.
Then its time for our second fight.
Kris McCray won the wild card fight and parlayed it into a hard fought trip to the semi-finals. He takes on Josh Bryant, the man who decisively silenced Jamie Yager last week.
McCray has come a long way since he was eliminated at Bryant’s hands in the first round. Tonight he looks like a different fighter. On the other hand, Bryant is hesitant and tentative, everything he wasn’t against Yager. Those two factors prove to be the difference as McCray takes the victory via unanimous decision after 3 rounds.
So, your final is Court McGee v. Kris McCray. That should be a heck of a fight.
The finale will be held June 19, 2010 at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.