Tonight on Fox Sports 1, ‘The Ultimate Fighter Season 19: Penn vs. Edgar’ returned with another action packed episode.
If you missed it, here’s a recap:
The show opens with some of the fighters, who have recovered from fights that Dana White criticized for being boring, drinking too much, and Roger Zapata and Chris Fields get into a few aggressive arguments over the fights from this season.
However, the two mostly seem to drunk to stay mad at each other .
The next day, Team Edgar looks to prepare their fighters for the semi-finals. Pat Walsh and Corey Anderson end up sparring despite having to fight each other soon, but seem to have no problem keeping things under control.
Eddie Gordon prepares to fight Irish standout Cathal Pendred, and both fighters seem to be ready to make a statement in their fight after some lackluster performances. Eddie Gordon seems to want to strike, while B.J. believes that Cathal’s best path to victory is his grappling.
To encourage the fighters, Dana White takes the fighters to the arena where the octagon is set up before UFC 167. After an inspiring speech from White and the chance to move around in the same octagon that would soon hold a UFC title fight , the fighters all seem very motivated. After that, it’s time for the first semi-final match, and now all fights are 3 rounds.
Eddie Gordon vs Cathal Pendred
Cathal comes out aggressively and looks for a takedown, but is stuffed and reversed by Eddie, who briefly takes Cathal’s back before settling into half guard. Cathal works his way to his feet and lands a spinning kick, then immediately looks for another takedown. After a few unsuccessful attempts, Cathal is eventually able to complete a double-leg, and works to land punches. Eddie eventually stands back up, but Cathal takes him right back down. Eddie eventually stands up and looks for a standing guillotine choke, but Cathal takes him down again and slips out. Cathal works to Eddie’s back with both hooks in, but the round ends before Cathal can lock up a choke.
Cathal again comes out and immediately looks for another takedown, but Eddie sprawls hard and stuffs it. The two separate, and Cathal looks for some more wheel kicks. Cathal lands the cleaner punches of the two, and begins loading up on big punches. Cathal throws a wild spinning backfist, but Eddie ducks under it and takes Cathal down. Eddie is active on top, but his punches don’t seem to have much behind them. However, he keeps landing, and Cathal seems unable to do much from bottom. Eddie eventually elects to stand back up, and Cathal charges forward with another takedown attempt, but the round ends before he can complete it.
Both fighters come out looking to swing early, and it’s Eddie who has the first big takedown attempt. Cathal stuffs it and shoots for one of his own, which is also stuffed. Cathal is relentless with his pressure, but has another takedown attempt defended. Cathal shoots again for a takedown, but doesn’t have the energy to finish it. Both fighters are tired, but look to land some punches on the feet. Cathal lunges forward with big punches, but they’re slow and Eddie is able to counter with a jab. With a minute to go Cathal shoots yet again, but is again stuffed. Cathal lands a hard leg kick and follow up punch, but Eddie counters with a few crisp punches of his own. The fight ends with Eddie handing a few solid hooks.
Both teams acknowledge that the fight was extremely close, but it’s Eddie Gordon who wins the split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), and moves on to fight in the finals. With the win, Team Edgar is the first to have a fighter in the semi-finals, and next week teammates Pat Walsh and Corey Anderson face off.
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