‘TUF 19: Penn vs. Edgar’ Episode 1 Recap
The show begins with a brief introduction of the two coaches, Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn. The coaches are respectful to each other; Penn explains that he bears no ill-will towards Edgar, and that he’s just happy to be able to fight him again. Edgar is also happy to fight Penn again, and looks forward to their third meeting. From there, the show jumps straight into the fights that determine who gets into the house. Friends, family, and coaches of the fighters are there to watch and cheer them on as they duke it out. This season features Middleweights and Light Heavyweights. Some notable fights and fighters include:
Irish Middleweight Cathal Pendred, one of the most highly-touted prospects out of Europe, receives a bye into the house due to his opponent pulling out at the last minute.
Lymon Good, the first Bellator Welterweight champion, surprisingly loses in the first round to Ian Stephens. Good is dominated throughout the fight by the superior wrestling of Stephens, who declares to Dana White that Bellator champs have no place in the UFC.
Josh Stansbury dominates his fight with Chris Fields, but suddenly injures his knee during a takedown, giving Fields the win. Conor McGreggor, who’s there watching Fields compete, calls the win “the luck of the Irish.”
Dhiego Lima, younger brother of Bellator standout Douglass Lima, dominates his fight with Adam Stroup, winning a unanimous decision.
Doug Sparks, a man who always wears a fake set of furry ears on his head and claims to be half polar bear, loses to Patrick Walsh via first round submission.
Nordine Taleb, who was also a contestant in TUF Nations: Australia vs. Canada, is in a back and forth affair with Mike King, able to survive a grotesque-looking kneebar, losing via unanimous decision. Strangely, Taleb actually fought on the TUF Nations finale, which aired before this episode, where he picked up a win.
Full Fight Results:
Daniel Spohn defeats Tyler King via round 1 KO.
Hector Urbina defeats Adrian Miles via round 1 submission (guillotine choke)
Todd Monaghan defeats Jake Heun via round 1 submission (armbar)
Roger Zapata defeats Tyler Minton via round 2 TKO
Ian Stephens defeats Lyman Good via 2 round decision
Chris Fields defeats Josh Stansbury via round 1 TKO (injury)
Anton Berzin defeats Cody Mumma via round 1 submission (triangle choke/armbar)
Tim Williams defeats Bojan Velickovic via round 3 TKO (punches)
Eddie Gordon defeats Matt Gabel via 2 round decision
Josh Clark defeats John Poppie via round 3 submission (armbar)
Patrick Walsh defeats Doug Sparks via round 1 submission (kimura)
Matt Van Buren defeats Daniel Vizcaya via round 1 TKO
Corey Anderson defeats Kelly Anundson via decision
Dhiego Lima defeats Adam Stroup via 2 round decision
Mike King defeats Nordine Taleb via 3 round decision
Anton Berzon (205)
Josh Clark (205)
Daniel Spohn (205)
Chris Fields (205)
Mike King (185)
Tim Williams (185)
Cathal Pendred (185)
Roger Zapata (185)
Corey Anderson (205)
Patrick Walsh (205)
Matt Van Buren (205)
Todd Monaghan (205)
Ian Stephens (185)
Dhiego Lima (185)
Eddie Gordon (185)
Hector Urbina (185)
Since Edgar picks the first fighter, Penn picks the first fight. Penn chooses Cathal Pendred and Hector Urbina as the first two fighters to battle it out on TUF Season 19.
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