‘TUF 19: Penn vs. Edgar’ Episode 2 Recap – Team Penn Takes Early Lead
The second episode of UFC reality show, The Ultimate Fighter: Season 19 begins with the fighters entering the TUF house for the first time. Aside from the typical room picking, several of the fighters talk about how excited they are to be there.
Last episode, with the first fight-pick in hand, Head Coach, BJ Penn placed Cathal Pendred against Hector Urbina.
Pendred, of Team Penn, claims that he’s better than Hector everywhere, while his opponent, Hector Urbina, of Team Edgar, discusses how he believes that Cathal is grossly overrated.
At the first BJ Penn training session, Penn talks about being excited to coach again, and how excited he is with his team of young fighters.
We are also introduced to his assistant coaches, including Andre Pederneiras head coach of Nova Uniao, Jason Parillo, Penn’s longtime boxing coach, and Mark Coleman, former UFC Heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer.
At the first Frankie Edgar training session, Edgar talks about how mental toughness will be key to winning the show, and muses about how he tried out for TUF and didn’t make it.
We are introduced to his assistant coaches, including boxing coach Mark Henry, wrestling coach Stephen Rivera, former UFC fighter Ricardo Almeida, and Ali Abdel-Aziz, who is also the matchmaker and executive VP for the World Series of Fighting.
Cathal Pendred, from Dublin Ireland, believes he is a role model to potential Irish MMA fighters, and competes purely out of the love for competition. Dana, Penn, and several fighters also talk about how hyped Pendred, a former Cage Warriors champion, is.
Hector talks about his 3 little brothers, who follow in his footsteps. Hector is motivated by that, and believes that he can’t quit. Taking time away from brothers have been hard, but he believes his time on TUF is important.
Both fighters successfully make-weight, each carrying a flag from their respective homelands. Catcalls of “ole” come from team Penn, and both fighters get in each other’s faces for an intense staredown. Hector eventually starts yelling in Spanish when the coaches were forced to separate them.
Cathal Pendred vs Hector Ramirez:
Round 1: Cathal lunges in with an uppercut, the two grapple for underhooks, and Cathal stuffs an initial takedown attempt from Hector. Hector walks forward and tags Cathal, but Cathal walks through the punches and presses Hector against the cage. The two trade some more on the cage, and Hector rocks and drops Cathal with a big punch and swarms. Cathal manages to get back to his feet, but then gets taken back down into side control. Cathal scrambles back up, where Hector latches onto a standing guillotine. Cathal works free, but eats a big knee and fires off some punches. Hector begins to slow. They begin to trade wildly after a break from the cage. Hector with a big trip, but Cathal stands back up and presses him against the cage. More wild trading, and the back and forth round ends with Cathal pressing Hector against the cage.
Hector visibly tiring at the scart of the round. Cathal lands a glancing spinning heel kick, then gets a big double-leg takedown. Lands some light shots from the sprawl position, including knees to the body. They stand and trade briefly, but Cathal takes him back down. Hector sweeps, which is followed by Cathal immediately standing back up. Cathal gets another takedown and lands in side control, but can’t keep Hector down. More knees from the sprawl position. Hector lands what appears to be an illegal knee, but it’s glancing, and Mazzagatti lets it slide. Both fighters are tired that this point. Hector hits a duck under to end up on top at the very close of the round. The referee announces that they’re going to a third, and gives Cathal a stern warning about his knees.
Cathal opens with a lunging uppercut, and then immediately transitions into another successful takedown. The two again end up in the front-headlock position. Edgar implores Hector to work, but Hector seems gassed. Cathal content to work knees to the body and shoulders from the sprawl position. More imploring from Frankie, but Cathal keeps him in the sprawl position. They separate with a minute left, but Cathal hits a big double leg into side-control, but they unsurprisingly transition into the sprawl position, where they remain until the end of the fight.
BJ and Edgar are both impressed with Cathal’s ability to survive the first round, and it is Cathal Pendred who wins the fight via decision. Cathal is happy to win, and believes he showed the fighting Irish spirit. Hector is upset with the loss, but intends to soldier on. BJ retains picking rights for the next fight, which will be Daniel Spohn vs.Todd Monaghan.