‘TUF 19: Penn vs. Edgar’ Episode 5 Recap – Team Edgar Wins Second Straight, Tourny Tied Up
If you missed it, here’s a recap:
The show opens with the teammates of Josh Clark and Corey Anderson, this week’s fighting duo, pumping up their respective fighters, both of whom feel pretty confident.
During a team Penn training session, B.J. decides to scale back the intensity a bit, wanting to avoid over-training his fighters.
Back at the house, some of the Team Penn fighters celebrate Halloween by carving up some Jack-O-Lanterns and wearing costumes.
Unsurprisingly, Matt Van Buren had some words to say about the fun, mocking fighters for taking time off instead of training.
Frankie Edgar takes his team to Mount Charlston on their day off, which Edgar believes that they enjoyed despite some complaints about the climb.
With this week’s fight approaching, B.J. and his team believe that the Clark’s striking is the key to victory, and Clark discusses the story of his past experiences with MMA and Boxing. Clark is shown having some issues with grappling during a Team Penn training session, his coaches believing that most of his flaws come from Josh being too hard on himself.
Team Edgar’s, Corey Anderson talks about his past in collegiate wrestling, where he was a NCAA national finalist. His wrestling experience introduced him to former Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren, who convinced him to take up MMA under the tutelage of legendary Duke Roufus. The fighters both weigh-in, and it’s time to fight.
Corey Anderson vs. Josh Clark:
After a brief scramble, Corey takes Josh down and lands a strong punch, but Josh is able to quickly stand up. Corey is working a strong jab, while Josh is looking for powerful overhand rights and hooks. Corey shoots for a single-leg, transitioning into a power double, ending up in Josh’s half-guard. Josh lands a solid up-kick, and looks for a heel-hook, which Corey eventually escapes. They go back to the feet and trade a few combinations, but Corey is able to get it back to the ground again without much effort, ending the round on top.
Corey immediately shoots for a lazy single-leg attempt, but it’s stuffed and countered with a hard leg kick. Josh lands a hard knee to the body, but Corey walks through it and drags Josh to the ground. Corey controls him in full guard for a while, but the ref doesn’t see much action and stands them up. After an exchange on the feet Josh stumbles, and Corey takes advantage and ends up back in his half-guard again. Josh spins for another heel-hook from the bottom, but Corey takes his back in the exchange, and then transitions to full mount, where he lands some heavy ground-and-pound right as the round ends.
Corey Anderson defeats Josh Clark via majority decision (20-18, 19-19, 20-18).
With the win, the teams are now tied at 2-2, and Edgar announces the next fight, which is Ian Stevens vs Roger Zapata.