‘TUF 19: Penn vs. Edgar’ Episode 9 Recap – Team Edgar Takes Last Quarter-Final
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:
B.J. opens up the show, talking about how in Chris Fields’ fight to get into the house, he was getting badly beat until his opponent blew out his knee. Instead of viewing this as a negative, B.J praises Fields’ heart, though he recognizes that Van Buren is a tough opponent for him.
The two teams take a trip to the Harley Davidson shop in Las Vegas, where they meet up with TUF winner Michael Chiesa. The fighters all try out different bikes and gear in the hopes of winning one at the end of the show.
Matt Van Buren, who has become a bit of an antagonist in the house, discusses his past, where his friends influenced him to try drugs like heroin. It was his introduction to MMA that helped him escape this lifestyle, and Van Buren believes that his time at Alliance MMA will help him win the show.
At the weigh-ins, both fighters, who have shared several heated arguments in the past, engage in an intense stare-down. The night before the fight, Van Buren boasts to his teammates about his plans for his victory celebration, while Chris Fields quietly talks with fellow Irishman Cathal Pendred about his strategy for the fight.
Team Penn’s Chris Fields vs. Team Edgar’s Matt Van Buren
Van Buren pressures forward early and looks for a body lock, and the two exchange knees from the over-under position. Chris eats several hard knees to the body, but lands a few weaker uppercuts to the midsection of Van Buren. They eventually separate, but Van Buren pushes forward with a combination to put Fields back against the fence. Van Buren shoots for a takedown, but Fields uses a standing Kimura attempt to defend it. Ref Kim Winslow eventually decides to separate the two due to inactivity, and Fields immediately lands two solid spinning back kicks to the midsection. Van Buren is having none of it though, and works back into a body lock, which he is finally able to use to get a takedown. Van Buren lands one solid elbow on the ground, but the round ends there.
Van Buren opens with a hard leg kick, and immediately looks for another takedown, which he completes. Fields is quickly back up though, but both fighters appear winded. Fields hits a trip of his own and lands some ground and pound from the top. Van Buren is able to get up, where he completes another takedown, ending up on the back of Fields, where he lands some heavy shots. Fields gets back up, but Van uren buckles him with a hard knee to the body. Fields jumps for a guiliotine choke, but Van Buren quickly slips out of it and lands some light punches from top. Van Buren eventually transitions to the back of Fields, who uses the transition to stand up. However, he doesn’t have much energy left, and Van Buren easily takes him right back down. Fields looks for another Kimura, but it’s not there, and the round ends with Van Buren on top.
Matt Van Buren wins via majority decision
With the win, Team Edgar is in the lead 5-3, and it’s time for the coaches and fighters to weigh in on who will fight who in the semifinals. After a brief deliberation, the semifinal brackets are announced. At Middleweight, team Edgar’s Eddie Gordon will fight Team Penn’s Cathal Pendred, and team Edgar’s Dhiego Lima will fight Team Penn’s Roger Zabata. At Light Heavyweight, Team Edgar’s Matt Van Buren will fight Team Penn’s Daniel Spohn, and teammates Corey Anderson and Pat Walsh complete the bracket.