TUF Season 19: Episode 12 Recap – Team Edgar Secures All 4 Finals Spots
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:
Dhiego Lima and Roger Zapata both spend their last few training sessions readying for their fight. Both Lima and his coaches are confident in his skills and conditioning, with Lima believing that he can win the fight anywhere. Meanwhile, Zapata is prepared for a tough fight which he believes could be the fight of the season, at least if Dhiego is willing to stand and trade with him.
Dhiego Lima vs Roger Zapata:
Lima comes out and immediately lands two hard inside leg kicks. He tries to throw another, but Zapata catches the kick and knocks him down with a punch. Zapata lands in his guard, but Dhiego immediately switches his hips and sinks in a tight arm bar, forcing Zapata to tap immediately.
Dhiego Lima wins via round 1 submission (arm bar).
Lima is emotional about the win, which places him in the season finale. The submission was so quick that it actually popped Zapata’s arm, and Dana White is impressed. The last fight is Daniel Spohn vs. Matt Van Buren, and Team Penn seems quite confident in Spohn, who owns what Dana White refereed to as one of the nastiest knockouts in TUF history. Penn brings in former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell to visit the team, and Liddell works some technique with Spohn, showing him some pummeling and moves to stand up from the bottom.
Van Buren acknowledges that he didn’t perform too well in his win over Chris Fields, mostly due to the animosity between the two. He believes that he will perform much better against Spohn, who he has no dislike for. However, Edgar and the rest of his coaching staff recognize that coming up with a gameplan for Spohn will be difficult, as he has shown both powerful striking and a smothering top game.
To celebrate the end of the show, many of the fighters take to drinking and loud singing, while a few of the more quiet fighters, along with Van Buren and Spohn, stay upstairs and keep to themselves. However, the night progresses without incident, and it’s time for the fight.
Daniel Spohn vs Matt Van Buren:
Van Buren lands a hard leg kick to start out, and follows it up with a hard body kick. Spohn counters with a flurry of punches, but Van Buren mostly avoids them. Spohn lands a hard inside kick of his own, and then catches a Van Buren kick to take the fight to the ground, where he lands in side control. Spohn postures up to land strikes, and when when Van Buren attempts to stand, transitions to his back. Van Buren attempts to shake Spohn off, but Spohn rides tough and lands some ground and pound before Van Buren eventually squirms out. Van Buren lands another hard leg kick, but Spohn again counters with a flurry of missed punches before transitioning to a takedown, this one stuffed. Van Buren attempts to throw Spohn from an over-under tie up, but Spohn stays on his feet. Van Buren comes forward with some punches, and forces his way into the clinch against the fence, and the round ends there.
Spohn lands a punch that puts Van Buren on his butt briefly, but Van Buren immediately gets back up and lands a punch of his own that stuns Spohn, and Van Buren unloads a vicious combination against the fence that has Spohn in all sorts of trouble. Spohn desperately shoots for a takedown, but Van Buren defends the shot and lands a barrage of heavy elbows that leaves Spohn’s face a bloody mess. Spohn somehow survives, and lands a hard punch of his own, which briefly stuns Van Buren again, but Van Buren walks through it and lands a right straight that crumples Spohn to the canvas, prompting Herb Dean to stop the fight.
Matt Van Buren defeats Daniel Spohn via round 2 TKO (strikes)
Spohn is disappointed in his performance, and while he believes that the stoppage was early, doesn’t protest it too much. with the win, Van Buren moves into the finale, which is filled with all Team Edgar fighters, a fact which Frankie is proud of. The 205 lb finals match is Matt van Buren vs Corey Anderson, while Eddie Gordon vs Dhiego Lima will be the 185lb final. And of course, headlining the card is Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn, who will be fighting for a third time.