Thursday, September 23, 2010

TUF 11 - Bruce Lee-Roy

The second episode of the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter featured team selections and the first fight in the second round. The lightweights only season coached by Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck can be seen on Spike TV Wednesdays at 10/9 Cent.

GSP and his team seem to have plenty of tricks up their sleeve, as GSP makes a fake list of picks with Koscheck's former wrestler Marc Stevens at the top. Letting Dana White know that it is strategy, Koscheck forgoes his #1 pick Michael Johnson and takes Stevens. Here is the rest of the draft:

Team Koscheck (Yellow)

1. Marc Stevens (12-5) 4 fight W streak, big KO in opening round
3. Sevak Magakian (8-3) 7 first round sub wins
5. Sako Chivitchian (5-0) Armenian judo fighter
7. Andy Main (4-1) East Coast fighter
9. Nam Phan (15-7) Strikeforce and Sengoku vet
11. Aaron Wilkinson (6-3) UK fighter w/4 sub wins
13. Jeff Lentz (6-1) East Coast fighter w/3 TKO's

Team GSP (Red)

2. Michael Johnson (9-4) Gracie Barra fighter
4. Jonathan Brookins (11-3) WEC veteran, excellent grappler
6. Spencer Paige (5-2) stand-up fighter w/2 head kick KO wins
8. Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres (4-2) flashy fighter from Florida
10. Kyle Watson (12-6) sub specialist out of Hit Squad
12. Cody McKenzie (11-0) 11 submission wins
14. Dane Sayers (7-1) North Dakota fighter

I was a little surprised that Cody McKenzie was not chosen until the 12th pick. McKenzie (11-0) has 11 submission wins on his resume and choked out Amir Killah unconscious in his first round bout.

Writing on his blog, Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres explained that many of the other fighters did not want the first fight due to injuries, he stepped up and asked for Jeff Lentz. Lentz was seen smoking cigerettes and drinking shots the night before the team draft. Arrogantly, Lentz stated that he would never tap to a choke, and rather would go to sleep.

The first round of their match-up saw Jeff Lentz control the first round as he threw some decent high kicks and then pinned Caceres against the fence. With time running out in the round, Lentz nailed a nice hip toss to seal the round.

In the second, Lentz again got Leeroy against the fence, but when he went for another throw, Leeroy was ready. He snuck behind Lentz, but Lentz was able to reverse. From there Leeroy worked for a triangle, controlling an arm and sneaking his legs over. As Lentz went to slam out, Leeroy made the choke tighter, eventually coaxing a tapout.
(Bruce Lee Pictured With Double Numchucks)


Advancing to 3rd round- Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres

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