The Gentleman’s Guide to The Ultimate Fighter 18: Episode 2 – Pena vs Baszler
So one hard part is now in the books and now comes the even harder challenge: living with total strangers in a house for six weeks, contained from the outside world, no contact with any family or friends, no music, TV, cell phones, internet, books, or even magazines and, oh yes, having to fight again once or possible twice to progress in the tournament!
We left the training center after the fights and headed straight to the new TUF house. This year’s house was a new location, so we did not know what to expect. We ran in the house and everyone immediately picked their rooms and beds. I headed straight upstairs to the master bedroom and grabbed myself a single bed. I did not want to get stuck in one of the bunks. Our room consisted of Bollinger, Sharkbait, Holdsworth, Beal, and me.
After we all got settled in, everyone swarmed the kitchen, which was stocked with all the food and drinks you could imagine. We all knew that we had a fair amount of time until the first fight. Since that first fight was Shayna and Julianna, we had about two weeks so everyone started munching on everything knowing we had time to bring weight back down. Oreos, ice cream, steaks, Lucky Charms all got eaten up fast. I cooked up a bunch of hot dogs and shared a beer with Mr Beal.
Timmy Gorman was absolutely hilarious. I do not think he even tries to be funny half the time, but he was making me howl. At one point when we got in the house, he looked at me with a straight and serious face and asked, “So we have to stay here for six weeks?” I burst out laughing. He really did not know what the whole premise of the show was about. I was bummed when we were told Timmy was getting kicked off the show because of an injury. He was my comic relief and I guarantee that if he had stayed in the house, the whole time there probably would have been some more drama but definitely a lot more laughs.
There were some rumors on who they were bringing back onto the show and we heard it was going to be Louis. I was happy to have him come back. We got to know each other during the tryouts and he is a fellow Canadian boy. Holdsworth seemed to be a little irritated that they brought back Fissette because he was the one that beat him in the prelims and now Louis is on his team.
Our first few days there were mostly all media and very little training, but when we did train, it was good. We got to meet many new coaches which was cool. Caraway, Master Tong, Shane, Eric, Jack, we had a good mix of coaches.
Building up to the first fight, we still did not know each other very well, so I was cheering for Julianna over Shayna just because she was on my team. If I had known them then like i did at the end of the show, I would have actually been cheering for Shayna. I guess you will have to wait and watch to find out why haha. The first fight went down with most people thinking Shayna would walk away with the easy win, but it did not play out that way at all. The first round was close, but we could tell Shayna was gassed after the first and in the second she just did not have anything left. Julianna got her back and choked her with a rear naked and got the tap. A huge upset that left everyone in shock. Rhonda was extremely pissed, she looked like she was going to murder someone at the next fight selection and Miesha was just all smiles.
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