TUF Nations: Episode 6 Recap – Westcott vs Kelly
Australia is creeping back into the The Ultimate Fighter Nations competition by winning the last two fights to make it 3-2 for Canada. This week, Alberta’s Sheldon Westcott faces former Olympic judoka Dan Kelly. Will Kelly make it three in a row for Australia or will Westcott end their momentum?
Richard Walsh talks about being so close to the final. He is talking with Matt DesRoches about his fight. DesRoches called him a ‘game opponent’. Walsh tells the camera that they have the momentum.
Dan Kelly says the Canadians are more friendly now that they have a couple of losses.
Chad Laprise says he wants to fight Richard Walsh in the semi-finals to avenge the loss to Matt DesRoches. Laprise posts a contract on the fridge. Walsh writes on it “You will get your wish soon” but says that Kajan would be a better matchup for him. Kajan tells Walsh that he would like to fight him as well. Walsh says he would rather fight Laprise in the final. Laprise says he is not a trashtalker but he will do whatever it takes to get the fight with Walsh.
Sheldon Westcott says that he has never gone into a fight with one of his weapons taken away. He is in a lot of pain but admits that the doctors are great and they give him the OK to fight.
Now the contract says “I will fight Cajan (sp) Chad! Who does Cajan want to fight? Rich.” Chad says that Rich does not want to fight a BJJ black belt like Cajan with 33 fights. He should fight a white belt like him with only 7 fights.
Kajan and Chad are both fighting over who should fight Richard. It is weird because the fourth Welterweight semi-finalist has not won his fight yet.
Kajan says that “it is a little bit weird” now that he is closer to fighting a Canadian. His relationship with Laprise is different now as they both see each other as threats.
Kru Ash says they are trying to maintain the team spirit.
Coach Israel Martinez calls Jake Matthews a “special kid.” Matthews has a stomach ache. He works hard, but Matthews is mentally weak. Zein Saliba is saying that Matthews needs to embrace the grind. Saliba says it breaks people. Coach Izzy is a great motivator. Good minute or two on him coaching Team Australia.
Fabio Holanda says no kicks, no bouncing around. Small steps, a strong jab, and ground game are important to Sheldon’s fight. He says Kelly is a judo guy who learned to strike when he was very old.
Dan Kelly has been to four Olympics. His teammates call him relentless. Badger O’Reilly says Kelly is a “Bad Man, who will do some damage in this fight.” Coach Izzy says Westcott will forget about everything when Kelly pressures him.
Westcott says he has his struggle. “Tomorrow, I have to make my own strength….It is part of being a fighter…I am going to make my own luck tomorrow.”
Weigh-Ins: Dan Kelly (185) vs Sheldon Westcott (184)
Surprisingly, they show a lot of Aussies saying Kelly will win. They don’t show Canadians saying that Westcott is going to win. Harris says that Westcott has a “track background” and is very athletic.
Patrick Cote is on the TV. He announces that UFC 167 will be shown in the TUF House. Of course, he is in Las Vegas as a color commentator for UFC 167: St-Pierre vs Hendricks. They have cotton candy, beaver tails, and other treats to eat while watching the event.
Olivier Aubin-Mercier says that he helped GSP train for Johny Hendricks and Nick Diaz. GSP is why he started MMA.
Jake Matthews calls Georges St-Pierre his favorite fighter. The Canadians cringe when GSP has issues during the fight. The House is stunned by the decision win by GSP. “We’ll take (the decision),” says Luke Harris.
Westcott is shown and he says he is a huge family man who hangs out with his nieces and nephew. Dan Kelly says it is not a war, it is just a “hard, athletic competition.”
Kelly says he son has an incurable, degenerative disease. He wants to win so he can provide for his family.
Dan Kelly vs Sheldon Westcott
R1. Hard jab right by Westcott as he rushes Kelly right from the start. He feeds him some uppercuts and then slams him down. Westcott has his back and has set a high tempo pace. He feeds Kelly rights from his back. Kelly gets up and gets suplexed. Westcott gets an arm triangle as Kelly goes for a leg and Kelly taps out.
Sheldon Westcott submits Dan Kelly by Arm Triangle in Round 1
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Dan Kelly says that was embarrassing.
Patrick Cote says “it was so violent and fast.” Noke says that “Sheldon came out on fire like I told Dan he would.”
Noke says Kelly twisted his knee on the first slam.
“A monster,” says Aubin-Mercier.
“Whirlwind of destruction,” says Brendan O’Reilly.
“It wasn’t anything like what I was expecting. It was really cool,” says Johnson. (Same with me!)
“Dan had no chance from start to finish,” says Laprise.
“That was assault,” yells Kajan. “Did he owe you money?”
Dan Kelly is upset. Doctor comes in and says he thinks the cruciate ligament is broken. He needs an MRI. Sheldon Westcott comes in to thank him for the fight. Kelly realizes that if it is an ACL injury, he may have to retire as it will be 9-12 months recovery.
Prior to commercial, we see the Aussies very upset with Elias Theodorou. They were saying he kicked a guy when he was down. Theodorou says ‘you know that I am a goof.’
Post-commercial, they say Kajan was yelling “He’s done, he’s done.” Kyle Noke is pissed at Theodorou for saying stuff too and he wants Tyler Manawaroa to shut Theodorou’s mouth in the next fight.
O’Reilly says that the Canadians say stupid things when they are on camera. He says they have to pull them back into line.
Fight Announcement: Jake Matthews vs Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Next episode: O’Reilly takes offense at Johnson and the two young guns go at it.