TUF Nations: Episode 8 Recap – Harris vs Grujic
This episode begins with OAM celebrating with a big meal in the TUF House and Matthews is upset over his loss.
Next, the Aussies are in the UFC Gym training and Kyle Noke brings out Jon Jones as a guest coach. Noke brought Jones there to provide inspiration to the Aussies who are losing quite badly to the Canadians. Grujic is very happy that Jones is visiting around the time of his fight.
Canada’s Harris is shown talking about his MMA career. All of his wins have come by first round submission and he wants to continue that streak against Vik Grujic. He says the knockout that he suffered in his first fight helped get him to where he is today.
Again we see Sheldon Westcott dealing with injuries. The Canadian Middleweight sees the doctor about a neck injury. He is told that he may not be able to fight again in The Ultimate Fighter. He has an MRI scheduled. Eliminated TUF Middleweights hope for a second shot in the tourney.
Kajan Johnson, Chad Laprise, and Olivier Aubin-Mercier have all advanced and all want to fight Richard Walsh. All three have trained at Tristar and do not want to fight each other.
Jon Jones comes back to the TUF House and has supper with the Australians. They show Vik Grujic showing pictures of his family to Jones. Jones signs Tyler Manuwaroa’s chest.
Patrick Cote brings Cung Le out as a guest coach. Le, who beat Cote in the UFC, was also the man in charge of TUF China. Le coaches the Canadians on striking techniques, of course. Westcott is shown wearing a neck brace.
Luke Harris vs Vik Grujic
R1. Tentative start for the two fighters. Grujic lands a jab and a hook. Grujic clinches up and slams Harris down. Grujic drops elbows on Harris and knocks him out. A dominating performance for the Aussie and a disappointing performance from Harris.
Vik Grujic defeats Luke Harris via KO (Elbows) in Round 1
The Aussies celebrate a victory and there will be no need to match teammate against teammate at Middleweight. Grujic hopes to get KO of the series and $25,000 for that win.
A badly cut Harris is very disappointed, saying, “This was the most important fight of my career. Everything in the last seven years has been working toward this. It’s very disappointing to take this loss at this time.” (This will be a tough loss to recover from. Not sure what will be next in MMA for the 36 year old Harris)
Kyle Noke said. “I knew Vik would be better on the feet than Luke and that showed in the fight.” Cung Le was also very impressed with Grujic.
Cote says that Harris was ‘flat’ and ‘got caught’.
Next week they will announce the four semi-finals. Here is list of the remaining fighters:
- Kajan Johnson (CAN)
- Chad Laprise (CAN)
- Richard Walsh (AUS)
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier (CAN)
- Elias Theodorou (CAN)
- Tyler Manawaroa (AUS)
- Sheldon Westcott (CAN)
- Vik Grujic (AUS)