Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Team Rampage Avoids Sweep, Big Baby Shows Slick Jits

After going down 0-7 to Team Evans, "Rampage" Jackson avoided being the first coach in The Ultimate Fighter (T.U.F.) history to be swept in the opening round. This was good news for Rampage and also for the remaining doors at the UFC training center in Las Vegas. After losing his seventh-straight fight last week, Rampage did this: Video at MMA-Core

Jackson's last eligible fighter was Marcus Jones, a former first-round draft pick of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "Big Marcus," who is also known as "Big Baby" due to his soft spoken demeanor, showed that he's all business when it's time to throw down. His style is somewhat surprising as well. Despite being the biggest fighter in the house full of massive heavyweights, Jones is not an overwhelming striker. Instead he uses his long arms like, as "Rampage" says, "a black Frankenstein" to get a hold of his opponents. From there he unleashes some of the fastest transitions and most technical submission attempts that you're likely to see from anyone, let alone a fighter who's 6'6" and 265+ lbs. Mike Wessel (6-1), Jones' opponent on tonight's episode, was finished by arm-bar early in the opening round.

The quarter-final matchups are as follows:

  • Roy Nelson (13-4) vs. Justin Wren (6-1)
  • Brendan Schaub (4-0) vs. Jon Madsen (1-0)
  • James McSweeney (3-4) vs. Matt Mitrione (0-0)
  • Darrill Schoonover (10-0) vs. Marcus Jones (4-1)
I like Nelson, Shaub, McSweeney and Jones to reach the next round.

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