The Overnights: ‘Ultimate Fighter 10,’ Episode Two
The tightrope walk of “The Ultimate Fighter 10”: wait too long to
Slice in the cage and you risk tweaking the patience of fans
who consider him the star of the show. Do it too soon and it’s like
killing off your leading man in the first act.
The issue didn’t seem to weigh too heavily on the mind of Rashad
Evans. For the series’ third fight next week, he’s paired Slice
Nelson, the most accomplished cast member in the line-up. Evans
is clearly not a Kimbo fan.
Highlights from Wednesday’s installment:
• Earlier in the show, Nelson referred to Slice as a “veteran,”
which is the first time I’ve heard that term used for someone with
four pro bouts. Perhaps he was being ironic. Slice is little more
than a burly athlete with a big punch: Nelson will chew him up,
which makes earlier footage of Slice going to work on a downed
• It’s difficult to determine whether Quinton
Jackson’s complete disinterest in learning anyone’s name is
part of his charming disposition, or if he’s simply becoming the
latest in a proud tradition of obnoxious athletes with congested
egos. You judge.
• The Lummox-Fu elimination fight between Wes Shivers
McSweeney was cringe-worthy: little technique and airless after
two minutes. Poor Shivers had to sleep in Tapout bed sheets with a
chain-link pattern. Good luck getting any emotional distance from
• If you fast-forwarded through commercials, you missed Slice and
Wagner comparing bullet wounds. This will teach you to pay
attention to the Snuggles bear.
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