This week’s episode begins at night at the TUF house with Season
Hassan talking with his real-life teammate Dhiego Lima
about how they are going to fight by show’s end. Hassan is
explaining to his buddy that it was not his plan, that he was
forced into it. Lima is laughing and tells him that he knew it was
going to happen, that, “It’s all good, brother! I love you!”
From there, it’s time for Lima to begin training even harder and
Dillashaw is working the mitts with him. Dillashaw is amped up
about the matchup and fully expects him to win, though he is
concerned about Lima’s self-doubt and sometimes lack of confidence.
Lima admits that he has that problem and he has to change how he
approaches things mentally.
On the other side of the footage, Cody
Garbrandt brings in a specialist to work with this team named
Dr. Jon Petrick, who will apply facial techniques to the fighters.
A balloon is inserted into each combatant’s nose and water is
flushed up into the nasal cavity to clean everything out. Assistant
coach Urijah Faber
goes first and it’s obviously a painful, extremely uncomfortable
procedure. The cranial-facial release is the technique and Hassan
is thrilled about how he feels and states that he’ll definitely do
Hassan’s personal footage rolls next and he’s at
American Top Team training before highlights from his TUF 21
brawls with Andrews
Portela and Vicente
Luque are shown. He tore apart the house and made it to the
finals, but he got submitted by Kamaru
Usman in the Finale. The UFC gave him another shot, but Luque
choked him out in the first and he was cut from the roster.
After the first commercial break, it’s back at the house for Lima’s
segment. He’s in the yard at a campfire with James
Krause before he tells the viewing audience that this is his
last stand, it’s all or nothing. Lima was on TUF 19 and he made it
to the finals, where he was pounded on by Eddie
Gordon and stopped in the first. Lima won his first official
fight in the UFC but then lost to Tim Means and
Li before being released from his contract. Dana
White says that Lima has all the tools to be a terrific
fighter, but he’s not sure about his mental state going into his
Lima’s home video follows and he’s at his gym down in Georgia. He
loves his dojo and you can see the joy on his face when inside of
it. At his actual house, his young kids are watching the UFC on TV
and they are all grappling on the living room floor. Diego is a
hardcore family man and he says that he can't let his wife and kids
down by losing on the show.
Another commercial break interrupts the fun and it’s time for
Hassan’s home video. He explains that his father escaped Baghdad
and that his brother -- Hayder’s uncle -- was executed by Saddam
Hussein many years ago. Hassan is hanging out at his brother’s
house with his nephew the night before his brother Mehdi is set to
fight for a smaller promotion. From there, he’s at ATT’s Coconut
Creek location in full training mode.
The obligatory pre-fight prep footage rolls on and both men are
oozing with confidence and beyond ready to fight. They weigh in on
the money, they are psyched up and are both going to put their
friendships aside for the sake of their own glory and dreams.
Finally, it’s time to fight.
Hassan storms out of his corner and comes right after Lima, who
backs off and uses a few low kicks to keep away. Hassan is trying
to get inside early, setting his attacks up behind the jab. A sharp
kick to the thigh from Lima comes next, who shoots in. “Hulk”
stuffs his attempt, but Dhiego’s follow-up approach succeeds. Lima
scrambles around and quickly takes his friend’s back and applies a
body triangle from behind. Hassan is fending off the rear-naked
choke attempt nicely, but he’s unable to break free about two
minutes in. Lima nearly lands the choke when Hassan becomes
dangerously lax, but Hayder is able to break free of the choke and
regroup. Lima remains on his opponent’s back for another minute
before he slips off and Hassan explodes to his feet. “Hulk” comes
right after him with punches, but Lima is poised, keeping his
opponent away with low kicks and jabs. Hassan digs a ruthless right
hook to the body, but Lima shakes it off with a minute remaining.
Lima changes level late and shoots in, but Hassan is wise to the
move and sprawls. A left-right from Lima glances off of Hassan’s
head near the horn. It’s an easy 10-9 run for Lima.
Lima opens the second with two powerful left kicks to the ribs.
Hassan closes the gap, but Lima clinched him up and drags him to
the canvas. Hassan scrambles to his feet, but Diego is right there
on his back and drags him back down. Lima doesn’t keep him down
long as Hassan explodes back to his feet and separates. Lima backs
away but plunges another lethal left shin into his foe’s ribcage.
“Hulk” is walking in slow-motion for a while before tagging Lima
with a straight right to the face. Lima tries to bring the fight to
the ground again, but Hassan stuffs him and creates space again to
strike. Another right to the dome from Hassan and now Lima is
desperately trying to shoot in. Hassan forces his real-life
teammate into a terse slugfest, and Lima wants none of it. With two
minutes left, Lima connects with a right kick to the body, but
Hassan counters with a slick left hook over the top. A pair of left
jabs from Lima precede a deep double-leg attempt, but Hassan stuffs
it. Lima continues to drive as hard as he can and finally gets
Hayder down. Lima immediately pounces and seizes Hassan’s back with
a minute remaining. Lima threatens with another rear-naked choke,
but Hassan is fending it off nicely. With time running out, Hassan
needs to escape, but Lima rolls him into an armbar. Time runs out
before he can seal the deal and the round is exceptionally close.
It could go either way, but Lima gets it 10-9.
As expected, Lima wins the fight via unanimous decision and he’s
elated. Understandably, Hassan is frustrated and disappointed, but
he finds solace in knowing that his loss came against his close
At the fight announcement, Dillashaw picks Ramsey
Nijem to fight Julian Lane
on next week’s episode, who apparently nearly come to blows at the
weigh-in. The near-brawl turns into all-out chaos as the coaches
are ready to throw down again and, finally,
Team Alpha Male confronts Duane Ludwig.