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By: Frank Hyden, MMATorch contributor
The episode starts with Dane Sayers talking about how he thought that he would have been a good choice for the Wild Card fight. Jonathon Brookins brings up the fact that Marc Stevens, who got tapped out in 18 seconds, got the Wild Card spot over Dane. Dana White says that Marc was the obvious pick. I don't agree with that.
Michael Johnson complains about Alex Caceres and him not training hard. Alex says he's hurt, Michael think he's just a wimp. Josh Koscheck is happy that two fighters from his team got picked for the Wild Card. Andy Main complains about Marc getting the pick. Jeffrey Lentz drips with sarcasm when he talks about Marc.
Koscheck and Brad Tate have a funny little scrap about Koscheck wanting into Team GSP's dressing room.
Michael and Alex argue in the house. Michael complains about Alex not training. Aaron Wilkinson talks about his strategy for the fight versus Marc Stevens. Koscheck says that it'll be hard to watch some of his team fighting.
At the weigh-in, Koscheck and Tate start arguing after Koscheck pants Tate. Things escalate, then Koscheck grabs Tate by the neck. A brawl ensues. Dane gets in the middle, and gets piefaced by Koscheck. Dane is pissed and storms off. Koscheck goes to talk to him and gets things settled. Koscheck says that Georges St. Pierre hired Brad Tate to talk trash for him. That's a little out there.
GSP says that he feels as though he's in kindergarten again. He also talks to his team about who on Team GSP they would want to fight. Michael writes Alex's name down and he's hoping that Alex writes his. GSP says that he'll try to get that fight set up.
Aaron gets a call from home that his grandma died. He doesn't tell anyone else in the house about it. That's hardcore, especially since he's about to fight. Koscheck isn't going to corner either guy.
FIGHT- Aaron Wilkinson vs. Marc Stevens
Aaron is 3 inches taller and has a 3 inch reach advantage. Herb Dean is the referee.
ROUND 1- They circle to start. Marc gets a takedown, and is in side control. Marc gets to mount, then takes Aaron's back. Marc moves back to mount, then back to Aaron's back. Marc moves back to mount then goes for a armbar. Aaron defends. They seem to be at a bit of a stalemate. Aaron rains some punches down on Marc as the round ends.
ROUND 2- They start with some early strikes. Marc gets a takedown. Aaron slaps on a guillotine and Marc taps.
WINNER- Aaron Wilkinson by Submission
Dana says that Marc was beating Aaron up in the first round. What fight was he watching. Marc says he had a problem with the weight cut and couldn't feel his legs after the first round. Jeffrey says that he would have beaten Aaron. Andy says he would have done better as well.
Dana, Koscheck, and GSP meet to discuss the next series of fights. Alex wants to fight Michael. Koscheck and Dana say that it wouldn't be the best fight. Everyone else wants Alex as well. GSP starts discussing what his guys are good and bad at. Koscheck says that he's telling him all he needs to know.
The quarterfinal match-ups are Jonathon Brookins vs. Sako Chivitchian, Cody McKenzie vs. Nam Phan, Kyle Watson vs. Aaron Wilkinson, and Michael Johnson vs. Alex Caceres. Koscheck starts whining about GSP getting special treatment from Dana.
This was an okay episode this week. The fight was a bit lackluster until the finish. I can't believe Marc got tapped again, by the same move. That really makes him look bad. Hopefully he's able to overcome this setback and get back to training.
Also, Aaron fighting so well despite hearing about his grandma dying was really admirable. He really stepped up and proved that he was made of stern stuff. Kudos to him.
NEXT WEEK- 2 fights, Sako vs. Jonathon and Cody vs. Nam
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