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411’s Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Report 6.28.17

June 28, 2017 | Posted by Larry Csonka

The Ultimate Fighter 25: Episode ELEVEN
INTRODUCTION: Current UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt will be coaching opposite former champion T.J. Dillashaw. Both of them are former training partners. The twenty-fifth season (American version) of the series, the producers have opted to bring back previous participants from the previous seasons; the cast will consist of welterweights that have all competed on The Ultimate Fighter on previous seasons; this includes former participants and winners of the show, as well as one current UFC fighter. The winner gets $250,000 (no mention of a contract). Judging by the opening video package, some of these good brothers have had rough times post TUF. LAST WEEK, Jesse Taylor – (30-15 MMA, 1-0 TUF) defeated Hayder Hassan – (6-3 MMA, 1-1 TUF) via RD1 submission & James Krause – (23-7 MMA, 1-0 TUF) vs. Ramsey Nijem – (9-6 MMA, 1-0 TUF) via decision. THIS WEEK, Dhiego Lima – (12-5 MMA, 2-0 TUF) faces Tom Gallicchio – (19-9 MMA, 2-0 TUF); Team Dillashaw pranks Team Garbrandt with live snakes. With an injury putting his fight future in doubt, one fighter (James Krause) gets paranoid at the house. Then, two welterweights face off in the first semifinal fight.

– They discuss the semifinal fights, with Dana noting that James Krause will have to medically cleared from his eye injury. Dana says if James Krause can’t fight, Garbrandt gets to pick his replacement. I find that to be bullshit since his team got owned. Garbrandt then complains about it because he has to make a hard choice; welcome to life dude. Team Dillashaw feels that is bullshit, and Nijem feels he should get the spot if Krause can’t fight. Gilbert Smith gets sick of his shit quickly. Nijem makes fun of Smith for being fat and retired already, claiming the only thing Smith could be fighting these days is diabetes.

– Dillashaw works with Dhiego Lima to begin; he’ll work with both men again this week, but will not coach or corner the day of the fight. Lima says Gallicchio has been under appreciated, overlooked and even disrespected by others but he refuses to do that because he knows Gallicchio is dangerous.

– Team Dillashaw pranks Garbrandt by taking over their locker room and painting it to look like Team Dillashaw’s. They did a good job. Team Garbrandt arrived and tore shit down and redecorated with tape & markers. Garbrandt says he is happy Dillashaw did something in retaliation but was proud that his team “fixed it.”

– Krause is back hanging out in the house and feels like the vultures are circling and looking for his spot. Krause is getting really irritated and paranoid. This leads to arguments with the others in the house

– Time for Gallicchio to work out, Dillashaw says team Garbrandt made the mistake of under estimating and picking on Gallicchio, which cost them two fights.

– Dillashaw arrives at the gym and brings some snakes with him and puts them in their locker room. Jullian Lane discovers the snakes and hates them. Garbrandt talks to the snakes, calling them TJ and telling them to get out of his locker room. Dillashaw says he’s happy to prank them but more importantly eliminate all of his fighters.

Weigh-ins: Lima (170.5), Gallicchio (170.5).

– Dana says they are nice guys but also tough; Gallicchio has been an underdog, but finished both guys in round one, while Lima has had to fight five rounds and make weight three times.

Fight day is here and Gallicchio walks around outside and gives himself a motivational speech.

Dhiego Lima – (12-5 MMA, 2-0 TUF) vs. Tom Gallicchio – (19-9 MMA, 2-0 TUF): Gallicchio has the experience advantage, and as mentioned, finished both guys in round one, while Lima has had to fight five rounds and make weight three times. Lima is 3-inches taller and has a 2.5-inch reach advantage. ROUND ONE: They touch gloves and circle. Lima moves around much smoother while Gallicchio is a more flat-footed fighter. Lima scores with a body kick, while Gallicchio is reaching with looping strikes. Lima is starting to counter strike, staying away and stuffs a takedown. Lima starts to work the jab a bit and clips Gallicchio as he reaches in with sloppy strikes. Lima is content to counter strike, blocks another takedown and works the jab again. Gallicchio is getting wild, shoots but gets stuffed. Lima flashes a high kick, which is checked. Lima follows with a solid combo, and keeps avoiding the takedowns. Final minute here, Lima starts to connect more and Gallicchio chases and lands a bit, but nothing serious. Lima connects with a combo as the round ends. SCORECARD: Lima 10-9

ROUND TWO: Gallicchio’s corner wants him to wrestle and tells him the takedowns are there for him, what were they watching? They touch gloves and Lima again is easily counter striking, Gallicchio shoots and is stuffed again. Lima circles away from the strikes, and works leg kicks. Lima with a combo, Gallicchio shoots and Lima stops that as they work along the cage. Gallicchio is desperate for a single leg and hangs on, nice escape by Lima. Lima with the jabs again, he backs off Gallicchio and hits a good straight right. Lima follows with the body kick, lands another combo and is controlling with ease. Gallicchio rushes him to the cage, lands knees and looks for a takedown. Lima escapes again, and Lima gets warned for grabbing the cage there and Herb takes a point. Final minute here, and Gallicchio shoots and fails again. He winds up and throws a wild right, missing and shoots but gets stuffed. Lima follows with a right and a combo. Lima continues to back off Gallicchio, lands a right and a combo as the round ends. SCORECARD: Lima 19-18

ROUND THREE: We’re getting a third round, not really sure why as Gallicchio has done nothing. Lima continues to control the striking and fails at another shot. Lima controls and keeps distance; Gallicchio fails at another shot and looks exhausted. Gallicchio shoots again but Lima just backs out of it. Lima starts to land really good strikes, avoids another takedown but Gallicchio tries again and drags him down with 2-minutes left. Lima looks to shove him away, but Gallicchio works from guard. Gallicchio landing soft strikes from top, stacks up Lima, Gallicchio looks to pass to side control and finally gets it. Back to the feet they go, and Lima takes him to the cage. Gallicchio is so tired here, shoots and Lima escapes and lays in hammer fists and Lima then gets a takedown, and the round ends. SCORECARD: Lima 29-27

OFFICIAL RESULT: Dhiego Lima via unanimous decision

– Dhiego Lima moves onto the live finale final fight.

– Gallicchio is upset but praises Lima; his foot is a bloody mess after the fight.

NEXT WEEK: Jesse Taylor – (30-15 MMA, 2-0 TUF) vs. James Krause – (23-7 MMA, 2-0 TUF). Tim Elliot visits the house and causes drama. Krause’s status is still up in the air.

Team Garbrandt
* Hayder Hassan – (6-3 MMA, 1-2 TUF) (got to return for the wild card fight)
* Justin Edwards – (9-5 MMA, 1-1 TUF)
* Julian Lane – (11-6 MMA, 0-1 TUF)
* Johnny Nunes – (6-1 MMA, 0-1 TUF)
* Mehdi Baghdad – (11-5 MMA, 0-1 TUF)
* Eddie Gordon – (8-4 MMA, 0-1 TUF)
* Seth Baczynski – (20-14 MMA, 0-1 TUF)
* Hector Urbina – (17-10 MMA, dismissed due to missing weight)

Team Dillashaw
* Dhiego Lima – (12-5 MMA, 2-0 TUF) – advances to finals
* Jesse Taylor – (30-15 MMA, 2-0 TUF)
* James Krause – (23-7 MMA, 2-0 TUF)
* Tom Gallicchio – (19-9 MMA, 2-1 TUF)
* Ramsey Nijem – (9-6 MMA, 1-1 TUF)
* Gilbert Smith – (12-6 MMA, 1-1 TUF)
* Joe Stevenson – (33-16 MMA, 0-2 TUF) (got to return for the wild card fight)

– End scene.

– Thanks for reading.

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