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MMA Crossfire – TUF 22: Episode 7 thoughts

From thrift shopping to a confrontation amongst teammates, this episode was packed.

First, let’s start with the fights. Entertaining? Ummm…I’ve been surprised by the tactics of Team Faber. A load of dancing around and no real hunger shown.

Regardless of team, I haven’t seen anyone that showed they are going for it yet. Martin Svensson seems to think the same, but it’s completely towards Team Faber. He mentioned the style and what seems to be the fight plan for the team, just be safe and grind out a win.

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Svensson promised that this would not be the case between him and Le. However, before we get into the fight, a load happened. The serious stuff or funny stuff, what comes first? I’ll go with the serious. Julian Erosa and Chris Gruetzemacher started drinking and doing hardcore shots while playing pool. We have seen it in seasons before, but let’s just bring to mind that Gruetzemacher is the guy who talked about hating being in the house. This was an outlet for him perhaps, but regardless, everything started getting hot because Erosa started to run his mouth about the lackluster performances of Gruetzemacher. Started talking about being able to beat Gruetzemacher if they were put against each other. Gruetzemacher started throwing any kind of liquid he could find and started throwing it in Erosa’s face, but wasn’t game to start a fight.

Team McGregor got involved to try to break things up if it escalated, but nothing was thrown except liquids. The next morning they were acting like nothing ever happened. Team McGregor’s guys commented throughout the episode regarding some strange behavior being displayed on Team Faber, and that was before the confrontation.

Team McGregor does seem more focused on why they are there, the business of it all. The funny side of the episode was Faber deciding that his team should dress up in honor to McGregor. Where did they go? The Thrift store. Honestly, it looked ridiculous, but hilarious at the same time. As they walked out for the fight, all dressed up, McGregor roared laughing. For me, it looked like a video for Macklemore’s, Thrift Shopping. If you didn’t see it, you absolutely have to watch it.

For the fight, we all expected Le to want to keep things standing because he is so dangerous. However, Svensson is a ground guy, so it was easily predictable that he wanted to take things to the mat. Unfortunately for Team Faber, that’s exactly what happened. For the first round Le came out with head kicks and was rocking Svensson, but Svensson got the takedown. He kept Le down for awhile, but didn’t do anything. When Le got up, he did damage, got a takedown and unloaded ground-and-pound. I would have given the first round to Le. The second round, Svensson got the takedown again and used his transitions to put himself in better positions. Le almost had an armbar at one point, but things turned for the worse when Svensson locked in a rear-naked choke for the tap. It was a good fight, so I’ll at least say they put a spark to the season.

Next week we have James Jenkins vs. Artem Lobov.



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