A disrupted fight by a Russian and a new defeat for Conor’s team. Second series of TUF 31
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Neither the battle of Timur Valiev, nor the appearance of Islam Makhachev. What’s happening?
The second episode of The Ultimate Fighter season 31 was expected to begin with the duel of Russian Timur Valiev against Trevor Wells, but the fighter from McGregor’s team was unable to participate due to a cold. For this reason, the fight was offered to take place in a week. At the same time, Chandler discussed with Ryan Bader the option of refusing to postpone the fight and simply trying to push Valiev’s entry into the next round, but in the end he told his protégé the bad news and then noted Timur’s valuable reaction. .
Well, Dana White, upon learning of such news, said that if Wells did not go to the fight in a week, then Valiev would immediately go further, and also suggested that the trainers think at what weight to fight, because it would be forcing the fighters. to gain weight again is not fair.
Return of McGregor and knockout in eight seconds. What we saw in the first series of TUF 31
Thus, the main event of the second series was a fight between the prospect Mando Gutiérrez and the veteran Cody Gibson.
Mando Gutierrez already tried to break into the UFC last year through Dana White’s Contender Series, but lost there to the youngest fighter in the promotion’s history, Raul Rosas. Of the interesting things, it should also be noted that in his spare time Mando works in a barbershop. Cody Gibson was fired from the UFC eight years ago. He managed to hold four fights and got one victory in them. In his debut, Gibson lost to the then unknown Aljamain Sterling.
The trainers approach to preparing the fighters is again completely different. McGregor, in his style, presses on the fighter’s motivation, urges him to show his opponent whose octagon it is. Chandler works in more detail, teaches takedowns, his partner Bader teaches run defense. Another interesting point is that Chandler has a lot of knowledge about his fighters. Michael, for example, learned that Gibson was adopted at the age of two.
In general, in the second series of McGregor in the frame there was a minimum. But on the other hand, the former champion came home the night before the fight to cut his hair at the same time as Gutierrez and spend time with both teams. The wrestlers talked about their families, Conor listened sympathetically, Proper Twelve shone many times in the frame. Well, it wasn’t without the usual motivational pump, either.
The next few shots take us back to the arena where the weigh-in took place. And again, only Chandler was present at the event, McGregor thus far showing up immediately before the fight.
The fight itself ended in the first round. Gibson clearly worked from distance, did not flirt in exchanges, and Gutierrez’s attempts to get into the fight were successfully blocked and switched to net control. Cody finished it all off with a beautiful knee jump and subsequent hammer fists.
McGregor’s team has lost both fights so far, and this doesn’t seem like an unreasonable thing. Purely visually, it seems like Chandler has a more comprehensive approach to training fighters, and it pays off.
In general, the series turned out to be rather bland, without fire, without Islam Makhachev, who was mocked at us in the last series. Unless they showed the first skirmishes between the fighters of the house. Roosevelt Roberts and Landon Quinonez exchanged mutual compliments, with Roosevelt even offering to fight in the same house, but was turned down. Waiting for what happens next week.