TUF 5 recap (episode 7)
There were two more fights in this episode. Both were quick and both were won rather easily in the first round by Team Penn's top two fighters.
In the first match, Gray Maynard (Penn) defeated Wayne Weems (Pulver) by first-round TKO. Maynard started the fight with an overhand right that caught Weems. Maynard followed that punch with a takedown and worked his positioning so that he ended up mounted on Weems' back. Maynard then went to town on Weems' head and body before the fight was stopped.
In the second match, Matt Wiman (Penn) followed a similar strategy to defeat storyteller extraordinaire Marlon Sims (Pulver). Wiman caught Sims with a right hand and followed that by taking the fight to the ground. On the ground, Wiman was able to get on Sims' back and eventually choke out Sims in the first round.
With these losses, Team Pulver is now up only 5-3 going into the quarterfinal matches.
The only drama of the episode involved Andy Wang of Team Penn. In an effort to shake up his team, coach BJ Penn decided to kick Wang off the team for being stubborn and not listening to the coaches in training as well as during his match. Jens Pulver -- with the approval of his team -- decided to pick Wang up to give his team 9 fighters. Inexplicably, Wang was resistant to being picked up by Team Pulver. I couldn't follow his reasoning, given that Penn had made it clear he didn't want Wang back and the only other option appeared to be a trip home.
With his antics, Wang joins Gabe Ruediger as someone on the show who hasn't been helping his public image very much.