Another episode, another chance for Len Bentley to be sour about things. There's lots to talk about last night's show, but be sure to catch all of my recaps: there's week 6, week 5, week 4, week 3, week 2 and week 1. Make sure to read those before you get here. Now let's talk about the show.
You saw last week that Javier Torres from Team dos Santos and Chuck O'Neil from Team Lesnar were our wild card picks. From that point on, Len Bentley just bitched the entire time. I don't know what to make of his injury. He was trying to heal it, but he'd also be limping around on it and moaning, too. Right around this time he also played soccer with the other guys at Junior dos Santos' birthday party, so how bad was it? Maybe it was a day to day thing. I don't know, but I know Brock Lesnar made the right call. Chuck was healthy, a hard worker, talented and lost a close fight. Why wouldn't you bring that guy back?
Len also said coach Lesnar only coached when he was on camera. I disagree. It's hard to deny that Lesnar took a while to get warmed up to the role he was playing. But a few weeks in, Lesnar did a lot. I'd also say Marty Morgan and Erik Paulson were also fully available for help or questions. Think about this: when Len got hurt, the cameras were on him, but that was precisely the moment Lesnar was showing me and Chuck wall walking stuff. So was Lesnar only coaching when the cameras were on him? No, not true.
I'm not even sure Len wanted to be there after that. We would even come together as a team, encourage him to come to practice, but it was struggle. I don't think he's a bad guy, but he did seem like he had a chip on his shoulder.
Then came the coaches challenge. I thought for sure we had this in the bag. We were bummed when Brock didn't win, but it's not the biggest deal. The only thing kinda funny was that when Lesnar was running the course our team was yelling out "chicken s-t!" or "chicken salad!" just to hoot and holler. I couldn't believe when both Lesnar and Junior shanked the kicks, but oh well.
Chris Cope and his yelling. He would do this "woooo!" thing every morning. Downstairs was Team dos Santos and they were split into two rooms. Upstairs was us of Team Lesnar and we were all kinda bunched together. We would also practice first in the morning, so when he came downstairs the other team was still sleeping or relaxing. Cope would go downstairs and yell this at the top of his lungs. It obviously got to Shamar and no one in the house could blame him.
Then came the fight between Chuck O'Neil and Javier Torres. You saw all of the cage work Chuck was doing. We knew whether it was a guy like Ramsey Nijem or Torres, getting off the fence is key to defeating guys from Team dos Santos. Those guys are grinders and that's how they fight. Those of us on Team Lesnar wanted to bang it out in the center of the cage.
I've said it for a while now. Chuck has awesome jiu-jitsu skills. When Javier went on all fours to base out, Chuck snatched up the D'arce choke. We were a little worried about his energy levels, not because of his conditioning, but because of his size. He was a bigger welterweight and had to cut a fair amount of weight, more so than many other guys. As you saw, though, he had plenty of energy and awareness.
Chuck was happy about the win, but quiet, too. Those of us moving on knew we still had a long road ahead. More importantly, Chuck wanted to get redemption against Zach Davis, the guy who hadn't beaten him before. He knew it wasn't going to be easy to beat him or to move on from there.
As you saw, Ryan McGillivray is the next guy I'm fighting. That wasn't the guy I requested. I had heard Shamar Bailey wanted to fight me and that was who I specifically requested, but I don't play matchmaker. Me and Shamar had talked about it and thought this would be a good fight, but it wasn't meant to be, I guess. Doesn't matter to me. I didn't care who I fought. If you want to win the show, then you have to be willing to fight anyone and believe you can beat anyone.
Shamar is also going to get his chance to beat up Cope after being annoyed to death. Yes, I can confirm: that's a fight Shamar was very much looking forward to.
That's all I've got for now. Thanks for all of the support over these past few weeks and watching me fight. If you want to contact me, get at me on Twitter or Facebook. Thanks again to SB Nation and I'll talk to you guys next week!