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Episode 5: Rampage: Am I cursed?


Justin M. Bowen

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson smiles while answering reporters questions after defeating Wanderlei Silva for the first time in three tries Saturday night at UFC 92.

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The cast of The Ultimate Fighter No. 10 poses for a shot for the popular reality show that debuts on Sept. 16 on Spike TV.

Rampage seems ready to lose it after having watched his team lose the first four fights.

One more loss and it seems like he may just lose it.

Who else is kind of looking forward to seeing this?

The Episode

Show begins with Rashad and ‘Meathead’ (Matt Mitrione) discussing Mitrione’s thoughts on wanting to get a Cortisone shot for his sore/possibly injured shoulder. Rashad doesn’t believe it’s the way to go.

Focus switches to Team Rampage where we find out that Marcus Jones wants to fight. He’s ready to go. Considering the fact the show has made a point to show good and bad sides of Jones’s game, I’d be interested in seeing what he’s got.

Zak Jensen, the last kid picked in the playground when the two teams were formed, is rumored to be the Rampage fighter Evans will pick to fight this week. Of course, as the last fighter picked, no one is expecting much from Jensen but the guy was a college wrestler at Augsburg College. Wrestlers are always dangerous.

Oh boy, one of the first house controversies is shown after the first commercial break and it’s a big one. Wes Sims is accusing Zak Jensen of ‘jerking Mr. Happy’ in the shower before him. He stepped in fermented mayonnaise. “I’ll be on you like a mad hyena if you ever leave a family of Jensen’s in the shower again.” Sims tells him. Jensen says he just blew his nose. Hmmmmm.

Back at the gym, Mitrione tries to make his case to be next to fight. Rashad, who make no mistake is really going for an undefeated record against Ramapge, meets with his team to talk about his hesitation of putting in a fighter that he believes hasn’t been totally committed to training up to this point.

He may not have to be that committed to defeat Jensen, as clips show the fighter pass out in the middle of practice. Rampage makes him feel better by saying if that had happened to him, “I’d move to another planet.”

“Is it sore, or is it injured? There’s a big difference,” Rashad finally asks Mitrione as the saga over his shoulder continues. Mitrione, who has been caught on tape throwing a football and shooting baskets, admits that it’s probably just sore.

And none of that matters, at least for now, because Rashad announces that his fighter, Justin Wren will take on Wes Sims. The decision does not go over well with Marcus Jones AT ALL, who claims Rashad gave him his word that he would be next to fight.

The matchup is being advertised as a young guy in Wren versus an experienced guy like Sims, who has actually fought Frank Mir twice already in the past. I’ve made the bold prediction that Team Rashad will get the perfect record, although this week seems to be one of the biggest threats to that. If Rampage can’t win this one, that temper tantrum we’ve been waiting for might follow.

After a minute of exchanging strikes and clinching, Wren gets the takedown, mounts Sims and quickly applies an arm triangle choke. Sims taps. For the second week in a row, Rampage and his team don’t go into the Octagon to check on Sims. Wes Shivers delivers the stunning news that ‘Rampage isn’t a coach, he’s a fighter.’

Best Moment

Rampage on the losing: “It’s affecting my sex life. I don’t have much of a sex life as it is. I don’t need this.”

Kimbo Watch

Kimbo says in the middle of the show, ‘Greco-Roman wrestler — whatever the (beep) that is.’ Kimbo, it looks like you’re leaning but if you don’t know what the Olympic sport of Greco Roman wrestling that are the bases of guys like Randy Couture and Dan Henderson…dude, that’s not good.

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