We open with a recap of last week’s bout between Nick Ring and Court McGee. Fighters offer their opinion of the bout, with several saying that Nick didn’t perform up to his full potential. Liddell puts Nick on blast, saying that he looked horrible compared to what everyone else said he could do.
Nick pays a visit to the doctor to check out an injury. He tells the doc that his tendons are loose, his knee is wobbly and not doing what it’s supposed to do. He hurt the knee during the fight to get into the house and believes he hurt it much worse during the fight with Court. He says he can’t push off the knee and can’t trust in his own joints. He asks the doc to find some way to fix it, which the doc promises that he’ll do.
FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT: Seth Baczynski vs. Joe Henle
Nobody gives Joe a chance against Seth because he’s too inexperienced. Which means he’ll probably win the fight.
Time for a Team Ortiz training session, where we get to meet Seth. It’s been a tough road for Seth because he had to receive a second chance just to get into the house. Tito says dealing with Seth has been nothing but a pleasure because he’s grateful for the second chance Tito, in his almighty wisdom, granted to him. Tito is a benevolent coach.
Joe says he got into fighting by mistake. He literally turned pro in July. As in, several weeks before the show taping began. He didn’t believe he was even going to make the show because “that would be too many things going right for me,” but sure enough, he did. Rich says Joe is the nicest guy he’s ever met, but wonders if he’s mentally fit to be in the cage with a more experienced veteran.
Joe says he’s given up a lot to be here. He works with kids and has an MBA in financial planning, but he doesn’t want to spend his life in an office. So Joe begins training for the fight with the rest of his team and says he’s going to be the best fighter in the world. Howard Davis says that a fighter coming as far as Joe has in six months is pretty incredible, and Chuck says he has a lot of potential. And then Joe catches Chuck with a punch during sparring that looked like it nearly sent Chuck for a loop.
Back to a Team Ortiz training session, where Nick is sparring with Seth to help him get ready. Nick’s knee gives out and he goes to the mat in agony. He says that shouldn’t have been a problem. Nick says he’s had three years of non-stop trouble with it, and his last surgeon said he would never fight again. Nick was trying to keep the knee injury quiet. Tito messes with the knee and sees how much give it has and deduces that it is, in fact, injured. And of course, he immediately starts complaining about the world being against him, rather than discussing Nick’s injury. That’s par for the course, though.