Episode No. 5 of “The Ultimate Fighter 27: Undefeated” opens with Team Cormier’s Tyler Diamond attempting to kill some time in the house by sketching. Team Miocic returns to the house from training, and Diamond tells Team Miocic’s Suman Mokhtarian that he’s interested in fighting on the next episode.
The next fight, however, is between Team Cormier’s Thailand Clark and Team Miocic’s Mike Trizano. There’s a growing sense of frustration within Team Miocic after falling behind 0-4 in the competition, but assistant coach Marc Montoya attempts to give everyone a boost with a motivating speech. Head coach Stipe Miocic agrees.
“We’ve lost four in a row,” Miocic says. “We don’t like losing, and I think they’re sick of it. I just want our team to put a dagger in, turn this all around and start moving forward.”
Team Miocic’s Trizano is very confident he’ll get the first win for his team. He thinks he has the well rounded game to throw off his opponent and ultimately “demolish him” for a stoppage result.
During Team Miocic’s training session, Mokhtarian feels some discomfort in his knee and is worried about some potential damage that could impact his odds of winning the competition. He visits the UFC Performance Institute to get some treatment.
Mokhtarian is told there is no significant damage to his knee ligaments, but while he’s getting treatment, Team Cormier assistant coach Deron Winn enters and begins to gouge Mokhtarian for information on his injury. That doesn’t sit well with Mokhtarian, who says he wanted to “slap” Winn.
The issue spills back over The Ultimate Fighter Gym, where Winn comments around his knee in front of all of Team Cormier. That causes some more frustration with Mokhtarian and an argument begins between the two sides. Mokhtarian calls Winn a “nobody who was just trying to get on camera.”
Later the day, head coach Daniel Cormier returns to the set of the reality show after a few days away from the competition. Coach Cormier immediately jumps into assisting Clark with his preparation, and believes the fight needs to hit the ground for his athlete to have his best shot at winning.
At the official weigh-ins, Clark and Trizano come in under the 156-pound limit. The third lightweight quarterfinal matchup of the season is now set. A tense staredown follows.
The next day, Clark and Trizano return to the TUF Gym for their bout. They finalize preparation with their teams in the locker room before walking to the octagon for the fifth overall fight of the season.
Team Cormier’s Thailand Clark (7-0) vs. Team Miocic’s Mike Trizano (6-0)
Round 1 – Trizano and Clark trade leg kicks to open the fight. Trizano pounds another one while Clark looks to counter with his hands. Clark changes levels for a single-leg takedown. He works hard to change angles to get it to the ground and accidentally lands a knee strike to Trizano’s groin. The fight restarts after a short break and Clark is throwing wild combinations. He lands a straight right that puts Trizano on his backside, but he immediately pops back up. Clark rushed him and puts Trizano’s back up against the fence. Clark is working for a takedown, but Trizano turns the position around and scored a brief trip takedown. Clark gets back to his feet and breaks away into open space. They trade more legs while Clark remains content to counter. Trizano initiates the takedown this time but can’t do anything with his positions before it turns back into a striking fight. Trizano is looking to load up on power shots but Clark is peppering him with volume.
Round 2 – Trizano comes out there vicious kicks on Clark’s body. He follows by landing the hands. Clark’s activity has fallen off and he’s circling away as he eats a big front kick to the jaw. Trizano pushes forward and gets a takedown. He postures up from full guard and is landing short ground-and-pound shots. Clark is making a minimal effort to get out of the position and is starting to take damage as he looks for a referee standup. Trizano is warned multiple time for activity but he’s doing just enough to prevent the fight from being restarted. Clark gives up his back to attempt to get out of the position, but Trizano takes advantage and starts to brutalize him with even more shots. Clark is warned to improve his position, but he’s unable and the referee decides to wave it off for the TKO.
Mike Trizano def. Thailand Clark via TKO (punches) – Round 2
After the fight, Clark said he’s thrilled to get the first victory for Team Miocic.
“These coaches have been such a blessing and I know that they really care about me, whether I win or lose,” Trizano says. “It just shows me a lot about their character and what kind of coaches they are. I am lucky to have them in my corner. I hope this win will be a rally cry for my team. Someone had to get it started and it happened to be me.”
Coach Cormier is forced to deal with a loss for the first time, but preaches the importance of keeps confidence high on his team moving forward.
“When you lose, you have to go forward as we did when we were winning,” Cormier says. “I tell him, ‘Thailand lost a fight today, we lost a little momentum, but it’s on the next one as we were on to the next one when we were winning every fight too.’”
Team Miocic gets its first victory of the competition and now trailed 1-4 behind Team Cormier in the competition with Trizano’s victory. Team Miocic has control of fight selection, and with a featherweight bout up next, coach Miocic selects Team Miocic’s No. 2 pick, Mokhtarian, to fight Team Cormier’s No. 8 pick, Ricky Steele.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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