Episode No. 12 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption'

Episode No. 12 of “The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption” opens with coach T.J. Dillashaw introducing the arrival of special guest coach Tim Elliott, who won Season 24 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.

Elliott has trained in Colorado with Dillashaw and Duane Ludwig in the past and is also a good friend of Team Dillashaw’s James Krause, who is tentatively scheduled to fight Team Dillashaw’s Jesse Taylor later in the episode.

Both fighters begin preparation for the second semifinal, which will determine who fights Dhiego Lima on Friday at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale. There’s still uncertainty around Krause’s eye, though, as he has yet to be officially cleared for competition after suffering a cornea scratch in his quarterfinal win.

Several fighters are staying prepared in the event Krause cannot fight. Krause visits the doctor, and after some tests, he’s granted clearance for his bout with Taylor.

Krause is thrilled to “put the drama behind” and finally be able to place 100 percent of his focus on the upcoming fight.

Back at the “TUF” house, Elliott and Zak Cummings visit to spend some time with their friend, Krause, ahead of his fight. Many of the eliminated athletes begin to indulge in the free alcohol supply, and while outside some words are exchanged between Elliott and Team Garbrandt’s Seth Baczynski. That leads to Baczynski throwing a water bottle at Elliott just before the fighters return inside the house.

Baczynski and Julian Lane grow frustrated with Elliott’s talking, and they crowd the flyweight fighter. Lane repeatedly pushes Elliott, who begins laughing and mocks Lane’s infamous, “Let me bang, bro” moment. The situation essentially explodes with a lot of shoving and even some punch attempts. Eventually an extremely heated Lane and Justin Edwards force Elliott and Cummings to leave the house.

The frustration continues inside, though, with Baczynski confronting Krause over the fact his friends and training partners from outside the competition were at the house. There’s more physicality between them, with Baczynski pushing Krause in the face before being separated.

Taylor, who is scheduled to fight Krause later in the episode, is holding his upcoming opponent back and attempting to keep him calm. Krause eventually walks away from the situation and returns to his room where he can focus on his upcoming fight.

At the official weigh-ins, Krause and Taylor come in under the required 171-pound welterweight limit.

Fight day arrives, and after warmups take place in the locker rooms, both fighters enter the octagon for the final “TUF 25” semifinal bout.

Team Dillashaw’s James Krause (23-7) vs. Team Dillashaw’s Jesse Taylor (30-15)

Round 1 – Krause opens with a front kick to the body. Krause changes levels and scores with a single leg takedown. Taylor gets right back up and attacks with a takedown of his own. Krause attempts to scramble but Taylor keeps top position. Taylor lands a hard elbow and some short ground and pound while Krause begins primary submission attacks. Taylor’s top control is solid for the time being, but Krause catches him overly aggressive and sweeps into top position. Krause is now the one on top peppering his opponent with strikes before Taylor gives up his back. He turns over before Krause can do anything with it, and Taylor is on top. Taylor lands a flurry of hard blows, which forces Krause to work for an escape. He gets to his feet, but Taylor is glued to him and immediately secures another takedown. Taylor batters Krause from on top until the end of the round.

Round 2 – Krause opens with a body kick, but Taylor immediately goes for the takedown. After a brief struggle Taylor gets on top and moves Krause’s body toward the fence where he can work his strikes. Taylor advances to half guard and delivers a steady stream of offense, which prevents a stand-up and Krause is doing little to get off his back. There are several scramble, but each time Taylor finds a way to end up with top control. Krause is cut open on his forehead from Taylor’s strikes. Taylor puts in solid work for the remainder of the round to close out one of the most lopsided rounds of the season.

Round 3 – Krause throws a head kick to open the round, which falls just short. To no surprise, Taylor immediately closes the distance and makes good on a takedown near the fence. Krause is clearly more desperate to stay off his back, but Taylor’s strength and control is an utter nightmare. Taylor eventually advances to Krause’s back, then takes the mount. Taylor locks his arms under Krause’s neck for a guillotine choke and uses all his leverage until Krause goes unconscious, and the referee steps in to stop the fight.

Jesse Taylor def. James Krause via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3

Taylor, who made the finals during Season 7 of “The Ultimate Fighter” but was pulled from the finale due to an outside-the-cage incident, is absolutely thrilled with his victory.

“I can’t believe this is happening again – incredible,” Taylor says after his victory. “I finally finished the job; it’s been nine years in the making. I feel exuberant. I couldn’t be more proud of myself. I couldn’t ask for more. It’s like a dream.”

Taylor joins Lima at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale on Friday’s FS1-televised card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Early prelims stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Taylor and Lima have a staredown inside the octagon before the episode comes to a close.

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Episode No. 8 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption'

Episode No. 8 of “The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption” opens with fight preparation for Team Garbrandt’s Hayder Hassan, who meets Team Dillashaw’s Joe Stevenson in the special wild card fight later in the episode.

Hassan was eliminated by Dhiego Lima on Episode No. 4, while Stevenson was bounced by Justin Edwards on Episode No. 7. The season is labeled “Redemption” for a reason, though, and both fighters were brought back for another chance to advance in the tournament and earn the $250,000 prize.

Stevenson’s preparation with Team Dillashaw must be tailored with a particular amount of caution, though, because “Joe Daddy” is just six days removed from the bout with Edwards. He wasn’t badly beaten up in the decision loss, and as a longtime veteran of the sport, Stevenson feels he’s more capable than any other cast member to make a quick turnaround.

There has never been a two-time winner of “TUF,” but Stevenson wants to make history and be the first.

Weigh-ins for the fight take place, and both Hassan and Stevenson come in under the required 171-pound welterweight limit, making the eighth tournament fight official.

Fight day arrives, and the athletes are ready for the eighth and final opening-round tournament bout. Both fighters finalize preparation with their coaches backstage at the “TUF” gym, and finally the competition continues.

Team Dillashaw’s Joe Stevenson (33-16) vs. Team Garbrandt’s Hayder Hassan (6-3)

Round 1 – Hassan opens with a body kick that lands on the arms of his opponent. Stevenson changes levels for a takedown, but Hassan easily brushes him off and keeps his space. Stevenson is looking to close the distance and create a grappling or clinch scenario, but Hassan perfectly times his aggression and launches a right uppercut that blasts Stevenson on the chin. Stevenson immediately goes down and Hassan lands a pair of hammerfists to his fallen opponent before the referee dives in to halt the action just 18 second in.

Hayden Hassan def. Joe Stevenson via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:18

After the fight, coach Cody Garbrandt immediately rips opposing coach T.J. Dillashaw for allowing Stevenson to compete in another bout just six days after his previous contest.

“It was bittersweet,” Garbrandt says. “Hayder’s a knockout artist, I’m a big fan of Hayder, but it was bittersweet seeing Joe get knocked out. I told T.J. that was going to happen. He was in a fight six days before that that he was pretty hurt in. I don’t know if that contributed to that, but it definitely didn’t help him out.”

Nevertheless, Hassan wins the wildcard fight and becomes the second Team Garbrandt fighter to advance to the quarterfinals, joining Edwards. Team Dillashaw, meanwhile, has six fighters in the next round.

UFC President Dana White decides on the four quarterfinal matchups, which shape up as follows:

Fight preparation begins for the opening quarterfinal, which will see Team Dillashaw’s Gallicchio take on Team Garbrandt’s Edwards. It’s one of two matchups that will pit opposing team members against one another, and both fighters are thankful they don’t have to deal with a teammate vs. teammate situation – at least not yet.

With a break in training, it’s time for the annual “Coaches Challenge.” This season, head coaches Dillashaw and Garbrandt clash in a game of water tetherball. The winning coach receives $10,000 while each member of the their team gets a $1,500 prize.

Both fighters admit they have minimal experience playing tetherball and Dillashaw falls into the water before the game even begins. Garbrandt takes a dominant 8-4 lead in the game up to 10, but Dillashaw stages a huge rally to tie it at 8 apiece.

Dillashaw completes his comeback of six consecutive points and pulls off the victory. He wins the prize for himself and his team, and Dillashaw says of Garbrandt, “I watched him give up.”

Weigh-ins for the fight take place, and both Gallicchio and Edwards come in under the required 171-pound welterweight limit, making the first tournament quarterfinal official.

Fight day arrives, and the athletes are ready for the quarterfinals to begin. Both fighters finalize preparation with their coaches backstage at the “TUF” gym, and finally, the competition continues.

Team Dillashaw’s Tom Gallicchio (19-9) vs. Team Garbrandt’s Justin Edwards (9-5) – quarterfinal

Round 1 – Gallicchio opens with a right hand, but Edwards come back with a crisp combination. Gallicchio walks forward but is eating shots every time he moves in Edwards’ direction. Edwards tags Gallicchio with more clean punches before a right hand catches him hard on the chin and drops Gallicchio to the canvas. Gallicchio bounces up and immediately dives at the legs of Edwards, who sprawls. Edwards grabs the neck and drops for a guillotine choke, but he’s too high on the neck and Gallicchio manages to escape the position. A scramble ensues, and Gallicchio comes out on Edwards’ back. He locks in the body triangle before working the neck for a rear-naked choke. Gallicchio gets his hands in proper position and squeezes hard on the submission, forcing Edwards to tap out.

Tom Gallicchio def. Justin Edwards via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1

Gallicchio becomes the first fighter to advance to the semifinals and is pleased with how he’s performed in the competition thus far.

“It’s pretty amazing; I was broke, dead broke,” Gallicchio says. “I didn’t know where the next meal was coming from sometimes. It’s unreal (to win two finishing bonuses). I’m going to be smart, I’m going to invest it and buy some more candy machines, and get them out there.”

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Catch new episodes of “The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption” every Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on FS1. MMAjunkie recaps each episode of the reality series.

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