This week on "The Ultimate Fighter," the fight was only one of the many challenges that came up throughout the show for the fighters and coaches Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones.
Coaches Challenge! Best part of the season, says Dana White and me. $10K to winning coach, $1500 to each of his fighters. This year, it's an obstacle course using excavators and an obstacle course and who cares what the object of the game is. It's hilarious and awesome. Sonnen used the headphones to talk smack, and the race turns into a back-and-forth battle between the two and their steam shovels. Sonnen took an early lead, and then came back to win it all. He now won the bowling challenge and the coaches challenge.
Zak Cummings (Team Sonnen) vs. Dylan Andrews (Team Jones)
In the first round, Cummings got a great start. He controlled Andrews from the top, dropping elbows and causing Andrews to bleed. But Andrews got out from under Cummings, and ended the round landing more shots. The second round was more obviously Andrews.' Cummings started the round aggressively, throwing a crazy kick that caused Andrews to smile and give Cummings a high five. Cummings then threw a knee, that Andrews turned into a takedown. He then controlled the rest of the round and won by majority decision.
Wildcard decisions: The UFC brought back the wildcards this year, which allows fighters who lost in the first round a second chance. This time around, UFC president Dana White put the decision on the coaches. For Sonnen, it's easy. He picks Kevin Casey.
But Jones' decision was much more difficult, as his no. 1 pick, Clint Hester, lost last week. He has to choose between Hester, who has so much potential, and Bubba McDaniel, who is one of Jones' training partners outside of the show. He chooses McDaniel, who will face Casey in next week's episode.