TUF 29 episode 2 recap: Liudvik Sholinian’s gameplan is to ‘demoralize’ Mitch Raposo.
The hit actuality present, The Final Fighter is again, and we’re already seeing fighters being despatched house. With now two episodes already launched we’re beginning to be taught extra in regards to the athletes, and the drama is beginning to unfold.
The next is a play-by-play recap of the second episode which we urge you to look at earlier than studying as it should include spoilers. In case you’re in search of the episode 1 recap, click on right here.
The Final Fighter 29 episode 2 recap
Final week we noticed Aaron Phillips head house after a first-round submission loss to front-runner, Andre Petroski. Now it’s the bantamweights on deck. On the finish of the episode Brian Ortega picked Liudvik Sholinian from his workforce to battle Mitch Raposo from UFC featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski’s workforce.
The present opens with Volkanovski arriving to the fighter home with meals for the blokes. The fighters are all surrounding the TV and watching fights. Volkanovski grilled the steaks himself and so they settled in to look at Weili Zhang vs. Rose Namajunas. Their reactions to the KO had been priceless.
Just a few of the blokes stated they had been impressed by Namajunas, who additionally went by means of TUF and stayed up late to get some additional work in. The present then cuts to her TUF highlights (pre-haircut).
We then see Sholinian along with his coaches surrounding him. One coach tells him he’s the best ranked, prime bantamweight on the workforce. Sholinian, who doesn’t say a lot, smiles. The present cuts to a Sholinian spotlight from LFA and now we meet Sholinian formally. Ortega says he sees numerous himself in Sholinian and calls him impartial. Coach Ortega reveals the gamplan for Raposo is to “demoralize” him after which end him.
Subsequent we see Sholinian’s opponent, Raposo on the home speaking with the fighters. He reveals to the housemates that he had anger issues and began fight sports activities early. He says by age 12 he was already coaching 4 to 5 occasions a day. We then get to see Raposo’s video bundle which takes us to Fall River, MA the place we meet Charlie, the cutest canine ever!
After which we see a montage of coaching clips and a spotlight of Raposo combating for Cage Titans. Raposo’s video bundle was far more sturdy than Sholinian’s however that may very well be because of Sholinian residing in Ukraine.
Anddddd now he’s extra for Sholinian. He reveals he’s Armenian however moved to Ukraine on the age of three. We see Sholinian at house in Vegas (and no, that’s not his automobile). He reveals he’s renting a room by means of AirBnB as a result of he wished to be shut for TUF.
Sholinian declares he would be the first Armenian to win the Final Fighter.
It’s weigh in day for Liudvik Sholinian and Mitch Raposo
Sholinian weighs in at 136 and Raposo weighs in at 135.5.
It’s battle day and we see Raposo first. He predicts Sholinian received’t have the ability to get near him within the battle, which might show catastrophe for Sholinian’s “demoralize him” plan.
Now we see Sholinian who’s virtually prancing into the UFC APEX. The juxtaposition of those two fighters is clear.
Now it’s battle time.
Liudvik Sholinian vs. Mitch Raposo battle
Sholinian enters the Octagon first.
One thing tells me this battle goes to a draw simply based mostly on Jason Herzog’s directions and the period of time left within the episode, however we’ll see.
Raposo lands some huge strikes early within the first spherical. He mixtures touchdown and Sholinian didn’t have a lot to reply again with. In direction of the top of the spherical Sholinian lastly began to select up however the spherical was clearly for Raposo.
Second spherical begins with Raposo touchdown one other mixture after which a shot to the physique. Raposo is wanting unbelievable after which Sholinian takes him to the canvas for the primary takedown of the battle. Sholinian holds him in opposition to the cage earlier than they separate and return to the middle of the cage once more. Sholinian takes Raposo to the bottom once more and if it goes to the judges, it seems like it will likely be a draw (shocker). Sholinian holds him to the canvas to finish the spherical and right here we go.
They go to a sudden demise spherical.
Sholinian takes Raposo the the mat simply throughout the first few seconds of the spherical. Sholinian takes the again of Sholinian and appears for the rear-naked choke. He loses it however doesn’t lose again management. Now Sholinian is touchdown floor and pound and Raposo has turned onto his again. Sholinian is in his guard. They keep on the bottom with Sholinian in management the the vast majority of the spherical earlier than the ref stands them up. Sholinian takes him to the bottom instantly and it’s clear Sholinian has stolen the battle from Raposo.
OFFICIAL RESULTS: Liudvik Sholinian defeated Mitch Raposo by way of judges choice.
Who fights in episode 3?
Subsequent week are the middleweights and this time it’s Volkanovski’s flip to select opponents. He picks Tresean Gore from Ortega’s workforce and Ryder Newman from his personal. Volkanovski is now down two fighters from his workforce. Volkanovski reveals it was Newman who requested for Gore.