In this “Redemption” season of The Ultimate Fighter, nobody requires redemption more than the reigning UFC bantamweight champion.
Cody Garbrandt botched the draft. He and his assistants are steadfastly devoted to taking the low road in the interteam conversations. If you’re trying to find reasons that T.J. Dillashaw and coach Duane Ludwig left Team Alpha Male, you might just wish to examine the very first 6 episodes of this season, in which Team Dillashaw has calmly set about its organisation while Garbrandt and Justin Buchholz have actually preened and aimed to bait their opposing coaches into extramural combat.
And Team Garbrandt is 0-6. His last chance to prevent a whitewash (omitting the wild-card fight, in which Garbrandt is already ensured a minimum of one fighter by default) is Justin Edwards, the last choice in the draft.
Edwards’ opponent is a little better-known. He’s Joe Stevenson, who had a wild, amusing run in the UFC from 2005 (won TUF 2) to 2009 (beat Nate Diaz and Spencer Fisher). In between, he was on the getting end of an enduring emphasize, spurting blood while B.J. Penn used the finishing choke in their 2008 title battle.
The 2010s have actually been less kind to Stevenson. His stature earned him an unusual fourth strike, another chance in the UFC after losing the dreadful three in a row, however he lost that a person, too. He has actually battled sporadically ever since, finally winning in July 2016 for the very first time considering that beating Fisher in October 2009. Another 3 months, and he would have been forced to return to his home world and battle Captain Kirk to the death.