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Episode three of the Ultimate Fighter begins with a look at Conor McGregor’s coaching schedule. Team McGregor has two training sessions per day. Morning practice is a light workout that McGregor lets his coaches run without him, but he shows up to the evening session for hands-on technique work with the fighters. Since Sascha Sharma, who’s primarily a striker, is preparing to fight Chris a�?Gritz” Gruetzemacher, McGregor drilled a couple of clinch sequences depending on who’s against the fence.
The two fighters have both faced adversity. Gruetzemacher’s grandfather was a senator tortured and imprisoned under Pinochet’s dictatorship. His father was shot and killed when he was only five years old. He turned to wrestling as a way to defend himself. Coach Urijah Faber says his biggest weakness in the cage is that he’s sometimes too willing to take punishment and keep moving forward.
Sharma discusses how his father left India for Germany when he was just a kid. As a child, Sharma himself lost use of his legs for a while due to Guillain-Barre syndrome. Somehow he not only learned to walk again but became an MMA fighter.
The fighters got a brief respite from their normal routine to watch T.J. Dillashaw dismantle Renan BarA?o (again) during UFC on Fox 16. The next morning, McGregor tried to get under Faber’s skin by saying that Dillashaw abandoned his camp for Ludwig, and that Faber versus Dillashaw is the only fight that makes sense for the Team Alpha Male foundera��a matchup that Faber himself didn’t seem all too thrilled about. But we’ve got a fight to watch.
Round 1 starts out on the feet with Sharma landing a couple shots and a knee then taking the fight to the fence. Gruetzemacher lands a trip takedown, and Sharma immediately works for a triangle. After a scramble, Sharma lands a takedown of his own, but the fight ends up against the fence. Sharma pulls guard at some point and lands a big kick to Gruetzemacher’s face, but the MMA Lab representative landed some elbows from side control. Lots of scrambling in this round with Gruetzemacher showing more polished technique on the ground but Sharma doing a good job tying him up and going for another triangle as well as an omoplata attempt. 10-9 Sharma.
Gruetzemacher begins to find his rhythm in the second round, finding the better of a large amount of scrambles through superior ground control and heavy ground and pound, and even attempting an armbar. McGregor is vocally unhappy about Sharma’s poor shots and the fact that he’s on the ground in the first place, partially due to Gruetzemacher’s superior ground control. The enthusiastic coaching is for naught. 10-9 Gritz.
It’s time for a sudden death round, and Sharma practically gives top control to Gruetzemacher through a bad shot and then pulls guard. Gruetzemacher responds by picking heavy, precise shots from a superior position. Sharma’s still in the game and goes for a guillotine and even landed top position at the end of the round, but it’s no match for Gruetzemacher’s patient and persistent ground and pound. Gruetzemacher wins the decision.
Faber doesn’t waste the opportunity to tell McGregor he should maybe start showing up for morning practice.
In the locker room, McGregor makes sure to yell at a defeated Sascha Sharma and point out all of his mistakes in front of his teammates.
Tune in next week to see a�?Toothless” Tom Gallicchio face off against Marcin Wrzosek.
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