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TUF 18 Episode 7 Recap

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On Father’s Day, Ronda Rousey surprises fathers from both teams with presents. Cody Bollinger is the most appreciative and confesses to missing his daughter and wife.

“It’s all gotta be worth it in the end, right? It’s gotta pay off. Whether I win this show or lose my first fight, it’s gotta pay off,” Bollinger said as he began to sob.

Josh “the Gentleman” Hill talks about his upcoming fight with Michael Wootten and says that his nickname came from his great uncle, a former wrestler in WWE. Hill says that he didn’t get into mixed martial arts until joining a grappling class at 21 years old.

“I just want people to know who I am, know my name,” Hill said. “Know that I’m just a hardworking kid from a steel city town in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada that’s just trying to live his dream.”

Despite repeated warnings from Dana White, Team Tate continues to prank Team Rousey; this time putting up posters of “Edmund Rousey,” a movie character that resembles the coaches. White receives notice of the posters and takes them down.

“They’re trying to pick another fight and blame it on Ronda’s team,” White said. “I don’t know if I’m going to talk to Miesha. We’ll see what happens.”

Rousey gets wind of the prank and calls it racist and comparable to the antics of a 5-year-old.

“Edmund’s been very disrespected. But we gave our word that we wouldn’t let it escalate anymore and the other team didn’t do that,” Rousey said.

Wootten, who learned Japanese jiu-jitsu at a young age, says that Hill looks like the generic wrestlers he has beaten many times over his career. Fast footwork and landing long shots are what he believes will be key to his victory.

Hill uses his wrestling background to control Wootten throughout the first round. Wootten defends Hill’s advances well but is eventually power slammed into the canvas. Even though Hill doesn’t get Wootten to tap on a rear-naked choke, the round clearly belongs to him.

As the second round begins, Wootten lands a knee to the chin and gains ground control. He dominates the second round with a flurry of elbows and punches; connecting with a second knee that leaves Hill dazed. Despite ending the round in Wootten’s guard, Hill must prepare for a third and final round.

Late in the last frame, Hill tries for a spinning back fist which Wootten tactically avoids and turns into a takedown. Wootten unleashes a flurry of elbows and punches to Hill’s abdomen as time expires and wins the fight via unanimous decision.

“Josh is a good wrestler. He comes in and just tries to push him against the fence the entire time,” White said. “I can’t stand when somebody comes in here and they’re one dimensional. I hate that s—t.”

With only two preliminary fights remaining, Rousey announces that Peggy Morgan will face Sarah Moras and Bollinger will battle Anthony Gutierrez.