The Ultimate Fighter 5
|The Ultimate Fighter 5: Team Pulver vs. Team Penn|
|Created by||Craig Piligian, Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White|
|Starring||Dana White, Jens Pulver and B.J. Penn|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||Spike TV|
|Original run||April 5, 2007 – June 23, 2007|
|Preceded by||The Ultimate Fighter 4|
|Followed by||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra|
The Ultimate Fighter 5 was the fifth season of the Ultimate Fighting Championship produced reality television series The Ultimate Fighter. As with the show's usual format, sixteen prospective mixed martial arts fighters were secluded in a house near Las Vegas, Nevada and trained together while participating in a single-elimination tournament, with the winner being awarded a six-figure UFC contract. This season featured only one weight class, lightweights (146-155 lb) and the fighters were divided into two teams; one coached by former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver and the other by former UFC Welterweight Champion and former lightweight champion B.J. Penn. The season was well-known among fans for the large number of fighters kicked off of the show.
The two coaches, along with the finalists of the tournament, fought at The Ultimate Finale, a televised MMA fight card that aired live at the completion of the series.
- Team Pulver
- Jens Pulver, head coach
- Matt Pena, boxing instructor
- Taisei Kikuchi, submissions instructor
- Kirk White, wrestling instructor
- Team Penn
- B.J. Penn, head coach
- Rudolph Valentino, kickboxing instructor
- Tony DeSouza, wrestling instructor
- Reagan Penn, jiu jitsu instructor
- Team Penn
- Gray Maynard, Matt Wiman, Gabe Ruediger, Joe Lauzon, Rob Emerson, Andy Wang, Allen Berube, Noah Thomas
- Team Pulver
- Corey Hill, Nate Diaz, Brandon Melendez, Marlon Sims, Manny Gamburyan, Cole Miller, Brian Geraghty, Wayne Weems
- Host: Dana White
- Narrator: Mike Rowe
Episode 1: It's Like Anarchy Here
- The team selection process nearly goes awry when B.J. Penn asks the fighters to raise their hands if they want to join his team and want nothing to do with Team Pulver. Ten of the sixteen fighters do. Dana White insists the coaches still pick the teams one-by-one.
- Gabe Ruediger enters the series around 20 pounds overweight and frets over his inability to lose weight.
- Cole Miller defeated Allen Berube by a submission (triangle choke) at 2:33 of the first round.
Episode 2: Not in this House
- Allen Berube returns to the house and announces he will stay in the house and continue to train so he can act as a substitute should someone become injured. (All subsequent eliminated fighters also remain at the house.)
- Team Penn members Matt Wiman and Gabe Ruediger repeatedly butt heads after Ruediger taunts Wiman because of an unexplained personal dislike of him. Their verbal sparring impacts the team as time from training was dedicated to quelling the feud.
- Penn tries to influence Pulver's fight selection by having Rob Emerson goad Corey Hill into fighting him, a match he prefers. Pulver picks Gamburyan to fight Thomas instead.
- Members of the blue team write a number of benign messages on the house wall ("Team Penn supports our troops") with a marker.
- Emerson then writes the words "Suck it Team Pulver" on the game room wall, ostensibly as a joke, but gold team members Nate Diaz and Gamburyan take offense and confront Team Penn about the markings. Gamburyan was looking to fight about it, then threatens to leave the house before his teammate Hill calms him down.
- Manny Gamburyan defeated Noah Thomas by a submission (kimura) at 2:09 of the first round.
- Gamburyan was the main aggressor, with Thomas often defending against his opponent's attempts to drop him to the ground.
Episode 3: This is My Zone
- Penn calls Gabe Ruediger out in front of the entire team, saying that he does not think Ruediger is taking the training as seriously as he should.
- Jeremy Horn is brought in as Team Pulver's special guest coach. Horn is especially impressed with Corey Hill, who admitted he did not train regularly at a gym.
- Ruediger undergoes a "colonic" in an effort to make weight. His teammates however were unimpressed; calling it an easy way out of his problem and accusing him of caring more about the procedure than training.
- Emerson and Noah Thomas of Team Penn run around the house in thongs, upsetting Diaz. Diaz decides that he now wants to fight Emerson. At the fight announcement, Pulver picks Diaz who then selects Emerson.
- Nate Diaz defeated Rob Emerson by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:45 of round two.
- The first round was mainly an aggressive striking game by both sides and the second round was characterized by Diaz's aggression and successful ground game. White tells both fighters that the fight was one of the best in the history of the series.
Episode 4: Waah, Waah!
- Wayne Weems is shown to be lagging behind the rest of the gold team, to the frustration of Pulver.
- During training, Gabe Ruediger lobbies Penn about fighting Weems because he is the obvious weak link of Team Pulver. However, this irritates some other members of Team Penn, especially Rob Emerson, who confronts Ruediger about it.
- Pulver brings in Matt Hughes as a special guest coach for the gold team.
- At the fight announcement, Melendez selects Wang to fight.
- Brandon Melendez defeated Andy Wang via unanimous decision after two rounds.
- Despite the pregame plan for Wang to use his Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills to his advantage and to take down his opponent, the BJJ blackbelt stays on his feet to strike and is dominated. He cries after the match for letting down his teammates, but Penn shows no sympathy for Wang, who ignored his instructions during the match.
Episode 5: Put me Back In
- Corey Hill picks Gabe Ruediger for the next fight.
- Ruediger, who was now at 173.5 lb, continues to take weight cutting lightly and shows little effort, despite the urging of his coaches and teammates. When Ruediger is sent to the sauna by his coaches, he passes out at 159.4 lb (three pounds over the limit of 156 lb).
- The cut drained Ruediger so much that he was sent to a hospital to get fluids via an IV. The match was called and when Ruediger returns to the house, he becomes a pariah.
- White, on hearing word of the cancelled bout, makes known his displeasure for fighters that cannot make weight and promptly expels Ruediger from the house. White also reinstates Rob Emerson to replace Ruediger and grants Team Pulver the chance to pick the next two fights to penalize Team Penn for not taking charge of Ruediger's weight.
- Team Pulver's next two matches will be Brian Geraghty vs. Joe Lauzon and Hill against Emerson.
Episode 6: All Your Might
- At the Team Pulver session, Joe Lauzon's experience is emphasized - especially his knockout of Pulver at UFC 63. Pulver and Brian Geraghty however brushed it off and "forgot" it ever happened.
- Joe Lauzon defeats Brian Geraghty by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:13 of the first round.
- Corey Hill defeats Rob Emerson by unanimous decision. The bout was scored a draw after two rounds. In the third "sudden victory" round, neither fighter dominates. White says that while neither fighter was impressive during the round, he believes Emerson won. The judges disagreed and give a unanimous decision to Hill.
- After the fight, Hill reveals to his team that this was his first professional fight; he only had two amateur fights before.
Episode 7: Be the General
- White cautions Penn, saying he is losing control of his team. Penn decides to kick Andy Wang off his team, whom he said was insubordinate and constantly ignoring instructions.
- Wang resists the expulsion, but his protests to the coaches are ignored and deemed to be a waste of time. White is summoned, he decides no fighter can be without a team and approaches Pulver to see if Wang can join his team. Pulver consults with his team and they approved of Wang joining them. Wang however, remains resistant and cites loyalty to Team Penn. When White makes it clear there he had no option, Wang reluctantly joins.
- Sims constantly annoys the other fighters by bragging about his street fights and calling himself "Mr. Indestructible."
- With Corey Hill's win, Team Pulver matches Weems against Maynard. This leaves Sims against Wiman as the final preliminary round pairing.
- Gray Maynard defeats Wayne Weems by TKO (punches) at 2:47 of the first round.
- Matt Wiman defeats Marlon Sims by technical submission (rear naked choke) at 0:52 of the first round.
Episode 8: Not on the Concrete
- White, Penn, and Pulver meet to decide quarterfinal matchups to find the most interesting matchups and to advance the best fighters to the next round. The meeting however was not without problems as the coaches could not agree on pairings and nearly come to blows. White wants to match the best four fighters against the worst four, and picks Diaz, Lauzon, Wiman and Maynard as the best four fighters. White and Penn coincidentally draw up the same fights, but Pulver disagrees and says that Gamburyan should also be considered and suggests Penn and White are colluding. White however denies it and implements his plan. The quarterfinal matchups are Cole Miller vs. Joe Lauzon, Brandon Melendez vs. Gray Maynard, Manny Gamburyan vs. Matt Wiman, and Nate Diaz vs. Corey Hill.
- After a night of heavy drinking, Marlon Sims and Noah Thomas get into an argument and a fight in the backyard of the house, which ended with Sims slamming Thomas on his head on concrete. After the fight, the two call a truce and promise to settle the matter at the finale. When White gets wind of the confrontation, he makes a personal visit to the house and lectures the cast about how he tried to change the image of the UFC from mindless brawling to legitimate athletic competition, and how this fight damages his efforts. He immediately expels both Sims and Thomas from the show, as well as Allen Berube, who instigated the match and told them they would not get kicked out for fighting.
- With Thomas and Berube kicked off the show because of the fight and Gabe Ruediger kicked off because of missing weight and Andy Wang kicked off the team and sent to Team Pulver; this leaves Team Penn with only 4 fighters (Lauzon, Maynard, Wiman, and Rob Emerson).
- Joe Lauzon defeats Cole Miller by TKO (strikes) at 3:58 in the second round.
- Lauzon, when he had pinned Miller down early in the second round, strikes the Team Pulver member on the back of the head with an elbow and was assessed a point deduction. Miller is noticeably impaired after the strike, but continues the fight, eventually losing. White is convinced after talking with Lauzon that the strike was inadvertent, and the Team Penn member regrets it. White also praises Miller's dedication but strongly advises him against ever competing when dazed again, for his own safety.
Episode 9: It Was A Brawl
- Brandon Melendez feels that Pulver is overtraining him, and confronts the head coach about the issue. Melendez feels so strongly that he later approaches Pulver about training with Team Penn instead. After talking it over with Pulver, they resolve their issues and Melendez remains with the gold team.
- Randy Couture is a guest coach for Team Penn, focusing on wrestling skills.
- Cole Miller and Nate Diaz play pranks on one another while each sleeps. The pranks culminate in each fighter throwing the other's mattress into the pool and Miller getting "antiqued" (getting covered in baby powder after being drenched in water).
- Andy Wang becomes personally involved in helping Melendez make weight. Melendez does (barely) and expresses his gratitude to Wang for his help.
- Gray Maynard defeated Brandon Melendez by submission (guillotine choke) at 4:07 in the second round.
Episode 10: Traitor
- Nate Diaz decides to train with Team Penn because he feels like he needs to distance himself from Corey Hill in order to prepare himself better for the fight. Joe Lauzon and other members of the blue team are not happy with the idea, calling Diaz a "spy."
- Members of Team Pulver are also displeased, especially Gamburyan who flips Diaz off, and Brandon Melendez who then calls him a "traitor." Pulver is somewhat upset that Diaz went to Team Penn's practice, but says later that he does not care, and "if he wants to put on a blue jersey, that's his prerogative."
- Nate Diaz defeated Corey Hill by submission (triangle choke) at 3:02 in the first round.
- Karo Parisyan arrives at the training center during a Team Pulver training session to practice with his cousin Gamburyan. Diaz claims he has no problem with Parisyan, even though he defeated his older brother Nick at UFC 49.
- Manny Gamburyan defeated Matt Wiman by unanimous decision after two rounds.
Episode 11: I Humbly Apologize
- After Gamburyan's fight, his cousin Karo Parisyan jokes around with Nate Diaz by playfully slapping him, talking down to him, and grabbing him by the back of the neck. The two get into a verbal disagreement and almost come to blows before Pulver and the rest of the team break up the confrontation.
- White has to decide the semifinal matches via phone conversation from England with Penn and Pulver. White then proceeds to prank Pulver by telling him it will be teammate vs. teammate in the semifinals, only to later tell them the real matches will be Gamburyan against Lauzon and Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard.
- After White gets back from England, he surprises the fighters by having a fancy dinner at the house with both teams together. White then proceeds to announce to all the fighters that whichever two fighters make it to the finals will receive free DirecTV Service.
- Manny Gamburyan defeats Joe Lauzon by unanimous decision after three rounds.
- After the fight, White states that alongside with Rashad Evans from The Ultimate Fighter 2, he has underestimated Gamburyan the most out of every fighter from all 5 seasons. He then goes on to say, "he's 10 times the fighter I thought he was, and I humbly apologize to Manny for underestimating him."
Episode 12: Gave A Hundred
- The remaining fighters play a series of pranks on each other, engaging in a fruit war and shaving an inebriated Cole Miller's head when he fell asleep in the bathroom.
- White pits the two team coaches against each other in a ping-pong match with a $10,000 cash prize. Pulver wins the best-of-three series, the cash and a thousand dollar bonus for each member of his team.
- Nate Diaz defeats Gray Maynard by submission (guillotine choke) at 1:17 in the second round.
- Diaz moves into the finale to face his teammate Manny Gamburyan.
* Gabe Ruediger missed weight and was expelled from the show. Emerson replaced him against Hill.
The Ultimate Fighter: Team Pulver vs. Team Penn Finale was held on June 23, 2007 in Paradise, Nevada.
- B.J. Penn defeated Jens Pulver via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:12 of the second round.
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- "Not in the House". SpikeTV.com. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
- "This is My Zone". SpikeTV.com. Retrieved 2007-04-21.
- "Put me back in". SpikeTV.com. Retrieved 2007-05-03.
- "All Your Might". SpikeTV.com. Retrieved 2007-05-17.
- "Be the General". SpikeTV.com. Retrieved 2007-05-19.
- "Not On The Concrete". SpikeTV.com. Retrieved 2007-05-25.
- "It Was A Brawl". SpikeTV.com. Retrieved 2007-06-01.
- Official site
- Ultimate Fighter 5 at SpikeTV.com
- The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale Medical Suspensions
- Team Pulver's Andy Wang writes about each episode on MMAFighting.com
- Team Penn's Joe Lauzon writes about each episode in the Boston Herald
- Gabe Ruediger discusses TUF 5 dismissal - UFCDaily.com
- TUF5: Finale TV Ratings