TUF 18 Episode 4 Recap: Rakoczy Rights Rousey’s Ship

TUF 18 Episode 4 Recap: Rakoczy Rights Rousey’s Ship


Episode four of this season’s TUF has come and gone, and like the two proceeding episodes, it delivered some drama and a great fight.

For those that are watching for the drama, last night’s show had it in the form of a three-sided affair featuring Dennis Hallman, Edmond Traverdyan and Coach Rousey.

Hallman, a former UFC lightweight fighter, had been brought in by Miesha Tate to lend a hand with the coaching duties and quickly became the focus of Traverdyan’s attention. As the story goes from team Rousey’s side, as noted by Shayna Baszler blogging about it, Hallman had been brought in by Coach Tate to specifically egg-on Traverdyan.

According to Baszler, from the moment Hallman got there he began “fronting” to Traverdyan and the striking coach didn’t like it. Subsequently, he went in pursuit of Hallman and began to call him out.

To be specific, he went up to Hallman and told him he’d give Hallman his number, and that the fighter should “give (him) a call”. To wit, Hallman replied “Okay, I’ll call you. We can go any day. We can go right now, if you want to go now.”

With that, Traverdyan said “let’s go” and Hallman accepted, and began making his way out of the room and down the hall, to the Octagon.

It’s at this point, that the truly comical moments of the show erupted.

The instant Hallman began to walk to the cage Traverdyan began following behind, and his attitude seemed to have change. Traverdyan immediately went from a guy that had been looking for a fight, to a guy who (now) seemed more interested in avoiding one; remarking to Hallman, “you know that I’m going to get kicked out off the show. That’s why you’re calling me out, right?”

For his part, Hallman didn’t seem to care and seemed more intent on making the fight happen. More importantly, as Hallman didn’t call Traverdyan out, Rousey’s coach now looked weak and cornered into a situation of his own creation; one he no longer seemed interested in pursuing.

As Coach Rousey stepped in and passively prevented Traverdyan from continuing through the door, he commented to Hallman “come on, let’s go; bring it”. Yet, he seemed unwilling to move through the door or break free of Rousey’s loose grip.

Coach Rousey then went up to Hallman with two bodyguards in tow (Andy Dermenjian and Manny Gamburyan) and got directly in Hallman’s space & face; a situation that would normally bring two men to blows, and began to play the part of a bad ***.

She accused Hallman of trying to work the situation to his professional advantage and stated, “you want to be a ****ing man? Do it at the right time. Do it at the right time. Be a tough guy at the right time.”

On this point, it’s the second time on the show where Rousey has come across as a gutless bully and one who likes to confront male fighters, knowing that they can’t do anything about it and that regardless, should a male fighter do something about it, she has men to step in and save her. All very sad stuff, when we consider that she is both a fighter and a champion.

Beyond that, Gamburyan and Dermenjian also looked bad. As Rousey is the one that went up to Hallman in an aggressive manner and the one that was doing all the smack talking and crowding, they too came across as nothing but bullies. Hallman was just standing there doing nothing and was making no threats or aggressive gestures to Rousey, yet the two fighters found it necessary to interject themselves into the situation and crowd Hallman, as well; childish, unprofessional and tacky, to say the least.

The whole situation made Rousey and her goons come across a weak, schoolyard bullies, who talk a lot of smack, but can’t back it up when they’re called on it, or at least they can’t back it up as individuals.

Moving on to the fight itself, house favorite Roxanne Modafferi took on Jessica Rakoczy, and although she did well in the first, it fell apart in the second. Modafferi easily won round one of the match, taking Rakoczy to the ground and dominating every aspect of the fight on the mat. However, as the second round broke Rakoczy proved to be a much tougher target to get down and in her attempts to do so, Modafferi began to pay for it by getting the worst of the fight.

However, “The Happy Warrior” continued to gamely carry on and finally got hold of Rakoczy. Buried deep into an arm-bar attempt, Rakoczy picked Modafferi up off the canvas and slammed her back down to the mat. With the move Modafferi seemed more out then hurt and as such, proved to be easy pickings for the Canadian boxer. Rakoczy stood over her opponent and hit her with some nasty shots. With Modafferi unable to defend herself, the referee stepped in and ended the fight at the 2:29 mark of the second round.

Although it was a great fight on Rakoczy’s behalf, one does have to wonder about the legality of the move that put Modafferi out. In slamming her head off the canvas, she essentially hit Modafferi in the back of the head, which is illegal, and ended the fight. On this point, it would be an interesting question to put to Dana White or any NSAC commission members, judges or referees; should the move be made illegal?

At any rate, good for Rakoczy. She got her team a much needed win and finally put a smile on the dour face of her coach, and good for Modafferi, too. Roxanne has won a lot of fans and has stood out on the show, with her friendly personality and warrior spirit. I hope we see more of her in the UFC. In a word, she’s lovable.

Up next: David Grant (team Rousey) vs. Louis Fisette (team Tate).

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/golfprodigy2013 golfprodigy2013

    im starting to dislike rousey big time… she is a bully and a nut case if you ask me … miesha is respectful to all fighters on each team… she's a classy chick unlike spoiled have to get her own way rousey… and had to laugh when Traverdyan called out hallman and then new o **** im going to get my *** handed to me, I better call rousey to save my ***… lol **** you Traverdyan .. your a trainer so just train and keep your mouth shut before it gets you in hospital

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      I think everyone is beginning to dislike her.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/highkick12 highkick12

      Ya we can all see why she was all stressed about having people watch this. If her fighters lost 8 straight she'd be the most hated fighter by the end of it.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/EvanHolober Evan Holober

    I made my comment on the wall last night after the Hallman situation played out. I disliked Ronda before this show started, and now dislike pretty much everybody associated with her.

    The whole situation is hilarious. That douche mean muggs every single person on the other team, then wants to call out Dennis ********Hallman? The guy who has subbed out Matt Hughes twice in the first? Cmon man? You never planned on fighting him.

    Than Ronda tries to play up Hallman playing to the cameras?!? Are you retarded? Your boy was the one calling him out.

    I really think she is going to melt down in to a neurotic mess when she finally loses.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

      Yes and it can't come too early. I actually think the guy they picked to fight although he lost his fight to get in the house is actually one of the tougher prospects for them to pick considering his skills and who he had to face.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

      @Evan…that was a complete joke Rhonda playing the victim card and pretending Hallman was the antagonist….That douchebag Rhonda coach was trying to stand over others and finally got called on it and dumped in his pants when push came to shove. He tried the standover tactics at the bar the week earlier. He would have ran over to the cage if he was for real….But instead he hid behind Rhonda like a puss-y….

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

        Yeah, Traverdyan really came across as a ***** on that one. Hallman called him on his s**t and striking coach Traverdyan wanted nothing to do with it. He's a joke, man. If he was a real fighter, he wouldn't have been saying lets go, he would have simply been going; actions speak louder than words.

        If he was worried about being thrown off the show, all they would have had to have done is throw on some head gear and call it a inter-team spar. White would not have thrown him off the show for that, he probably would have loved it. It would have made for great TV.

        However, he failed to realize or acknowledge that possibility. Hallman for his part, should have suggested it.

        As much as I'm hating on Team Rousey, I have to admit, I'm loving this season. It's the best season ever. I'll say this for Rousey and her crew, they make great villains and every good story needs good villains.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      Yeah Evan, she's really looking bad. It's amazing how her mood changed with a win. It's also interesting how she was jumping up and down with joy and celebrating with Rakoczy after the win.

      Isn't that what she was complained about Tate doing, after Pena beat Baszler?

      Of note and importance, is that Baszler got tapped out and was okay. Modafferi had her head bounced off the canvas and was actually hurt and could have been hurt much worse. Yet, that didn't seem to bother Rousey.

      On the point, I don't even know that Rousey went over to Modafferi, to see if she was okay. I don't recall seeing it.

      The thing that had me going last night more than anything was that whole episode with Hallman.

      First, I am sick of her striking coach. He's a loud mouth, wanna-be hero, with a chip on his shoulder and a small-man's complex. He looked like a total dweeb last night, when Hallman called him on his crap. Didn't have the balls to follow through; *****.

      Rousey…***k, man. I am so sick an tired of her running her mouth to Caraway, Hallman and I guess any other guy on the planet, acting all F-ing tough. She gets away with what she does, because she has a ***** between her legs and not a ****. As such, she knows she get get away with all this crap, because no guy is going to show her what time it is. Of course, the BS of that is, she's a fighter and as such, being hit, regardless of the gender of the person hitting, shouldn't be a big deal, and if she wants to do crap like she did last night, then she shouldn't be surprised or offended, if some guy said "F" you…and decked her.

      People shouldn't do crap like that to one another, without expecting a ramification.

      I don't know that I've ever wanted to see a fighter lose a bout, as much as I want to see Rousey lose to Tate. I'd laugh if she arm-bared her.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

        A clean knockout with a shiny torch would give me a bigger smile

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

        She has it coming to her.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Ivy Ivy

    Hell yea Brian! Hallman would have SCHOOLED that fool, and I wouldn't have minded him shoulder check Ronda either for being the cnut that she is.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip

    Poor Ronda…so misunderstood.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/highkick12 highkick12

    That fight was over after the slam the ref let her take some unnecessary bombs

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/highkick12 highkick12

      Oh ya and Ronda was super angry face for yet another episode.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/EvanHolober Evan Holober

      i think it was the right decision to let it go, but roxanne was donezo after that bomb. Wish she would have learned from the kauffman fight.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/holycheapshit holycheapshit

    Remember that honey boo boo "parody" by Ronda a few weeks ago? surprise, that was no parody. the worst part is, she is not only a spoiled brat, but also a sociopath. i can't wait for her fight starting with the boo cheering , her flipping fingers off and looking ***** mad like a twelve year old.
    Great, and now we definitely know, that her striking coach is a neutered terrier lap dog with one eyebrow.
    And we will witness her crazy mom, who is a real life Jackie from Roseanne. mark my words, Ronda's crew will enforce a massive cringe.