The third episode of The Ultimate Fighter 27: Undefeated featured the second lightweight bout of the season. Team Cormier’s Luis Pena was picked by his coach to faces Team Miocic’s Jose Martinez to determine the second lightweight semifinalist.
Personalities Clash On Team Miocic
Martinez and Team Miocic’s last pick Dulani Perry got into an argument in the van while being transported back to the fighter house after a training session. The outspoken Perry has gotten on the bad side of several teammates.
“Dulani’s a funny guy,” said teammate Mike Trizano. “A lot of us were like, who is this guy in the beginning. We don’t want him here. Blah. Blah. Blah. He’s just that kind of personality. He’s loud. He likes to be the center of attention, and nothing wrong with that.”
“Dulani’s just an arrogant (expletive). I think he talks more about something that he’s not about,” said Martinez. I didn’t want the stupid (expletive) on my team in the first place. He’s not a fighter. When he talks between the teams we kind of get that vibe off of him that he doesn’t really care if he wins a fight or wins the show. He’s just here to get his little TV time.”
“He’s just jealous. He started talking about maybe things I have I borrowed and stuff like that. Just traits from a jealous man,” said Perry about Martinez. “I’m going to continue to shine. I’m Karate Dulani the Fight God. I whip ass and get cash and I make everything look good.”
“Dulani, as I call him, Delightful Dulani, he’s so fake. He’s all for show. The whole house was calling him out on it,” said Team Miocic’s Jay Cucciniello.
Perry and Martinez put their differences aside with the help of Cucciniello, but Martinez’ dislike for Perry remained.
The Fight: Luis Pena vs. Jose Martinez
Martinez took the fight to Pena in the opening seconds of the first round, but Pena quickly found his range and began landing his jab and front kick. Martinez briefly looked to get the fight to the ground but Pena shook off the takedown attempt. Martinez threw power punches while Pena peppered him with volume. In the clinch position, Pena delivered knees to the body and took over in the finale minutes.
In the second frame, Pena continued to outwork Martinez. He landed combinations, kicks and knees. Martinez loaded up on right hands but was unable to mount an effective offense. After two rounds, Pena was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
“It was a tough fight. I kind of threw the kitchen sink at Jose, but he stayed in it the whole time and didn’t give up. I have to commend him for that,” said Pena following the win. “I’m glad the judges saw it in my favor. I feel like I dominated the fight from bell to bell.”
“Every setback is a major comeback. It didn’t go as I expected so I’ve just got to get right back on it and get back to work,” said Martinez after the loss.
Next Fight Announcement
With Pena’s win, Team Cormier leads the team competition 3-0 and retained matchmaking control. For the fourth fight of the season, Coach Cormier chose his second pick, featherweight Bryce Mitchell, to take on Team Miocic’s sixth pick Jay Cucciniello.