On the second episode of The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians, we immediately begin with the aftermath of episode one, which saw ATT’s Michael Graves drop a majority decision to Blackzian Kamaru Usman.

The win put the Glenn Robinson’s Blackzilians up 25 points to none in the competition, prompting Dana White to highlight the critical nature of this next for for both teams. ATT needs to even the score cards while their rivals have a chance to pull out ahead with a solid lead.

Both coaching staffs meet separately to discuss who they will each put up next. Dan Lambert meets with his ATT coaches and after going over their options and consulting the fighters, Uros Jurisic is chosen.

Robinson and the Blackzilians coaches mull over who is most likely to get them to 2-0, and settle on Luiz Firmino to step up and get the job done. Firmino is the elder of the two and a veteran of 24 professional fights. By contrast Jurisic has had only four, but he is currently undefeated.

After the fighters and coaches learn what match-up will be White feels Jurisic must keep it on the feet in order to win because even though Firmino will stand and trade, he has the skill to take it to the ground and keep it there. Lambert thinks youth and aggression will prevail, while Robinson feels Firmino’s ground game is too good to be stopped.

The fighters weigh-in and stare down without incident, however Lambert and Robinson exchange heated words, further building up the anticipation for the fight and highlighting to theme and tone of the season. Lambert’s constant one-note accusation of Robinson “buying his way” into the sport coupled with him wanting to always fight will soon get stale if the same rhetoric continues. Robinson’s matches Lambert word for word, but the exchanges are more of shouting matches instead of one owner outwitting the other.

The next time it’s time for the fight. After final preparations are complete, Firmino and Jurisic enter the cage in the house of the Blackzilians ready to square off.

Luiz Firmino (18-6) vs. Uros Jurisic (4-0)

Round 1: Firmino comes out heavy and on the attack. Jurisic is not phased and attempts to answer with wild swings, but nothing is connecting save for a jab. Firmino fires back and shoots for a double leg. He gets his hips under him and takes Jurisic down, who tries to secure a guillotine that Firmino is not worried the least bit about. Firmino frees his neck and works to improve his position, but the cage is preventing him from gaining full side-control. Jurisic is able to recover guard and the fighters get space between them and the cage. Firmino keeps trying to improve his position, but Jurisic closes his guard, at which point Firmino lands several strikes from Jurisic’s closed guard. Jurisic has made almost no attempt to escape from bottom position or attack off his back. Both fighters end up against the cage again and Firmino is able to pin Jurisic in the corner and land strikes. In the last minute of the round Jurisic opens up his guard to try and make space and escape, but ends up eating more shots. Firmino seems content staying in his guard and landing strikes. At the last second Jurisic rolls out but ends up on all fours with Firmino holding on. 10-9 Firmino.

Round 2: Jurisic opens up the round with some wild kicks, but doesn’t set them up with hand strikes and nothing lands. He’s clearly the aggressor in this round and goes for a takedown after throwing a couple jabs. After a moment on the cage Firmino is able to easily counter the takedown and end up in side control, landing a couple elbows. Jurisic escapes and gets back to his feet before taking too much more damage. Jurisic starts throwing wild again, with Firmino trying to answer. Neither fighter is landing anything significant, and Firmino is only throwing single shots clearly looking for the takedown again which he easily secure. Firmino ends up in Jurisic’s guard again in the center of the Octagon, and has no problem controlling Jurisic and landing several strikes before being tied up. Jurisic is visibly exhausted but still able to get to his feet. Firmino doesn’t let up and they are clinched against the cage. His commitment pays off and they end up on the mat again, but little is done before Jurisic tries to get back up. This goes on back and forth, but in the scramble it appeared Jurisic threw and grazed Firmino with an illegal up-kick. The ref asks if he’s alright. Firmino acknowledges the referee, and the fight continues. In the closing moments Firmino is in side control and at the last second Jurisic lands several elbows from the bottom, which were probably the most significant strikes he threw all fight. 10-9 Firmino.

Luiz Firmino defeats Uros Jurisic via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18).

During reflections of the fight both team owners agree on the judges score cards. Robinson felt Jurisic lacked the experience to compete on Firmino’s level, while Lambert was surprised Jurisic went off game plan in the second round by trying to go for  a takedown.

Dana White’s first words were, “well, that fight sucked.” He was expecting Firmino to wrestle and control the fight the way it played out, but was more upset with Jurisic who made virtually no attempt to get up and failed to listen to his corner at every turn.