The dishes drama that happened between Mike King and Eddie Gordon took place a couple of weeks before they were matched to fight each other. They never even had direct words between each other about any of that, so there really wasn’t any bad blood between them.

The match-up itself was very even on paper. They were around the same size and they both had a wrestling background. It was a match-up that Team B.J. Penn were confident in winning, as we figured Mike was slightly better in every range.

The coaches’ challenge was this week. I remember in the house before the challenge was announced, Team Penn weren’t as confident in winning and getting the $1,500 as much as Team Frankie Edgar were. This was purely down to the fact that we had seen Frankie’s ultra-competitive nature over the few weeks we had been there. Compare this to B.J.’s ultra-relaxed vibe, and you could see why people would favor Frankie in the coaches’ challenge over him. That was until we saw the challenge: Kayaking! A national pastime of Hawaii.

The race began, and Frankie took off exactly as you would expect him to—hard and fast. B.J. took off at a slow and steady pace, and he almost got flipped the wrong way around when Frankie barged into the front of his kayak. But B.J. kept it together and caught up with Frankie and then started to overtake him. Slow and steady won the race, and Team Penn were over the moon. We got 1,500 bucks each, and it was nice to get one over on Team Edgar.

The fight between King and Gordon began with the two guys feeling each other out on the feet. It became obvious that the two guys were looking to keep the fight standing and had no real interest in taking the fight to the mat.

There was nothing really of note that happened in the first round, but I would have given the round to King because he was coming forward more and pushing the pace. The second round was very, very even. At about the midway point, the eye poke happened.

I have to mention that I actually didn’t witness this fight live, as I was in the locker room with Chris Fields warming him up for his fight against Matt Van Buren. Those fights actually happened one after the other.

The eye poke was very bad, and it looked even worse after the fight. You would wonder if the eye poke had been the deciding factor in a very close fight, but it can’t be disputed that Gordon won the third (sudden victory) round.

The next fight is the one that has been brewing for the whole season. The most opinionated guys in the TUF house, Chris Fields and Matt Van Buren, try to shut each other up in the Octagon. Like I said, this fight actually happened straight after the King vs. Gordon fight, but you guys are going to have to wait until next week to see it unfold!

About The Author

Cathal “The Punisher” Pendred is a 26-year-old martial artist hailing from Dublin, Ireland. He was born in Boston while his father was studying law overseas. Pendred moved to Ireland at age five and took part in judo and taekwondo, before finding rugby. At the age of 19, Pendred turned his attention to MMA. He holds wins over UFC veterans Che Mills, David Bielkheden and Nicholas Musoke and was the Cage Warriors welterweight champion prior to joining the cast of The Ultimate Fighter. Pendred trains alongside current UFC fighter Conor McGregor and fellow TUF 19 competitor Chris Fields at SBG Ireland.

  • Jackson

    I thought eye gouging was illegal. King was not same after that.

    • Tyrrax Thorrk

      Of course it is, but in MMA cheaters usually prosper, almost always just get a warning so if it helps turn a fight around you might as well kick someone in the nuts, grab the cage and gouge his eyes out “accidentally”.

  • Paul Lynch

    Thanks for these blogs Cathal. I hope you Irish boys go all the way!

    The scoring of MMA has to change. Norman Parke was deducted a point ridiculously, for “grabbing the shorts”, whereas Eddie Gordon won his fight due to the benefits of an illegal eye poke, with no deductions. So many 10-8 rounds are scored 10-9, whilst close rounds often go the wrong way. Fixing the scoring mess ain’t rocket science.