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TUF 23 results, recap for ‘Team Joanna vs Team Claudia’ on FOX Sports 1 (Ep. 5)

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The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) combat sports reality show was back on FOX Sports 1 last night (Weds., May 18, 2016) for episode five of season 23 titled “Battle of the Brits,” coached by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and division No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha.

If you missed last week’s episode get up to speed right here.

We kick things off at the TUF gym where Team Claudia’s Lanchana Green is previewing her upcoming elimination fight against Team Joanna’s Helen Harper, also a Brit. Green got into mixed martial arts (MMA) after getting beat up on the streets as a young gal.

Coach Gadelha wants Green, who got mauled in episode one before mounting an epic second-round comeback, to work on her grappling where she will be at a disadvantage. Coach Jedrzejczyk, meanwhile, recruits former strawweight champ and past opponent Carla Esparza to help her squad with wrestling.

One of the main reasons Team Joanna opened to an 0-3 hole.

Harper, who learned how to fight after being stuck in an abusive relationship, has a lot to prove after a physical and mental breakdown over the past few episodes. To her credit, she looks very focused now that she actually has a bout to train for and isn’t just wandering around the TUF house with nothing to do.

Coach Jedrzejczyk calls her a tiny small tornado.

Shit gets kinda real when Abdel Medjedoub gets a call from his wife, with the cameras rolling, or course. She blows a gasket and most of her remarks are bleeped out but Medjedoub won’t reveal why he’s in so much trouble, only that he “did a bad thing” and is being ordered to come back to Montreal.

We don’t find out if he stays or goes until episode six, but at least we still have our fight!

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