The Ultimate Fighter 23: Team Joanna vs. Team ClaudiaHDClosed Captioning
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UFC Women's Strawweight Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk along with Claudia Gadelha lead a team of light heavyweights and women's strawweights to see who will be the next Ultimate Fighters.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLadies and Gents||For the first time ever on The Ultimate Fighter, light heavyweights and strawweights are competing together. Sixteen 205-pound men and sixteen 115-pound women travel to Las Vegas from around the world for the 23rd season of the competition, with a large audience of friends and family on hand. After UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland and #1 contender Claudia Gadelha of Brazil take their place at the coaches table alongside UFC President Dana White, the elimination round of fights kicks off. Throughout the day the coaches take notes as the fighters battle it out and showcase their skills. In the end 16 fighters emerge victorious. The list of winners includes several teammates from a local gym, a cancer survivor, and a past competitor who suffered a devastating injury but is back for redemption. After Claudia wins the coin toss, she begins the team selection and chooses the first fighter. Joanna chooses the second. Once both teams are filled, Joanna picks the first preliminary fight matchup.||1:27:38||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFriends and Foes||The winning fighters arrive at the TUF house and make a mad dash to claim their beds for the next 6 weeks. A married male fighter finds himself in the awkward position of having to room with girls. He finally convinces a teammate to switch beds with him. The next morning, one of the fighters picked for the first preliminary fight pays a visit to an orthopedic specialist. The doctor examines him and voices his concern for an injury that could have an impact on the fighter's ability to fight. Training officially begins as both teams have their first sessions with Joanna and Claudia. Right off the bat, the coaches show a stark difference in their approach to the game. Having to share the same gym proves to be challenging and sparks fly when Joanna runs into Claudia outside the locker rooms. The two teams waste no time in shifting focus to the first preliminary fight matchup. As it turns out, the fighters know one another and are actually quite familiar with each other's styles. One of them knows that his striking will be the key to victory while the injured fighter anticipates having to take the fight to the ground. Meanwhile, a female fighter comes down with an illness that prevents her from training effectively. The day of the weigh-in, the animosity between Joanna and Claudia takes center stage as Joanna decides to bring her championship belt to the gym. That night, the ailing female fighter suffers more complications and ends up collapsing at the house. Fight day arrives and the two competitors show tremendous respect for one another prior to their bout. A dynamic battle ensues and the first semi-finalist is revealed. Finally, the winning coach picks the second preliminary fight.||43:43||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWho I Am||After the first preliminary fight of the competition, Team Joanna gets back to work with some intense training. During a grappling session with Ashley Yoder, Helen Harper injures her elbow, the most recent in a string of issues for the British fighter. At the house, she begins to doubt her understanding of Joanna's coaching techniques. Khalil Rountree does his best to console his teammate, but Harper is very emotional, and begins to question her future in the grueling competition. At the house, Khalil and Cory Hendricks settle a bet by engaging in a donut-eating contest. Both teams wake up early in the morning to watch the competition. In the end, the winner earns a golden donut charm and necklace. The loser is forced to undergo a makeover by Amanda Cooper, and parade around the house dressed like a woman. Then in the second preliminary fight, two strawweights face off for the first time this season, with a spot in the semifinals on the line.||43:27||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWake Up, Guys!||With the second preliminary fight in the books, the fighters return to practice. Unhappy with some of the things she's seen, Joanna tries to push her team to work harder. But, after a disappointing session, Joanna ends up losing her cool and lashing out at her team, accusing them of a lack of effort. The coach's harsh words take a toll on team morale but, as the fighters return home, the team's upcoming fighter calls them all into a huddle for a rallying battle cry. As luck would have it, the fighter's opponent witnesses the stunt along with a couple of his teammates. They all laugh it off as a desperate intimidation tactic. Claudia and Joanna turn their attention to the next preliminary. Both fighters seem very confident going into the bout, which promises to be a classic striker vs grappler matchup. Joanna's coaches hope that their fighter's kickboxing background proves to be the key to victory while Claudia's team banks on their fighter's agility and ground game to clinch the W. More drama unfolds at the gym as Joanna accuses Claudia of going over her allotted training time and leaving too much of a mess after her session. In the days leading up to the fight, a male and female fighter form a special bond with one another despite both being in committed relationships. At the weigh-in, one of the fighters pulls a comedic stunt, which his competitor dismisses as a lack of focus. On fight day, the third winner of the season claims a semifinal spot in a decisive victory. Finally, the fourth preliminary fight is announced.||43:18||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBattle of the Brits||Hoping to light a fire under her team, coach Joanna Jedrzejczyk brings in former UFC Strawweight Champion Carla Esparza to help out in training. The "Cookie Monster" runs the fighters through intense drills and techniques that helped her win season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter. At the house, a producer informs Abdel Medjedoub that his wife has called and she insists that she be allowed to speak with him. After talking to her, he reveals that she is upset with him and demands he leave the competition to come home. Distraught and unsure what to do, Abdel tries to put his personal issues behind him and continue to train with his team. Then in the fourth preliminary fight, two strawweights face off for the first time this season, with a spot in the semifinals on the line.||43:39||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Situation||After reaching the halfway mark in the preliminary round, the coaches turn their attention to their next fighters. However, not all remaining contenders have their head in the game. On the heels of getting a troubling call from his wife back home, Abdel is forced to decide whether to leave the competition or risk the end of his marriage. After hearing about the fighter's predicament, Dana White calls him into his office and ends up giving Abdel an interesting opportunity. Joanna and her coaches work hard to prepare a young competitor for the next fight. The ambitious fighter believes that his inexperience will not hinder him in the fight. Meanwhile, as training continues for both teams, a losing fighter feels likes he may have the opportunity to get a second chance if things don't work out for Abdel. Claudia's next fighter, a skilled veteran with a dark past, is unimpressed by his opponent and feels like he will have no problems getting the victory. As fight day approaches, the fighters have no issues making weight. The night before the matchup, guys and girls decide to have some fun at the house and a series of pranks ensues. Finally, the fighters step into to the octagon and the fifth winner claims his semifinal spot. The next fight is announced for what promises to be an explosive strawweight matchup.||43:25||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNo Easy Fight||Joanna's smack talk at the fight announcement annoys Team Claudia. In training, Joanna tries to keep her fighters that have lost motivated for the remainder of the competition. At the house, Khalil Rountree struggles through the anniversary of his father's tragic death. In her room Amanda Cooper gets emotional as she reads through letters her family and friends wrote for her before she left to enter the competition. Later that night, both teams board a party bus and head out for a night on the Vegas Strip, enjoying one of the town's most popular variety shows. Then in the sixth preliminary fight, two strawweights face off for the first time this season, with a spot in the semifinals on the line.||43:22||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoIt's a Mental Thing||With the semifinals fast approaching, one of the winning fighters suffers a setback as a painful injury hinders his ability to train. Then, a dangerous striker and a seasoned pro go to battle inside the octagon in the last light heavyweight matchup.||43:30||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBeast Inside of You||Cory gets the test results from his neck injury. The coaches begin training on their own for their upcoming title fight. Then, two more strawweights battle it out for the last spot in the semifinals.||43:23||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFriends Hurting Friends||A bombshell announcement brings a twist to the competition. Joanna and Claudia compete in the biggest coaches challenge in Ultimate Fighter history. Then, in the first light heavyweight semifinal, two friends battle it out for a spot in the finale.||43:05||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBump in the Road||UFC women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate pays a surprise visit to a Team Claudia practice. One of the semifinalists struggles with a difficult weight cut, putting her fight future in jeopardy. Then, two strawweights face off in the Octagon with a spot in the finale on the line.||43:12||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|12||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFight of the Season||The last two semi-finals take place in this special two-fight episode. First, two dedicated strawweights face off in the octagon. Then, two friends go to war in an explosive light heavyweight matchup. Claudia and Joanna nearly come to blows after the fights.||43:23||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|13||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTUF 23 Finale Fights||Andrew Sanchez vs. Khalil Rountree and Tatiana Suarez vs. Amanda Cooper||39:40||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|101||HDClosed CaptioningVideoKhalil Rountree vs Cory Hendricks Fight Pack||This TUF 23 fight pack includes the Khalil Rountree vs Muhammad Dereese and Cory Hendricks vs Marcel Fortuna elimination fights.||26:34||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|102||HDClosed CaptioningVideoJj Aldrich vs Tatiana Suarez Fight Pack||This TUF 23 fight pack includes the JJ Aldrich vs Kristi Lopez and Tatiana Suarez vs Chel-C Bailey elimination fights.||23:22||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|103||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMyron Dennis vs Andrew Sanchez Fight Pack||This TUF 23 fight pack includes the Myron Dennis vs Jamelle Jones and Phillip Hawes vs Andrew Sanchez elimination fights.||16:24||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|104||HDClosed CaptioningVideoHelen Harper vs Lanchana Green Fight Pack||This TUF 23 fight pack includes the Helen Harper vs Amy Montenegro and Lanchana Green vs Ashley Cummins elimination fights.||13:46||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|105||HDClosed CaptioningVideoElias Urbina IV vs Eric Spicely Fight Pack||This TUF 23 fight pack includes the Elias Urbina IV vs Norman Paraisy and Eric Spicely vs Kenneth Bergh elimination fights.||21:07||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|106||HDClosed CaptioningVideoJamie Moyle vs Amanda Cooper Fight Pack||This TUF 23 fight pack includes the Jamie Moyle vs Alyssa Krahn and Amanda Cooper vs Mellony Geugjes elimination fights.||7:42||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|107||HDClosed CaptioningVideoJosh Stansbury vs. Abdel Medjedoub Fight Pack||This TUF 23 fight pack includes the Josh Stansbury vs Trever Carlson and Abdel Medjedoub vs John Paul Elias elimination fights.||15:50||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|108||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAshley Yoder vs Kate Jackson Fight Pack||The TUF 23 fight pack includes the Ashley Yoder vs Jodie Esquibel and Kate Jackson vs Irene Rivera elimination fights.||24:33||Season Only||View in iTunes|
Good season, but SD is not HD!
Just about every Ultimate Fighter season is good, except the dreadful American Top Team v Blackzillions. This season started off well, but iTunes keeps listing episodes as "HD" even though I purchased an "SD" season. Someone needs to reset a programming flag or something.
Save your money until they release the finale
I made them give me my money back for this.
How can you have a sports tournament and then not have the season finale be part of the season package?
Their normal release schedule is the day after original air date (which is bad enough when you're paying for it; HBO releases it at the same time--hint, hint Fox). The finale should've been released last week and still isn't. Called Apple, and they said the finale is not included.
Hope they're wrong and Fox releases it. But I'm not paying to wait.
The Ultimate Tease
How great would it be to write a mystery that didn't include the end? And when people complain you can just say, "Oh, the end isn't included with the book. But if it makes you feel any better, the butler did it."
I've put up with the random release schedule on iTunes in seasons past, but not to include the finale is disingenuous, to be polite. What part of "includes all past and future episodes," does iTunes, Fox, and/or the UFC not understand?