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The Ultimate Fighter 14 Episode 9 Recap: We Couldn't Believe The Challenge Was Air Hockey

Akira Corassani offers his observations and experiences on being part of the cast for The Ultimate Fighter season 14, episode 9.

Akira Corassani
Akira Corassani

Hey guys, nothing too crazy in this episode. The two big things were the coach's challenge and the fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Dustin Pague.

We had no idea what the coach's challenge was going to be or even where it was. It was great to be at the Palms Casino up in the Ghost bar. That was the first and only contact we had with any people from outside the show. Even then we were still sort of hidden as we got shuttled through the casino. We were just staring at random people. We were like "holy s**t! Other people exist?!" We were thrilled just to see anyone else. I'm not talking just cocktail waitresses. I mean anything. Just people. We couldn't even use our coaches to get information from the outside world. The they couldn't even give us the score of a game.

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We couldn't believe the challenge was air hockey. You can win $10,000 playing this stupid game? Sign me up! I actually thought Miller would take it. He looks like an air hockey guy. Maybe more of an arcade style. Dana said this was a time for us to relax, but I can tell you it wasn't relaxing for us. We wanted to win that money! It was a blast but for sure we wanted to win. It's always good seeing Dana in laid back settings. He's a very cool dude. He's a guy you can have a beer with.

I thought Bisping was going to die when he fell. If he had hit the back of his head on the table he would have been out. Good thing for us he bounced right up. I was laughing so hard because he was still holding onto that money like it was a baby or something. He slammed his back but the money never even moved!

We all knew what T.J. was going to do in that fight. Obviously he didn't want to stand with Dustin so his plan was to take him down and do what he does best. Just wrestle, stay on top and grind. T.J. did a great job executing the gameplan. He did what he had to do and it got him into the finals. It was a great fight for him. I knew he was going to win. It was dominant.

So yea, Bedford vs. Dodson and Caraway vs. Diego next week. Stay tuned! Both fights are very good. Remember we are all one world. We are all one. Check out my website or follow me on Twitter @AkiraCorassani Much love.