Following a recap of the debut episode of The Ultimate Fighter 11, which saw 14 middleweights advance in the 185-pound tourney by earning opening round wins, the fighters head to The Ultimate Fighter house before return to the UFC gym where coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will choose their teams.
Ortiz wins a coin flip and opts to take the first pick, leaving Liddell to choose the first matchup.
Ortiz selects Nick Ring, Kyacey Uscola, Kris McCray, Jamie Yager, James Hammortree, Clayton McKinney, and Chris Camozzi, while Liddell takes Kyle Noke, Rich Attonito, Charles Blanchard, Josh Bryant, Brad Tavares, Court McGee, and finally Joe Henle.
Ortiz quickly criticizes Liddell’s choices, including their height and opening round performances, and while UFC President Dana White also questions his picks, he insists Liddell has a strategy and “The Iceman” says the fighters’ toughness and research on their records led to his picks.
Following their first practice, Liddell goes to work on the opening matchup, and speculation centers on Ortiz’s Camozzi and McKinney, who are both suffering from injuries, with McKinney ultimately selected to face first pick Kyle Noke.
After a trio of fighters team up for a late-night air horn prank, tensions begin to rise at the house. McKinney returns to the gym the following day to receive MRI results on his injured shoulder, learning it’s simply a contusion and not a tear as originally feared clearing way for his matchup with Noke.
After officially making weight, McKinney and Noke head to the Octagon for the first matchup of the opening round.
McKinney gets the better of an early exchange of kicks, then claims top position once the fight heads to the ground, but is forced to tap to a triangle choke that allows Noke to advance to the quarterfinals.
With the victory, Liddell is off to an early 1-0 lead over Ortiz and retains control of fight selection heading into the third episode of The Ultimate Fighter 11.