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'The Ultimate Fighter 8' Episode 1 Recap

The eighth season of "The Ultimate Fighter" is now underway to crown a lightweight and a light-heavyweight winner via single-elimination tournament.

This season's coaches are former PRIDE and current interim UFC heavyweight champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former UFC champ Frank Mir.

The episode begins with UFC president Dana White entering the gym with the 32 fighters gathered around him. But before a f-bomb can even leave his mouth, lightweight Phillipe Nover collapses.

Nover, who trains at Renzo Gracie's Academy in New York, says he was not used to the heat in Las Vegas.

White explains to the fighters that this season will follow last season's format. They each have 24 hours to weigh-in, and they'll all fight in 48 hours.

Jason Guida, the brother of UFC lightweight contender Clay, struggles to make weight. He's eleven pounds over and he's suffering from cramps.

Not making weight on "The Ultimate Fighter"? Everyone's thinking Gabe Rudiger, and Guida knows it.

"I'm not Gabe Rudiger," Guida said. "I'm not walking out of the house until someone makes me walk out of that house."

That someone would be the doctor.

Guida steps on the scale at 207 pounds, missing weight by only one pound. Guida wants to lose the extra pound but the doctor won't allow it. He pleads his case to no success with Keith Kizer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

"The commission absolutely made the right choice. They have to look out for the safety of the fighters," White said.

So with Guida out, and the UFC brings in Mike Stewart to fight Krzysztof Soszynski.

Fight Day

The 16 fights will weed out 16 fighters and will also act as an evaluation for the coaches. Each fight is for two five-minute rounds.

205 lbs.: Mike Stewart (1-1) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (16-8-1)

Soszynski makes quick work of Stewart with a flurry of punches for the TKO.

"He definitely didn't disappoint," Mir said of Soszynski.

155 lbs.: Fernando Bernstein (2-0) vs. Dave Kaplan (3-1)

Kaplan taps out Bernstein with a rear-naked choke in the first round.

155 lbs.: Joe Duarte (3-0) vs. Phillipe Nover (5-0-1)

Nover punishes Duarte with strikes and finishes him with a rear-naked choke in the second round.

"I've been making fun of this guy since he's walked in the house," White said. "Cause he's the guy that fainted. But holy s--t, he shattered that.

"He ain't 'Fainting Felipe' anymore."

205 lbs.: Jules Bruchez (3-2) vs. Eric Magee

Bruchez wins quickly with a rear-naked choke and turns to the coaches to ask, "You see that s--t?"

205 lbs.: Lance Evans vs. Vinny Magalhaes

The other cast member sharing a last name with a current UFC fighter, Lance Evans failed to repeat the success of his brother Rashad's second season competition win. Evans pulls out with a rib injury after a round of action.

205 lbs.: Antwain Britt (4-0) vs. Ryan Jimmo (6-1)

Britt wins via decision after two rounds.

155 lbs.: Brian McLaughlin (5-0) vs. Brandon Gardner (4-1)

The officials declare the fight a no decision due to a knee to a downed opponent.

"He hit me with the knee from hell," McLaughlin said of the unintentional foul.

Luckily for McLaughlin, White decided to let him stay since he was winning the fight prior to the illegal knee. Gardner gets eliminated.

155 lbs: Junie Allen Browning (2-0) vs. Jose Aguilar (17-3)

"The thing that separates me from the guy? I can actually fight," Browning said. "The rest of the fights came here to get free TapouT shirts."

Junie Browning could very well be the cockiest fighter this season, which is saying a lot. However, he appears to be one of the fighters that'll have a bright future once the show is over.

On the other hand, his opponent Jose Aguilar might be ? if he already isn't -- the most hated cast member in the history of the show. He only needed one line to accomplish this feat.

"I belong with Napolean, dog, Alexander, Hitler, that's who I belong with," Aguilar said. "Put me back in the DC times (Note: he means BC) dog."

Yes, he actually thought it was a good idea to compare himself to Hitler.

The confident Browning, who asked White to choose a method of victory for him to defeat his opponent during his tryouts, was no different against Aguilar.

"He thinks he can beat me? He has a better chance of getting me pregnant," Browning said.

Browning was right. Aguilar gave up after the first round.

"I think I did the right thing," Aguilar said. "Pulling out before I really f?k myself up."

That does it for the season premiere. Next week the tournament continues with the remaining four lightweight and four light-heavyweight bouts.