-- Gameplan of the week: GSP wants his fighters to slow down their training, and now focus on tactics. Koscheck is also working with his fighters on strategy, and advises Sako Chivitchian to avoid giving up his back at all costs.
-- Wisdom of the week: Jonathan Brookins spoke with Nam Pham about staying humble throughout the process of the show. Both fighters have fought for big promotions, (Brookins with the WEC and Pham with Sengoku) so it's interesting to see how they perceive this process. Brookins says that he's at the bottom of the mountain, and wants to take the journey.
Fight one of the week: Jonathan Brookins (Team GSP) vs. Sako Chivitchian (Team Koscheck)
Round 1: Brookins used a judo throw to take Sako, a judo player, to the ground. From there, he worked methodically to take Sako's back and then sink in the arms for a rear-naked choke, causing Sako to tap. With the win, Brookins is the first semi-finalist.
-- Effusive praise of the week: Immediately after the fight, Dana White calls Brookins the real deal, while Koscheck is disappointed the fight turned out as it did.
-- One-trick pony of the week: With Cody McKenzie fighting Pham next, GSP wants the guillotine master to expand his game and try to win with a different gameplan. With Pham being more experienced, Koscheck has Pham working on nothing but guillotine defense.
Fight two of the week: Nam Pham (Team Koscheck) vs. Cody McKenzie (Team GSP)
Round 1: McKenzie controlled early, with takedowns, kicks and clinch work, but when the fight returned to standing, Pham finished the round with better striking as McKenzie started to tire.
Round 2: Pham came out much fresher this round, and was the aggressor for much of the round. Several punches appeared to wobble McKenzie, until a left hand to the body crumbled him. With that, Pham won a spot in the semifinals by TKO.
-- Unsportsmanlike conduct of the day: Koscheck jumped around the cage like he had won the fight. Though McKenzie had teased Kos in the past, it was a bit much to see a UFC veteran act like that. GSP was not impressed.