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Magakian choked out in first round

October 20, 2010|By Grant Gordon

GLENDALE - [Updated: 3:20 p.m.] Sevak Magakian entered the octagon determined, focused and ready.

But as is the game of mixed martial arts, anything can happen. And opponent Jonathan Brookins' slick display of jiu jitsu left the Glendale fighter unconscious in the first round, as Brookins defeated Magakian in the latest episode of "The Ultimate Fighter" on Wednesday night.

"It kills me, it eats me inside, I was supposed to be one of the guys in the finals," said Magakian, who also added that roughly 10 days before the fight he sustained a broken rib and rib cartilage damage in training. "It didn't turn how I wanted it to turn."

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It was the second fight of the episode, both of them ending with Team Koscheck fighters - Magakian and Marc Stevens - choked out by Team Georges St. Pierre fighters - Brookins and Cody McKenzie.

The two bouts left only one remaining in the first round of the "TUF" tournament - Glendale's Sako Chivichyan against Dane Sayers.

"In a way, it kind of built a little bit of pressure on me, especially after Stevens and Sevak lost," Chivichyan said. "I felt a little bit of pressure, but I think I've always performed better under pressure. We'll see next week."

Throughout the latest episode, tensions continued to rise as Team GSP took exception to Team Koscheck's attitude following the latter's first win of the season with Nam Phan's decision victory the previous week.

Magakian took exception to McKenzie flipping his finger up into Koscheck's chin during the first fight announcement of the show and told McKenzie as much.

"We can't even understand you," McKenzie tells Magakian.

McKenzie and Koscheck, throughout the season, traded barbs and after the fight announcement it went to another level.

Hence, Koscheck was left speechless after McKenzie used his patented guillotine choke to defeat Stevens inside of 30 seconds in their fight.

It's a performances and an outcome that left the entire Koscheck squad in utter shock.

"Everybody was in shock," Chivichyan said. "We were just stunned."

After the fight, Koscheck addressed Magakian and Chivichyan.

"Let that experience motivate you guys," he says.

When the fight announcement was made, Brookins made it clear that he had his hands full in his confessional.

"I'm fighting Sevak, I think he's tough, I think he's one of the tougher people in the house, you know, one of the more feared opponents and whatnot," Brookins says. "So, I'm really excited to get matched up with him."

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