Round of 32 (AKA the
Fight Your Way Into the House Round)
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For fourteen cycles, Spike
TV has played host to some of the deadliest MMA fighters in the world.
Now that tradition of motivation, dedication, and discipline moves to a
new home, and with it comes some new changes.
First of all... every fight
that you see on this show will be LIVE, a move designed to add to the
pressure and the tension felt by each participant.
Second, the choice of
participants. Coaching this season, two all-stars who, according to new
host Jon Anik, just plain don't like each other.
On one hand, you have
current UFC bantamweight champion of the wooooooooooooooooorld Dominick
"The Dominator" Cruz, a 26-year-old out of Tucson, Arizona. A blue-belt
in Brazilian jujitsu with a record of 19-1, six by KO, one by
submission, he is the top bantamweight of all of MMA, and his only loss
came at the hands of his opponent... the California Kid Urijah Faber, a
31-year-old Brazilian jujitsu brown belt fighting out of Sacramento. His
record: 26-5, with two wins coming via KO. The two have met twice (three
times if you count the days of the World Extreme Cagefighting), and Cruz
has dominated the series between them, 2 wins to 1. They will meet again
in the Octagon at UFC 148 this summer.
But for now, their teams
will do the talking for them.
Season 15 will be a
lightweight season. If this is your first venture into the series,
here's how it goes down. Each fighter will use the core disciplines of
the sport: boxing, Greco-Roman wrestling, jujitsu, and muay thai. The 16
winners will live together and train under their respective coaches.
Elimination matches will
consist of one five-minute round. "Make it the best (^_^)ing five
minutes of your life." In addition, fan favorites in the categories of
fight, knockout, and submission will earn each winner $25,000. And any
fight ending via submission, knockout, or referee stoppage earns the
winner $5000. Of course, the winner wins a six-figure contract with the
UFC and a Harley Davidson for himself... AND his coach.
Now the LEGAL....
- Three judges score the
- Each fight is only one five minute round TONIGHT ONLY.
- Winner gets 10 points, his opponent 9 or less based on effective
striking, grappling, aggression, and octagon control
FIGHT 1: Joe Proctor (Pembroke,
MA) vs. Jordan Rinaldi (Charlotte)
One minute in, and Proctor
is starting to show his teeth. Actually, he's starting to show his feet
AT Rinaldi's teeth. Rinaldi delivers a kick that's quickly countered
with a guillotine choke. WINNER: PROCTOR (2:08, $5000)
FIGHT 2: Cristiano Marcello (Curitiba,
Brazil) vs. Jared Carlsten (Los Angeles)
Marcello dominated the fight
from start to finish, finishing it off to a rear naked choke. WINNER:
MARCELLO (2:43, $5000)
FIGHT 3: Erin Beach (San Diego)
vs. Sam Sicilia (Spokane Valley, WA)
One punch. That was it, and
that was it for Beach. And the undefeated Sicilia remains as such.
WINNER: SICILIA (eight seconds, $5000)
FIGHT 4: Austin Lyons (Cordova,
TN) vs. Chris Tickle (Bloomington, IN)
First second... both coming
at each other. By second 24, Chris was tickling the Lyons with vicious
strikes resulting in the night's second KO. WINNER: TICKLE (24 seconds,
FIGHT 5: Andy Ogle (Tynemouth,
UK) vs. Brendan Weafer (New York City)
Weafer spent most of the
round on his back and on the receiving end of some vicious blows from
the Briton. This is the first one to go the distance. And by a unanimous
decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9).... WINNER: OGLE (decision)
FIGHT 6: Cody Pfister (Amarillo,
TX) vs. Vinc Pichel (Sherman Oaks, CA)
Things were pretty much even
until Mr. Elbow met Mr. Forehead and it ended up a bloody mess. Pfister
didn't stand a chance after that. WINNER: PICHEL (3:39, $5000)
FIGHT 7: John Cofer (Hull, GA)
vs. Mark Glover (Liverpool, UK)
Glover had a reach advantage
over his opponent according to White, but he couldn't do much with it
when Cofer started to wrestle him to the mat. Another one goes the
distance, and another unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) goes to...
WINNER: COFER (decision)
FIGHT 8: Chase Hackett
(Littleton, CO) vs. Chris Saunders (Long Beach, CA)
Chris has his foe in a
guillotine choke for a minute, but he couldn't seal the deal. Chase was
tired and that showed in his limited aggression. That showed... in the
judges' decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9). WINNER: SAUNDERS (decision)
FIGHT 9: Dakota Cochrane (Omaha,
NE) vs. James Vick (Dallas)
Cochrane is already a
decorated fighter in the precursor WEC, but that didn't help him up
against James Vick, as they fought to a deadlock. The judges, also split
(9-10, 10-9, 10-9). WINNER: VICK (decision).
FIGHT 10: Johnavan Visante
(Pearl City, HI) vs. Michael Chiesa (Spokane Valley, WA)
Chiesa didn't waste any time
taking Visante to the mat and wailing on him before a rear naked choke
sealed the deal. WINNER: CHIESA (2:05, $5000)
FIGHT 11: Ali Maclean (Belfast,
Northern Ireland) vs. Mike Rio (Miami)
Maclean had the advantage in
the opening minutes of the fight, but Rio was the aggressor with his
ground game. He was able to dodge a few choice punches, then took him
down with a rear-naked choke. WINNER: RIO (3:32, $5000)
FIGHT 12: James Krause (Blue
Springs, MI) vs. Justin Lawrence (Villa Ridge, MO)
Lawrence has only three
fights. Krause is a WEC veteran. But Krause had no answer for what
Lawrence did, and it turned ugly early. WINNER: LAWRENCE (1:25, $5000)
FIGHT 13: Daron Cruickshank
(Wayne, MI) vs. Drew Dober (Omaha, NE)
simple. Ground. Pound. Takedown. But this too goes the extra mile. And
by a unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9).... WINNER: CRUICKSHANK
FIGHT 14: Jeff Smith
(Mechanicsburg, PA) vs. Jeremy Larsen (Phoenix)
Larsen tried to land one on
Smith, but Smith kept pulling away. Larsen connected, but Smith fights
back. Larsen wrestles his way to top position, and the judges like that.
WINNER: LARSEN (decision - 10-9, 10-9, 10-9)
FIGHT 15: Al Iaquinta (Wantagh,
NY) vs. Jon Tuck (Hagtna, Guam)
A couple of freak accidents
behind this match. Iaquinta was supposed to be on TUF 12, but he broke
his hand. He has since healed, and now starts the fight by breaking
Tuck's toe. That could've been the end right there, but it was a tough
fight all the way. Decision in this was unanimous (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)...
and ... WINNER: IAQUINTA (decision)
FIGHT 16: Akbarh Arreola (Chula
Vista, CA) vs. Myles Jury (San Diego)
Jury wrestled Arreola to the
ground and never let up. But then again, neither did Arreola and this
turned into a giant boob of a fight. This one goes to the panel... and
the panel give it by a unanimous (10-9).... WINNER: JURY (decision).
So we have your final 16.
But who'll outlast the other 15 to become this season's Ultimate
Fighter? Stay tuned...
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