Round of 16
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Last week, we started with
16 fights. Each one ended up with a winner. Now the 16 will choose up
sides and fight to stay alive in what is being billed as the most
exciting live sporting even in the history of television. We are 47
minutes away from Fight Night...
But first here's how we got
First of all... the sixteen
people move into the house. After the drinks and how do you dos, we get
down to business.
The next day begins at the
UFC Training Center in Las Vegas, where teams are picked. Winner of the
coin toss picks the first fighter or the first fight. The winner...
Faber. He picks the first fight, so Cruz will pick the first fighter.
Faber wants to create a
mentality that will carry the fighters for the rest of their careers.
Saunders counts Faber as one of his idols. Remember, Faber will control
the first fight.
Over on Team Cruz, he's
looking at each fighter and seeing who's the most well-rounded and
who'll react in any situation. His main focus was Tickle, though. He
loves being on Cruz's team. Jury remembers training with Cruz in San
Diego. He likes where their brain is at. Looks like we're in for a good
Half an hour away from the
live fight, and it's time for the Fight Announcement. And before that,
Cruz and Faber start it up with a good old fashioned smack talk about
family issues. Neither is trying to badmouth each others' families. But
it's not about them. It's not even about the coaches. It's about these
16. So which of the 16 are going to fight in 30 minutes time?
It'll be JAMES VICK from
Team Cruz vs. DARON CRUICKSHANK from Team Faber. Vick has an extended
arm advantage, but Cruickshank has a toughness. Which will win out in
the Friday fight? We'll find out, but for now, training continues.
Meanwhile, Chiesa is pulled
from practice to take a personal call. His father has passed away, and
needless to say, he is destroyed about it. But he promised his father
that he would not give up the fight should the worst happen. Well,
welcome to the worst.
Sam is the first of the
fighters to receive the news of Chiesa's father passing, since they have
a history together. The rest of the fighters are quick to rally to his
side during this time, but at the end of the day, Chiesa is torn between
his dream and his family. In the end, Dana does grant Chiesa some time
away from training to be with his family. Then come back and finishes
the job. His father would want it that way.
Back in training, we learn
about our two featured fighters. Vick grew up poor, so he grew up fast.
He's an underdog in his coach's eyes, but he can win it if he keeps
himself down. He lands solid, Cruickshank going down. On the other side,
you have Daron, who says that he was both born and raised to be a
fighter. His mom has a 3rd degree blackbelt in tae kwon do. Daron is in
great shape, but he needs to work on submission defense. He says that
Vick is one-dimensional; while he's a boxer, Daron's an MMA fighter. He
turns into a complete animal in the Octagon, and he says that his skills
Chiesa returns from Spokane
to join the rest of the fighters. His father toughed it out to see the
season premiere. Now that he's back, it's time to get to work.
OFFICIAL WEIGH IN:
James Vick (4-0)
Needs to utilize reach advantage and keep back off of the fence
Daron Cruickshank (10-2)
Needs to control the center of the cage while pushing the pace
Now the LEGAL....
- Three judges score the
- Each fight is two five minute rounds. In the event of a draw, an
additional third round will be fought.
- Winner gets 10 points, his opponent 9 or less based on effective
striking, grappling, aggression, and octagon control
James Vick (Dallas) vs. Daron Cruickshank (Wayne, MI)
ROUND 1: Cruickshank is the
first to connect with a roundhouse to the head. He is cearly the
aggressor 2 minutes in. Vick pins him to the fences early, though. But
then Vick knees him to the ground, and... Cruickshank is not getting up.
The decision... WINNER: VICK (KO, 2:16 in the 1st round)
So James Vick wins $5000 and
Team Cruz wins the pick for Fight #2... Next week, it'll be ... James
Lawrence from Team Cruz vs. someone from Team Faber... No volunteers, so
Faber grants Cruz the pick... Lawrence will fight... Cristiano Marcello.
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