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411's Ultimate Fighter LIVE on FX 4.06.12: Team Cruz vs Team Faber Episode 5
Posted by Wyatt Beougher on 04.06.2012



The Ultimate Fighter Live: Team Cruz vs. Team Faber
Episode 5




Meet the Cast:

Coaches

TEAM CRUZ


Dominick Cruz
Phil Davis
Eric DelFierro
Ross Pearson
Shannon Slack
Wilson Reis
Lloyd Irvin
Doug Balzarin

TEAM FABER


Urijah Faber
Master Thong
Fabio Prado
Dustin Akbari
Justin Buccholz
Lance Palmer

Fighters

Lightweights

For your convenience, here are the teams as they stand now (color coded for easy reading):

TEAM CRUZ
Justin Lawrence (Villa Ridge, Mo.)
Sam Sicilia (Spokane Valley, Wash.)
Myles Jury (San Diego, Calif.)
Mike Rio (Miami, Fla.)
James Vick (Fort Worth, Texas)
Vinc Pichel (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
Chris Tickle (Bloomington, Ill.)
Jeremy Larsen (Phoenix, Ariz.)



TEAM FABER
Al Iaquinta (Wantagh, N.Y.)
Cristiano Marcello (Curitiba, Brazil)
Daron Cruickshank (Wayne, Mich.)
Joe Proctor (Pembroke, Mass.)
Michael Chiesa (Spokane Valley, Wash.)
John Cofer (Hull, Ga.)
Andy Ogle (Tynemouth, England)
Chris Saunders (Long Beach, Calif.)



KEY: Fighters with name crossed out have been eliminated from the competition

Last week we saw a pretty traditional episode of TUF, with a mixture of training and preparation for the fight. There was no family drama, although we saw Mike Rio sustain a slight knee injury that bothered him throughout the episode. It'll be interesting to see if he continues to favor his knee, and if he does and Team Faber retains control, if they'll look to exploit that. Whoo, no X-Men Origins: Wolverine this week; instead I get to catch the end of Live Free or Die Hard.

FADE IN: We see Jeremy Larsen and Team Cruz arriving at the arena, and Michael Chiesa and Team Faber are already in the building. We get a recap of Michael Chiesa finding out his father died, going home for the funeral, and then returning, followed by recaps of the first three fights, with more focus on last week's fight. Dana talks about last week's fight and how it went to sudden victory (no mention of the extra-long break between rounds). Cruz talks about how Jury has never been out of the second round and how he needed to keep coming forward and be the first guy to throw. Faber thanks Iaquinta and we see the fight pick for this week. Faber thinks Chiesa/Larsen is a good match-up for Chiesa; Cruz thinks it's a tough match-up and that all of the fights are tough match-ups.

Standard video intro and we cut to Team Faber's locker room after last week's fight. Team Faber, obviously, celebrating, and Faber says he knows how Cruz feels and he hopes he's feeling miserable. Chiesa wants to keep the pressure on Team Cruz. Team Cruz is disappointed, but Jury says that fight will make him a better fighter. Cruz tells Larsen that Chiesa has nothing that he hasn't seen before, and that Sam Sicilia knows Chiesa's ins and outs. Sicilia is hesitant, because he wants to be a good man and be true to his training partner. Team Faber lets Iaquinta lead them into the house, and we see footage of Chiesa and Sicilia.

Chiesa says you mix red and blue together you get purple, and Team Purple are he and Sam. They talk, and Sicilia tells Chiesa that he won't tell Cruz what he wants to know. Sicilia says "he's not going to pretend the teammate stuff means more to him than his friendship" with Chiesa. We cut to Cruz interviewing Sicilia on Chiesa's tendencies, and Sicilia tells Cruz that he's not going to sneak around and put Chiesa in a tough spot and that he doesn't want to be a bad teammate. Cruz says he's trying to win, he's there to win, and if that means taking out "your homies" so be it.

Larsen thinks Chiesa is a one-dimensional wrestler who is going to try and take him down and either submit him or get a submission, and Larsen is going to try to keep the fight standing. Cruz personally works with Larsen on his conditioning and his grappling. Cruz says Faber thinks he picked a good match-up but he's here to prove him wrong.

We're back with another Team Cruz training and Cruz is on Tickle for not keeping his feet straight, and Tickle explains that he thinks he has gout, and the doctor shows up and explains that Tickle has the symptoms of gout and that there's only so much he can do. Cruz pulls Tickle aside to meet with the doctor and explains that he needs to shut up and continue trying to win this or he needs to leave, and, surprisingly (/sarcasm), TICKLE GETS MAD. Cruz explains that he's going to keep pushing and pushing Tickle, and Cruz asks if he'll be ready to fight next week. Tickle says there's no beef with Cruz but that he's never had gout so he doesn't know what to expect.

Larsen and Chiesa are in the house and they actually live in the same room, but neither guy has a problem with it, and Chiesa is happy for his time to shine. He found wrestling when he was 11 and started renting UFC tapes at 13, which was when he decided he wanted to be a fighter. He eventually gave up on college and devoted himself full-time to fighting. Faber says the three keys to Chiesa winning are controlling the cage, getting the fight to the ground, and finishing, either by ground and pound or submission. Pretty astute there, chief. If I were a fighter on this show, I'd prefer Cruz trying to help me improve my weaknesses, rather than Faber just continuing to roll with my strengths. Chiesa says he has an easy out because of his father dying and no one would blame him if he left, but he's not doing that. He wants to represent the Chiesa name as best he can.

We cut back to the live feed, as Larsen and Chiesa are getting their hands taped, and we're seventeen minutes from the fight. Anik pimps the social media and hypes the fight announcement coming later, and we cut to another Team Cruz training session and Cruz is pushing Tickle and trying to push him to the limits. Cruz is tired of the excuses and he's not going to let Tickle get out of training. Cruz doesn't care if Tickle's going to shit himself. Cruz puts Tickle in the ring with Larsen and lets Larsen tee off on him, throwing body shots for another full round. Tickle runs to the bathroom immediately afterwards and Cruz says Tickle has the talent to win the whole show and he's the one holding himself back.

Cruz and Larsen were friends when they were seven or eight because their mothers were friends. Cruz says they went their separate ways, but MMA has brought them back together. Cruz doesn't think Chiesa is ready for the war that Larsen is going to bring and Larsen talks about his background, how he has no real background, but that he's been fighting all his life in street fights, and that if it weren't for MMA, he'd either be dead or in jail. Larsen says he won't touch gloves because he doesn't do that, and that he likes bloody wars. Ross Pearson sees a lot of himself in Jeremy, that they're both natural fighters, and that Faber messed up. Larsen says Faber and Chiesa think it'll be an easy fight, but they're wrong and he hopes Chiesa doesn't have a glass chin because he's going to test it.

Live again and both fighters are loosening up in their locker rooms, and now we're nine minutes away. We get the Bones commercial featuring him tapping out Machida, and I'm just glad it's not Rashad again. Back with Tickle at the hospital, and he does not have gout. The prescription that they've been giving him has worked and his toe feels great, and we're off to the weigh-ins. Faber mocks Cruz's shoes, Cruz invites him to take a picture, and Faber does. Justin Lawrence thinks the 154-pound Larsen is a tough fight. Sicilia says he sees he and Mike (who weighed in at 155.5) going a long way together, even after the show, and he thinks he and Mike in the finals is the best-case scenario. Larsen says everyone is underestimating him and he's flying under the radar and taking it one fight at a time, while Chiesa says when Larsen's across the cage from him, the only thing he'll be thinking about is pushing him for the victory. Larsen says of his staredown that he tries to look into people's souls to look for quit, and Chiesa says if his dad is looking down, he's probably telling him to "kick this kid's ass".

Anik is live in the cage, and we get a look in each locker room. Larsen is starting with the body and Cruz tells him to go after the lead leg. Faber is telling Chiesa to use footwork to control distance and keep Larsen away from the cage. It's time for the fight, and Anik breaks down the rules of the Octagon (three judges score the bout, two five-minute rounds with possible third round for sudden victory, ten-point must, and the scoring criteria). Larsen is out first, followed by Chiesa, and both guys look pretty serious, as you'd expect. We get our MLB 12 The Show Keys to Victory (Larsen – attack the lead leg and defend the takedown; Chiesa – control the cage and get the fight to the ground). Tale of the Tape, and the undefeated Chiesa has a 3" height and 6 ½" reach advantage. Arianny is the ring girl, Mazzagatti is the official, and we're underway!


Lightweight bout: Jeremy Larsen (Team Cruz) vs Michael Chiesa (Team Faber)

Round 1: Chiesa whiffs on a kick and they paw at the air a little bit. Chiesa throw a punch-kick combination to set up the takedown, but they're against the cage and Larsen does what Cruz told him, peppering Chiesa, although that led to Chiesa pulling him away from the cage. Larsen gets warned about grabbing the cage, only to get taken down anyway. Chiesa works elbows at Larsen tries to get to the cage. Larsen gets to his feet and ends up pressing Chiesa against the cage. He's not going much, but they are fighting for position and both guys land a couple of knees. Chiesa tries to get free, but Larsen presses him against the cage, only to eat a knee to the face. Chiesa throws another knee and gets free. Chiesa badly misses a head kick and goes for a double leg, but ends up with Larsen pressed against the cage. He tries twice for a takedown unsuccessfully, but he finally picks Larsen up and slams him down, trying to work from guard, although Larsen is going a pretty good job of tying him up. Chiesa slams Larsen down and stacks him up, but Larsen tries to scramble out the back door and Chiesa ends up in half-guard. Chiesa looks for a choke but Larsen does a good enough job of defending that he's able to get back to his feet, although he's in a front facelock. Faber screams for knees, so Larsen drops to one knee and Chiesa knees him in the face. Mazzagatti stops the action and gives Larsen his recovery period, then announces that he's deducting one point from Chiesa for the knee. They restart on the feet and Chiesa jumps in with a flurry, only for Larsen to tie him up against the cage. Larsen works for the takedown as time expires.

Scorecard: 9-9 (due to Chiesa's point deduction)

Round 2: Larsen comes out to cut off the cage, but ends up checking a head kick from Chiesa, and they trade, with neither guy landing any solid shots. Chiesa looks for a takedown and he's able to drag Larsen down against the cage, although Larsen pops right back up and presses Chiesa against the cage. Larsen looking for a trip and Chiesa looks to reverse position, which he does. Chiesa with a big knee, but Larsen ends up with him pressed against the cage. They separate and Larsen chases Chiesa with punches, but Chiesa looks for another takedown. Larsen actually defends really well on two attempts before Chiesa is able to put him on the mat and Chiesa looks for a guillotine momentarily before looking to improve his position. They scramble and Larsen gets back up, but Chiesa dumps him with a double leg and looks to get the hooks in. He gets one in, but Larsen gets up and gets free. Larsen lands a nice combination and Chiesa stumbles before looking for another takedown. Larsen defends but he can't get free and Chiesa gets him down, only for Larsen to pop back up and press him against the fence. Larsen works knees and then throws a punch as they separate, and Chiesa drops for another takedown and he eventually drags Larsen down on top of him. Chiesa gets the hooks in and looks for the choke, but he can't get it in tight and Larsen pushes him arm off. They stay in that position as the round ends.

Scorecard: 10-9, Chiesa (his takedowns were meaningless until the end, but Larsen didn't do much. If it comes down to striking though, Larsen landed the better shots…be interesting to see what the judges think)

Official Result - Winner: Michael Chiesa, Unanimous Decision (19-18x3, I'm guessing)

Chiesa says Larsen is a tough guy and he dedicates this fight to his mom, who's had a tough year, losing her husband. Anik asks how he's been able to keep his emotions in check and Chiesa says it's what his dad would've wanted. Larsen says he thought they should be going into the third round, but that Chiesa won the second round, but he doesn't agree with him getting the decision. He says the knee rattled him, but he wasn't going to pretend to be injured because he's a warrior. Oh, joy, here's the Rashad commercial. We're back live with Dana and Dana said it was a good fight and that the illegal knee could've cost Chiesa the fight. Time for the fight announcement, and Faber tries to make a joke about Cruz's shoes before picking Tickle to fight Joe Proctor. They stare down, Dana wishes them luck, and we get the end credits.

NEXT WEEK ON TUF LIVE: Tickle faces Proctor – will he actually train, or will he keep making excuses?

For your convenience, here are the teams as they stand now (color coded for easy reading):

TEAM CRUZ
Justin Lawrence (Villa Ridge, Mo.)
Sam Sicilia (Spokane Valley, Wash.)
Myles Jury (San Diego, Calif.)
Mike Rio (Miami, Fla.)
James Vick (Fort Worth, Texas)
Vinc Pichel (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
Chris Tickle (Bloomington, Ill.)
Jeremy Larsen (Phoenix, Ariz.)



TEAM FABER
Al Iaquinta (Wantagh, N.Y.)
Cristiano Marcello (Curitiba, Brazil)
Daron Cruickshank (Wayne, Mich.)
Joe Proctor (Pembroke, Mass.)
Michael Chiesa (Spokane Valley, Wash.)
John Cofer (Hull, Ga.)
Andy Ogle (Tynemouth, England)
Chris Saunders (Long Beach, Calif.)



KEY: Fighters with name crossed out have been eliminated from the competition





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