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The Ultimate Fighter LIVE on FX 05.04.12: Team Cruz vs Team Faber Episode 9 Report
Posted by Wyatt Beougher on 05.04.2012



The Ultimate Fighter Live: Team Cruz vs. Team Faber
Episode 9




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 Sam Sicilia and Chris Saunders fight their hearts out for two rounds, with Saunders picking up the decision win after only two rounds in spite of Dana White's statement that he thought it deserved a third round. We also saw Dominick Cruz bring in Ronda Rousey to train with his team and then bring her to the TUF house (along with the rest of his and Faber's coaches and Faber) to watch UFC 145. We also saw Team Alpha Male lube each other up and work out in Team Cruz's locker room in one of the more homoerotic moments ever on TUF (which is actually saying something).

FADE IN: Joining the show about four minutes into it, as I've just gotten home from the Avengers (AWESOME movie go see it), so I missed the fighters walking into the event center and the celebration/dejection after last week's fight. When I turned the TV on, they were already at the coach's challenge, so I'm going to pick up from there. (I'll watch the whole episode in the morning and edit the first few minutes I missed in.)

[UPDATE: So all I missed was Rio arriving and Ogle hanging up the Union Jack in Team Faber's locker room. After last week's fight, Saunders spun a pink shirt over his head in the Team Faber locker room to celebrate his victory, Michael Chiesa left the Team Faber celebration to check on his friend and Team Purple training partner Sam Sicilia, who was dejected at first, but then joked about using less technique the next time he fights. As usual, Faber pumped up Saunders and Cruz consoled Sicilia.

We're in the desert and the coach's challenge is sponsored by the US Marine Corps and today's challenge is marksmanship. Cruz and Faber have to navigate an obstacle course with four shooting stations. They have to climb a rope, ring a bell, drop back down and head to the first shooting station, where they have to hit five targets with an M9 pistol. They then have to flip a tractor tire to the second station, where they will fire an M4 from the kneeling position to hit a 12" target at 50 yards and another at 75 yards. Then they have to carry a training dummy while zig-zagging to the third station, where they will shoot and M249 to hit two jars at 50 yards. Finally, they have to carry 10 35-pound ammunition boxes to the final station where they will fire the M32 grenade launcher to hit two targets. The first coach to hit the two targets at station four will win the challenge.

Cruz can only say "Wow". The winning coach, as usual, wins $10,000, and TapouT matched it with another $10,000, AND the winning team gets $1500 a piece. Faber says there's a lot at stake his team's morale, $1500 for them, and 20 grand for him.

Cruz is up the rope far faster than Faber and he puts down all five targets pretty easily, while Faber misses his first couple targets. Cruz flips the tractor tire and increases his lead, and he smokes both targets with one shot each. To his credit, Faber gets his with one shot each also. Cruz easily hits the first jar, but he struggles with the second one and Faber has his first real chance to catch up. Faber actually takes the lead, moving on to the final staion and Cruz finally gets the second jar. Faber slows down on the ammunition carry and Cruz gets within two cases and we're down to the grenade launcher. Faber misses his first two grenade shots, but connects with the third and Cruz actually catches up to him so it's the first one t hit their last target wins, and it's Faber by a nose! Ogle says it's just like the season Cruz started fast, but Faber got the victory. Foreshadowing? Faber taunts Cruz, and Cruz says he lost the battle in the coach's challenge, but he won't lose the war on June 7th.

We see Rio getting stretched in the locker room, while Ogle gets his hands taped, and we get the gratuitious Britney Palmer social media pimp, which never gets old. Off to a Team Faber training session and Ogle gives us a little backstory, and he started learning martial arts to improve his self-confidence and keep the bullies at bay and it developed into the biggest part of his life. He loves having all eyes on him for 10-15 minutes. Faber's gameplan is to vary Ogle's attack, since he throws heavy punches and has good technique. Faber says Rio wants to get it to the ground and that he's an accomplished high school and college wrestler. Faber has Ogle drill on defending the shot and getting back up. Ogle says he's no slouch and that he's going to moving and making it hard for Rio to take him down, and that Rio is going to have to kill him to beat him.

And now for Team Cruz's training session, and Cruz is stressing control. He tells Rio that when he gets one takedown, he doesn't want him to have to get him another one, to stay on top and finish the fight. Rio is from Miami, and he details his wrestling background (three times state champion and two-time college champion). He was never a bad kid because he was too into wrestling, never drank or got into trouble because he was too busy training. Cruz brings up the knee injury but says Rio is 100% and he's had five weeks to rest it. Cruz says Rio is a grappling style fighter and he says that he's improved most in setting up his takedowns with strikes. Rio says with his wrestling, as soon as he gets someone down, he finishes the fight. He tells Ogle to give everybody fight of the night and he's ready to bang.

Anik talks about Nate Diaz and his fight tomorrow night on UFC on FOX 3, tonight's fight is less than ten minutes away, and we go back to commercial. We see the quarterfinal deliberations, and Dana sits down with Cruz and Faber to start planning their quarterfinal fights. Cruz says it's still a game they're fighting but playing a game too. Faber says "Captain Obvious shows up today" and that gets under Cruz's skin. Faber wants to see Pichel/Saunders, which Cruz doesn't like, and they both agree on Lawrence/Chiesa, but the final say is up to Dana.

Time for the weigh-in, and Rio is up first, as usual. Tickle says it's going to be a tough fight, but no one knows who Ogle is, while Rio is a national champion wrestler. Tickle says it's an MMA fight and he got caught in his fight, so you can't guarantee a win until it's over. Rio weighs in at 156 and Ogle is up. Chiesa says the red team is overlooking Andy Ogle and everyone on the blue team knows that Rio is in trouble Ogle can't be taken down, he'll get back up, and he's going to make Rio move. Ogle weighs in at 155 and we have our face-off. Rio says outside the cage, he doesn't let anything get under his skin, but in the cage, he just goes and goes and goes. Ogle says he's itching to fight and he wants this to be his life. Rio says he and Ogle get along famously, but Ogle's standing in his way, while Ogle says he's going to try to take Rio's face off.

Back live for the last minute advice from the coaches and Rio looks extremely relaxed. Ogle getting his hands taped and Faber stressing the importance of hitting Rio, who isn't an experienced striker. Anik pimps the Facebook and we go to a commercial. Back and Anik breaks down the Rules of the Octagon (three judges, two five-minute rounds with sudden victory round if necessary, 10-point must, and the scoring criteria).

Rio is out first, followed by Ogle, and we get the Tale of the Tape. Rio is seven years older and two inches taller, but Ogle has a one-inch reach advantage and both guys are 8-1. Brittney is the Octagon girl and Herb Dean is the referee and we're off!

Lightweight bout: Mike Rio (Team Cruz) vs Andy Ogle (Team Faber)

Round 1: Touch of the gloves and Ogle is very light on his feet, coming in with a nice straight left and a Superman right. Ogle lands the left again and then throws it a third time and it misses. Ogle catches Rio with a big left when Rio jumps in with a missing combination. Rio stalking Ogle and pumps a jab, only to eat a big right-left combination. Rio jumps in with another punch but misses and Ogle backs him up with a left hook. Rio lands a left of his own that he didn't commit to and Ogle backs him down with another successful combination. Ogle moving really well, changing directions and Rio lands a nice punch, but Ogle comes back with a few of his own until Rio takes him down. Ogle trying to use the cage to get up but Rio doing a good job of keeping him down. Ogle starts punching Rio in the cage, but Rio releases his ankle pick attempt and they get to their feet. Ogle punches Rio in the face and Rio answers with a knee to the ribs. Ogle with a short elbow and a knee of his own and Rio throws another knee and lets Ogle go. Ogle charges in with a big left that might've glanced Rio and they trade punches on the feet. After about five exchanges in thirty seconds, Ogle lands a nice combination, then follows it up with another one, then lands a nice right. Rio with a kick that might've glanced Ogle (couldn't see from the camera angle) and Rio slips an Ogle punch and gets a takedown, but he can't do anything with it as the round ends.

Scorecard: Ogle, 10-9

Round 2: Ogle breathing out of his mouth but he's still the aggressor, landing a nice combination. Rio lands a right and chases after Ogle, but he has trouble following it up and Ogle is getting off with his punches better, although Rio does land a nice combination in there. Rio throwing well and landing as he backs Ogle around the cage before clinching against the fence. Ogle with a punch to the face and they separate. Ogle jumps in with a punch that misses, but he lands one on his next attempt and then connects with a body kick. Ogle trying to set up the overhand right with no luck and Rio whiffs on a takedown, only to get one moments later. He ties Ogle up against the cage and starts pounding on his face, but Ogle ties up Rio's arm and Rio tries to improve his position. Rio eventually takes Ogle's back and looks for a choke with only one hook in. He eventually gets the other hook in but Ogle nearly squirms free and Rio has to switch to a bodylock, which allows Ogle to turn into him and work from guard. Ogle landing ground and pound first to the head and then to the body (and then back to the head) and Rio turns to try to get to his feet, eating some more punches. Rio looks for a guillotine, but Ogle gets his head free and now he's taken Rio's back. Ogle starts punching away and then looks for the choke. He flattens Rio out and looks to pound some more, but Rio gets his feet against the cage and momentarily throws Ogle off balance. Ogle regains position and starts pounding on Rio again, only to lock in a choke that causes Rio to tap!

Andy Ogle, Submission (Rear Naked Choke, Round 2, 4:19)

Ogle immediately runs out the cage and into the mass of his teammates, but he finally returns to the cage as we go to commercial. Ogle says Anik is the man and that he knew that he if could stop Mike from taking him down, he'd be a happy man and he could win the fight. Ogle talks up Rio's stand-up and Rio as a person and says if he had to lose to Rio, it was someone who he respected. Rio says Ogle fought a great fight, beat him to the punch, and gassed him out with by defending takedowns and making Rio chase him around the cage.

We're back with Anik, Cruz, and Faber, and Anik talks up UFC on FOX 3, naming off all of the TUF alumni who will be fighting, and we cut to Dana, who is live at the Izod Center in New Jersey, with the fight announcements. Dana announces that Vick will fight Proctor and Lawrence will fight Chiesa!

NEXT WEEK ON TUF LIVE: Our first two quarterfinal fights! James Vick takes on Joe Proctor and Justin Lawrence will square off with Michael Chiesa.

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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