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The Ultimate Fighter LIVE on FX 05.11.12: Team Cruz vs Team Faber Episode 10 Report
Posted by Wyatt Beougher on 05.11.2012



The Ultimate Fighter Live: Team Cruz vs. Team Faber
Episode 10




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 our final opening round contest, which saw Andy Ogle submit Mike Rio via rear naked choke to earn his spot in the quarterfinals. We also saw the coaches' challenge, a challenge that was sponsored by the Marines and featured Cruz and Faber completing an obstacle course and shooting various firearms. Cruz took a big early lead, but Faber ended up coming back and picking up the win, giving him $20,000 and each member of his team $1500. As you know by now (or should, anyway), Dominick Cruz tore his ACL this past week, so I'm interested to see how much of that we'll see in this week's episode and also if Team Cruz will have to have a substitute coach for the remainder of the season, an idea that they are strongly against.

FADE IN: We see James Vick loosening up in the Team Cruz locker room, while his opponent, Joe Proctor, gets his hands taped. Justin Lawrence walks and Mike Chiesa also gets his hands taped up. We get a recap of last week's fight (gratuitous Brittney Palmer butt shot), with a nice walk-through from both coaches about the sequence that led to the finish. Ogle is "living the dream" and says it's unreal. We get video breakdowns for the quarterfinal fights that are taking place tonight. Standard intro to start.

Vick says Proctor is one of the most well-rounded guys on Team Faber, but he's grown so much that he's ready to fight. Cruz says Vick's an open book with no notes in it and he listens well and goes out and does whatever he's asked. Vick says he's going to use his boxing and speed and he's going to hit harder. Cruz says no one but the coaches on Team Cruz sees how good Vick is for how raw he is.

Uh-oh, here's Dana with a super-serious announcement. Hopefully he and Rogan scream it. Dana announces that Cruz has blown out his ACL and has to have surgery. Cruz looks disappointed, Faber looks confused (or that's his normal expression). Dana says he'll announce Faber's new opponent next week and he expects Cruz to be out for nine months, but he gets to stay on as coach, which draws a cheer from Team Cruz. Tickle says Cruz fights though his fighters now and they'll beat Urijah that way. Cruz says he'll be back in four months if the doctor says 6-9 months. Faber starts the rumor that Ronda Rousey blew out Cruz's knee.

Team Faber training session, and Faber says Vick has good potential but he's not polished, while Proctor is a very polished fighter and mentally tough. They drill Proctor on boxing with Vick to get close, changing levels, and taking him down for the submission. Proctor says Vick's a tall guy and a good boxer but this isn't boxing and he's confident no matter where the fight goes.

Time for the patented Jon Anik social media pimp and this time we get the gratuitous Arianny cleavage shot, which isn't nearly as nice as Brittney's. Anik also reminds us that White will announce the remaining two semi-finals, then breaks down the rules of the Octagon (three judges, two five-minutes rounds with a sudden victory round if necessary, 10-point must system, and the scoring criteria), and it's time for our first quarterfinal! Vick is out first, followed by Proctor, as has become standard by now. The Ultimate Fighter winner and his coach will both win a custom Harley – nice. Vick has a five-inch height and 4 1/2" reach advantage. Arianny is the ring girl for this fight and Mazzagatti is the ref.

Lightweight quarterfinal bout: James Vick (Team Cruz) vs Joe Proctor (Team Faber)

Round 1: Lots of feints to start and Vick finally starts tentatively throwing, trying to use his reach. He avoids a kick from Proctor and throws a jab and then a head kick that Proctor easily checks. Vick with a nice combination and he skates away as Proctor looks to retaliate. Vick using his reach to stay outside of Proctor's punches and he's working the combinations pretty much as Cruz yells them out. Vick is fighting the perfect fight to this point, using his reach, landing good shots, and keeping Proctor outside of the pocket. Proctor shoots from outside, Vick defends well with a crossface and they separate. Vick with more punches, then he clinches and throws some awkward knees to the body before going back to punches. Proctor lands a nice combination and now they're just trading. Vick goes back to keeping Proctor on the outside, throwing a head kick that's checked and a body kick that isn't. Vick lands a punch-kick combination and then a big punch that knocks Proctor's head back. Vick with a big body kick and an uppercut that misses. They trade and both guys smiling. Vick with a front kick that misses and the round ends.

Scorecard: James Vick, 10-9

Round 2: Proctor comes out swinging, Vick answers with a head kick, and then goes back to jabbing to keep Proctor outside. Vick with a nice combination and finishes with a kick. Proctor with an inside leg kick but he eats a jab and checks another head kick. Proctor comes inside with a nice shot but eats a punch for his troubles. Proctor gets Vick against the fence and gets a takedown, but Vick gets up. Proctor locks in a choke standing, but Vick manages to slam him down and get his head free and he's working from side control. Vick stands up, punches down, and kicks Proctor in the butt. He nails Proctor as Proctor gets up, they separate, and Vick comes back with a clinch and some more knees. Vick working the jab but it's clear the choke and the blood coming out of his nose affected his gas tank. Proctor comes in with a kick, Vick answers with a jab and a kick of his own. Vick with a hook and he whiffs on a head kick. Vick with an uppercut as Proctor comes in, but Proctor ties him up against the cage and looks for a takedown, but Vick gets away, only to eat a nice punch from Proctor. Vick with a punch and a leg kick. Vick with another head kick and a front kick. Vick works the jab. Proctor punching Vick in the shoulder. Vick finally lands a glancing head kick as Proctor comes inside, and they trade for the last ten seconds of the round with neither guy getting a real advantage.

Scorecard: Vick, 10-9 (20-18 overall)

Official Decision – Winner: James Vick, Unanimous
Decision (20-18x3)


That fight didn't play out how I thought it would, as I honestly thought Proctor's grappling would've been good enough to get the win. Vick says the choke was tight, but he would've gone to sleep before he tapped and he knew he could get free, so he kept fighting. Vick says it's so hard to take him down and no one will beat him if they can't take him down. He thanks his mom and wishes her a happy mother's day, and we get a cutaway shot of Proctor's disappointment in the Team Faber locker room.

Team Faber training session and Chiesa talks about how tough it was to overcome the passing of his father. Chiesa is training with Cruickshank which is probably the closest Team Faber has to Lawrence. Chiesa says he's got a better chance on the feet with Lawrence than Lawrence has wrestling with him. Faber thinks it's a good match-up because of Chiesa's wrestling and reach advantage. Chiesa thinks Lawrence is arrogant and he's going to knock him off of his pedestal.

Team Cruz training session now and they're sprinting in the parking lot. Cruz says it's striker versus grappler and Lawrence needs to sprawl and brawl. Lawrence says it bothers him when people say he's a natural athlete because he didn't come out of the womb throwing punches or shooting double legs and he's had to work for everything he's got. Cruz drills Lawrence on taking advantage of resets, and Lawrence knows he's going to have to get inside Chiesa's reach.

Back from commercial and Lawrence is out first, followed by Chiesa. Lawrence walking to the cage looks like crazy Bob Backlund walking out the ring back in his mid-90s run in the then-WWF – rather funny. Chiesa with a five-inch height and 9 inch reach advantage to go with being three years older. Arianny again, but Josh Rosenthal is our official.

Lightweight quarterfinal bout: Justin Lawrence (Team Cruz) vs Mike Chiesa (Team Faber)

Round 1: Chiesa staying outside so Lawrence starts working side kicks, but Chiesa catches one and puts him on his back, but Lawrence pops right back up. Chiesa looks for a takedown but Lawrence defends. Chiesa keeps working for it, Lawrence gets warned about grabbing the fence, and Chiesa nearly takes Lawrence's back. Chiesa looking for an armbar as Lawrence gets mount and stands up, but Lawrence drops back down. Chiesa doing an excellent job of controlling Lawrence's posture and he gets Lawrence back into full guard. Lawrence now landing some strikes as Chiesa working from a modified high guard. Chiesa looking for the kimura but Lawrence gets out of it. Chiesa gets elbows to the head and looks for another kimura but Lawrence again gets his arm free. Chiesa momentarily grabs a guillotine, but Lawrence punches him in the side and puts an end to that, so Chiesa looks for another kimura, again with no luck. Lawrence holding Chiesa down and he lands one good punch. Chiesa throws some more elbows, but Lawrence gets in a few more decent punches. Chiesa with the triangle and he elbows Lawrence in the head. Lawrence isn't tapping and he's defending, but Chiesa won a very close round with his punches and elbows to the head.

Scorecard: Michael Chiesa, 10-9

Round 2: Chiesa with a kick that misses. They trade punches and Chiesa almost catches another kick. They trade again and Lawrence lands a couple of good shots and a kick to the ribs. Chiesa with a head kick that's checked and a body kick that isn't. Chiesa looks for a single leg but Lawrence defends. They work against the cage but nothing happens so they separate. Chiesa whiffs on a kick and Lawrence comes forward but he doesn't land anything significant. Chiesa comes in with three sloppy shots and Lawrence tags him each time. Chiesa tries a spinning elbow, but Lawrence lands three good punches. Chiesa throwing flashy sloppy kicks that don't even come close to landing and then he actually lands a decent punch, but Lawrence lands a pair of his own. Chiesa shoots half-heartedly and Lawrence defends and Lawrence comes forward. Both guys land a good punch, but Lawrence follows it up with a pair of nice combinations. Lawrence landing at will and he drops Chiesa. Lawrence drops in for ground and pound but Chiesa nearly gets a kimura. Lawrence drops into guard but does nothing other than eat punches and elbows from Chiesa. Lawrence up and landing ground and pound now as the round ends. Close round, but it was Lawrence's for the better striking.

Scorecard: Justin Lawrence, 10-9 (19-19 overall)

Round 3: Dana says one more round, and here we go! Lawrence with a lazy kick and Chiesa comes out with a nice combination. Lawrence lands a good punch and takes Chiesa down, but again, Chiesa is doing more to tie Lawrence up from his back. Chiesa turns Lawrence over and is working from the mount and he just pounds away, forcing Lawrence to turtle up, and Rosenthal has no choice but to stop the fight.

Official Decision – Winner: Michael Chiesa, TKO (Round 3, 1:02)

Lawrence looks confused after the fight, so Chiesa must've been landing some decent shots there. Nothing he threw in the fight looked to phase Lawrence before that ground and pound, so that ground and pound was obviously pretty nasty. Chiesa shouts out his family, says Lawrence is a tough kid, that's the toughest fight of his career, and Lawrence hurt him with the body shot but he recovered quickly and knew he had to go get it. Team Faber celebrates wildly.

Dana says once Vick gets over his nerves, he's going to be a dangerous fighter, and Dana says Lawrence was only going to win the fight if he kept it standing so taking Chiesa down was what led to his downfall. Next week's quarterfinals will be Vinc Pichel vs Chris Saunders and Al Iaquinta taking on Andy Ogle.

NEXT WEEK ON TUF LIVE: Vinc Pichel takes on Chris Saunders and Al Iaquinta fights Andy Ogle to decide our last two semifinal fighters.

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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