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411's The Ultimate Fighter 16 Report 11.30.12
Posted by Wyatt Beougher on 11.30.2012



The Ultimate Fighter 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Episode 11



Meet the Cast:

Coaches

TEAM CARWIN
Shane Carwin, Head Coach
Trevor Wittman, Boxing Coach
Nate Marquardt, Jiu Jitsu Coach
Eliot Marshall, Jiu Jitsu Coach
Pat Barry, Striking Coach
Duane Ludwig, Striking Coach
Leister Bowling, Wrestling Coach
Loren Landlow, Sports Performance Coach



TEAM NELSON
Roy Nelson, Head Coach
Gilbert Melendez
Nate Diaz
Nick Diaz



Fighters (Welterweights)

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

TEAM CARWIN
Sam Alvey
Bristol Marunde
Michael Ricci
Neil Magny
James Chaney
Eddy Ellis
Igor Araujo
Matt Secor



TEAM NELSON
Dom Waters
Michael Hill
Cameron Diffley
Colton Smith
Jon Manley
Nic Herron-Webb
Joey Rivera
Julian Lane



Has it really been two weeks since the last episode? Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and welcome back to 411's coverage of The Ultimate Fighter! Last week we saw the fallout from Mike Ricci saying he wanted to fight fellow Canadian Michael Hill as there were some hard feelings from Hill. Also, two members of Team Carwin, Bristol Marunde and Igor Araujo, were eliminated, while Carwin's Neil Magny and Nelson's Colton Smith advanced to the semifinals. Only two more weeks to go, and who will be meeting Magny and Smith in the next round?

FADE IN: Joey says he and Jon came to an agreement that they were going to try to take each other's heads off and put on a good fight. Jon says he and Joey wanted to fight each other but not until the finals, and he had Joey pegged as the toughest fighter in the house after Joey beat Sam Alvey. Colton is cornering Jon, and Roy says both Joey and Jon know each other well, their strengths and weaknesses.

Fight day and they reiterate that they know each other well and their friendship goes out the door when they step in the cage. Joey says they think they're not going to have a problem fighting one another, and it's fight time! Joey says he's going to outstrike Jon and impose his will, while Jon says he can't wait to hit Joey and he hopes he hits him harder and more. Says he loves Joey but he's coming for him, so Joey better watch out. Jon has a 2" height and reach advantage, but both guys have identical records.

Welterweight bout: Joey Rivera (Team Nelson) vs Jon Manley (Team Nelson)

Round 1: Both guys slow to engage and Jon throws a leg kick that Joey checks. Joey avoids a combination and backs away from a body kick. Joey with a kick to the ribs. Joey avoids a punch, lands a body kick and then gets tagged. Jon shoots, Joey defends, but Jon locks up Joey's legs against the cage with his second effort. Jon continues to look for the takedown and Joey defends and throws some punches to the ribs. Jon throws some knees, but not a lot is going on. Jon switches to a single leg, but Joey locks in a guillotine. They circle and Joey loses his grip, which leads to a takedown. Jon is working from full guard and Joey does a good job of controlling his posture and arms, although Jon does land some decent shots before passing. Joey quickly scrambles and he defends well, with them ending in a stalemate for nearly a minute. Joey nearly sweeps, but Jon defends and Joey locks in a choke. He can't hold on and ends up with Jon in his guard, although he quickly transitions to a triangle. Jon stands up, gets his head free, and drops into side control. Jon doesn't do much with it, but he does manage to land a couple of elbows as Joey works to improve his position. Jon lands a pair of weak punches as the round ends.

Scorecard: Manley, 10-9 (Manley had dominant position for more of the round, plus the takedown, but Rivera did have a couple of nice submission attempts, so I could see the judges scoring it for him as well, although I don't think it's likely.)

Round 2: Jon is definitely breathing heavier than Joey, and Joey looks calm, so we'll see how this round plays out. Joey stalking Jon but nothing is happening. Joey comes in with a punching combination that Jon defends. Joey with a half-hearted leg kick, followed by a much better one. Joey with another leg kick and he backs away from a punch combination from Jon, while also managing to land a knee as Jon shoots in. Jon presses Joey against the cage and Joey works for the underhook while Jon tries for a takedown. Jon starts throwing knees and he tries to pick Joey up, but Joey sandbags him. Jon again looks for the takedown but nothing happens. Jon keeps trying for the takedown, but Joey defends well. Joey manages to lock in an arm-in guillotine, but Jon breaks his hold and Joey looks for a kimura. Jon goes back to attempting a takedown, but Joey defends well yet again. Joey continues to work for the kimura but he's unable to get it and Jon finally gets the takedown, which will likely win him the fight. And as soon as I say that, Joey locks in a leg triangle. Jon gets his head out and works from side control for a second before passing to mount. Jon looks for a choke, but settles for punches. Joey tries to scramble, but Jon keeps punching him as the round ends.

Scorecard: Manley, 10-9 (Again, Rivera had a nice submission attempt, but I think it was too little to win the round.)

Dana says the fight was disappointing and Joey came out looking like he was on Xanax and didn't know what was going on. Roy says it looks like they didn't want to fight another and it wasn't even a sparring match. Dana reiterates that if they want to be in the UFC they need to be exciting and try to win fights.

Official Result - Winner: Jon Manley, Majority decision (19-19, 20-18x2)

Joey says he's disappointed for not putting his foot on the gas like he should've, and Jon is disappointed in his win, but he says Joey beats his ass in practice so he was hesitant to really engage. Ricci says things are getting weird in the house between he and Hill, and Hill says someone should put Exlax in Ricci's sauce. Ricci tapes up his pot and someone asks him why and he says because Hill said something about putting stuff in his sauce. Hill, predictably, flips out and talks crap to Ricci until Ricci starts talking back. They trade some insults (Ricci says Hill is scared, Hill says he's going to do what Dom couldn't) until we go to commercial.

Ricci says there's no such thing as rest on TUF, you just have to keep working. He says it feels like ancient Sparta - train and go to war and it consumes you completely. Ricci says he knows Hill is a one-punch knockout, but he's not mentally strong enough to ever be a champion. Nelson says Hill has never fought a southpaw so they're trying to cram it into three hours. Hill says he's going to be the dirtier fighter and Ricci better be ready for a fight. Hill says he didn't expect Ricci to call him out, and that Ricci's a talented fighter, but he wants it more. Ricci says Hill was exposed against Secor, and he's not looking to knock him out or submit him, he's just going to flow with whatever Hill gives him and break his will. Hill talks about how he thought they were buddies, but it's the fight game and you can only rely on yourself. Ricci says Hill's only hope is to fight his heart out and hope he (Ricci) makes a mistake. Hill says he's going to try to end the fight as early as possible, so he's going to come out swinging and look for the knockout punch. He says hard work beats talent and he's going to prove that in the cage.

Welterweight bout: Mike Ricci (Team Carwin) vs Michael Hill (Team Nelson)

Round 1: Again, both guys slow to engage, although Ricci is coming forward. He slips a punch from Hill and lands a glancing head kick. Hill comes charging in and Ricci lands a nice punch to the face. Ricci gets the better of another exchange and works his jab and leg kicks. Hill comes forward with a nice combination, but Ricci answers with a front kick to the body. They clinch against the cage and Ricci presses Hill against the fence. Hill looks for a guillotine, but Ricci easily slips his head out. Ricci lets go of Hill's leg and lands a hard punch to the cheek. Ricci looks for the takedown, Hill defends, but Ricci picks him up and puts him down, working from guard. Ricci landing some good shots from the top, but Hill does his best to answer. Hill ties Ricci's arms up so Ricci moves to half guard. They trade some more shots, but again Ricci gets the better of them. Hill manages to get Ricci back to guard, but Ricci lands some nice elbows and then a big overhand shot. Ricci stands up, Hill pushes him off, but Ricci immediately dives back into half guard. Ricci tries to pass, and they scramble, with Ricci ending up in back mount. He gets one hook in, but Hill turns, only for Ricci to get behind him with one hook in. Ricci looks for a choke, but Hill defends and Ricci starts raining down punches and elbows. He gets two warning about strikes to the back of the head, but Hill was turning his head to cause those strikes, so he doesn't get stopped or points deducted as the round ends.

Scorecard: Ricci, 10-9 (Easy to score for Ricci)

Round 2: Hill rushes forward again, but Ricci ducks his punches and looks for the takedown. He gets Hill down against the cage, but Hill quickly gets back to his feet and presses Ricci against the cage. Ricci continues to look for the single, but Hill tries for a choke before sprawling. Another scramble and Ricci ends up in side control before getting back mount. Ricci gets one hook in falls backwards against the cage, which allows him to get his other hook in. Ricci looks for the choke, but Hill defends and tries to stand up as Ricci continues to punch him. Hill stands up with Ricci hanging on his back and Ricci continues to land some punches. Hill grabs one of Ricci's arms and falls back to the mat, but Ricci hangs on and now he's working from side control behind Hill. He gets back mount again and works more strikes, but Hill throws some punches over his shoulder into Ricci's unprotected face. Ricci goes back on the offensive with punches and it looks like he's punched himself out with a minute left in the fight. Hill stand up again and Ricci locks in the choke, but he can't hang on when Hill falls back to the canvas. Ricci looks to improve his position, but Hill stands up and presses him against the cage, only for Ricci to reverse as the round ends.

Scorecard: Ricci, 10-9 (Another clear round for Ricci)

Official Result - Winner: Michael Ricci, Unanimous Decision (20-18x3)

Dana, Shane, and Roy break down the fight, with Dana saying that Hill doesn't have much of a ground game and Ricci dominated him in the fight. Hill says he didn't give it his all, Ricci came to fight, and he let Ricci beat him up for two rounds. Ricci says this means everything to him because people said he was too small and he wants to prove them wrong.

Here's Dana with the semifinal fight announcements. He congratulates the four semifinalists and the semi-finals are going to be Team Nelson vs Team Nelson and Team Carwin vs Team Carwin. None of the four guys are particularly anxious to fight their teammates and they are all respectful, but they're all interested in making the finals, so it should be another pair of good fights next week.

Ricci was definitely the most impressive fighter in the quarterfinals, with Colton the likely second. I'd expect that to be your final match-up, but if it were that simple to predict, the fighters wouldn't even step into the cage, would they?

NEXT WEEK ON THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: We'll see our semifinal fights! We get the tease "There will be a knockout", so I'm anxious to see who scores it.

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

TEAM CARWIN
Sam Alvey
Bristol Marunde
Michael Ricci
Neil Magny
James Chaney
Eddy Ellis
Igor Araujo
Matt Secor



TEAM NELSON
Dom Waters
Michael Hill
Cameron Diffley
Colton Smith
Jon Manley
Nic Herron-Webb
Joey Rivera
Julian Lane



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





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