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411's The Ultimate Fighter 16 Report 12.07.12
Posted by Wyatt Beougher on 12.07.2012



The Ultimate Fighter 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Episode 12



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



Last week we saw Jon Manley defeat Joey Rivera and Michael Ricci handled Michael Hill. This week is the final week of the standard format, and I'll be with you next Saturday for the Ultimate Finale. But first, let's see who's going to fighting then, shall we?

FADE IN: Team Nelson (Joey, Cam, Julian, and Mike Hill), along with Matt Secor, are discussing what it was like to be on Team Nelson, and how Roy didn't really teach them anything, how the felt like he was better off sticking to fighting and not coaching, and they called themselves the Bad News Bears. Transition to Team Nelson's training session, and the same guys are sitting in the sauna. Joey says everyone means well but they have no idea what they're doing.

Roy asks Colton what he's doing as he jumps rope, and Colton says he's going to work on his ground drills. Roy says that the coaches will be there for both fighters until the fight, when they need to have their own corners. Colton talks about helping Manley with his wrestling, and how his strategy is always the same - work the jab and get the takedown. Manley says he's going to use his reach advantage and try to hit and kick Colton and keep him outside to avoid the takedown.

Joey confronts Roy about his feelings regarding the coaches' lack of experience/ability, but Roy shifts the blame back to the fighters. Nic Herron-Webb also says he didn't feel like the coaches had instilled a sense of urgency in him, and Roy says he can't give them heart. Roy apologizes if he's hurt anyone's feelings, but his feelings have been hurt all season. Fight day, and Manley says he wants to leave everything in the cage and fight as hard as he can. Colton says every fight he fights is the most important, and while the finals have always been his goal, he's only focused on his "25 meter target", Jon Manley. Tale of the Tape, and Manley's reach advantage is only an inch, so I'm curious as to how effective his strategy is going to be.

Welterweight bout: Colton Smith (Team Nelson) vs Jon Manley (Team Nelson)

Round 1: Manley coming forward and backing Colton away, but Colton lands a couple of decent shots (while eating just as many) as he moves forward for an underhook tie-up. Colton is working with Manley against the fence, but Manley defends the takedowns well, although he eats a few knees to the sternum. Manley gets away from the fence and he works a double jab to good effect. Colton again comes forward swinging in order to tie up Manley, and this time he does it unmolested, but again, Manley defends well. Colton does take him down as he tries to escape this time. Manley ties him up well as Colton tries to work from guard, but Colton stands up and avoids Manley's upkicks as he dives back in. Smith now working from half guard and he works in some strikes as he tries to improve his position. Manley stands up and eats a knee to the face for his troubles, and he can't get away, as Smith keeps pressing him against the fence. They jockey for position, with Manley landing some punches to the body and Colton answering with knees to the legs and chest. That's how they spend the last minute of the first round, and that it's for the round.

Scorecard: Smith, 10-9 (Manley had a couple of good strikes, but Colton make up for that with his knees, takedowns, and Octagon control)

Round 2: Jon did open a nice cut under Colton's eye, and he comes out looking to do more damage with his hands. Manley lands a nice hook, but Colton answers with the exact same leg kick-flurry of punches combination, ties Manley up, and takes him down. Colton tries to improve position, but Manley is able to stand up, only for Colton to land another knee right to his face. Manley works the body against the cage, and he gets free. Manley coming forward again, and he lands another nice punch, only for Colton to tie him up again and take him down. Manley gets up before Colton can go anything with it, and he's looking for a kimura. He bends Colton's arm at a very awkward angle, but Smith holds on and Manley releases the hold. Smith momentarily gets the takedown again, but Manley stands up and Smith tries to hang on to his back. Manley looks for the kimura again, but it simply allows him to get free. Colton looks content to spend the last minute avoiding Manley, so Manley shoots from waaaaaaaay outside and it's completely ineffective, as he eats another knee while trying to stand up from the thwarted takedown attempt. Manley works punches and kicks against the cage and then tries for the trip takedown, but Colton maintains control, drops down into mount, and starts landing elbows as time expires.

Scorecard: Smith, 10-9 (Again, Manley landed some nice shots, but it simply wasn't enough)

Round 3: Manley jumps forward with a jab but Colton avoids it. Smith continues to avoid Manley's offense and he appears to be toying with Manley now. Manley doing a good job of cutting off the Octagon, but Colton comes forward with his same flurry, although he doesn't even try for the takedown. They trade, Jon follows up with another combination, and Colton momentarily slips, although Manley is out of position and can't capitalize. They tie up against the cage, only to separate, and then Colton ties him up again and looks for the takedown. They separate, and Manley catches him with a nice hook shot that lands completely cleanly. Colton answers with a flurry and a knee of his own, and he presses Manley against the fence. Manley lands some knees as Colton looks winded. Colton answers with some knees of his own and he lands a decent elbow as they separate. Manley coming forward again, and he lands a few punches, although nothing seems to be too damaging. Manley keeps coming forward and he seems to be landing well. Herb Dean stops them so Manley can put his mouthpiece back and, and we're back underway. Manley cutting off the Octagon and landing effectively, but he needs a finish here. Smith ties him up again, but Manley gets free and comes forward with another combination that lands clean. They tie up again, and Colton gets a takedown as the round ends.

Scorecard: Manley, 10-9 (Smith had the late takedown, but Manley landed a lot of clean shots)

Official Result - Winner: Colton Smith, Unanimous Decision (29-28x3, I'd wager)

Manley knew as soon as the third round ended that he'd lost, and Colton shouts out the Armed Forces. Manley says it sucks going home on a loss, but Colton is happy with his win and he says he's not the best fighter, but he's fought the hardest. If Carwin can get whichever guy is his finalist to throw a straight right or left every time Colton comes forward with a leg kick, it should be a short fight, and if Colton wins the contract next week, I don't imagine he'll fare all too well in the Octagon. He seems like a great guy, but he's very predictable, and he telegraphs his offense entirely too much.

Ricci said he didn't think he would learn anything in the house, but he did, and Neil backs it up, saying that they had great coaches and he'd be miserable if he had been on Team Nelson. Carwin says Ricci was the most well-rounded, and it was just trying to work on what he's already good at, whereas with Neil, he came in with wrestling and a ground game but now his striking is his strong point. Carwin thinks it'll be a good fight, Ricci says this is the first time that he's fought his teammate but he's going to try to win, while Magny says Ricci probably expects him to use his reach and pick him apart from the outside, but he's ready for wherever the fight goes. Fight day, and Ricci says he always has something to prove, that he wants to win, and that he wants to be the first Canadian to win the Ultimate Fighter. Neil says he left home wanting to win and now he's one fight away from the finals and it all comes down to this. Tale of the Tape and Neil has a one inch height and three inch reach advantage.

Welterweight bout: Mike Ricci (Team Carwin) vs Neil Magney (Team Carwin)

Round 1: Neil throws a head kick that Ricci avoids and they're basically just feinting and waiting for the other guy to make a mistake. Ricci coming forward and throwing hands, but it looks more like he's finding his range than trying to land anything significant. Ricci comes forward with a big jab and he ducks out before Neil can counter. Neil ties him up and presses him against the cage, working for the takedown. Ricci defends and controls Neil's head, quickly switching to a kimura attempt that allows him to get free. Neil feints a punch and lands a kick to the body. Ricci misses a head kick, they trade punches, and Ricci glances Neil with a head kick. Ricci lands a big straight left that DROPS Neil, but Neil regains his senses quickly and Ricci is working from guard. Neil ties Ricci's arms up and gets to a semi-standing position, but Ricci works knees to the thigh and attempts to sink in a hook, but when Neil tries to get away, Ricci lands a HUGE elbow that knocks Neil out. Ricci jumps in for ground and pound, but he as soon as he realizes that Neil is out, he gets up and walks away, and Neil is out of it after the fight, but he recovers quickly.

Official Result - Winner: Mike Ricci, KO (Elbow)

Ricci cries after the fight because he'd have rather won by decision than KO because he's close with his teammates, but if he hadn't done it to Neil, Neil would've done it to him. Neil does his own crying in the locker room, and he says he's ready to do better from this point. He get out staredown between Ricci and Colton. Ricci doesn't think Colton can hang with him if his A game is on, and Colton talks about how Ricci is a multi-talented fighter, but he's going to take his head off.

NEXT WEEK ON THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: It's the finale! Mike Ricci takes on Colton Smith to decide the next Ultimate Fighter winner, and Roy Nelson takes on Matt Mitrione (in place of an injured Shane Carwin).

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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