Following each episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 18,” MMADiehards.com will recap the show with Josh Hill, a contestant on this season. This time we focus on episode one.
For the first time in “The Ultimate Fighter” history the head coaches, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and No. 1 contender Miesha Tate, are females and the participants are coed. The season premiere was broadcast on Sept. 4 on Fox Sports 1, and set the pace for an entertaining season with Tate and Rousey feuding, and an motivational speech from UFC president Dana White to kick things off.
Josh “The Gentleman” Hill joins the cast as a bantamweight competitor. While he said the experience in itself was unique, he was not overwhelmed by the history-making season.
Likewise to past seasons, 32 mixed martial artists pair up and fight to gain entry to the TUF house. On television the 16-bout day is crammed into an action-packed two hours, but Hill’s day was not so short.
“It was a long ass day,” Hill told MMADiehards.com. “They had two locker rooms, and 16 of us in each locker room, so it was pretty packed in there. They also had some issues with the power right before my fight, so I was warming up and then I had to cool down and warm up again.”
When Hill’s time to shine arose, he was having an off day, similar to what White mentioned at the beginning of the program. White said that no matter how a fighter feels, their day to perform to their fullest abilities was the day of eliminations.
Hill was dealing with family issues leading up to the bout, but still trained on a regular schedule, if not more. He can’t exactly pinpoint what went wrong, but when fight time came he wasn’t feeling like his usual self.
“I fought like (expletive),” Hill said. “I didn’t feel good at all going into my fight. By about half way through the first round I felt like I was gassed, and that’s not like me, cardio is something I never have a problem with.”
Following the match White complained about Hill’s performance, and “The Gentleman” can understand why, but can’t fathom why the UFC president wasn’t scolding the losing opponent, Patrick Holohan. Nonetheless, White’s remarks didn’t bother Hill.
“I had to do what I had to do to win,” Hill said. “I had to use my wrestling to keep taking him down, and I’m not even a wrestler. I couldn’t let (Holohan) get space because I didn’t know if I’d have my hands up when he tried to hit me.
“I wish they would’ve showed a little more of my fight (on television). I had his back a couple times and tried to do the best I could, feeling how I felt. I won and that’s what mattered most. I can understand (the UFC) wanting it to be exciting, but I fight for me first. I did what I had to do.”
Hill’s performance didn’t have the coaches clamouring for him, however, after being picked sixth overall out of the male combatants by Tate, the Canadian believes he was fortunate to not get selected later.
Even though he warmed up with Team Rousey, Hill had no preference which coach chose him. The most important thing on that day was gaining admission to the TUF house, and that he did.
After the teams were selected Rousey picked the first match. Next week the television series presents Shanya Baszler representing Team Rousey, and Julianna Pena standing in for Team Tate. Both female fighters were No. 1 picks for each team.
Hill will return next week to give us a firsthand perspective of episode two.
The Ultimate Fighter 18 results
|Jessamyn DukeRichmond, Ky||Laura HowarthHove, East Essex, England||Submission via triangle choke3:50 of the 1st round|
|Cody BollingerRancho Cucamonga, Calif.||Rafael FreitasAlbuquerque, N.M.||TKO1:54 of the 2nd round|
|Jessica RakoczyLas Vegas, Nev.||Revelina BertoWinter Haven, Fla.||Submission via arm bar2:32 of the 2nd round|
|Chris BealSomis, Calif.||Sirwan KakaiCoconut Creek, Fla.||Unanimous DecisionSudden Victory round|
|Julianna PenaSpokane, Wash.||Gina MazanySeattle, Ak||Unanimous Decision|
|Michael WoottenLiverpool, Merceyside, England||Emil HartsnerLuberod, Skane, Sweden||Unanimous DecisionSudden Victory round|
|Peggy MorganNashua, N.H.||Bethany MarshallNewport News, Va||TKO2:58 of the 1st round|
|Joshua HillBinbrook, Ontario, Canada||Patrick HolohanTagllaht, Dublin, Ireland||Majority Decision|
|Colleen SchneiderLas Vegas, Nev.||Shayna BaszlerSioux Fall, S.D.||Submission via arm bar4:24 of the 1st round|
|Louis FisetteWinnipeg, Manitoba, Canada||Chris HoldsworthWoodland Hills, Calif.||Submission via triangle choke4:09 of the 1st round|
|Raquel PenningtonColorado Springs, Colo.||Tonya EvingerLake St. Louis, Mo.||Submission via guillotine choke3:56 of the 2nd round|
|Tim GormanWest Des Moines, Iowa||Lee SandmeierKnoxville, Iowa||TKO4:46 of the 1st round|
|Roxanne ModafferiYokohama, JPN||Valerie LetourneauLa Prairie, Quebec, Canada||Submission via rear naked choke3:36 of the 1st round|
|Anthony GutierrezLee’s Summit, Mo.||Matthew MunseyHollywood, Fla.||Unanimous DecisionSudden Victory round|
|Sarah MorasKelowna, B.C., Canada||Tara LaRosaAlbuquerque, N.M.||Unanimous Decision|
|David GrantBishop Auckland, Durham, England||Daniel MartinezSan Diego, Calif.||Submission via arm bar2:02 of the 2nd round|
Team Tate won the coin toss, electing to pick first. Below are the final rosters, in order each was selected, are:
Main card reca for UFC Ultimate Fight Night 28, which takes place at 7:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Glover Teixeira takes Ryan Bader’s best, KO’s him in Round 1
Glover Teixeira may have appeared to be on the losing end of the bout, but stay composed and got rid of Ryan Bader in the opening frame.
Bader approached the bout with aggression. The TUF alum brought the fight to Teixeira and was getting the best of him, but that only lasted until until the Brazilian had enough.
After taking everything Bader could throw at him, Teixeira landed a right-left punch combo that collapsed his counterpart. Teixeira followed up with a few shots, but the bout was over.
Teixeira won via round-one TKO, which brings his win streak to 20.
Bader is back in the loss column and puts him at 1-2 in his last two Octagon outings.
“Jacare” wows onlookers in TKO victory over Yushin Okami
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza stepped outside his comfort zone to end Yushin Okami’s night in UFC Ultimate Fight 28’s co-main event.
Souza, the combatant known as “Jacare” that submits any and all foes, laid a beating on Okami in a way fans have never seen. Okami is known for never being submitted, but Souza switched his typical game plan and decided to show off his powerful fists.
After pummeling Okami for a minute, the Japanese mixed martial artist got his wits back. Not that it mattered, because seconds later “Jacare” planted his fist on Okami’s head and sent “Thunder” crashing to the mat. Souza followed up with a barrage of punches to end the fight in the opening frame.
“Jacare” moves to 3-0in the octagon, and furthered his win streak to five.
Okami had a three-fight win streak ended.
Joseph Benavidez disposed of Jussier Formiga in Round 1
Joseph Benavidez strategically struck his way to victory against Jussier Formiga
Benavidez kept a good distance and displayed excellent lateral movement against Formiga. He would get in and out to land his strikes and not take any punishment. When Benavidez saw his chance to strike, he did. After a two-punch combination that landed flush from the former UFC flyweight No. 1 contender, Benavidez followed up with a knee to Formiga’s stomach. Formiga hit the mat and Benavidez landed a few short punches for good measure to finish off his opponent.
The victory put Benavidez on a three-fight win streak and in possible title contention again.
Formiga is back in the loss column and now owns a 1-2 record in the UFC.
Piotr Hallman defeats Francisco Trinaldo via submission in Round 2
Piotr Hallman took a large amount of damage to his body before capitalizing on Fransico Trinaldo’s mistake and sink in a kimura to end the fight.
Trinaldo battered Hallman throughout the opening round, but not much significant damage was done. The biggest story of Round 1 was Trinaldo working liver shots on Hallman.
Round 2 started with a little more action as Hallman beat Trinaldo to the ground and put his opponent in an uncomfortable position, landing hammer fists in the process. Trinaldo swept for a ankle lock but that was short lived. Hallman kept the pressure on Trinaldo, but the Brazilian managed to work back to his feet. Hallman took Trinaldo back to the mat. Stayed busy, but was still ineffective in his attacks. Hallman attempted a kimura late in the frame and torque it until Trinaldo was forced to tap out.
Hallman walked away with a submission victory in his UFC debut and extended his winning streak to nine.
Trinaldo had a two-fight win streak snapped and dropped to 3-2 in the UFC.
Rafael Natal showcased his jiu-jitsu skills and powerful ground and pound en route to defeating Tor Troeng
Rafael Natal proved to be the better jiu-jitsu competitor in an exciting MMA match against Tor Troeng.
Natal, an accomplished jiu-jitsu practitioner, dropped Troeng with a single punch and followed his opponent to the ground. Natal was searching for an arm-triangle choke, but Troeng reversed the submission. From there, the two mixed martial artists rolled on top of one another searching for a fight-ending submission. Troeng seemed to get the better of the round as he landed more punches and had top position when the frame ended.
Natal opened up in Round 2 with a vengeance. After taking Troeng to the canvas he unleashed a large amount of hammer fists. Troeng survived the onslaught and managed to take Natal’s back. Though, Troeng could not hold the position long, it allowed him to not eat anymore of Natal’s dangerous punches. Natal, using his crafty BJJ, regained top control and peppered Troeng with punches until “The Hammer” got back to his feet. The two foes stayed in a clinched position against the cage until time ran out.
Round 3 started with Troeng carrying Natal while defended a guillotine-choke. He attempted to slam Natal to the canvas, but only made matters worse and tightened the submission, however, he did escape. Natal eventuated to half guard and worked for any submission Troeng would give up. Troeng, though in trouble at times, always found a way out. Natal finished the final frame in top position, battering his opponent with punches.
Natal clearly won a unanimous decision and is now on a three-fight win streak.
Troeng’s five-fight win streak was snapped and his UFC debut was spoiled, but he put up a good fight and will likely return to the Octagon.
Ali Bagautinov wins via TKO against Marcos Vinicius
Ali Bagautinov punished Marcos Vinicius before finishing him off in the third round.
A brief period of measuring range from each competitor started the bout, but that didn’t last long. Bagautinov launched at Vinicius with a flurry of punches that backed his opponent up, but “Vina” stood his ground. Both combatants hesitated before throwing strikes again, but similar to earlier in the round, Bagautinov exploded with another attack. Vinicius was trapped in a guillotine, but managed to defend and gain dominant position on Bagautinov to end the stanza.
In the second frame, Vinicius fought a strategic game, but Bagautinov would attack with relentlessness whenever his opponent tried to gain the upper hand. Bagautinov eventually landed in Vinicius’ guard and battered his counterpart from there. Once the bout continued on the feet, Bagautinov was right back to displaying bursts of strikes to not let Vinicius set up his offence.
In Round 3 it appeared that Bagautinov had taken a page out of Vinicius’ book as he began picking his shots wisely, but that didn’t last long. As soon as Vinicius hit Bagautinov with a few punches, the Russian popped off and sent his opponent crashing to the canvas from a punch. Bagautinov followed his opponent to the mat and put Vinicius away at on Round 3 via TKO.
The victory places Bagautinov on a nine-fight win streak, and sent a message to his fellow flyweights.
Vinicius is now on a two-fight losing skid with the loss to Bagautinov.
Preliminary card recap for UFC Ultimate Fight Night 28, which takes place at 4:30 p.m. ET at Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Edimilson Souza wins UFC debut against Felipe Arantes
Edimilson Souza looked as relaxed as one could be in a UFC debt, as he took care of UFC four-fight veteran Felipe Arantes.
Souza was the more aggressive striker, not to mention a calm competitor in his UFC debut with a flicking jab and odd looping hooks, to start the match, but Arantes eventually nailed a takedown to nullify his opponent’s attacks. Both fighters are competent in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, therefore, neither could gain much of an advantage on the canvas. However, once the round was ending, Arantes passed guard and was searching for a submission, but Souza defended properly and made it out of Round 1.
With an arsenal of strikes unloading and good head movement, Souza controlled the fight from a striking aspect in Round 2. Arantes defended intelligently, but rarely got off any offensive attacks. Souza stayed staking his foe as the round finalized, but never had Arantes in any possible fight-ending situations.
Arantes showcased his striking abilities in Round 3, keeping Souza at bay and throwing punches with bad intentions. Souza eventually countered one of Arantes’ attacks and swarmed his opponent. Souza was pelting Arantes with punches to the body and head, but “Sertanejo” stayed in the fight by taking his counterpart to the mat. Arantes turned the flow of the match and stacked Souza against the cage, while blasting him with knees and punches to end the fight.
Souza appeared to not have any nervousness in his inaugural UFC bout, and the focus was present as he won his UFC debut and furthered his win streak to eight.
Arantes is back in the loss column after going 2-1 in his last three bouts.
Lucas Martins submitted Ramiro Hernandez via rear-naked choke
Lucas Martins wasted no time putting Ramiro Hernandez to sleep at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 29, as he secured the first finish of the evening.
Both combatants were content trading punches and kicks in a wild fashion to begin the match, and the tempo was at the highest the card at yet seen. Around 40 seconds into Round 1, Martins dropped Hernandez with a punch and pounced on his opponent. Hernandez did what he could to fight off Martins in a dazed stage, but “Mineiro” switched from a striking offence and took “Junior’s” back. They toppled to the ground and Martins sunk in two deep hooks before choking Hernandez unconscious, forcing the referee to stop the contest at 1:10 of Round 1.
The victory is Martins’ first in the Octagon, after he lost to Edson Barboza at his UFC debut in January.
After entering the Octagon on a two-fight win streak, Hernandez’s UFC debut was spoiled by Martins.
Elias Silverio outlasted Joao Zeferino’s grappling to earn a unanimous decision victory
With good takedown defence in tow, Elias Silverio defeated Joao Zeferino via unanimous decision at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 28.
Zeferino pinned Silverio against the cage, grinding his opponent down until the referee split the two mixed martial artists up due to lack of action midway through the bout. Within seconds, Zeferino had Silverio immobilized against the fence again. There was a short exchange of strikes near the end of Round 1, and Zeferino hit Silverio with a head kick to finish the frame and leave a lasting image in the judges’ minds.
After a kick-punch combination from each combatant to start Round 2, Silverio planted Zeferino against the cage, but positions were reversed quickly. Once Silverio escaped the grasp of Zeferino, he knocked “The Brazilian Samurai” to the mat and unleashed what ground and pound he could from his opponent’s guard. Zeferino got the fight back to standing and, of course, held Silverio against the cage again. The frame ended with a short flurry of ground and pound from Silverio, but Zeferino still controlled the majority of the round.
Silverio took down Zeferino to open the final frame, he let his fists drop on his opponent’s face, but when “The Brazilian Samurai” scrambled to get up he inadvertently landed an illegal kick to a downed opponent. There was a short pause in the match, but things resumed and Zeferino appeared to have dumped most of his energy. His ability to control Silverio was gone, and “Xuxu” stayed on his opponent’s back, unloading punches. Once standing again, Silverio hit Zeferino with a series of punches and kicks, but was pressed up against the cage again by his opponent.
Silverio won the match via decision and remains undefeated at 9-0. Meanwhile, Zeferino lost his second UFC bout in a row and is still winless in the Octagon.
Ivan Jorge displays impressive final round and earns decision victory against Keith Wisniewski
After starting off slow, Ivan Jorge rallied to finish the match strong and defeat Keith Wisniewski via decision.
Jorge used a limited amount of striking to initiate the match in an effort to take his opponent down, but Wisniewski defended all attempts from “Batman.” Aside from a couple of standing neck crank attempts and two perfected placed knees to the head from Wisniewski, Round 1 did not off much action outside of takedown defense.
In the second stanza, Jorge latched on to Wisniewski’s back in a standing position against the cage and kept pressure high as he tried to take his opponent’s back. After a lull in action for a few moments, referee Mario Yamasaki separated the fight. The two contestants immediately returned to clinching without much offence.
The third round showed more clinch work, but each fighter was landing knees and punches to the body of their opponent. About midway through the bout, Wisniewski absorbed a knee to his groin, but the fight ensued after just a few seconds. Wisniewski grew tired as the match progress, and Jorge increased the intensity. “Batman” damaged Wisniewski’s midsection with knees and wore him down with strong grappling.
Jorge went on to win a unanimous decision and extend his win streak to seven.
Wisniewski returned to the UFC on a six-fight win streak, but he has lost three consecutive bouts since being back in the Octagon.
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Sean Spencer edges out split-decision victory against Yuri Villefort
The only match on the Facebook portion of the card was a 15-minute slugfest between Sean Spencer and Yuri Villefort
Villefort started the opening round throwing knees and leg kicks, while Spencer went upstairs and used his boxing to batter his opponent’s head. Neither combatant got the better of each, but Spencer did drop Villefort momentarily with a punch early in the frame. Villefort landed the sole takedown of the round, but Spencer managed to spring back to his feet immediately.
Round 2 began, and Villefort darted across the cage and achieved a double-leg takedown, but Spencer was back to his feet in a short time. After exchanging on the feet for over a minute, Villefort attempted a second takedown but was denied. Nearing the final minute of Round 2, Spencer began slightly limping and moving with less ease due to Villefort continuously landing leg kicks. Villefort kept using a tipe kick to make distance between himself and Spencer, then would slam “Black Magic” in the legs and eventually dropped him with a leg kick.
After talking a verbal blasting from his corner ahead of the third round, Spencer came out aggressive, even throwing leg kicks of his own. Spencer managed to turn the first half of the round into a brawl, but Villefort found his range and slowed the pace of the bout. Spencer neglected all takedown attempts from an exhausted Villefort in the final round of the match, and beat up the Brazilian on their feet. Spencer went on to win Round 3, and a split decision victory.
The victory marks Spencer’s first win in the Octagon, after losing his debut to Rafael Natal via arm-triangle choke at “UFC on Fox 6 – Johnson vs. Dodson” in January.
Villefort is now 0-2 in the UFC after transferring to the promotion via Strikeforce.