411’s The Ultimate Fighter 16 Report 09.21.12: Episode 2
The Ultimate Fighter 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Episode 2
Meet the Cast:
Shane Carwin, Head Coach
Trevor Wittman, Boxing Coach
Nate Marquardt, Jiu Jitsu Coach
Pat Barry, Striking Coach
Duane Ludwig, Striking Coach
Leister Bowling, Wrestling Coach
Loren Landlow, Sports Performance Coach
Roy Nelson, Head Coach
For your convenience, here are the teams as they stand now (color coded for easy reading):
We’re back to the fully pre-taped format now, after last season’s experiment into live television, and last week we saw the elimination round to determine who would make it into the house, the coaches picking their teams, and Dana White generally being a dick to Roy Nelson. This week we’ll see our first tournament elimination, and probably some of the drama that’s become so commonplace in the TUF house over the past 15 seasons.
FADE IN: We see the fighters moving into the house, claiming rooms and beds, checking out the Harley that’s a prize this season (ironic in the wake of Aldo’s injury). James Chaney is happy to have a bed and free groceries because he sleeps in his friend’s garage. Julian Lane says his Mohawk is turning pink, Matt Secor mocks him a bit, and it looks like bad blood is developing. Michael Hill and Michael Ricci bond as the only Canadians in the house, and it looks like we’ve got a new “Team Purple” (Mike Chiesa/Sam Sicilia from last season). Ricci is already homesick, and they talk about how the other fighters aren’t as seasoned.
Team Carwin training session is up first. Carwin says he was nervous when he found out he would be a coach, because he wants his guys to do great. Carwin talks about his two degrees (environmental technology and mechanical engineering) and how he’s still an engineer. He put his team together based on doing things academically and athletically to maximize his team’s chances to succeed. Carwin’s guys are buying into the training, and Carwin thinks his team is full of monsters and any of them could win. He says they train like champions to become champions and the session is over.
Team Nelson training session now, and Roy says he chose 4 pm for the training time because that’s when they’re going to fight. Nelson says he didn’t expect to be picked to coach, because he wanted to fight sooner because he has a baby on the way. Nelson says no two-a-days, which is surprising to some of the fighters. Roy says the first practice is just to get to know the guys, and some of the guys didn’t like the lack of intensity, but Nelson says he’s going to sweep the first 8 fights so that he knows his guys are in the finale and it won’t matter.
We’re back for the first fight announcement, and Team Nelson won the coin toss. Nelson chooses Neil Magny from Team Carwin to fight Cameron Diffley, who was Forrest Griffin’s BJJ coach when he coached TUF. Nelson says Magny was in a lot of bad positions when he was fighting to get into the house, and Diffley’s black belt will work to their advantage. Team Carwin thinks it was a bad choice. Also of note: it’s Magny’s birthday.
Back at the house, Julian Lane says he doesn’t agree with his coach’s choice and then talks trash towards Matt Secor and they swear at each repeatedly in the kitchen. Ricci thinks things are getting more intense and Secor and Lane continue to yell at each other. They actually have beds next to each other, and Lane says Secor should sleep with one eye open.
Pre-fight, Team Carwin is confident, and Carwin says once they take control, they’re going to keep it. Bristol Marunde runs down Roy Nelson, saying he’s unkempt and sloppy, has a bad physique, and that there’s no method to his training, which segues to a Team Carwin training session, which seems more organized than Nelson’s thus far. Magny talks about how he was running with the wrong people in high school in spite of wrestling, how he joined the Army right out of high school, and how he’s focused his entire life on winning this competition for the past 3-4 years. He seems to be doing well in his solo sparring training with Trevor Wittman, working on movement and combinations to keep him near the center of the cage. The goal is to keep Magny at range so Cameron can’t use his grappling.
Back at the house, Lane and Colton Smith are trying to set up the flour prank for when Team Carwin returns from their training session, and Team Nelson talk about how they’re coming together as a family. Team Carwin returns home and Mike Ricci gets covered in flour, so he returns the favor to Nic Herron-Webb. Everyone seems to be in good spirits afterward, so it’s probably for the best that it wasn’t Secor coming through the door first. It’s pretty early in the season for that type of escalation.
We’re back with a Team Nelson training session, and Diffley is working on his striking. He talks about fighting in Vegas and having access to high-level fighters, about loving BJJ and training Forrest and Amir Sadollah, as well as being welcomed into Team Cesar Gracie by the Diaz brothers. Colton Smith is working with Cameron on his wrestling and Nelson says the goal was to let Cameron be Cameron, rather than trying to change too much in two days.
Back at the house, Cameron fills the tub with ice and soaks, while Neil lounges by the hot tub. Magny thinks Diffley probably thinks he’ll submit him easily, but he obviously has other ideas. Diffley says he’s envisioning different scenarios but he’s super excited to get out there and fight.
Fight day – Joey Rivera says they need to worry about Cameron because he’s so serious and doesn’t talk. Magny says he’s just going to keep trying to move forward; Diffley says he can take anything Neil dishes out and he can go harder. We see them getting taped up and pre-fight advice from their teammates, as well as warming up. Dana says it’s a very interesting match-up because Neil looked so good to get into the house, but Cameron has so much experience.
Carwin says he won’t corner his fighters because he has professionals to do that. It’s not an ego thing for him; he just wants to give his fighters the best possible chance to win. I can respect that, but I wonder how his fighters will take it? We get a Tale of the Tape – Magny is two years younger, an inch taller, and will enjoy a 4″ reach advantage. He’s also got a 7-1 record against Diffley’s 3-0. Dana explains that the fight is two-five minutes rounds with a sudden victory round if necessary and Steve Mazzagatti starts the fight.
Welterweight bout: Neil Magny (Team Carwin) vs Cameron Diffley (Team Nelson)
Round 1: Magny comes out pumping the jab, then throws a leg kick, followed by some more jabs. Diffley is throwing some tentative jabs but he is mostly just keeping his hands up. Magny lands a decent punch to the face and then one to the body and he’s starting to throw a little more. Diffley throws a combination but Magny avoids it. Magny catches a kick, throw Diffley down, and kicks him. Diffley doesn’t get back up, so Magny kicks him until he gets up. Magny keeps working the jab and circling, avoiding a head kick attempt. Diffley throwing big punches and kicks but whiffing badly and he looks for the double leg. They clinch against the cage and Magny lands a nice punch before they separate. Magny working the one-two-leg kick combination and Diffley eventually answers with a kick to the outer thigh before looking for another takedown. He drags Magny down on top of him and they grapple, with Diffley looking for a kneebar. Magny defends and they trade punches before Diffley moves into guard. He eats punches while trying to pass, so he stands up. Magny lands a decent upkick and Diffley lands a couple of punches of his own before dropping back into guard. He stands up again and avoids another upkick before dropping back into half-guard. They don’t do much until the round ends.
Scorecard: Magny, 10-9 (Close round, but I think Magney did thismuch more on the feet.)
Round 2: Magny working the jab again, followed by a leg kick. Magny lands a combination, Diffley looks for a takedown, but Magny lands on top in half-guard. Diffley manages to push Magny off and into a heel hook, but he can’t keep it and they get back to the feet, where Magny goes back to work, landing a couple of combinations while Diffley throws a few half-hearted jabs. Diffley starts throwing kicks, but Magny peppers him with a trio of punches. Magny keeps coming forward with combinations and while Diffley covers up to avoid the worst of the damage, he’s still taking punches. Diffley’s corner is screaming for the double leg, and as flat footed as Magney is, it would absolutely be a good idea, but Diffley continues to let Magny back him up with punches and leg kicks. Diffley lands a punch that leaves Magny blinking and eventually follows it up with an overhand right. Magny comes forward with another combination, stuffs Diffley’s takedown and drops on top of him, landing a few punches before standing up and dancing out of another heel hook attempt. He drops back down and uses a whizzer to prevent Diffley from gaining position on him, eventually flattening Diffley out and standing back up. Diffley whiffs on a big punch and kick attempts while Magny keeps landing his jab and the damage shows under Diffley’s eyes and in his frustration when the round ends.
Scorecard: Magny, 10-9 (This one wasn’t even close. Be interesting to see how the judges scored the first round.)
Official Result – Winner: Neil Magny, Unanimous Decision (20-18×3)
We get a replay of the highlights of the fights, with Dana complimenting Neil Magny’s striking. Watching the highlights, I think it was probably even closer than I initially thought, because of how close Diffley’s submissions were, but the second round was definitely all Magny, landing from the feet and stuffing the take downs. Magny is clearly excited, while Diffley says he needs to absorb the loss to become a better fighter. He gets a round of applause from his teammates, says he needs to work on his shots, and Nelson says the biggest thing is for them to listen to what the coaches say not to do their own thing. Nelson is disappointed because Diffley didn’t act enough. In the Team Carwin locker room, things are obviously excited, and Carwin says he knew after the second round that they had won the fight. Magny says Diffley had a deep heel hook in and he was just glad to get the win (his birthday gift).
NEXT WEEK ON THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: Nic whistling late at night causes drama in the house, the pranks escalate, and Team Carwin picks their first fight!
Thanks for joining me tonight – while I miss the live aspects of the show from last season, this wasn’t a bad episode by any means, and I’ll see you back here in seven days for the next episode!
For your convenience, here are the teams as they stand now (color coded for easy reading):
KEY: Fighters with name crossed out have been eliminated from the competition