411’s The Ultimate Fighter 16 Report 09.28.12: 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):
Last week we got a feel for each coach’s training style (Carwin was organized and more intense, Nelson was more relaxed) and also saw our first official tournament fight, as Team Carwin’s Neil Magny picked up a unanimous decision win over Team Nelson’s Cameron Diffley, which gave Shane Carwin control of fight choices. We also saw the start of tension in the house, although the escalation prior to the start of pranks didn’t translate, as Team Carwin took the “flour-over-the-door’ prank in good humor and it seemed to relieve some of the tension. From the previews they’ve shown, though, it doesn’t look like that will peace will hold. Show starts with a quick recap, teasing Carwin’s pick, then we get the video intro.
FADE IN: We start out post-fight, and Neil feels good, and the rest of Team Carwin celebrates their win in a very low-key manner. Carwin highlights the importance of picking the fights. Cameron apologizes, his teammates try to console him, and Nelson hopes that Carwin having control of the fights will motivate his team. Jon Manley seems especially anxious but he (and the rest of the team) all say that they’re ready to fight. Secor rags on Colton Smith, and they start trash talking each other, with the end result being that both guys seem intent on fighting one another. If history holds, that means they won’t fight each other in the house, but they’ll square off on the Finale.
Nic Herron-Webb is playing late night pool and starts making noise just to mess with other guys and the guys in the room closest to the pool table came out (Eddy Ellis and Mike Ricci) and told him to stop. Ricci goes and talks to him and he thinks Herron-Webb is nervous about potentially being picked. Herron-Webb downplays it, but I think Ricci is probably right. Secor talks smack to Herron-Webb about what BJJ tournaments he could win in Alaska and how he’s going to lose to Richie and it looks like another guy wants to fight Secor.
Shane Carwin to make his fight pick, and he chooses Joey Rivera from Team Nelson to fight Sam Alvey. Dana thinks it’s a great pick for Team Carwin because Alvey’s fight to get into the house was so good, while Rivera didn’t look good. Dana predicts Alvey to win by devastating knockout. Joey says he couldn’t have asked for a better pick – he wants to fight the best people in the house. Alvey says Joey fights like he’s big and strong, but he (Alvey) is bigger and stronger.
Michael Hill confronts Herron-Webb about his antics, and Herron-Webb blows him off. Herron-Webb just keeps responding, and Hill gets more and more confrontational. Julian finally breaks up the tension, they bring it in for Joey, and we get to a training session. Joey owns a gym in Arizona, and he says there’s nothing to do there but train or go to the bar, and he’s not into the bar scene anymore. Rivera says he had to fight growing up to defend himself and his mother, and that he even got into fistfights with some of his mom’s boyfriends. Roy says Joey is very good at everything, but he doesn’t excel at anything, and he wants Joey to put Alvey on his back and finish him. Rivera is excited and he can’t wait to fight.
Team Carwin training session and Sam Alvey talks about his past, how he trains with Team Quest, how he’s a hunter and fisher from Wisconsin, how he met his fiancé at a renaissance faire, and how she won America’s Next Top Model and supports him every step of the way. The coaches work with Sam on throwing strikes that will make Rivera not want to change levels. Sam says he’s not going to let Rivera work his gameplan and that he’s going to best Rivera.
(Just threw that in there because it made me laugh, and it’s MMA-related, since it features Chael Sonnen.)
Back at the house, and Colton Smith decides to put Sam Alvey’s mattress in the pool, so he, Nic Herron-Webb, and Julian Lane put the mattress on pool floats and send it into the middle of the pool. Michael Hill doesn’t seem to be too fond of the idea, and Igor Araujo doesn’t like this kind of prank and he doesn’t respect the team. Igor is taking it far worse than Sam, who just thinks it gives him license to do more in retaliation. Sam ends up sleeping on the couch, and we head to the training center for weigh-ins. Team Carwin isn’t giving Joey much of a chance and he makes weight at 170, and Team Nelson thinks that Team Carwin is severely underestimating Joey. Sam weighs in with a leather codpiece thing on and is severely overweight, so he strips naked and weighs 171. All the Team Carwin guys like Joey, but they think Sam is going to steamroll him.
It’s fight day at the house, and Joey talks about having sex with his wife before fighting, and how he does it for her and he tries not to ejaculate so that he can keep his spiritual energy. Alvey says this is a big opportunity to impress “Mr. White” and he’s always in a good mood because not many other people get the opportunity that he has. Sam says his gameplan is similar to his other gameplans: hit Rivera harder and more often than Rivera hits him. Joey says he’s on Team Nelson, but he’s there for the fight and he’s going to do what it takes to come out with his hand raised. Sam says Joey hits hard, hits often, and he’s strong as an ox, but he’s going to try to be better. Joey says it’s his chance to show what he can do. FIGHT TIME!
We get the Tale of the Tape, and Alwey has a significant advantage in just about everything – he’s younger, taller, has a 4″ reach advantage, and he’s had nearly three times as many fights as Rivera, compiling an 18-4 record to Rivera’s 7-1.
Welterweight bout: Sam Alvey (Team Carwin) vs Joey Rivera (Team Nelson)
Round 1: Joey takes the center of the Octagon and throws a head kick, then another, then a body kick. Another body kick Alvey tries to counter with his big right hand, Rivera picks up a HUGE double leg. Alvey gets up and Rivera piggybacks him and looks for the choke, but Alvey defends and eventually ends up in a Rivera waistlock. Rivera gets another easy takedown and Rivera locks in a head and arm choke as Alvey stands up. Alvey lands a nice elbow to cause Rivera to break the choke, but Rivera immediately locks him up in a waistlock again and then ends up with a double underhook. Alvey manages to push Rivera against the cage, Rivera looks for a takedown but ends up with a guillotine, they scramble and Rivera hangs onto it. Alvey hangs onto Rivera’s leg, but Rivera pulls guard. Alvey tries to pulls his head out for almost forty seconds before actually getting it free. Alvey throws some weak ground and pound and Rivera looks for the armbar and then the triangle. Alvey gets free and stands over him, throwing kicks and threatening with punches while Rivera kicks at his legs. Alvey finally drops in with some decent ground and pound, but Rivera ties him up as the round ends.
Scorecard: Rivera, 10-9 (Alvey came back at the very end of the round, but there’s no way he stole it; Rivera dominated the first four minutes)
Round 2: Rivera is badly gassed between rounds, so it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Touch of the gloves and we’re underway. Rivera with another head kick and a leg kick and then we get nothing from either guy. Rivera with a head kick (Alvey has blocked all of them so far). Alvey with a nice punch, they tie up, and Alvey looks for the takedown. Rivera looks for the guillotine, but Alvey starts throwing knees to his thighs. Alvey really working the knees, which aren’t powerful, but they are something, and Rivera seems to just be hanging on for dear life. Alvey picks Rivera up but that gets him nowhere. Herb Dean breaks them up. Alvey goes back to work with the punches, and Rivera counters, but Alvey is landing the cleaner shots, with a big jab. Alvey defends a takedown nicely and presses Rivera against the cage. Rivera looks for the guillotine gain and not much is going on. Herb Dean breaks them up again. Rivera throws a front kic, but Alvey lands a punch. Rivera lands a head kick that seems to stun Alvey, and he capitalizes, getting a takedown against the cage. Sam tries to escape but Joey holds on to his legs. Alvey starts punching away at Rivera’s head and throwing knees to the thigh as Rivera holds a bodylock. Alvey goes back to punches and Rivera stomps his foot. Rivera is breathing like a fish out of water and Alvey gets a big takedown as the round ends.
Scorecard: Alvey, 10-9 (19-19 overall)
Official Result – Winner: Joey Rivera, Majority Decision (20-18×2, 19-19)
Dana White breaks down the fight and says he didn’t see that result coming. Neither did Sam Alvey, who says he’ll bounce back and be better than ever. In the locker room, he says he’ll be there for his team for the next five weeks. Shane Carwin talks about going to the Center for the Intrepid, where wounded soldiers go to have their injured limbs removed, and Carwin says the Marines won’t leave a man behind and neither will they. Sam will be a part of the team and will go on to have a great career. Team Nelson celebrates, and Nelson says he saw a fire lit under Joey’s butt for the first time and tells the team that Joey won because he listened. Rivera thanks his teammates and slaps hands with each of them individually.
NEXT WEEK ON THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: Roy gets control of the fights again, but he has his team draw straws to see who fights, Dana surprises the fighters with something to “break the monotony”, and Roy and Dana argue, apparently about one of Carwin’s fighters not making weight.
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