411’s The Ultimate Fighter 16 Report 10.12.12
The Ultimate Fighter 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Episode 5
Meet the Cast:
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
Roy Nelson, Head Coach
For your convenience, here are the teams as they stand now (color coded for easy reading):
Last week we watched the guys take in an early screening of Kevin James’ new MMA-related comedy, Here Comes the Boom, some more jawing inside the house, and Roy’s team convincing him that Bristol Marunde didn’t make weight, in spite of the commissioner saying he did. When Roy confronts Dana with the information, Dana blows him off and talks about what an idiot Roy is.
FADE IN: In the Team Nelson locker room, Julian is inconsolable, but Michael Hill does his best to talk him up. In the Team Carwin locker room, Bristol talks to his teammates, telling them it doesn’t matter who it is, find a way. Carwin asks who’s ready to fight and everyone raises their hands, including Bristol. Ricci is ready to fight, but he and his teammates discuss how Julian was able to cut Bristol in multiple places and how none of the fights are going to be easy.
Back in the house, Julian talks to Secor and a couple other guys in the kitchen about drawing straws and picking Bristol to make a statement. Secor says he looks like an athlete but he’s not smart, and they start jawing back and forth. Julian slams a beer bottle down and gets in Secor’s face while Secor is trying to clip his toenails. Julian stays in Secor’s face, but Secor tries to laugh it off. Julian talks about how he doesn’t care that he’s going home and he has nothing to fight for now, but he doesn’t take a swing. Secor defends his actions by saying he didn’t do anything and if Julian wants to get sent home, that’s fine with him.
Dom Waters is cool with one training session a day, and Diffley talks to Roy Nelson about going to two-a-days, but Roy doesn’t seem interested in the least. Michael Hill doesn’t seem impressed with Nelson or his coaches, and a lot of the other guys look upset too. Colton Smith defends Nelson’s methods based on his experience winning the show.
It’s time for Carwin to pick the fight and they choose Nic Webb from Team Nelson to fight Igor Araujo. Carwin is confident that Igor will win the fight because both guys are good with their grappling, but Carwin thinks Igor’s stand-up will make the difference. They stare down and joke around a bit, and Team Nelson would like to see Igor shut Nic up. Nic jokingly slaps Igor, Igor tells him not to touch his face, and then as they separate, Igor slaps Nic in the face several times. James Chaney appreciates the psychological warfare, comparing it to a “man talking to a child”.
Back at the house, Igor says he wasn’t expecting to fight, but he’s happy. Igor talks about coming from Brazil and now living in New Mexico and training at Jackson-Winklejohn. Igor has been doing BJJ for 12 years and is a black belt. He started fighting in 2004 when he couldn’t pay his rent and now he has 23 wins and he’s fighting for his wife and kids. He doesn’t want to be famous, he just wants to change his family’ life. Carwin brings in Eliot Marshall to help Igor with his “MMA BJJ” and then they work on honing his striking so that he can control the fight. Carwin says Igor is literally fighting for bread and milk and that’s when people are most dangerous.
Back at the house, Team Nelson took Ricci’s mattress and put it on top of the arbor, and Ricci is pretty visibly pissed. Igor is, as expected, pretty pissed, as he has no tolerance for the pranks. Ricci confronts Nic and Julian, and Nic eventually confesses but says he won’t bring the bed back. Ricci storms out and Nic boasts about knowing Ricci wouldn’t be able to “roll with it”. Ricci says he hopes Igor knocks the piss out of him and says if Nic keeps messing with his stuff, he’s going to knock him out.
Team Nelson training session, and Nic Webb lays in the center of the cage and explains why he’s called “Naptime” Nic Webb – because he’s relaxed, but in the cage, he puts people to sleep. Nic drills his takedowns and says he wrestled in high school and transitioned to MMA and he adapted BJJ to suit his style (he calls it Napjitsu). He says coming from Alaska is good for him because don’t think he has the kind of talent that he does. Roy thinks as long as Nic is on top, he’ll be okay. He says Nic has “okay” jiu jitsu and that he doesn’t see Igor submitting him any time soon. Nic says he heard Igor has a black belt, but he thinks his jits will be enough to stop Igor’s and even catch Igor in something.
Night dawns on the house and Igor is outside by the fire talking about how hard it is to be away from their families, and Igor gets choked up and cries. Apparently he’s going to miss his son’s second birthday, and it’s really weighing heavily on him. He says even though he’s sad, it makes him strong. He says he’s happy he has this opportunity, but he does miss his family. Nic is laying in bed and he says he’s excited and not nervous. He says he’s about having fun.
Fight day, and Igor is outside praying and he says he had no one to help him but God and he works hard. Igor says he’ll never underestimate anybody. He says he’s better than Nic, but Nic could submit him. Nic says he’s happy to represent his state, and that Alaskans finish what they start, and he wants to show these guys what Alaskans are made of. Igor says he won’t let his family down. Nic says his stand-up is better than Igor’s and he’s going to outstrike Igor on the feet, force him to take sloppy shots, and take advantage of it. Igor says he’s doesn’t hate Nic but Nic’s in his way, while Nic says he’s the youngest guy, which motivates him to work harder and he’s going to show everybody that he’s the best in the house. Igor out first, followed by Webb, and we go to commercial. Tale of the Tape, and Igor is nine years older, five inches taller, possesses an eight inch reach advantage, and has exactly double the wins and losses of Webb, 22-6 to 11-3.
Welterweight bout: Igor Araujo (Team Carwin) vs Nic Herron-Webb (Team Nelson)
Round 1: Touch of the gloves and Webb with a leg kick, Igor with a body kick. Igor ducks a punch and gets the takedown. Nic works for a triangle but Igor stands up and drops back down with a punch. Igor tries to stack Webb up, they scramble and Igor ends up in half guard. He works to pass but Webb defends. They jockey for position and Igor ends up in full mount but Webb does a good job of controlling his posture. Igor works Webb’s ribs and then his head. Igor tries to push Webb down, Webb tries to hip escape, but Igor maintains mount. They crawl to the cage and turn, with Igor maintaining mount, and he starts pounding away, only for Webb to give up his back. Igor keeps him flattened out and pounds away. He looks for a choke, but Webb defends so he goes back to pounding away on Webb’s head. Igor looks for the choke again, but gives it up in favor of more big punches. Nic manages to trip Igor’s arm and he picks up his mouthpiece that he dropped, but he can’t shake Igor off, even when he gets too high in his back mount. Webb struggles to shake him off, but Igor hangs on like a champ and continues pounding. Igor rolls to his side and switches to a body lock, and Webb is able to escape to Igor’s guard as the round ends.
Scorecard: Araujo, 10-8 (Webb’s only successful offense in the round was a leg kick)
Round 2: Another glove touch and Igor looks for a head kick, then a punch and he slips and ends up looking for a takedown. He gets Webb down against the cage and eventually gets into north-south. They scramble and Nic ends up in Igor’s guard. Igor does an excellent job of controlling Nic and not letting him land anything significant. Nic does manage to land a couple of nice elbows, but Igor pushes him off for a minute. Every time Nic tries to do something, Igor gets his legs between them and/or ties up Nic’s arms. Nic sneaks a few punches and an elbow in but Igor sweeps and works from half-guard. Igor punches Webb in the ribs a few times before looking to improve position. Nic is landing punches but he settles for trying to control Igor’s arms and Igor gets some offense of his own in. They scramble and Nic looks for a leg lock but has to settle for going into the guard. Igor controls his posture effectively, but Mazzagatti doesn’t look like he’s going to step in. Nic rides out the round in top control and Dana thinks it’s going to the third round.
Scorecard: Herron-Webb, 10-9 (18-19 overall)
Marc Ratner waves it off, so the first round was a 10-8
Official Result – Winner: Igor Araujo, Majority Decision (19-18×2, I’m guessing)
Dana thinks it should’ve gone to round 3, but Dana’s part of the problem with MMA scoring. If that wasn’t a 10-8, then what does it take? Dana laments Nic’s inability to continue doing damage when he was on top. Dana explains why the first round wasn’t a 10-8, but Nic literally landed one weak strike in the first round and that was it. Nic is dejected in the locker room and all his coaches and teammates can tell him is that there should’ve been a third round. Igor feels great because he won the fight on his son’s second birthday. He wishes he could be with his family, but he’s just happy to win.
NEXT WEEK ON THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: Michael Hill is accused of stealing, and he gets extremely upset. Roy is mad at his team after three losses, and he says if his fighters don’t want to help the team out, then his coaches won’t show them s***.
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