411’s The Ultimate Fighter 16 Report 10.19.2012
The Ultimate Fighter 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Episode 6
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 saw Nic Herron-Webb get on pretty much everyone’s nerves, Julian nearly get himself kicked out of the house after his loss, and some dissention amongst Team Nelson, even before another loss, as Herron-Webb lost a decision to Igor Araujo.
FADE IN: We open in the locker room of Team Nelson, with Dana White telling Nic Herron-Webb that he got screwed and it should’ve gone to a third round (but it shouldn’t have). Nic says he had Araujo on cardio, and Roy says he lost round one because Igor controlled his back and he lost round two because he spent too much time on his back. Lane says Nelson always has something negative to say. Back at the house, Secor extols Carwin’s virtues as a coach while saying that Nelson is in it for himself and not his fighters.
Lane goes to eat, didn’t see any food except Team Carwin’s marinating chicken, so he and Colton cooked and ate it. Team Carwin returns and finds their chicken missing, which sets Secor off and he accuses Michael Hill, who had steaks thrown away, which sets Hill off. Hill and Secor start trash talking, and it escalates to Hill calling Secor out. Secor apologizes, and Hill says that’s all he wanted, but in his video monologue, he clearly still wants a fight, saying he’ll send Secor home without a contract.
Time for the fight selection and Team Carwin retains control. Hill continues jawing at Secor, and Shane chooses Colton Smith to fight Eddy Ellis. Colton says he’s better than Eddie at everything, so he likes the match-up, while Eddy says he’s always done well against wrestlers. Shane says Eddy has wrestling that’s underrated, while Roy says Colton’s wrestling is going to be the deciding factor. Dana’s excited for the fight because Eddie put on a good show to get into the house.
Eddy started fighting at 16, and he took fights just to take fights, and he’s been beaten every way and won every way and he’s grown as a man because of it. He says he’s been training seriously on his own since 2005, when he outgrew the party scene and met his wife. Team Carwin training session, and Shane says he saw some things on the ground that Eddy needed to work on, so he though Eliot Marshall would be a perfect fit. Eliot drills on doing damage on the ground, rather than holding position, as he says that’ll better impress the judges. They drill on ways to get out of wrist control and do damage with punches or elbows, and Eddy says that he really learned from Eliot. Eliot reiterates that fighting is about doing damage. Trevor Wittman works with Eddy, pointing out that Colton got a takedown on the glove touch so be prepared for him to be nasty. Wittman also stresses controlling the distance to control Colton’s wrestling. Eddy says he figures Colton will take him down, but he’ll pop back up and that’ll demoralize Colton.
Colton Smith was born and raised in Iowa and is currently stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. Colton started wrestling in Iowa and was raised by his single mother, who put him into every possible sport. He excelled at wrestling, then he joined the Army, where he learned BJJ, grappling, and Army combatives, which he currently teaches. He says all he knows about Eddy is that he’s gritty, that he’s lost a lot, but that he’s also won a lot. Colton says being in the Army has given him an advantage, because he knows the guy across the cage doesn’t have a gun or a bomb and can’t kill him. Roy says he knows Colton will listen because he’s used to taking orders. They try to teach Colton to use his kicks more, but he isn’t interested, telling Julian that he doesn’t need the flashy stuff. Plan A is takedowns and ground and pound and it’s worked for him since 2008. Lane basically tells him to do what he wants to, and Smith says he’s knows the coaches’ hearts are in the right place, but he’s going to go with what has worked for him.
Back at the house, Smith talks about his wife and two kids, and says it’s tough being away from his family, but it’s better than being shot at. Smith says the same resolve that it takes to be a soldier, it takes to step into the cage, and that’s why he respects every fighter. But Eddy Ellis has only been in wars in the cage, and not in a real war. Colton says it’s weird spending so much time in close proximity to his opponent, while Eddy thinks Colton is nervous facing a more experienced fighter and nothing will faze him. Colton says he still gets nervous, but it’s not as bad, and that it doesn’t compare to going on a mission; Eddy says that fighting is automatic for him and he doesn’t even have to think about it. Eddy hopes Colton will go back and forth with him, but he knows Colton is going to look for the takedown. Colton says he’ll have to struggle for it, but he will eventually get the takedown and that’s when he’ll win the fight. Tale of the Tape, and Eddy is four years older, three inches shorter, but he has a whopping experience advantage.
Welterweight bout: Eddy Ellis (Team Carwin) vs Colton Smith (Team Nelson)
Round 1: Herb Dean is our official and we’re off! Eddy comes out with a nice combination, and another, but Colton clinches and they trade wild knees and they jockey for position. Colton throws Eddy down and lands some short punches. Colton briefly looks for the kimura, but Colton defends and holds him down. Eddy pushes him off and gets back to his feet, pressing Colton against the cage. Colton spins back to the inside and they separate. They trade jabs, and again, and Eddy looks for a hip throw, but Colton defends and gets a takedown of his own. Eddy stands back up before Colton can do any damage, but Colton presses him against the cage and lands some weak-looking knees. Eddie stalking Colton and they trade punches again. Colton backing away and Eddie drops his hands. They trade, and Eddy lands a big punch that stuns Colton. He pauses, but lands another good punch that leads to a takedown. They grapple for position and Eddy looks for a belly-down armbar, but Colton escapes. They trade again on the feet and Eddy stuns Colton again and Colton is bleeding, I believe from the eyebrow. Eddy is working from the top and he gets side control while Colton is on all fours. Eddy pounds away, but Colton gets back to his feet and presses Eddy against the cage, where he lands a few knees before the round ends.
Scorecard: Ellis, 10-9 (Close round, but Ellis stunned Smith with punches at least three times, stumbling him once, and he got a pair of takedowns to match Smith’s, as well as doing more with them)
Round 2: Colton comes out with a low kick-punch combination, but he ends up taking Eddy down with a body lock trip takedown. Colton works from half guard and lands a flurry of elbows. Eddy tries to get out from underneath him, but Colton defends his position well, staying on top and going back to the elbows. He reopens a cut over Eddy’s eye and Eddy is really bleeding, with blood all over Colton and the canvas. Colton continues to work the elbows and he looks for the mounted crucifix, but Eddy avoids it. Colton finally gets his legs up for the mounted crucifix, but Eddy keeps his arm free and ties Colton’s arm up well. Colton switches to punches and elbows to Eddy’s rib cage. Eddy tries to turn and get free, but Colton maintains control. Herb Dean stands them up and tells Colton if he’s going to be on top, he needs to be trying to win the fight with big shots. I don’t agree with the stand-up, but Eddy goes all out, chasing Colton and swinging for the fences. Colton lands a punch that seems to stun Eddy, but Eddy catches his follow-up flying knee attempt and they clinch as the round ends.
Scorecard: Smith, 10-8 (19-18 overall) (If last week’s first round was a 10-8, this one most definitely was, as Eddy didn’t land anything really clean or damaging, while Colton controlled him and did a lot of damage, regardless of what Herb Dean thought)
And again, no third round, so Smith is your winner, I’d imagine.
Official Result – Winner: Colton Smith, Majority Decision (19-18×2, 19-19)
Dana says “they’re handing out 10-8’s like it’s Christmas”. Eddy’s teammates try to talk him up after the fight, but he says he doesn’t want fluffed before the fight, he doesn’t want fluffed after the fight. Colton comes into the locker room and shakes Eddy’s hand, says Eddy hit him harder than he’s ever been hit, and he wants to see a picture of his cut. In probably the coolest moment of this season so far, Colton does his post-fight video monologue with blood running down his face, shoulder, and chest. Cool visual.
NEXT WEEK ON THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: Team Nelson is back in control and Roy does another unorthodox selection strategy, Forrest Griffin comes in to help Roy, and some kind of controversy in next week’s fight makes Dana cover his eyes and walk away from the cage.
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