411’s The Ultimate Fighter 16 Report 10.26.12: Episode 7
The Ultimate Fighter 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Episode 7
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 Michael Hill and Matt Secor got into a heated verbal altercation because Julian Lane and Colton Smith cooked Team Carwin’s chicken and then threw away what they didn’t eat. We also saw some frustration from Nelson’s team regarding his lack of structure at practices and seeming lack of dedication to training. Still though, Team Nelson’s Colton Smith was able to recover from a bad first round and pick up the decision over Eddy Ellis after an absolutely dominant second round. This week should provide more intrigue, as Roy Nelson uses an even more orthodox fight selection process than drawing straws, which wasnhos approach the last time he had control.
FADE IN: It’s all smiles in Team Nelson’s locker room, and Colton wants to know if it was a good fight. Roy wants to win the next three, and he opts to pick a random number and see who was closest. Dom Waters was the closest and he opts to fight, but he wants Roy to pick his opponent, and when Roy won’t, Dom passes to Michael Hill. Hill is obviously going to pick Secor, and we go right into the fight announcement. Carwin looks concerned as Hill looks over at Secor. Roy makes the announcement and picks Secor to fight Michael Hill to the surprise of no one. Roy says Mike picked his fight, so he better win. Carwin says that was one of the fights they were thinking about and Shane’s not surprised these two wanted to fight. Secor calls him “the Backstreet Boy of the house”, while Hill says he’d better be ready.
Team Nelson training and he’s brought in Forrest Griffin, because Forrest built the TUF house and has won it all. Forrest is doing skill drills to work on conditioning and making good decisions when you’re tired. Cameron Diffley used to be Griffin’s BJJ coach and he talks about how much Griffin has taught him and helped him to grow as a fighter. Forrest says they’re like robots, which isn’t good. Hill said he had chances and opportunities to play other sports and go to school, but he screwed that up. When MMA blew up, he loved it, and he got a career in personal training and nutrition, and he wants to fight Secor to shut him up because he does too much “sh** talking”.
Team Carwin training session and Secor talks about joining the 82nd Airborne when he was 17 and about his brother dying after taking an RPG to the chest in Iraq. Leister Bowling encourage Secor to continue trash talking in the cage because it’s easier to take him down that way. Secor has been training BJJ for four years and has won the Pan-American Games in blue and purple. Secor says he doesn’t mind Michael Hill but Hill has a nipple and belly button tattoo which is lame in the States. Bowling says Secor is going to win because Hill will be fighting angry.
Secor talks about how his father was a diabetic and his grandmother assured him that his dad was fine, but the next phone call he got was his mom telling him that his dad had died. Secor said he wasn’t going to cry, but he couldn’t control it. It was only a year ago, and Secor says it’s a big motivator. He says he didn’t remember the forty minute drive to his grandmother’s house, where he got pissed because people tried to hug him and he didn’t want to be touched. He went to the hospital and regrets it, because he couldn’t get the image of his dad’s dead body out of his head. He says he’d give up all of his opportunities just to talk to his dad one more time, and he doesn’t worry about fighting because he knows his dad is watching over him. The cross necklace that he wears contains his father’s ashes, which is pretty cool. That was actually nice, to see the human side of Secor, who has just generally been shown as a dick throughout this season.
It’s fight day, and Hill is making himself breakfast. He says fighters aren’t born, they’re made, and all he knows how to do is fight. Then he turns around says he was born ready to fight. He says Secor is the pet dog, while he’s the lion, and if the dog wants to bark, he’d better be ready to fight. This dude is terrible at metaphors and should never be allowed to talk. Secor reiterates that he thinks Hill is a good kid, maybe a little douchey, never wearing a shirt with long blonde hair. Hill says he can go “five, six, seven, eight rounds” and that this will be just another day in the office. Secor says Hill can knock people out, and “that and a dollar seventy-five will buy you a cup of coffee”. He says he likes being the underdog and he has two hearts. Hill says it’s going to be a war; Secor says he’s going to get him down somehow. Secor out first, followed by Hill (Secor: “He’s actually got a shirt on!”) Hill says he likes fighting angry, that Secor has hurt him and his teammates, and he (Secor) doesn’t belong there. Tale of the Tape, and Hill is slightly taller, with a one-inch reach advantage and an unblemished 4-0 record, to Secor’s 3-1.
Welterweight bout: Matt Secor (Team Carwin) vs Michael Hill (Team Nelson)
Round 1: No glove touch and Secor leading with his left. Not much happening and it’s deathly quiet in the training center. We’re 35 seconds in and Hill has thrown two jabs that were dodged by Secor – that’s the extent of the action thus far. *sigh* Hill with an inside leg kick, Secor answers with a right. Secor pumping the jab, but it’s just to keep Hill on the outside as he’s yet to come close to landing one. Hill comes in with a feint and lands a body shot and Secor jumps at him but gets taken down. Secor tying Hill up completely and he’s looking to free up his right leg to look for the triangle. Hill gets a hand free and lands some punches to the ribs and back but Secor landing a flurry of shots to Hill’s head. Hill into full guard and Secor continues with the short flurries, although he does pick up a warning for hitting the back of the head. Secor doing a good job of tying Hill up, and for every shot Hill does land, Secor lands a flurry. Secor landing the Saku double palm strikes and they get stood up with 12 seconds left. Hill backs Secor against the cage, but Secor comes out swinging wildly and looks for the takedown as time expires.
Scorecard: Draw, 10-10 (Neither guy did much of anything and that wasn’t the easiest round to watch)
Round 2: Both guys look fresh to start the second round and we get a glove touch. Secor throws a leg kick and eats a punch to the shoulder on his way out. He switches stance and we’re back to not a lot happening. Secor shoots from the outside and ends up on his back with Hill in side control. Hill does almost nothing and Secor tries to take him down again as he stands up. Hill sprawls and holds him down, throwing knees to the shoulder, but on the second knee, Secor scrambles and presses him against the cage, finally getting his takedown. Secor takes his back and gets one hook in, and he’s looking for the choke. Secor with a nice elbow to the side of Hill’s face and he locks in the choke, only for Hill to turn into it. Secor releases the choke and Hill gives up his back again. Secor finally gets his arm free and looks for the choke again. Hill pulls one hook out, but Secor transitions his legs to a body lock and lands a few strikes. Hill pulls Secor’s hands off of him and tries to get free, but he looks tired. Secor looks for the choke again, but he can’t get his second arm free from Hill’s hands, so he starts punching Hill again before looking for the choke again. As the round ends, Secor hammers away and throws in some heel strikes to the inside of Hill’s thigh to boot. Secor throws his hands up and says Hill wasn’t tough.
Scorecard: Secor, 10-9 (No question there. Hope Secor losing isn’t the controversy they were talking about in the episode previews.)
Round 3: Lots of shoulder movement from Hill and he throws a jab that Secor avoids. Secor keeping his left hand out, and he finally throws a straight right. Hill with a spinning back fist that looks to glance Secor as he shoots in, and Hill ends up in guard and he lands a punch of punches to Secor’s ribs and then a bunch of slaps and weak hammerfists to Secor’s face. Hill stands over Secor, and Secor spins into a kick as he stands up. Secor with the takedown and they trade weak punches to the head as Secor works from half guard and tries to get his leg free. Secor passes to mount when Hill tries a flurry of punches, and he quickly takes Hill’s back, although his hooks aren’t completely in. Now he sinks one hook in and triangles the other one. Hill content to hold Secor’s wrists. Eventually, he gets his head behind Secor’s arm and turns, but Secor hangs on and goes back into mount. He quickly takes Hill’s back again and lands some punches until Hill rolls over on him. Hill throwing BIG punches over his shoulder that are glancing Secor.
Scorecard: Secor, 10-9 (I’ve got this one for Secor, but I think Hill takes it since it’s supposed to be so controversial)
We get the replay before the result, and Carwin and Dana slag on both guys’ performances in the first round. Dana thinks Matt won the first round, but if someone said Mike won, he wouldn’t argue it. Nelson walks us through round two, and Dana says if you don’t give the second round to Matt, he doesn’t know what you’re thinking. Carwin talks through round three, and the replay of Secor’s kick is pretty awesome. Dana starts cursing, since TUF “isn’t summer camp”.
Official Result – Winner: Michael Hill, split decision
Dana walks out of the cage in disgust and says it’s beyond comprehension, and he’s clearly pissed. “If that doesn’t keep somebody from judging ever again, nothing should.” Both teams are clearly shocked by the result, and Dana says the NSAC should be embarassed. Hill says nothing like that ever happened to him before, but he says he thinks he did enough to win. He doesn’t look like he believes it though. Nelson says the judges are the judges, and he’s clearly relieved with the decision. Shane says Secor shouldn’t have let it go to the judges and Secor says Hill got the win for a reason and he’s not going to take anything away from him. He says he’s going to go back into the gym, work on what he needs to work on, and come back a better fighter.
NEXT WEEK ON THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: Dana goes to the house to set the fighters straight and they need to turn the intensity up. Shane and Roy compete in a track and field challenge, and “all hell breaks loose in the house”.
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