411’S The Ultimate Fighter 16 Report 11.2.12
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 finally got to step into the cage and resolve the issues that had been building between them, but when the dust settled, I don’t think anyone was satisfied by the result. In one of the more unusual decisions I’ve seen while covering the show, Matt Secor pretty handily won two rounds of the three round fight, but the judges awarded the split decision to Michael Hill. Dana White and Team Carwin were understandably shocked, and even Team Nelson seemed surprised that their fighter had won the decision.
FADE IN: We start with a replay of the announcement of last week’s decision, and Dana talks about how every fighter needs to be doing whatever it takes to make sure the fight doesn’t go to the judges, based on how bad the judging has been. Dana tells Hill he needs to fight better, and Hill says he’s not there to break a hand or a foot, he’s there to win a tournament. Nelson comes in and says he can’t do anything about the way the judges score the fight, and that they should be looking to win the $100,000 and not the $15,000 fight bonus.
Dana comes to the house and sees Nic and Julian playing pool. Word gets out that Dana is in the house and the fighters assemble. Dana makes a joke about Here Comes the Boom, and then says that the fights haven’t been what people have expected, and he calls out Nelson for saying they should do just enough to win but Dana says they need to be exciting to get into the UFC. He tells Hill he doesn’t think that he won the fight, and then tells Hill and Secor that their first round was awful. Dana says they need to wake up and win fights if they want to be there, or they won’t be. James Chaney says the guys are taking it the wrong way by getting worried, and they need to use it as a motivator. Ricci tells the guys not to let Dana change their strategy and says he’s not getting his head knocked off because some guy sitting on his couch didn’t think the last fight was amazing. Hill is disappointed in himself and he and Lane start consuming massive quantities of beer and liquor. Everything starts off fine and they’re laughing and Ricci is messing with him, and it turns into Hill and Igor jawing at one another and Hill says he wants to fight Igor right now. Drunken Hill is yelling like crazy while Julian tries to start a fight with Dom Waters. Waters listens to a lot of guff from Hill and he starts to take his necklace and microphone off as we go to commercial.
Ricci and Colton try to keep them separated and Dom Waters throws a chair over the balcony, and the rest of the team finally keep them apart and both guys slam stuff. Waters goes to a different room and calms down and Lane tries to shake off three guys and slams his head agains the wall and gets into the bedroom and picks a fight with Jon Manley. Ricci says Lane makes him embarrassed to be associated with the sport because of behavior like Lane’s. Secor laughs at Lane from a distance and Waters tries to go to bed, while Lane punches the walls and continues to try to fight. Waters says he’s going to sleep like a baby, and if Lane attacks him in his sleep, he doesn’t see how he’ll be kicked out of the house.
The morning after, and Lane feels like a jackass for being a jackass. We head to the training center for the fight announcement, and Nelson takes center stage and he picks James Chaney to fight Jon Manley. Chaney says they’re similar guys, but he thinks he’s going to run Chaney over. Team Nelson training session and Manley talks about when he decided to become a fighter, he was thinking about going back to school, but he didn’t want to worry about what if, so he sold everything and went back to Massachusetts and train. Nelson wants Manley to keep it standing and let James initiate the grappling and then play it safe. Manley says he’s never going to quit and he and Chaney are going to kick the crap out of each other.
Team Carwin training session, and they talk about James’ nickname being the Snake because he sneaks up on you and chokes you. His teammates say he looks like a serial killer and he seems like he’s in his own world. Chaney says he gets the crazy thing a lot, so he’s not worried about it, and he’s an orphan and live in a trailer and had a mullet. He says he’s currently living on a mattress in his friend’s garage, so this is an upgrade for him and he’s comfortable, so he’s glad when other people complain. Carwin says Chaney is great on the ground but his striking is weak, so they drill striking and Shane says he’s shown maybe the most improvement of anyone in the competition. Chaney says he’s come so far and people could consider that a win, and he does, but he’s not satisfied. He says he’s like a shark – if he quits moving, he dies.
Time for the coach’s challenge, and we’re at Bishop Gorman park, and Carwin and Nelson are competing in a Track and Field competition. They’re going to do a pentathalon – shotput, javelin, discus, long jump, and end with a 400m run. Nelson says it’s right up Carwin’s alley, but Carwin says he has no track and field experience, other than watching the Olympics. The winning coach will receive $20,000, and their team will each win $1,500.
Dana says it’s going to be interesting to see two heavyweights do track and field event. Every event the coaches win gives them a 3m advantage in the race. Roy wins the coin toss and he lets Carwin go first, and it’ll alternate with each event. Carwin says there’s money up for grabs and he can’t wait to give his guys some money. Carwin beats Nelson by at least 5 meters each throw, and he now has a 3m advantage going into the race. Carwin wins the javelin, too, by 30m, giving him a 6m advantage in the final race, which means the best Nelson can do is even the race back up. Carwin wins the discus too, even though both guys’ form is terrible, and that means he’s going to have at least a 6m head start in the final race. Carwin wins the long jump, so he’s going into the final race with a 12m head start. They start the final race and Carwin is never in any danger of losing. He just outgains Nelson as the race goes on, and Nelson walks in the final few meters. Dana gives Carwin his money and Team Carwin says Nelson walking in shows his lack of heart, and Nic Herron-Webb says it just exacerbated his issues with Nelson. Secor says he thinks the fight will go the same way – Carwin will come out strong and Nelson will quit. I’m not the biggest Big Country fan, but I don’t think Secor’s ever seen him fight, as Nelson goes to the final bell even when he’s getting his ass kicked.
It’s fight day and Manley is eating his breakfast and Chaney offers him coffee. Manley likes Chaney and doesn’t think he’s crazy, just a little weird with the leather jacket when it’s over 100 degrees. Chaney says the black clothes and leather jacket are his thing, and he’s going to do it before each fight whether it’s hot or cold. Manley doesn’t think nerves are a bad thing and Chaney thinks he might be different than other fighters because he clears his mind and thinks about nothing. Sam Alvey says Chaney is an animal and that he can’t wait to see him fight, win or lose, he’s going to be the scariest guy the Octagon has ever seen. Waters says both guys never quit and they’re like wounded tigers – you back them into the corner and the timidity disappears. Manley says he’s disappointed he can’t fight somebody he doesn’t like, but when the door closes, Chaney is his enemy. Chaney pretty much echoes his sentiment, saying they can be friends again after the fight, but he’s looking to inflict damage when the fight starts. We get out Tale of the Tape, and Manley is a year older, but they’re pretty much identical, other than that.
Welterweight bout: James Chaney (Team Carwin) vs Jon Manley (Team Nelson)
Round 1: Manley comes out swinging and they trade, with Manley getting the better of it. Chaney lands a few kicks to the stomach, so Manley takes him down. Chaney does a good job of controlling his posture and arms and landing punches, but Manley stands up and walks him to the cage. Chaney locks in a triangle and Manley drops him pretty slowly to the mat and Chaney continues to hold the choke, even as Manley puts his knee on his throat and pounds on his face. Manley keeps pounding away, but Chaney holds the choke until he thinks he can get an armbar, but Manley escapes and locks in a guillotine. He mounts Chaney, who strambles against the cage but can’t buck Manley off, and Chaney has no choice but to tap.
Official Result – Winner: Jon Manley, Submission (Guillotine choke, Round 1)
On the replay, Manley talks about how the triangle was instantly tight and how he’d never picked anybody up from a triangle and he didn’t want to slam him because he’s not Rampage. Dana didn’t think Manley’d be able to get out of the choke, but he did and got a guillotine. During the guillotine, Chaney bit Manley. When Dana asked Manley about it, he wanted to give Chaney the benefit of the doubt, that his teeth went into his ribs due to the tightness of the choke, but Chaney says he bit him on purpose to try to get out of the choke. He says maybe it was messed up, but he takes fighting seriously because that’s all he has.
NEXT WEEK ON THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: Ricci and Water face off in the last first-round fight, and Dana announces the quarterfinal match-ups, and Carwin is apparently pissed at Dana based on the match-ups, while Roy can only say “wow”.
For your convenience, here are the teams as they stand now (color coded for easy reading):
James Chaney Eddy Ellis
KEY: Fighters with name crossed out have been eliminated from the competition