411’s The Ultimate Fighter 24: Team Benavidez vs. Team Cejudo Report 10.12.16
The Ultimate Fighter 24: Episode Seven
The Ultimate Fighter 24: Team Benavidez vs. Team Cejudo is a flyweight spectacular. The coaches are top flyweights, the 16 competitors are top flyweight champions from outside of the UFC, and the winner will receive a title shot against Demetrious Johnson, and a Harley Davidson motorcycle of their choosing, and the six-figure UFC contract. Basically, Demetrious Johnson is a very bad man and has cleaned shit out. LAST WEEK, #6. Matt Schnell (Legacy FC, 10-2 MMA) defeated #11. Matt Rizzo (Ring of Combat, 9-2 MMA) via RD2 submission. This week’s fight is the final of the first round, featuring #3. Tim Elliott (Titan FC, 16-6 MMA) vs. #14. Charlie Alaniz (Hex Fight Series Australia, 6-1 MMA).
– Everyone was in the hot tub; drinking, and taking shit about how great of a fighter that they were. Rizzo tried to say that he was beating Schnell and out striking him, which he wasn’t. Rizzo talked a lot of shit for a guy that tapped last week. He and fellow loser Jaime Alvarez talked a ton of shit and teased fighting; liquid courage ladies and gentleman.
– We get to meet Tim Elliott and see some training; he was a wrestler first and a national champion. He graduated, and then got into fighting. Dana says he has always seen Elliott as a prospect, and he actually fought Jon Dodson in the UFC, losing via decision. He then went 2-3, including a loss to Benavidez. Benavidez praises Elliot, and we see footage from his outside of the UFC fights. He’s 3-0 since being cut by the UFC. Amazingly enough, Dana say she will be a good possible challenger for Johnson. Benavidez says Elliot had a style that is difficult to read, and that is an advantage. He calls him “controlled chaos.” Elliot says he now knows technical striking and is a new fighter.
– Back at the house, we meet Charlie Alaniz and then get home video. He’s a big family guy. We also get home video footage from Tim Elliott. He has had a girlfriend for eight years and they have a one-year-old daughter. His daughter gave him purpose and his girlfriend has the real job and supports him while he takes care of his daughter. He even takes her to the gym. Elliot says MMA is a hobby now because it doesn’t pay the bills, and he wants to win the show and title to make it a career.
– We see more training with Charlie Alaniz, who fights out of Australia. He has been working to get to the UFC. He’s described as a grinder that always goes non-stop. Alaniz and France had some issues at practice, and post workout they had some words with the whole team there. Alaniz says France is crying like a girl and he is an animal that does what he does. He’s being real; he’s here to win. He doesn’t appreciate “that kid” talking to him and getting in his face. The coaches chill the situation.
– Coach’s Challenge Time: They go to Top Gold for the challenge, and Cejudo says he knows nothing about golf. Each coach will hit 20 balls, there are targets and the closer to the center of a target the more points you get. The winning coach gets $10,000 and the coach’s team members will get $1,500 a piece. Cejudo missed multiple times to hit his first ball and Dana says it will be a long day. After a rather horrible display of golf, which seemingly lasted forever, Benavidez smoked Cejudo and won. Cejudo then said he didn’t care about losing this, because he will win when they fight.
– WEIGH-INS: Elliot weighs in at 125.5, while Alaniz weighs in at 125.
– FIGHT DAY: Both fighters eat and get ready at the house before going to the gym for the fight. Basically, we get the usual pre-fight discussion and warm-ups at the house and at the gym.
#3. Tim Elliott (Titan FC, 16-6 MMA) vs. #14. Charlie Alaniz (Hex Fight Series Australia, 6-1 MMA): ROUND ONE: Elliot will enjoy a 3.5-inch reach advantage. Alaniz works leg kicks early, and then they start to trade evenly. Elliot tried to pull a guillotine, Alaniz slips out and starts to land from the top. Back to the feet and Elliot shots and gets stuffed, gets a takedown but Alaniz gets back to the feet and starts to land. Elliot then takes him down and taps him with a side/bulldog choke. So much for all of Alaniz’s shit talking.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Tim Elliott via RD1 submission
– Elliot loves wacky submissions, and says he didn’t expect to get him to tap to the bulldog choke. He has way better stuff, which he will show off later.
– All eight first round fights ended in finishes.
– Here are the second round fights…
* Alexandre Pantoja (Resurrection Fighting Alliance, 16-2 MMA, 1-0 TUF) vs. Kai Kara-France (Bragging Rights Australia, 12-5-1nc MMA, 1-0 TUF)
* Adam Antolin (Tachi Palace Fights, 11-3 MMA, 1-0 TUF) vs. Hiromasa Ogikubo (Shooto (Japan) 15-3 MMA, 1-0 TUF)
* Ronaldo Candido de Oliveira (Shooto South America, 6-0 MMA, 1-0 TUF) vs. Eric Shelton (Caged Aggression Iowa, 10-2 MMA, 1-0 TUF)
* Tim Elliott (Titan FC, 16-6 MMA, 1-0 TUF) vs. Matt Schnell (Legacy FC, 9-2 MMA, 1-0 TUF)
– Next week’s fight is Alexandre Pantoja (Resurrection Fighting Alliance, 16-2 MMA, 1-0 TUF) vs. Kai Kara-France (Bragging Rights Australia, 12-5-1nc MMA, 1-0 TUF).
– We get a video preview for next week, where we get a house party and the shit talk between the coaches continues. Duane Ludwig comes in to do some training.
Team Joseph Benavidez
#5. Hiromasa Ogikubo (Shooto (Japan) 15-3 MMA, 1-0 TUF)
#15. Eric Shelton (Caged Aggression Iowa, 10-2 MMA, 1-0 TUF)
#7. Ronaldo Candido de Oliveira (Shooto South America, 6-0 MMA, 1-0 TUF)
#3. Tim Elliott (Titan FC, 16-6 MMA, 1-0 TUF)
#11. Matt Rizzo (Ring of Combat, 9-2 MMA, 0-1 TUF)
#4. Damacio Page (Legacy FC, 19-10 MMA, 0-1 TUF)
#8. Terrence Mitchell (Alaska FC, 11-2 MMA, 0-1 TUF)
#16. Brandon Moreno (World Fighting Federation, 11-3 MMA, 0-1 TUF)
Team Henry Cejudo
#1.Alexandre Pantoja (Resurrection Fighting Alliance, 16-2 MMA, 1-0 TUF)
#9. Kai Kara-France (Bragging Rights Australia, 12-5-1nc MMA, 1-0 TUF)
#13. Adam Antolin (Tachi Palace Fights, 11-3 MMA, 1-0 TUF)
#6. Matt Schnell (Legacy FC, 9-2 MMA, 1-0 TUF)
#14. Charlie Alaniz (Hex Fight Series Australia, 6-1 MMA, 0-1 TUF)
#10. Jaime Alvarez (Absolute Fighting Championship, 6-1 MMA, 0-1 TUF)
#2. Yoni Sherbatov (XFFC Canada, 5-0-1 MMA, 0-1 TUF)
#12. Nkazimulo Zulu (EFC Africa, 7-2 MMA, 0-1 TUF)