411’s The Ultimate Fighter 24: Team Benavidez vs. Team Cejudo Report 9.28.16
The Ultimate Fighter 24: Episode Five
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, #15. Eric Shelton (Caged Aggression Iowa, 10-2 MMA) defeated #2 Yoni Sherbatov (XFFC Canada, 5-0-1 MMA), and Team Henry Cejudo is now up 3-2 overall. This week’s fight is #7. Ronaldo Candido de Oliveira (Shooto South America, 6-0 MMA) from Team Joseph Benavidez vs. #10. Jaime Alvarez (Absolute Fighting Championship, 6-1 MMA) from Team Henry Cejudo.
* Dana says that these guys have been fighting their asses off to prove tat they are ready to win a title shot. He puts over the next fight, and then we get to learn about Ronaldo Candido de Oliveira with some home video. Oliveira is a BJJ world champion and trains Jose Aldo and Claudia Gadelha. Oliveira lives in a tiny ass place; it’s a one-room apartment basically. We see him training at the gym and Jose Aldo makes a cameo. Oliveira made a seven-hour bus trip to his family’s home for a visit, he gets emotional discussing his family, detailing his parent’s separation and how when he won the worlds his father told him he wished he could have been a better father.
* Back at the house, the guys get to watch UFC 200. Oliveira cheers on Aldo, and Alvarez wanted Nunes to win because they are teammates. Both men were happy as Aldo and Nunes won that night.
* We get to see some of Alvarez’s training session; he likes to be exciting and to try new things. Dana says Alvarez is well rounded and is a finisher. Dana says that Alvarez has great confidence, and that is what you need to be a contender and more importantly a champion. Cejudo says Alvarez is hungry, but respects Oliveira’s ground game and wants Alvarez to keep the fight standing. Alvarez says he has high-class defense, and is confident that he can force his gameplan on Oliveira.
* Alvarez discusses getting into MMA after watching the Ultimate Fighter. He went to ATT and has never been anywhere else. We get some video of Alvarez back at ATT, where he trains twice a day. He praises his AAT teammates as the best of the best, and that by training with them he constantly gets better. He’s a family oriented guy, so of course he tosses fireworks at his sleeping cousin.
* We now see Oliveira training, and he jokes about Alvarez trying to go to the mat with him. Benavidez says that Oliveira knows the game and previously coached on TUF because he’s a three-time world BJJ champion. He was a coach last season for Claudia Gadelha’s team. He is 6-0, and won all six fights via submission. Benavidez works a lot of striking with, because he knows he can’t teach him anything he doesn’t already know on the ground.
* Oliveira discusses about his girlfriend, who is from the US but speaks Portuguese. She wrote him a series of letters to have in the house, motivational ones, ones for when he feels lonely and all kinds of sweet things.
* WEIGH-INS: Oliveira weighed in at 126, while Alvarez weighed in at 125.5.
* Travis Browne arrives at the house on his Harley. Harley brought out the jump-start to the house so that the guys can get the feel of riding a bike. The winner (and someone that inspires them) gets a Harley along with the contract and title shot.
* FIGHT DAY: We get the usual warm-ups at the house and at the gym.
* We’re getting two rounds here.
#7. Ronaldo Candido de Oliveira (Shooto South America, 6-0 MMA) vs. #10. Jaime Alvarez (Absolute Fighting Championship, 6-1 MMA): ROUND ONE: Alvarez has an almost 5-inch reach advantage. Here we go, we get a lot of circling to begin. Both throw kicks and work to establish reach. Alvarez then clips Oliveira and drops him, he follows up with ground and pound and then Oliveira snatched a heel hook. Alvarez escapes and they work along the cage. Oliveira pulls Alvarez to the mat as he works to take the back from a seated position along the cage. Alvarez stands with Oliveira on him like a backpack, he works for the choke and it looks deep and we get a referee stoppage. That was fucking slick.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ronaldo Candido de Oliveira via RD1 submission
– We’re tied up 3-3. I love all of these finishes this season.
– Oliveira is extremely emotional after the win. Alvarez is devastated.
– Next week’s fight is #6. Matt Schnell (Legacy FC, 9-2 MMA) vs. #11. Matt Rizzo (Ring of Combat, 9-2 MMA).
– We get a video preview for next week.
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)
#11. Matt Rizzo (Ring of Combat, 9-2 MMA)
#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)
#14. Charlie Alaniz (Hex Fight Series Australia, 6-1 MMA)
#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)