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411’s The Ultimate Fighter LIVE on FX: Team Faber vs Team Cruz Episode 11 Report

May 18, 2012 | Posted by Wyatt Beougher

The Ultimate Fighter Live: Team Cruz vs. Team Faber
Episode 11

Meet the Cast:

Coaches

TEAM CRUZ

Dominick Cruz
Phil Davis
Eric DelFierro
Ross Pearson
Shannon Slack
Wilson Reis
Lloyd Irvin
Doug Balzarin

TEAM FABER

Urijah Faber
Master Thong
Fabio Prado
Dustin Akbari
Justin Buccholz
Lance Palmer
TJ Dillashaw

Fighters

Lightweights

For your convenience, here are the teams as they stand now (color coded for easy reading):

TEAM CRUZ
Justin Lawrence (Villa Ridge, Mo.)
Sam Sicilia (Spokane Valley, Wash.)
Myles Jury (San Diego, Calif.)
Mike Rio (Miami, Fla.)
James Vick (Fort Worth, Texas)
Vinc Pichel (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
Chris Tickle (Bloomington, Ill.)
Jeremy Larsen (Phoenix, Ariz.)

TEAM FABER
Al Iaquinta (Wantagh, N.Y.)
Cristiano Marcello (Curitiba, Brazil)
Daron Cruickshank (Wayne, Mich.)
Joe Proctor (Pembroke, Mass.)
Michael Chiesa (Spokane Valley, Wash.)
John Cofer (Hull, Ga.)
Andy Ogle (Tynemouth, England)
Chris Saunders (Long Beach, Calif.)

KEY: Fighters with name crossed out have been eliminated from the competition

Last week we saw our first two quarterfinal fights, with James Vick winning a fairly easy decision over Joe Proctor and Mike Chiesa picking up a third round TKO victory over Justin Lawrence. Also, Dana announced to the fighters that Dominick Cruz had torn his ACL, and while he was out of the fight against Faber, he would continue to coach his team until the end of the season. This week we’ll see the two remaining quarterfinal fights, pitting Vinc Pichel against Chris Saunders and Al Iaquinta against his Team Faber teammate Andy Ogle. Plus, Dana is going to announce Faber’s opponent in an interim bantamweight title fight.

FADE IN: We see the fighters walking in, get our recaps from last week, and the standard video intro. We start with a Team Faber training session, and Faber says he’s not worried about Saunders’ mental game now, and that they definitely got great value out of their last pick. He says both guys like to stand and bang, but Saunders is faster and has the skills to take the fight out of Pichel. Saunders talks about how hard he had it growing up without his parents around, taking care of his younger siblings, and now he wants to be a role model and he hopes to change at least one kid’s outlook on life.

Back at the house, Saunders tells Ogle about how tough it was to be separated from his younger brother and sister as a kid. Ogle comforts Saunders, and it’s pretty clear that they’ve gotten close over the course of the show thus far.

Back to the gym for a Team Cruz training session, and it’s kinda weird to see Cruz not doing any hands-on training. Cruz says Pichel’s strategy is to take Saunders down and end his fight, and if that fails, turn it into a street fight, clinch, and take him to hell. Cruz thinks Pichel is better at boxing in close, which also takes Saunders’ kicks away, so that’s what they’re working on. Pichel says if it gets into deep water, that’s to his benefit, but that he’s going to come into the cage all animal and Saunders might not even make it into deep waters, he might get knocked out in the first round.

Woo-hoo! Back to the Brittney cleavage Facebook/web page pimping this week, and it’s greatly appreciated. And apparently we have to wait until the semi-final fight announcements before Dana is going to announce Faber’s new opponent. Anik goes over the rules of the octagon (three judges, two five-minute rounds with a sudden victory round if necessary, ten point-must, and the judging criteria), and Pichel is out to the cage, followed in short order by Saunders.

Lightweight quarterfinal bout: Vinc Pichel (Team Cruz) vs Chris Saunders (Team Faber)

Round 1: Touch of the gloves and we’re off! Pichel with a wicked inside leg kick, answered by Saunders. Saunders with another leg kick but Pichel lands a jab to counter. Pichel looks for a double leg but only manages to push Saunders against the cage. They jockey for position, with Saunders pressing Pichel against the cage. Saunders twists Pichel to the ground, but only a wizzer from Saunders keeps Pichel from taking back mount. Saunders working from Pichel’s guard but Pichel does a good job of tying up his body and arms as Saunders really only lands one good shot. Pichel gets back to his feet in a rear waistlock and he elbows away at Saunders’ forearm. Saunders lets go and they separate. Pichel comes forward with a leg kick and a left-right-left combination. Saunders answers with a punch, but Pichel comes in with another nice combination and looks for the takedown. Saunders defends well again and they grapple against the cage. Pichel gets a nice hook punch in and tries for a takedown but Saunders defends again and ends up pressing Pichel against the cage. They trade knees and separate and Pichel lands a big punch as Saunders looks for a kick, and Pichel lands another pair of punches as Saunders looks to counter. Saunders press Pichel against the cage and Pichel lands some short shots against the cage. Saunders looks for a takedown, which allows Pichel to land some better shots as the round ends. Pichel is bleeding, apparently from the nose.

Scorecard: Close round, but I’m giving it to Pichel 10-9, because he landed better shots on the feet and in the clinch than Saunders did on the ground

Round 2: Pichel stalking Saunders early, but Saunders lands a couple of jabs. Pichel answers with a combination and then looks for a takedown again, but again, he gets nowhere, except pressing Saunders against the cage. Pichel lands a knee and a few punches to the body and head. He goes back to some knees before dropping for a single, but all that gets him is a knee to the face from Saunders. Saunders works from the sprawl position and spins to take Pichel’s back, but Pichel stands up and is working from a rear waistlock. Pichel tries to get free, but Saunders holds him until eventually releasing him. Saunders looks for a kick, Pichel answers with a pair of punches and Saunders looks for the takedown. Pichel pounds away while Saunders is looking for the takedown and they clinch against the cage. Pichel with knees to the body and they separate and Pichel just starts DESTROYING Saunders with punches and knees before dropping for another takedown, which he finally gets. Saunders tries for a switch and then tries to get up, but Pichel immediately puts him down again, only for Saunders to switch and take his back, locking in a hook while Pichel tries to stand up. Pichel ends up in Saunders’ guard for a moment, but they get back to their feet with Saunders looking for a takedown again. Pichel lands some more punches and a knee, but the round ends!

Scorecard: Pichel, 10-9 (20-18 overall)

The second round was definitely Pichel, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a third round here. And apparently not, as it’s a majority decision.

Official Decision – Winner: Vinc Pichel, Majority Decision (20-18, 20-18, 19-19)

Anik says Pichel gets stronger as the fight goes on and he says Saunders is a tough dude, and he was hoping for a third round to get the finish (this was his first decision of his career). Saunders thought they were going to sudden victory, and he says it sucks that they didn’t, which I can agree with, even though I scored both rounds for Pichel.

Team Faber training session, as you’d expect, since both guys are from Team Faber. Urijah is going to stay out of the coaching for the fight, and he’s going to randomly assign coaches on the night of the fight to be fair. Ogle says Al’s a great fighter and very tough, and he’s fought Al a million times in his head and in the gym and he’s not going to let it, or anything, get to him. He’s coming out for a war and he’s not going to expect anything less. Ogle says he’s learned so much in the competition and he’s going to surprise people. Faber says Ogle does surprise people with how much he’s improved. Ogle says Iaquinta is a brawler, so he’s going to hit him and keep moving.

Switch to Iaquinta and he feels like he’s the hardest working person on the team, first one on the mat and last one off of it, and he feels like that makes a difference. He thinks Ogle is decent everywhere, but not great anywhere, but he makes up for that with his toughness. Faber says you can’t tell if Al wants to punch you, or shake your hand, or buy you a meal, that he’s stone-faced and dead to the world. Iaquinta says he’s hasn’t thought too much about the fight, he’s just going to go with the flow, and that he came for a UFC contract and that’s what he’s leaving with.

Ogle is out first, followed by Iaquinta, and Anik calls Ogle the star of the show, while pointing out that Ogle’s win over Mike Rio was only two weeks ago. Ogle got “Ogle” chants from his team, while Al got a couple of calls and that’s all.

Lightweight quarterfinal bout: Al Iaquinta (Team Faber) vs Andy Ogle (Team Faber)

Round 1: Touch of the gloves and Iaquinta comes out with a right hand. They trade, and it’s deathly silent. They trade leg kicks and then punches with neither man really getting an advantage. Ogle is putting together nice combinations, but Iaquinta landing solid counter punches every time. Ogle with a head kick that misses and they trade leg kicks, with Iaquinta getting the better of the exchange. Iaquinta catches Ogle with a head kick as Ogle comes in for a punch. Ogle chasing Iaquinta with punches from way outside the pocket, and Iaquinta is landing kicks to make him think about coming in. Ogle with a nice overhand right. Ogle catches Iaquinta as Al comes in and then Ogle gets on his bicycle and stays outside Iaquinta’s range. They exchange kicks, with Ogle landing a glancing head kick and Iaquinta a body kick. They trade punches, with Ogle getting the better of it, and Ogle starts moving again. Iaquinta puts his hands on his thighs in the center of the Octagon rather than chasing Ogle, and Ogle re-engages. Iaquinta with a leg kick and Ogle comes in with a nice combination. Iaquinta catches Ogle coming in and puts him down, but he hesitates a second before pouncing on him, and Ogle has enough time to tie him up. They scramble, but as soon as they separate, Iaquinta lands a HUGE elbow that puts Ogle down and this time, he doesn’t hesitate to drop on Ogle, but Mazzagatti waves him off and this one is over!

Official Decision – Winner: Al Iaquinta, TKO (Elbow, Round 1, 4:44)

Should’ve been a KO – Ogle was out until Iaquinta pounced on him. Iaquinta says it was different fighting someone he knew and it was weird and that Ogle’s a great guy. Iaquinta is ready for three wins in three weeks. Ogle says each dog has his day and it really hurts, and that everyone loses but it’s what you do after the loss that counts.

Dana says the first fight was a grinder fight that had a tough first round to score, but Pichel definitely won the second round, so he doesn’t disagree with the judges. Dana was impressed with Iaquinta’s performance, saying he made an impression and looked outstanding. The first semi-final fight is James Vick taking on Michael Chiesa, which means the second will be Vinc Pichel squaring off against Al Iaquinta. Should be some good fights next week. At UFC 148, Urijah Faber will face Renan Barao! HELL YES! We get a sweet video package for Barao to hype up the fight, and Barao comes out to shake Faber’s, Dana’s, and Cruz’s hands, and we finish with a face-off between Faber and Barao.

NEXT WEEK ON TUF LIVE: SEMIFINALS!

For your convenience, here are the teams as they stand now (color coded for easy reading):

TEAM CRUZ
Justin Lawrence (Villa Ridge, Mo.)
Sam Sicilia (Spokane Valley, Wash.)
Myles Jury (San Diego, Calif.)
Mike Rio (Miami, Fla.)
James Vick (Fort Worth, Texas)
Vinc Pichel (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
Chris Tickle (Bloomington, Ill.)
Jeremy Larsen (Phoenix, Ariz.)

TEAM FABER
Al Iaquinta (Wantagh, N.Y.)
Cristiano Marcello (Curitiba, Brazil)
Daron Cruickshank (Wayne, Mich.)
Joe Proctor (Pembroke, Mass.)
Michael Chiesa (Spokane Valley, Wash.)
John Cofer (Hull, Ga.)
Andy Ogle (Tynemouth, England)
Chris Saunders (Long Beach, Calif.)

KEY: Fighters with name crossed out have been eliminated from the competition

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