The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 Full Report, 10.05.2012: Episode 4
The Ultimate Fighter 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Episode 4
Meet the Cast:
Shane Carwin, Head Coach
Trevor Wittman, Boxing Coach
Nate Marquardt, 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 we saw pretty much everyone in the house get mad at Nic Herron-Webb for making noise while the other fighters were trying to sleep, Matt Secor and Colton Smith got into some verbal jousting, Julian Lane also had words with Secor and was involved in nearly all of his team’s pranking, and Team Nelson’s Joey Rivera won control back for his coach by beating Sam Alvey by unanimous decision.
FADE IN: Joey Rivera and the rest of Team Nelson celebrate, and Joey is elated that he beat the number one seed. Nelson decides to draw straws to see who fights next, and while his team isn’t convinced, they go along with it. The guy who draws the short straw can either fight or pass it on until no one is left. Julian draws the shortest straw and he decides to fight. Julian gets to pick his opponent, and he’s leaning towards Matt Secor (he pisses Julian off), Mike Ricci (Julian doesn’t think he can take a hit), or Bristol Marunde (who is tough, but Julian is tougher).
Dana comes in and announces that he’s taking the fighters to the premiere of Kevin James’ new movie Here Comes the Boom, about a teacher (James) who takes up MMA to save his school. They guys hit up the snack bar and everyone seems excited to get out of the house and watch the movie. Dana says the movie is funny, and it’s not intended to be a “tough” movie, and they show some footage of James fighting (who I think is) Mayhem (with green hair and trunks),a nd all the guys seem to really enjoy the movie. Bas Rutten gets some screen time, which is always awesome. Carwin says it was a nice night off for the guys, but it’s back to work tomorrow.
Team Nelson training session, and Roy is making them work their cardio and trying to get Julian ready. He says Julian’s biggest weakness isn’t his heart, but that he’s not prepared to go three rounds, and that his cardio gets sloppy after the second round. They push him with ropes and the treadmill (Nelson: “If my fat butt can do this, you can”) and he definitely looks gassed. Nelson asks his team if they want to do another or just two, and everyone but Julian wants to do one more, and Julian looks pissed at his teammates before joining them in another round of cardio. Roy: “Don’t let the machines break you, because if the machines break you, he’ll break you.”
It’s time for the fight announcement, and Julian knows who he wants to fight. Nelson announces Julian and then chooses Bristol after saying Team Carwin wanted Matt (Secor). Julian says he’s glad he got to call out the second pick to prove he’s better, but Carwin thinks it’s a good match-up because Bristol is tougher in every facet of the game. They have an intense staredown, Bristol says Julian’s only hope is to knock him out, but Julian says Bristol is a scared little boy. Nelson says Julian practices hard and as long as he fights as hard as he practices, he’ll be fine.
Team Carwin training session, and Bristol says he’ll do whatever the coaches want him to do, and they opt to focus on countering Julian’s offense, because, as Nate Marquardt illustrates, Julian breathes heavily after every combination. Bristol is fighting for his almost-2-year-old son and girlfriend, and he says that he’s not used to training without distractions, and he compliments all of the coaches on Team Carwin. Bristol is 186, so he has 24 hours to lose 16 pounds, and Carwin says that’s what’s important. They bring it in and yell Bristol on 3, and we go to commercial.
Back at the house, Bristol plans his cut – he wants to lose 12 tonight and 4 tomorrow, and he says he can cut the weight, but he’s too heavy and shouldn’t be walking around at 186. He says the cut is difficult, but it keeps his mind off of the fight. He says after he makes weight, he’s going to rehydrate and show everyone how superior training and superior diet are an advantage. He gets out of the hot tub, puts on a plastic suit (which I know from experience are illegal in a lot of states, although that apparently doesn’t apply to Nevada), extra socks, sweatpants, a hat, and a hoodie, bundles up in blankets, and lays down beside the hot tub exhaust.
Team Nelson training session, and Julian is sparring. Nelson says he wants to work on controlling the Octagon and making sure Julian doesn’t get pushed up against the fence. Nelson looks frustrated, because Julian knows what he’s trying to teach him, but he’s having a hard time picking it up. They’re trying to teach Julian to move away from the cage, but he moves laterally, so they break it down, showing him the cage and the black octagonal line on the floor of the Octagon.
Back at the house, Bristol is back in the hot tub and then back in his sweatsuit, and he literally POURS sweat out of his pants. He says it was a lot of weight to lose, but he’s ready, and now it’s time for the weigh-ins, so we’ll see. Bristol is up first, and he easily makes weight, coming in at 170. Joey and Julian both tell Nelson that Bristol was heavy, that the arm of the scale stuck at the top. Julian makes weight, and they have another intense staredown. Carwin says Bristol is ready and he probably enjoyed the cut, because he’s a gladiator. Julian says he wants to get his hands on Bristol, while Bristol says he climbed that mountain and now he’s focused on boosting his team’s morale by winning the following night.
Back at the house, Bristol talks about how who wants it more is going to get it. He says he’s got a ten month old daughter and another girl on the way, and that he doesn’t have sh** to go home to, because he lost his job a year ago. He talks about his girlfriend sacrificing for him, and we cut to Bristol, laying in bed, talking about how if he can’t fight out of the house, he doesn’t belong in the UFC. He says this is his last stand, as he’s 30, while Julian says he’s going to buy his daughter a little Jeep cruiser so she can ride it beside him on his Harley (one of this season’s prizes). Julian says he has no choice but to win.
Fight day dawns, and Bristol says he’s here for the UFC and he’s not interested in the shenanigans. He says some guys are living on couches at home and this is a step up for them, but he’s here for business. We see the warm-ups at the training center and both guys look extremely ready to fight. Bristol out first, followed by Julian. Bristol says Julian made a mistake picking him and that his strengths are going to make Julian’s weaknesses glaring and that Julian will be hurting after the fight, and Julian says Bristol made a mistake stepping into the cage.
Brittney Palmer looking delectable tonight, and we get our Tale of the Tape, with Bristol being six years old, enjoying a four inch height and six inch reach advantage, and also having a 15-7 record to Lane’s 4-0.
Welterweight bout: Bristol Marunde (Team Carwin) vs Julian Lane (Team Nelson)
Round 1: They meet in the center of the Octagon, and Lane throws a leg kick, but Marunde back hism up. Lane swings wildly, Marunde connects with a punch and ties him up, pushing Lane against the cage. Bristol looks to improve position and throws the occasional knee. Julian pushes off of the cage, but Bristol pushes him back and throws a punch and a knee to the thigh, followed by punches to the ribs. More knees from Marunde and Lane tries to explode but gets nowhere. Marunde starts working bigger knees and punches, but Lane counters with a couple of glancing power shots of his own. Marunde throwing knees and they trade punches and separate. Marunde working the feints and avoiding Lane’s offense and they tie up and Marunde pushes Lane against the cage again. Marunde working knees and punches again and Lane pushes him off, and they separate. Lane lands a couple of good punches, but Marunde lands an equal number from a one-handed clinch. Lane breathing out of his mouth now as Marunde lands another knee and some punches and they separate. Marunde throws a head kick that misses but he lands with a leg kick. Marunde is bleeding pretty heavily from his nose, but he’s still not breathing as hard as Lane, and he again ties up Lane’s head and lands a flurry of punches. Lane looks frustrated and goes for a takedown, but Marunde sprawls well and ends up behind a kneeling Lane. He pounds away on Lane’s ribs as the round ends.
Scorecard: Marunde, 10-9 (He looks worse, with the cut across the bridge of his nose, but he definitely did more damage.)
Round 2: Lane throws a high kick that Marunde checks and he answers with a leg kick of his own. Lane backing up with every strike Marunde throws, and he slips and whiffs on an overhand right. Bristol with a nice stiff leg kick and another, followed by a nice punch combination. Marunde working the jab and a leg kick, and he looks content to keep his distance. Lane with another wild overhand right that glances Marunde, but Marunde counters with a looping uppercut. Marunde back to the leg kicks and Lane starts swinging wildly without doing much damage. Lane with another big overhand right, but Marunde tags him with a nice straight shot. Lane finally lands a decent punch without getting hit in return, but Marunde catches him on the way in the next time. Marunde stalking him now and using the jab and leg kicks. Marunde checks a wild head kick from Lane and he slips a punch and clinches Lane against the cage. Lane tries to drag Marunde down and ends up behind him, but Marunde quickly turns and presses him against the cage before landing shoulder shrug strikes. They separate and Marunde lands another leg kick. They both miss on punches and Marunde leaps in with an uppercut and follows it up with a nice hook. Lane jumps forward for a takedown but then throws a punch as he’s backing away and he throws a head kick and wild punch as the round ends.
Scorecard: Marunde, 10-9 (20-18 overall)
Official Result – Winner: Bristol Marunde, Unanimous Decision (20-18×3)
Nelson talks us through the fight, with Lane letting Marunde control him, although Lane did land some decent shots whenever they scrambled. Dana talks about Marunde winning the first round with the elbows to the end and then chopping the leg in the second. Both Carwin and Dana say Marunde didn’t do enough in the second round to end the fight, even though they both thought he could’ve. Nelson talks to Dana after the fight about Marunde not making weight. Nelson says the commission official didn’t actually check the weight, he just announced that Marunde was 170. Dana is obviously skeptical because if Marunde was over the weight, then the fight never should’ve happened. Dana is only slightly mocking to Nelson, but in the soliloquy part, he says, “Hey dummy, if the commission was there and the commission says he weighs 170, he weighs 170, and if you’ve got a problem with it, you should’ve said something right there – that’s actually your job as a coach. This guy says the dumbest sh**. You can’t fix stupid.” (Thank you DVR for making it possible to transcript that.)
In the Team Carwin locker room, spirits are high, and Bristol says that the blood running down his face makes him feel like no one can beat him. Lane, on the other hand, says he has nothing, no job, and he starts crying. He says he’s got a great mom and a great dad, but he’s got no money. His teammates try to console him and tell him to use the rest of the time in the house to become a better man. Lane says it’s his first loss as a pro (even though it won’t count on his record), and that he let his daughter down. He says he hates the feeling of losing and he’ll never lose again; he’s going to come back as a stronger fighter.
NEXT WEEK ON THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: Lane goes crazy and tries to start a fight in the house, and Nic Herron-Webb steals Mike Ricci’s bed. Ricci’s confronts him and tells him to bring it back, and we’ll see another fight.
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