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411’s The Ultimate Fighter 24: Team Benavidez vs. Team Cejudo Report 9.21.16

September 21, 2016 | Posted by Larry Csonka

The Ultimate Fighter 24: Episode Four
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, #13. Adam Antolin (Tachi Palace Fights, 11-3 MMA) defeated #4. Damacio Page (Legacy FC, 19-10 MMA) Team Henry Cejudo still leads the season 3-1. This week’s fight is #2 Yoni Sherbatov (XFFC Canada, 5-0-1 MMA) from Team Henry Cejudo vs. #15. Eric Shelton (Caged Aggression Iowa, 10-2 MMA) from Team Joseph Benavidez.

* We get to see Yoni Sherbatov work out. Dana says he is small and powerful, and can finish on the feet or the ground. He has high hopes for him. Sherbatov works out with Cejudo, and explains that he likes to feel out the fight and then he takes the win where he is given.

* Back at the house, 24-year old Eric Shelton explains that he has four kids already. He hasn’t bailed on them and sis fighting to give them a good life. We then get some home video on Shelton. He’s a church going fella, and grandma made them sing when they went to church he loves the small town life. He wasn’t in the best place when he had his first two kids, but turned his life around through fighting. He praises his girlfriend for sticking with him, even when he had nothing.

* Back at the house, Sherbatov discusses the pressure he feels due to Russian pride; “you don’t go here to lose.” Home video time for Sherbatov, he owns his own gym in Canada, and works with his brothers. It’s hard to run a business and be a fighter while maintaining a family, but wants to show his kids that they can do anything. He met his wife seven years ago; she fell in love with him while taking his boxing class at the gym. They have two kids.

* Shelton prepares for his fight, but Sherbatov is a southpaw, and Shelton has not faced a lot of them. Benavidez doesn’t care about the seeding, because these guys are all champions and can win at any time. Dana says Shelton is raw, but has talent and is very hungry. Benavidez feels that Shelton has a big advantage hen it comes to movement, and that should give him the advantage in their fight.

* Dana says that the guys need to not only focus on winning the show, but also think about defeating Demetrious Johnson once they win the show. Team Benavidez watched the two fights with Johnson, where Benavidez discusses how he became obsessed with power and hunting for knockouts. Benavidez’s team kisses his ass and says Johnson runs away too much. Super scrub Tim Elliott says Johnson not finishing fights hurts the division, I guess I imagined those four finishes in his last six fights, including the fight where he starched Benavidez in the first. And of course they watched that fight, Benavidez say she felt great going into the fight, the best ever.

* Cejudo and his team watch his loss to Johnson. Cejudo says a short knee hurt him in that fight, and that Johnson just attacked and took him out. Cejudo puts on a good face like Benavidez, but you can tell that these guys are DYING watching Johnson owning them.

* WEIGH-INS: Shelton weighs in at 125.5, while Sherbatov weighs in at 125.5.This is also the time during the show where each man’s teammates shockingly says that their guy is going to win.

* FIGHT DAY: We get out usual warm-ups in the locker rooms and entrances.

* We’re getting two rounds here.

#2 Yoni Sherbatov (XFFC Canada, 5-0-1 MMA) vs. #15. Eric Shelton (Caged Aggression Iowa, 10-2 MMA): ROUND ONE: Shelton fired away with leg kicks early and tried to keep his distance. As Benavidez suspected, Shelton has the speed advantage and Sherbatov is a rather stationary fighter at times. Sherbatov started to work for a combo, chasing inside but Shelton avoided a lot of the potential damage and went back to the outside and worked leg kicks. Sherbatov is trying to counter when Shelton comes inside, but has been too slow to do any real damage. Sherbatov was finally able to get a handle on Shelton and scored the takedown along the cage. Shelton was able to switch position, get to his feet and then take Sherbatov down. Shelton stayed busy, but Sherbatov was able to get to his feet. He shot from a mile away for a takedown and actually got it, but Shelton was out and back to his feet, taking no damage. They circled and threw stuff that didn’t land as the round ended. SCORE CARD: Shelton 10-9

ROUND TWO: Sherbatov is slow to move in and got clipped, but stayed on his feet. Shelton is keeping distance well and using the speed advantage well while never over committing. Sherbatov is landing some leg kicks, and then got two take downs in a row, but Shelton popped up, immediately both times. Sherbatov gets another takedown along the cage, but lays there as Shelton improves position and lands more strikes than he does. Shelton is very calm here, Sherbatov finally gets to north south, but Shelton scrambles and Sherbatov is on his ass along the cage as Shelton dominates. Sherbatov looks completely defeated as Shelton pulls him back down and locks in a rear naked choke and Sherbatov passes out. Schools out because Sherbatov was completely outclassed.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Eric Shelton via RD2 Submission

– Team Henry Cejudo is now up 3-2 overall.

– Shelton was classy after the loss, especially since Sherbatov was just waking up from a nap. Sherbatov says that he lost to a better prepared fighter and he’ll learn from this.

– Next 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.

– 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)
#3. Tim Elliott (Titan FC, 16-6 MMA)
#7. Ronaldo Candido de Oliveira (Shooto South America, 6-0 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)
#10. Jaime Alvarez (Absolute Fighting Championship, 6-1 MMA)
#14. Charlie Alaniz (Hex Fight Series Australia, 6-1 MMA)
#2. Yoni Sherbatov (XFFC Canada, 5-0-1 MMA, 0-1 TUF)
#12. Nkazimulo Zulu (EFC Africa, 7-2 MMA, 0-1 TUF)