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411’s Ultimate Fighter 26: Alvarez vs. Gaethje Report 11.15.17

November 15, 2017 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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The Ultimate Fighter 26: Alvarez vs. Gaethje – EPISODE TEN (make it a Fight)
INTRODUCTION: The Ultimate Fighter 26 will see 16 women’s flyweights descend on the Las Vegas desert in hopes of becoming the first female 125-pound champion in UFC history (and of course they get a contract). Coaches Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje put the contestants through a grueling tryout prior to selecting their teams. Last week, #1. Roxanne Modafferi (21-13 MMA, 1-0 TUF) defeated #8. Emily Whitmire (2-1, 1-0 TUF) & #12. Sijara Eubanks (2-2, 1-0 TUF) defeated #4. DeAnna Bennett (8-3, 1-0 TUF).
THIS WEEK; Team Alvarez teammates Barb Honchak battles Rachael Ostovich while Team Gaethje teammates Nicco Montano takes on Montana Stewart.

– We start off with WEIGH-INS: Barb Honchak (125.5), Rachael Ostovich (126). This likely means one of these will be a long fight, judging by past show layouts.

FIGHT DAY: They go through the usual pre-fight prep.

#2 Barb Honchak (10-2, 1-0 TUF) vs. #10. Rachael Ostovich (3-3, 1-0 TUF): ROUND ONE: Honchak has the experience advantage, especially against higher tier opponents, but she’s 37. Ostovich is 11 years younger; but Honchak will enjoy a 1.5-inch reach advantage. Honchak takes center cage right away, and works the jab as she tries to find her distance. Ostovich lands a good jab and they trade, staying center cage. Honchak flashes a high kick and back fist, Ostovich avoids. They clinch and work to the cage, Honchak looks for the takedown but Ostovich is showing good defense and fighting it off; they separate and trade. Honchak shoots and gets a single leg, works for the back but Ostovich escapes. Ostovich pumps the jab, connects with a good combo and is starting to land really clean on here. Honchak looks for another takedown, Ostovich fights along the cage and they trade again as the round ends. SCORECARD: Very close round, Ostovich 10-9

ROUND TWO:Honchak takes center cage again to begin this round, Ostovich lands early and they both get a bit wild. Ostovich lands a hard overhand right, and Honchak is getting a bit sloppy. She looks for the takedown and gets it, but Ostovich walks up the cage and they work along the cage. Honchak works knee strikes, as she digs for the takedown and gets it. She gets mount and then takes Ostovich’s back. She flattens out Ostovich, but loses the hooks and Ostovich escapes. A great overhand right by Honchak lands, she works for another takedown and gets in and has Ostovich’s back again. She starts landing, turns Ostovich and looks for a choke, but loses the hooks again. Really good defense by Ostovich, Honchak keeps working for the choke but runs out of time. SCORECARD: Honckak 10-9, 19-19 overall.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Barb Honchak via unanimous decision

– Ostovich put in a hell of a performance and gave Honchak more than she anticipated. Ostovich breaks down after the fight, as she was understandably disappointed

WEIGH-INS: Montana Stewart (125.5), Nicco Montano (125.5)

FIGHT DAY: They go through the usual pre-fight prep.

#6. Montana Stewart (7-4, 1-0 TUF) vs. #14. Nicco Montano (3-2, 1-0 TUF): ROUND ONE: Stewart has the experience advantage, and will enjoy a 7-inch reach advantage. Montano is six years younger. Stewart comes out throwing, backing off Montano and using her reach. She catches a kick and works for the takedown as they work to the cage. They separate, Stewart is doing a good job of keeping distance, both land; Montano connects with a body kick. Stewart backs her off, they clinch and quickly separate. Montano starts to find some range, Stewart shoots but Montano is quickly back to her feet. They work along the cage, Montano starts landing knees and Stewart is busted open big time. Montano keeps pressuring along the cage, and the round ends. SCORECARD: Montano 10-9

ROUND TWO: Stewart is split open on her forehead above her right eye. Stewart looks to work her reach advantage, staying away from Montano to begin. She’s now chasing a bit too much, allowing Montano to score a takedown. Montano gets side control, lands some short strikes and Stewart’s cut is opening up again as Montano smothers her. Montano lands hammer fists as Stewart fights to escape. It’s all Montano here, Stewart is bleeding again as Montano keeps consistently landing. Stewart keeps trying to grab an arm, but is just eating punches. It’s a slow and deliberate mauling by Montano here, Stewart has had nothing to offer ever since she got busted open. Stewart manages to get to her feet, but Montano lands more knees and keeps control. They separate, and the round ends. SCORECARD: Montano 10-9, 20-18 overall.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Nicco Montano via unanimous decision

– Stewart sees her cut and didn’t think it was that bad, and says 115 maybe better for her going forward. Dana praises her for her effort.

The semifinals are

* #1. Roxanne Modafferi (21-13 MMA, 2-0 TUF) vs. #12. Sijara Eubanks (2-2, 2-0 TUF)
* #2 Barb Honchak (10-2, 1-0 TUF) vs. #14. Nicco Montano (3-2, 1-0 TUF)

NEXT WEEK: We get a prank war between the coaches; #2 Barb Honchak (10-2, 1-0 TUF) vs. #14. Nicco Montano (3-2, 1-0 TUF).

Team Alvarez
* #2 Barb Honchak (10-2, 2-0 TUF)
* #3. Lauren Murphy (9-3, 0-1 TUF)
* #4. DeAnna Bennett (8-3, 1-1 TUF)
* #7. Melinda Fabian (4-3-1, 0-1 TUF)
* #9. Christina Marks (8-8, 0-1 TUF)
* #11. Ariel Beck (4-4, 0-1 TUF)
* #12. Sijara Eubanks (2-2, 2-0 TUF)
* #16. Shana Dobson (2-1 MMA, 0-1 TUF)

Team Gaethje
* #1. Roxanne Modafferi (21-13 MMA, 2-0 TUF)
* #5. Maia Stevenson (6-4, 1-0 TUF)
* #6. Montana Stewart (7-4, 1-1 TUF)
* #8. Emily Whitmire (2-1, 1-1 TUF)
* #10. Rachael Ostovich (3-3, 1-1 TUF)
* #13. Karine Gevorgyan (3-2, 0-1 TUF)
* #14. Nicco Montano (3-2, 2-0 TUF)
* #15. Gillian Robertson (3-2, 0-1 TUF)

– End scene.

– Thanks for reading.

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