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TUF 16 – Episode 8 Recap

“The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson” returned to action tonight on FX. This week marked the seventh fight in the house with coach Roy Nelson selecting the bout after Team Carwin’s Matt Secor lost a very controversial fight to Team Nelson’s Mike Hill. “TUF 16″will air every Friday night until the live finale on December 15 as 16 welterweights vie to become “The Ultimate Fighter.” SPOILERS BELOW 

This week’s episode kicked off with an extremely angry UFC President Dana White in the wake of last week’s bout between Matt Secor and Mike Hill. White is frustrated with the fact that there have been no finishes on the show this year. Hill understands the anger but defends his showing, saying that an injury on the show does not help you win the contract in the end. His coach, Roy Nelson, echoes the sentiment. Nelson was even willing to tell this to Carwin’s team as well.

The next day White shows up to the TUF house to deliver what he calls a “Here Comes the Boom” speech to the fighters. White rips Nelson’s opinion on just making it to the finals, telling them it simply will not get the job done. The firm message is very clear to the fighters and clearly gets to some of them. Mike Ricci does not seem to agree with the speech.

Later on that day, Hill and Julian Lane decide to start drinking, heavily. Hill and Lane then became confrontational with Neil Magny and Dom Waters, respectively. Neither Magny or Waters are backing down from the wasted house members. Luckily the rest of the cast steps in before things escalate too much. Unfortunately, Lane cannot be settled down and has a complete breakdown and is begging the other guys to “let him bang” and trying to fight everyone that gets in his way. Colton Smith tries his best to calm him down but Lane even appears ready to fight the former Army Ranger.

The responses to the incident in the house tend to vary, with Ricci expressing that he is embarrased to be a part of MMA with guys like Lane acting like an idiot. Jon Manley insists that Lane is simply trying to start a fight so he can get kicked out rather than admitting that he cannot cut it in the house. The recently eliminated Secor, who previously had issues with Lane, just seems to find the entire situation hilarious. Waters says he is not worried about Lane but says he better not get sent home if Lane attacks him in his sleep and he fights back.

With the drama in the past, it is time for fight selection as Nelson gives a “thank you” to the judges for giving him the fight selection. Nelson selects Team Carwin’s James Cheney to face Team Nelson’s Jon Manley. Both fighters agree that they are very similar.

The camera turns to Manley’s training, as he talks about giving up everything to take a chance on MMA. Meanwhile, Cheney’s Team Carwin teammates call him the “snake” and say that he is a “borderline serial killer.” Cheney talks about living on a mattress in his friends garage, and says TUF house is a step up for him. Coach Trevor Whittman is shown doing a ton of work with the Cheney on his striking, and Carwin remarks that it’s his biggest weakness but that Cheney has come a long way.

TUF 16 Coach’s Challenge 

This year’s coaches challenge is a track-and-field competition. and both coaches are a little concerned due to their lack of experience. The challenge consists of five different events, with the final event being a 400M dash, White adds a twist to the challenge when he states that the winner of the first four events will be granted a 3M head start in the 400M. The first event is shot put, and Carwin wins it easily. Nelson gets off to a better start in the javelin but then Carin unloads a far longer throw on his second attempt that Nelson cannot come close to.

Now up 2-0, Carwin then takes the third event as well with a better discus throw. The next event was the long jump and while Nelson made a valiant effort, he came up short yet again. Nelson now enters the 400M giving up a 12M head start to Carwin. The race is not even close, as Carwin’s lead only grew to the point that Nelson simply gave up trying. Carwin earns $20,000 for the win and earns $1,500 for his team. The image of Nelson quitting left a bad image of Nelson in both teams’ minds but Nelson blows it off, saying Carwin can beat him in anything but fighting.

James Cheney vs. Jon Manley

  • Round 1 – Wild and ugly flurries by both fighters to start the round that Manley gets the better of. Cheney goes to clinch but Manley takes control of it before Cheney pulls guard. Manley finds himself fighting off Cheney’s guard before ending up stuck in triangle. Manley lifts him up and rests Cheney on the cage ala Matt Hughes vs. Carlos Newton I. Manly starts to fall with it and ends up in a deep triangle. Cheney’s frame is working against him however, as he is unable to close it up and Manley is smart enough to keep working. Manley posts his knee on Cheney’s neck and begins pounding away with punches. Cheney gives up the triangle and tries for an armbar but Manley passes it to side control and then scoops the head and secures a guillotine choke. Cheney loses his mouthpiece and then later bites him out of desperation before being forced to tap.

After the fight, Manley shows the bite mark and tries to give Cheney the benefit of the doubt but Cheney admits privately that he did bite Manley out of desperation. The Team Nelson victory gives him a 4-3 lead heading to the final bout.

Team Carwin

  • Sam Alvey (lost to Joey Rivera)
  • Bristol Marunde def. Julian Lane via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)
  • Mike Ricci
  • Neil Magny def. Cameron Diffly via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18,20-18)
  • James Chaney (lost to Jon Manley)
  • Eddie Ellis (lost to Colton Smith)
  • Igor Araujo def. Nic Herron-Webb via majority decision (19-18,19-19,19-18)
  • Matt Secor (lost Michael Hill)

Team Nelson

  • Dom Waters
  • Michael Hill def. Matt Secor via split decision (29-28,28-29,29-28)
  • Cameron Diffley (lost to Neil Magny)
  • Colton Smith def. Eddie Ellis via majority decision (19-18,19-19,19-18)
  • Jon Manley def. James Cheney via submission (guillotine choke)
  • Nic Herron-Webb (lost to Igor Araujo)
  • Joey Rivera def. Sam Alvey via majority decision (19-19,20-18,20-18)
  • Julian Lane (lost to Bristol Marunde)


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