The Ulimate Fighter 18: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate continued tonight on FOX Sports 1. This season features 16 men and 16 women bantamweights battling together in The Ultimate Fighter house for the first time in the show’s history. Tune in each week as the fighters, coached by UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and rival Miesha Tate, vie for a six-figure UFC contract on FOX Sports 1. [Spoilers Below]
This week’s episode starts off in the aftermath of last week’s bout between Team Rousey’s David Grant and Team Tate’s Louis Fisette. Jessamyn Duke talks about the fight with Raquel Pennington was supposed to be her first professional fight but her coach called it. Pennington didn’t know about the reason why, but is still glad to be fighting Duke as it was the bout they wanted.
The teams spend the day before the fight at a pool party at the Green Valley Ranch. The teams have a good time at the party but Anthony Gutierrez has a little too much fun and annoys people when they get back to the house. Peggy Morgan eventually shuts him up so both fighters can get some rest before their fight tomorrow.
Raquel Pennington (Team Tate) vs. Jessamyn Duke (Team Rousey)
Rd. 1- Steve Mazzagati is the ref. Duke comes out establishing range early. Duke with a nice outside legkick but Pennington catches it and takes her to the cage. Duke seizes control with power strikes that force RP to give up the leg. Duke uses her height to attempt a standing guillotine and while there is no threat of the sub she uses it to land knees. RP breaks out. Legkick-headkick combo by Duke. Outside legkick by RP. RP swarms after taking an outside leg kick. RP with a nice front kick and combo. More kicks from Duke now. Nasty combo by RP and Duke is forced to retreat. Another flurry by both fighters before the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Duke.
Rd. 2- Bodykick by Duke connects. Nice right by RP. The two start a furious exchange and RP seems to get the better of it. Duke attacks forward now and lands a few knees from the thai plum. RP catches another kick and Duke fights out of it. Nice jab by RP. Hard 1-2 by RP. Body kick by RP connects flush and Duke is hurt. RP swarms but Duke fights back valiantly. RP again connects and Duke is bloodies and hurt badly but again fights back. Vicious knees by Duke now connect and RP fights out. Teep kick by RP connects to the body. Body kick by Duke. Duke is a mess but fighting like a demon. Big knees from Duke in the thai plumb to end the round. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Pennington.
Rd. 3- Touch of gloves to start the round. Duke is defending well and back to establishing range to start. Teep by Duke and a solid combo by the KY-native. Outside legkick by RP. Jabs by Duke are met by an inside legkick by RP. Solid right from RP. Double leg kick as the fighters kick at the same time. Legkick to a teep by Duke. 1-2 by RP misses as Duke backs up to play range. Hard headkick by Duke but RP responds with a left. Left jab by RP stops a Duke attack. Another headkick by Duke. Inside legkick by RP is checked by Duke. Nice overhand left by Duke and she swarms with a minute left. Hard right by RP lands. Duke with a rush as the fight hits thirty-seconds and she lands a series of jumping knees and elbows that bust RP’s face all to hell. Another couple of elbows by Duke as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 29-28 Duke in a fantastic fight.
Raquel Pennington def. Jessamyn Duke via decision
Incredible fight by both women and everyone in the house echoes that sentiment. Raquel has a gnarly cut on her eyebrow. Duke is distraught with the loss and Rousey consoles her. UFC president Dana White tells both women they did an incredible job.
With the victory by Pennington, Team Tate has the choice for next week’s fight. Next week’s fight will see Team Rousey’s Michael Wootten take on Team Tate’s Josh Hill. That pick will also decide our final two fights as well with Peggy Morgan taking on Sarah Moras and Anthony Gutierrez taking on Cody Bollinger.
The Ultimate Fighter 18 Opening Round:
Shayna Baszler(lost to Pena) Jessamyn Duke(lost to Pennington)
- Peggy Morgan
- Jessica Rakoczy def. Roxanne Modaffieri
Chris Beal(lost to Holdsworth)
- David Grant def. Louis Fisette
- Anthony Gutierrez
- Michael Wootten
- Julianna Pena def. Shayna Baszler
- Sarah Moras
- Raquel Pennington def. Jessamyn Duke
Roxanne Modafferi(lost to Rakoczy)
- Cody Bollinger
- Chris Holdsworth def. Chris Beal
- Josh Hill
Tim Gorman(injured in Ep. 2) Louis Fisette (replaced Gorman)(lost to Grant)