TUF 18 Team Rousey vs. Team Tate Episode 11 Live Discussion

Tonight at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT airs the tenth episode of season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter on Fox Sports 1, tonight’s episode begins the second round of the tournament. Last week on Episode 10, Chris Holdsworth defeated Michael Wootten to move on to the final round. . In the season opener, 32 fighters won their qualifying fights to get into the house, eight male and, for the first time in the history of TUF, eight female bantamweights. Here’s an updated recap of the teams:

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Bold indicates the fighter is through to the next round

Strikeout indicates the fighter has been eliminated

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Women’s Bantamweight:

Team Rousey:  Jessica Rakoczy

Team Tate: Julianna Pena, Sarah Moras, Raquel Pennington

Men’s Bantamweight:

Team Rousey:  Davey Grant, Anthony Gutierrrez, Michael Wootten

Team Tate: Chris Holdsworth

 

Episode 10: Chris Holdsworth def. Michael Wootten to move on to the final round.

 

Stay tuned for live discussion on tonight’s episode!

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7:07 P.M PST: We begin tonight’s episode at the TUF training center as Sarah Moras and Julianna Pena prepare for their fight against each other. Tate reflects back on the first fight that took place between Pena and Moras where Moras was able to hyper extend Pena’s arm in an arm bar (though she didn’t tap and kept trying to fight with one arm) and win the fight. Moras also notices that at the training center, both Caraway and Tate are focusing on Pena and playing favorites which has her placed in a very emotional state. After letting out her tears and having a talk with the coaching staff, everything has been worked out and Tate has agreed to step aside with the coaching as both Moras and Pena are on her team to keep things fair. The coaches will be split in half during training and Moras and Pena will swap coaches half way through each session.

7:17 P.M PST: Back at the house, Moras recaps the first fight with Julianna for some of the fighters explaining that she got a mounted crucifix in the first round, dropped a bunch of elbows, and in the second round she stuffed a take down of Julianna and ended up catching her in an arm bar – Pena didn’t tap and so Moras left her lying on the ground with a broken arm forcing a doctor stoppage. Gutierrez tells Moras he wishes she breaks her arm again.

Back at training, Tate is giving Moras pointers which has Pena upset and complaining to Caraway. Tate replies that she spent the entire duration focusing on Pena and to not worry that the focus shifted for one training session.

The game plan for Moras is to keep her distance on the feet, to level change, and work her top control with both ground and pound and submissions. There is no secret in the strategy, the training now is to make sure the execution cannot be stopped.

Rousey makes an appearance back at the house “Rondafying” t-shirts, cutting slits into them.. Cool..

7:26 P.M PST:Pena looks for inside information on Moras’ training from Modafferi – who, as the honorable fighter she is, declines. Pena responds with a “whatever, followed by a “I thought you were on the vixen side.” Pennington goes on to express her frustrations as Pena’s roommate – the early morning hair blowdrying, shaking her vitamin bottles around, and slamming bathroom doors. Her and Pena have a confrontation on the issue which has Pena aggravated, telling the camera that she feels like she’s on the wrong end of a “Mean Girls” complex due to the trash talking and cliquinees. Pennington tells her she plays the victim a lot, and more catty bickering continues.

We finally move on to the training sessions of Pena and Moras. Pena informs her coaches that she wants to work her guillotine off of the sprawl. Her training camps have been focused on take down defense and sprawling as well as arm bar defense. Caraway tells the cameras that Pena’s downfall could be her self doubt.

TIME: It’s weigh in day:

Sarah Moras: 136 lbs

Julianna Pena: 135 lbs

Most of the fighters express that Moras is the favorite – Rousey also chimes in saying that while Pena fights above herself and rises to the occasion, Moras has already broken her arm soo..

Tate makes an appearance at the house to give both Moras and Pena some final words of motivation. Tate has a discussion with Pena where Pena tells her that she’s worried that the entire house will rally behind Moras and show her no support. Tate sympathizes with Pena and goes as far as telling Pena about the situation where favoritism was brought up to her about her coaching of Pena. However, Tate defends her choice of spending more time with Pena because Pena has made it clearer that she wants to learn more while the rest of the team hasn’t looked as hungry.

It’s fight day!

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The Fight:

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Round One:

Moras opens with two low kicks, Pena moves forward aggressively working her jab and straight right. Pena is certainly more active with her striking early. Moras lands a nice counter left as Pena is coming forward. Pena clinches up and secures a body lock take down. Moras works actively off her back, securing a tight guard. Pena postures up to her feet to land some hard strikes but Moras is working some good up kicks. Moras is controlling the posture of Pena while landing strikes off her back – mostly elbows. Pena throws her legs up hunting for a triangle but Pena defends and is able to move to half guard. Pena connects with a hard elbow but is mostly just controlling position. Moras is landing a much larger number of strikes, though they score less as she is on her back. Pena pops up to her feet and eats another up kick but then jumps back into guard landing some solid punches. She’s able to push Moras’ legs aside and land in side control. Moras is attempting to push off the cage for a sweep but Pena is maintaining position and landing elbows and short rights. Moras scrambles to her knees but the round ends with Pena staying on her and landing punches.

@MikalMMA ‘s Scorecard: 10-9 Pena

Round Two:

Moras opens with two leg kicks once again, and Pena again counters with a straight right followed by a 1-2 combination connecting hard with her right that has Moras backing up. Pena clinches with her against the cage. They exchange short knees. Pena continues to hold her against the cage working some more short knees. Moras explodes off the cage but Pena maintains her clinch and completes an outside trip – after a brief scramble Pena lands in side control. Moras is almost able to sweep by pushing off the cage but Pena maintains position. Moras regains half guard. Pena is throwing short strikes and focusing on position. Moras throws her legs up for an arm bar but Pena defends and punishes Moras with two consecutive elbows. Moras is able to get up to her knees but has a big cut opened up from the elbows. Pena is able to secure a guillotine, pull guard and forces Moras to tap!

Julianna Pena def. Sarah Moras via submission (guillotine) in round 2.

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Bold indicates the fighter is through to the next round

Strikeout indicates the fighter has been eliminated

Women’s Bantamweight:

Team Rousey:  Jessica Rakoczy

Team Tate: Julianna Pena, Sarah Moras, Raquel Pennington

Men’s Bantamweight:

Team Rousey:  Davey Grant, Anthony Gutierrrez, Michael Wootten

Team Tate: Chris Holdsworth

 

Episode 10: Chris Holdsworth def. Michael Wootten to move on to the final round.

Episode 11: Julianna Pena def. Sarah Moras to move on to the final round.


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