Friday night ushered in a completely new era for the Ultimate Fighter franchise including sixteen live fights on FX*. With match-ups still under wraps, the show remained as much a mystery minutes before airing as it was when the list of competitors was first announced, adding to the intrigue surrounding the popular reality show’s fifteenth season.
What was known is bantamweight rivals Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz will coach two teams over the next thirteen weeks with each contestant hoping to make a name for himself as the next Ultimate Fighter champion. Faber and Cruz will also face off in July with Cruz’s divisional title on the line. Additionally, each week will feature highlights from the past few days’ activities as well as a live bout.
After an exciting night of fights including multiple finishes your official TUF 15 cast is Joe Proctor, Cristiano Marcello, Sam Sicilia, Chris Tickle, Andy Ogle, Vinc Pichel, John Cofer, Chris Saunders, James Vick, Michael Chiesa, Mike Rio, Justin Lawrence, Daron Cruickshank, Jeremy Larsen, Al Iaquinta, and Myles Jury.
Of particular note were Marcello, the Chute Boxe alumnus and former trainer who looked sharp against Eddie Bravo BJJer Jared Carlsten, as well as Rio out of the Miami area and Lawrence who did his Team Blackhouse peers proud with an action-packed performance.
Read below to see how things unfold when the curtain gets pulled back at 9:00 PM EST including results from the fights with each victor securing a plce inside the TUF 15 house, health-permitting:
Joe Proctor def. Jordan Rinaldi via Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Cristiano Marcello def. Jared Carlsten via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Sam Sicilia def. Erin Beach via Knockout (Strikes)
Chris Tickle def. Austin Lyons via Knockout (Strikes)
Andy Ogle def. Brendan Weafer via Unanimous Decision
Vinc Pichel def. Cody Pfister via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
John Cofer def. Mark Glover via Unanimous Decision
Chris Saunders def. Chase Hackett via Unanimous Decision
James Vick def. Dakota Cochrane via Split Decision
Michael Chiesa def. Johnavan Distante via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Mike Rio def. Ali Maclean via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Justin Lawrence def. James Krause via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Daron Cruickshank def. Drew Dober Unanimous Decision
Jeremy Larsen def. Jeff Smith via Unanimous Decision
Al Iaquinta def. Jon Tuck via Unanimous Decision
Myles Jury def. Akbarh Arreola via Unanimous Decision
* – Each fight to get into the house featured a single five-minute round / Finishes earn a $5,000 bonus