Last night’s episode of TUF 15 was high on drama with a back-and-forth live bout capping off an entertaining evening of action. Things started off with a bang when cameras captured the fallout from Chris Tickle’s loss a week ago with Dominick Cruz tearing into him for not following the gameplan. The negativity and anger of his words caught the ear of rival coach Urijah Faber who spoke up, telling Tickle he was a warrior who finished fights. Cruz didn’t appreciate Faber interjecting his opinion and let him know as much, calling him a “bum” and saying he was no longer a relevant fighter.
Later on in the show, contestants Andy Ogle and Sam Sicilia where shown breaking down mentally after being cooped up for more than a month with the former even turning on the waterworks at one point in an emotional segment where he explained how much winning on the show meant to him.
Come fight-time, Team Faber’s John Cofer and Team Cruz’s Vinc Pichel turned in two solid rounds with Cofer getting the best in the first with some strikes and Pichel answering the call in the second stanza, even scoring a late takedown on the superior wrestler. Cofer’s cardio didn’t seem to be up to snuff come “sudden victory” time and ultimately cost him the fight with Pichel locking in an Arm-Triangle Choke shortly after things started to secure the submission win.
Next week’s show will feature a live fight between Sam Sicilia and Chris Saunders.
TUF 15 Season Summary:
Cruz’s Team: Justin Lawrence, Sam Sicilia, Myles Jury, Mike Rio, James Vick, Vinc Pichel, Chris Tickle, Jeremy Larsen
Faber’s Team: Al Iaquinta, Cristiano Marcello, Daron Cruickshank, Joe Proctor, Michael Chiesa, John Cofer, Andy Ogle, Chris Saunders
Team Records: Faber 3, Cruz 3
Advancing to Quarterfinal: James Vick, Justin Lawrence, Al Iaquinta, Michael Chiesa, Joe Proctor, Vinc Pichel
Eliminated: Daron Cruickshank, Cristiano Marcello, Myles Jury, Jeremy Larsen, Chris Tickle, John Cofer
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC