Things got “rowdy” last night on the Ultimate Fighter 15 regarding both the in-ring action and a special guest coach, as competitors Sam Sicilia-Chris Saunders turned in a an exciting, back-and-forth brawl on live TV and Strikeforce bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey stopped by to help Team Cruz with their judo.
The episode was full of entertaining moments including an increase of pranks ranging from the mundane (plastic-wrap on the sink and frozen underwear) to downright silly thanks to coach Urijah Faber. “The California Kid” decided to coat Dominick Cruz’s fitness room with sweat, getting some help from his Team Alpha Male crew by putting in a ridiculous workout in the small space while wearing nothing but their under-garments.
On the less-disgusting front, Rousey’s presence at the UFC Training Center was welcome by viewers and contestants alike. In addition to teaching a particular style of takedown, Rousey visited the Ultimate Fighter house to take in UFC 145 where she was seemingly ignored by the group of awestricken men.
Come fight-time, Sicilia and Saunders put on a show with each absorbing a good deal of damage but pressing through the adversity. In the end Saunders, who was the last pick of the show, came away with a Split Decision win over Sicilia (Cruz’s #2) thanks in large part to the minimally successful grappling he mixed in to an otherwise stand-up heavy tilt.
After the bout’s conclusion Faber joked that Cruz could select the next match-up, recalling a moment earlier in the season when he’d been left stumped by Cruz giving him the option to pick, though truly no choice was necessary with there only being one spot left in the season’s quarterfinals. As such, next week’s live fight will feature Mike Rio (Team Cruz) and Andy Ogle (Team Faber).
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 4, Cruz 3
Advancing to Quarterfinal: James Vick, Justin Lawrence, Al Iaquinta, Michael Chiesa, Joe Proctor, Vinc Pichel, Chris Saunders
Eliminated: Daron Cruickshank, Cristiano Marcello, Myles Jury, Jeremy Larsen, Chris Tickle, John Cofer, Sam Sicilia
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC/STRIKEFORCE