The final four men from the UFC’s inaugural attempt at a “real time” format of TUF are now in place after the remaining quartet of competitors took to the cage this past Friday night. Emerging with a victory in tow were Al Iaquinta and Vinc Pichel though the similarities stopped there where performances were concerned.
Pichel battled his way past Chris Saunders via decision after two rounds even though it seemed a “sudden victory” frame would come into play based on how closely contested the ten-minute period was. Both men landed decent strikes against each other but Pichel’s aggression apparently sealed the deal in the judges’ minds.
In the other scrap, Iaquinta took on fellow Team Faber member Andy Ogle who showed a ton of heart en route to defeat. The end came when Iaquinta landed a beautiful elbow to the Brit’s temple with less than 30 seconds remaining in the opening round, dropping him to the mat and finishing him off with strikes shortly thereafter.
“I didn’t know what to expect of Iaquinta vs Ogle. There’s no doubt Ogle came to fight, he’s got a great chin and a big heart. But Iaquinta looked good. He looked as good as anyone has ever looked on the Ultimate Fighter,” said UFC President Dana White after their bout.
Iaquinta and Pichel will face each other next week for a spot in the season’s final, leaving a match-up between Michael Chiesa-James Vick to fill the other vacancy.
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 7, Cruz 5
Advancing to Semifinal: Michael Chiesa, James Vick, Al Iaquinta, Vinc Pichel
Eliminated: Daron Cruickshank, Cristiano Marcello, Myles Jury, Jeremy Larsen, Chris Tickle, John Cofer, Sam Sicilia, Mike Rio, Justin Lawrence, Joe Proctor, Chris Saunders, Andy Ogle
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC