Last week on TUF 16, Roy Nelson’s squad suffered a loss after action had seemingly dictated a third round would come into play. The judges’ rendering was so bad even UFC President Dana White spoke up and labeled it as one of the worst instances of ineptitude he’d seen in some time.
This time around, it was Nelson’s team who notched a victory under similar circumstances when Colton Smith scored a Majority Decision over Eddy Ellis on last night’s episode. Ellis dropped Smith a number of times in the opening round and seemed to be up entering the second stanza. However, a solid showing from Smith including some vicious ground-and-pound apparently earned some 10-8 scores despite the Army veteran never coming truly close to finishing Ellis and got the nod.
“I knew coming in I would prevail, especially faced with adversity like I did in round one. I felt very accomplished but realized I wasn’t on top of my game in the first round and made the fight a lot harder on myself,” said Smith in a follow-up interview with the UFC. “I know I need to be more awake in round one in the future and implement my game plan from bell to bell in order to be victorious. I am a big believer in being a team player and I realize winning for Team Nelson could change the tide of the entire season.”
After the fight Smith approached Ellis in the locker room and admitted he felt a third frame should have occurred.
Team Carwin now leads the contest 3-2.
Though the bout was an entertaining tilt it was also the only real action of the night. A mild feud began brewing when Michael Hill was accused of taking Matt Secor’s marinated chicken, while members of Team Nelson’s squad continued to question the relative lack of direction from their coach.
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