The Ultimate Fighter franchise has seen its share of lows over the years regarding contestants’ behavior but few match the tantrum thrown by Julian Lane on the most recent episode of TUF 16. Lane, who flipped out a few weeks back after falling short in his opening round rumble, decided to get drunk with cast-mate Michael Hill and things went downhill shortly thereafter.
At some point in the evening, Team Carwin’s Dom Waters gave one of his fellow fighters a playful glance that Lane thought was meant for him. Without hesitation, Lane got in Waters’ face and began challenging him to a fight. Waters didn’t back down, causing Lane to go ballistic to the point he had to be restrained by a number of his peers and refused to chill out even after Waters had retreated to a different room to help diffuse the situation. Lane then went on to punch and headbutt the wall a number of times while crying, stating he was “ready to go home”.
Team Carwin’s Mike Ricci later labeled Lane as the type of person who makes him embarrassed to be associated with MMA.
The show also featured a clash between coaches, albeit one in a track-and-field setting. Shane Carwin easily handled Roy Nelson in all the events and earned $20,000 as a result. Nelson’s lack of effort crossing the finish line in the final contest also seemed to irk his team-members who questioned his heart.
As far as the official bout on the episode, Team Nelson’s Jon Manley and Team Carwin’s James Chaney both came to battle and turned in an entertaining effort despite it only lasting a round. Chaney looked to have Manley finished early with a Triangle Choke, but the self-professed “hippy” weathered the storm and eventually procured a Guillotine Choke for the victory.
“It was the biggest fight of my life and I felt unbelievably awesome after the win. I was stoked to get the only submission of the season so far. I always wanted to be on TUF – and to finish my first fight in the house in the first round was sick. I am a jiu-jitsu fighter and I was really happy to represent my school and coaches,” said Chaney after the clash.
The finish came at a perfect time in the show after a handful of somewhat snooze-worthy scraps made worse by poor judging. It also likely calmed UFC President Dana White down who blasted the fighters earlier in the show for their lack of fire and made it clear very few if any would end up on the season finale.
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