With the season winding down on TUF 16, this week’s episode primarily featured action in the Octagon rather than heated confrontations outside of the cage. A pair of quarterfinal clashes unfolded on the show, delivering two contestants who are now a win away from competing for a six-figure deal on December 15 at the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.
The first fight shown involved Team Carwin’s Neil Magny-Bristol Marunde. Marunde, who fans may remember from an appearance in Strikeforce against Ronaldo Souza, wasn’t able to use his experience to his advantage against Magny and only put him in a precarious position once. Comparably, Magny controlled the bulk of the bout and even hurt Marunde with a shot before failing to follow up in time to take advantage. Magny went on to win a Unanimous Decision as a result.
In the next bout, Team Nelson’s Colton Smith went up against Team Carwin’s Igor Araujo. The foes almost came to blows at the weigh-ins when an intense staredown led to trash-talk and Smith labeling his foe as a “motherf*cker”. Araujo reacted poorly to the suggestion, which he apparently took literally, and had to be restrained on multiple occasions before calming down. Come fight time, Araujo had little for Smith who used his superior wrestling to pound on his Brazilian adversary from start to finish. He too won a Unanimous Decision.
The only exception of note outside of the quarterfinal fights involved Team Nelson’s Michael Hill continuing his tirade against fellow Canadian Mike Ricci, calling him out after Ricci went back on an agreement to avoid each other until the final as a means of national pride. Ultimately, Ricci decided he wanted to take out Roy Nelson’s #2 pick – Hill – after doing the same with Nelson’s #1 selection on a previous episode, making it a point to ask for a shot at Hill when discussing possible opponents. The two will lock horns on the next episode with the program also set to feature a quarterfinal match-up between Jon Manley-Joey Rivera.
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