Dominick Cruz does not like to lose. After seeing his team drop three straight on The Ultimate Fighter 15, Cruz watched as undefeated Vinc Pichel went to the Octagon to face Team Faber’s John Cofer last night in another live fight.
Things started off on last night’s episode with a recap last week which saw Team Faber’s Joe Proctor defeat Chris Tickle. In an interesting turn of events, Urijah Faber was th e one trying to keep Tickle’s head and spirits up following the loss rather than Cruz who belittled him for not paying attention. As you can imagine, Faber’s interference does not sit well with Cruz, who is berating Tickle pretty bad for his performance, and Cruz fires back with some remarks about Faber looking like a “bum”. However, Faber isn’t the only one who takes issue with Cruz’s behavior, as contestant Michael Chiesa also isn’t impressed with the way Cruz decides to handle the situation.
In other non-fight action, Andy Ogle takes a bad dream and turns it into a nightmare for the rest of the house, acting up in the backyard. Ogle confirms that he had a dream where his wife was murdered and was just blowing off steam. Looks like we have another Matt Mitrione for this season, eh? If you don’t remember, Mitrione made a comment, saying, “I can talk to my wife, in my head”, during a previous season of TUF.
Pinchel goes in-depth during his training session, talking about a rough childhood, and says he will either knock his opponent out or submit him. Easy enough, right? Cofer’s background is based in wrestling with Faber preaching for him to take advantage of those skills. Call this foreshadowing if you will.
At the weigh-ins, Pichel came in at 154 and Cofer hit the scales at 155. We are official meaning the live fight is on!
Things start out with both fighters seeming to be very hesitant to engage in much action. Cofer is the first to act, landing a big knee during a clinch sequence. After a right by Cofer he seems to have this round one based on more effective striking, though he doesn’t use his wrestling-background at all during the frame. Uh oh!
The second starts and Pichel knows he needs to make a statement, firing out of the gate. However, Cofer landed the first blow, hurting Pichel with a shot. In a shocking turn of events, Pichel gets the better of a grappling exchange, registering a takedown. While he failed to do much damage while controlling things on the ground, he avoided a submission attempt by Cofer and looked to have the fight poised for a final “sudden victory” round.
A third round did indeed take place but Cofer looked exhausted entering it. Pichel took advantage, locking in another takedown after a flurried exchange between the two tired warriors. Once it hit the mat, Cofer seemed done and he was with Pichel quickly locking in an Arm-Triangle Choke. Cofer tapped out and Team Cruz was back in the win column thanks to Pichel’s third round submission victory.
Next week we’ll see Sam Sicilia and Chris Saunders go to war on another live edition of The Ultimate Fighter.
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 3, Cruz 3
Advancing to Quarterfinal: James Vick, Justin Lawrence, Al Iaquinta, Michael Chiesa, Joe Proctor, Vinc Pichel
Eliminated: Daron Cruickshank, Cristiano Marcello, Myles Jury, Jeremy Larsen, Chris Tickle, John Cofer
MMATraining Take: Pichel turned it on after a slow first, which could be attributed to nerves. However, he’ll need to be much more effective from the start if he hopes to move on. Cofer ignoring his wrestling was a mistake in this fight, as he could have controlled things with a takedown or two in the second round.