In addition to featuring two competitive clashes last night’s episode of the Ultimate Fighter 15 also included a special bonus in the form of the UFC confirming coach Urijah Faber will face Renan Barao at UFC 148 for an interim title. Faber was originally set to take on fellow team-head (and current bantamweight champion) Dominick Cruz for the belt but Cruz was forced out of the match-up due to injury.
As far as action related to the ongoing season of TUF, the final two semifinalists were determined in bouts between Andy Ogle-Al Iaquinta and Chris Saunders-Vinc Pichel.
Pichel and Saunders battle it out for two full frames with it appearing as though a “sudden victory” round would be implemented. However, the judges apparently felt as though Pichel had done enough by serving as the primary aggressor to merit a decision win.
The result of Ogle-Iaquinta was far less controversial with the latter landing a beautiful short-elbow against the age that sent Ogle down to the mat for an eventually TKO stoppage.
Next week’s episode will feature fights involving the final four men standing with match-ups including James Vick-Michael Chiesa and Pichel-Iaquinta.
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
MMATraining Take: The final foursome of fighters are certainly talented though I don’t see any real “star” potential in the group. They’re all perfectly serviceable in the cage but relatively boring outside of it.