Last night’s episode of TUF 15 was full of explosive action both literally and figuratively, as the live fight was fast-paced and featured a finish while coaches Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz wielded a variety of guns including a grenade launcher as part of the show’s seasonal coaches challenge.
In order to win $20,000 cash and an additional $1,500 per team member, Faber and Cruz were forced to run an obstacle course involving a variety of physical tasks as well as marksmanship stations. Though Cruz came out of the gate fast, taking an early lead, in the end it was “The California Kid” who came away with the prize by destroying the final target before Cruz could.
Fight-wise, the final two competitors from the opening round of sixteen met inside the Octagon with Team Faber’s Andy Ogle taking on Team Cruz’s Mike Rio. Similarly to the battle turned in by their respective team-leaders, Rio looked good early but faded as the match-up went on and was ultimately beaten. Ogle’s submission victory improved Team Faber’s record to 5-3, giving them a slight advantage in terms of having a representative from their squad ultimately emerge as the season’s winner.
Next week’s episode will feature two quarterfinal clashes in the form of James Vick-Joe Proctor and Michael Chiesa-Justin Lawrence.
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 5, Cruz 3
Advancing to Semifinal:
Eliminated: Daron Cruickshank, Cristiano Marcello, Myles Jury, Jeremy Larsen, Chris Tickle, John Cofer, Sam Sicilia, Mike Rio
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC
MMATraining Take: There’s no doubt last night’s coaches challenge was the coolest in the show’s history, made even more epic by the UFC’s decision to use super-slow motion cameras to the point you could actually see the bullets/grenades in flight as they hit their targets. The Ogle-Rio fight was also solid and definitely an upset in my opinion. The heart Ogle has shown on the show is impressive and could carry him a long way as long as he keeps developing at a steady rate.