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The Ultimate Fighter 18 Week 11 Notes: First Female Finalist Emerges

Posted on by Jeff Cain

Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate TUF 18 CoachesTeam Tate addresses favoritism allegations and the first female finalist emerges in this week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter 18.

Favoritism and Emotions

In last week’s episode, Team Tate members alleged that the coaching staff was playing favorites and focused on Chris Holdsworth and Julianna Pena more than the rest of the team. Both fighters have previous relationships with members of the coaching staff outside of the show and the allegations were brought to the coaches’ attention.

“I’m fighting Julianna. I definitely feel like Miesha (Tate) and Bryan (Caraway) have sort of favored her this whole time. They’ve been friends before. She was their first pick, so I sort of feel a bit out of the loop,” said Sarah Moras. “I saw it coming. It does upset me.”

Moras had an emotional breakdown in the sauna during team practice over her feeling on the outside looking in on Team Tate.

“I was feeling a bit left out. I know that Julianna has trained with Miesha and stuff in the past. So I knew that they were close, so I sort of felt like I was the odd one out when I have to fight Julianna and we’re on the same team,” said Moras.

“We’re going to fix this,” promised Coach Tate. The coaching staff was slit into two separate groups to work with the fighters separately during training sessions.

“Moras was feeling really, really emotional being that she’s going to have to fight Julie and we were closer to Julie. And she was really worried,” said Coach Tate. “For me, I decided to just remove myself from the situation so there can’t be any feelings of resentment there.”

The House Turns on Pena

“Julianna, nobody really likes her, including myself,” said Team Tate’s Josh Hill. “The longer I’m here, the more annoying she is.”

“Roxanne Modaferri will socialize with her a little bit. But it’s really sad because Shayna Baszler even said that Roxanne was talking crap on Julianna. If Roxanne is saying something bad about you then you know you’re failing at life,” commented Team Rousey’s Anthony Gutierrez.

Pena’s roommate Raquel Pennington voiced her displeasure about Pena’s behavior. “It’s been frustrating, “ she said. “She’s a head-case sometimes.”

“Everybody usually likes me for the most part, so it’s really weird to like be in a house where I feel like everybody hates me,” said Pena.

The Fight: Julianna Pena vs. Sarah Moras

The two had fought before. Moras defeated Pena in April 2012 by doctor stoppage due to a dislocated arm. Moras applied an arm bar and Pena refused to tap out.

Pena had success early with her strikes. Moras clinched and Pena secured a trip takedown. Moras was active from the bottom, but was unable to get back to her feet or find a submission. When the first round came to an end, Pena was in side control and landing punches.

Pena pressed forward behind her punches in the second round and quickly took the fight to the ground. She landed in side control and began delivering elbows. Moras rolled and tried to gain top position but Pena applied a guillotine choke and pulled guard to tighten it down. Moras tapped out.

“It wasn’t me in there. She did a great job. She got me,” said Moras in defeat. “I deserve to be here. I should have won that. I’m pissed off with myself. I’m just pissed off right now. I’m pissed off , and I’m bleeding.”

“I went in there with vengeance, and I got the victory. I’m really happy,” said Pena following the win. “The work’s not over. This is the first day of the rest of my life. I think I did good, and I’m really happy for myself.”

Pena advances to the finals and will face the winner between Pennington and Jessica Rakoczy on Nov. 30 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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  • Maddawgmar

    Tate might be a sweet person, but she is a horrible coach. A coach should never show favoritism to a particular student, and definitely never talk crap about the rest of the team behind their back to a student. That’s just dirt bag status.

    • Advance*

      I agree about the favoritism part but I don’t have a problem with what she said to Julianna. The girl was feeling like sh– and completely isolated from the rest of the house. Meisha was trying to help her and give her some confidence before a huge fight by saying she works harder than everyone else. And realistically if you go to any gym in the country you’re going to see the top fighters get more attention than the low level guys. Saying she’s horrible for that is a bit of a stretch.

      • Maddawgmar

        I feel she was isolated by the coaching staff and given special attention, thus everyone else isolated her. Same thing with Holdsworth.

        Attitude reflects leadership, and I feel Tate’s poor leadership has directly affected the other fighters attitudes.

        • Your_Dad

          It doesn’t sound like there was that much favoritism. It sounds more like jealousy from the other fighters and excuse-making. It’s that loser mentality.

          • Maddawgmar

            Jealously, definately. But from what we see on TV, there was some favoritism shown. But of course we only see a portion, so I only deduce based on what I see.

            I am not sure it was an excuse because it was brought up before the fight, I could see if it was after the fight. All I can argue is based on what I saw on the show so far, and yes it looked like state has shown favoritism toward Holdsworth and Pena. Just my opinion though.

          • Your_Dad

            Holdsworth is the only male left so of course he’s going to get the most time with the coaches. He should get ‘favoritism’ since he’s the only male left on his team. It has been stated on the show that they’re the ones who go and ask the coaches to show them stuff while the others don’t. Many people make excuses beforehand in case they lose.

  • jake snod

    Julianna is just a terrible fighter as was Moras. Crying and sobbing weakens them both. very marginal MMA fighters with no future in the sport. Hard to look at also.

  • jake snod

    No amount of Red lipstick is going to help Julianna.

  • Dickhurtz

    hey madagascar and snot! i think the bus to the sissy house is leaving make sure you get on, you queers. she is a good coach and a good sport unlike the mole. you are die hard molers i get it but really, blow it out your ass and try to be real next time. tate is ok she may not win but shes got a good attitude and she aint backing down