The new Ultimate Fighter Live kicked off Friday night on FX with 32 competitors all looking to earn their place in the house to be coached by either UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz or top contender Urijah Faber.
The biggest surprise of the night came before the fights ever started as UFC President Dana White announced that all of the bouts on the night’s card would be a single round in length. With only five minutes to prove yourself, the fighters had to come out ready to show why they belonged on the Ultimate Fighter.
Here are the breakdown of the fights that took place:
Myles Jury vs. Akbarh Arreola
It was a takedown clinic for two-time Ultimate Fighter hopeful Myles Jury, who lost his chance during season 13 when he tore his ACL before ever getting to compete in the house.
Time and time again, Jury took Akbarh Arreola down to the mat and controlled him on the ground. It wasn’t flashy, but it was effective as Jury secured the final spot in the new house where he may find a familiar coach as he trains alongside Dominick Cruz at the Alliance Training Center in San Diego.
Myles Jury def. Akbarh Arreola by unanimous decision (10-9 on all cards)
Jon Tuck vs. Al Iaquinta
Al Iaquinta made coaches Matt Serra and Ray Longo proud with his win to get into the Ultimate Fighter house. Opponent Jon Tuck started strong, but broke his toe early in the fight, and it was literally pointing in the wrong direction for the majority of the five minute bout.
Iaquinta used strong boxing and good footwork to keep Tuck off balance, and enforce his will to pick up the win and earn his entry into the house for the new season of the reality show.
Al Iaquinta def. Jon Tuck by unanimous decision (10-9 on all cards)
Jeremy Larsen vs. Jeff Smith
Jeremy Larsen pulled out a unanimous decision win over Jeff Smith, based mostly on control where he stayed on top despite his opponent’s submission attempts.
Smith looked for a kneebar early in the first round, and it appeared that Larsen may have tapped, but the fight continued and he got out and ended up on top of his opponent. Larsen’s control continued for most of the fight, while Smith struggled to get out from the bottom. The judges obviously believed the control was more than Smith’s submission attempts.
Jeremy Larsen def. Jeff Smith by unanimous decision (10-9 on all cards)
Daron Cruickshank vs. Drew Dober
Daron Cruickshank did his part to try and top the previous fight by throwing out some interesting spin kicks and quick punches in his bout with Drew Dober.
Dober was able to survive an early onslaught and grab the clinch to avoid much more damage and fire back with some strikes of his own. Still, Cruickshank came back with some takedowns to show off his wrestling pedigree as well and controlled the majority of the five minute fight.
Daron Cruickshank def. Drew Dober by unanimous decision (10-9 on all cards)
James Krause vs. Justin Lawrence
At 3-0, Justin Lawrence may not have had the biggest list of professional fights, but training out of Team Black House alongside legends like UFC champion Anderson Silva certainly paid off. Lawrence absolutely blitzed WEC veteran James Krause with an impressive array of strikes.
Lawrence’s aggressiveness overwhelmed Krause who had no answer for his quickness and striking power, and after landing a quick knee to the head, Lawrence followed up with a powerful left hand that put him down. Lawrence followed up with a few more strikes, but it was already over at that point.
Justin Lawrence def. James Krause by TKO (strikes) 1:25, R1
Mike Rio vs. Ali MacLean
Rio and MacLean start trading shots early with both hitting some big punches to open the fight. Rio felt enough of that though and the former collegiate wrestler shot in and took the fight to the ground.
Rio worked away quickly passing MacLean’s guard and working for a rear naked choke. It was all downhill for the Irishman from that point as Rio locked on the submission, and forced the tap.
Mike Rio def. Ali MacLean by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:32, R1
Michael Chiesa vs. Jonathan Vistante
Michael Chiesa comes out firing and gets Vistante down and takes his back quickly and starts raining down shots. Chiesa unloading some short elbows as well as he softens up Vistante on the mat.
After flattening him out, Chisea locks on the rear naked choke, and Vistante has no choice but to tap out, calling an end to the fight.
Michael Chisea def. Jonathan Vistante by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:05, R1
James Vick vs. Dakota Cochrane
The downside of a one round fight is when not much happens during that five minutes, it’s harder to score. That’s what happened when James Vick met Dakota Cochrane.
Cochrane was pushing forward looking for a takedown, but Vick kept defending and looking for a choke. The fighters spent the majority of the fight in that very position, and without much to judge by it appears the scores leaned towards Vick for his submission attempts versus Cochrane’s takedown attempts.
James Vick def. Dakota Cochrane by split decision (10-9, 10-9, 9-10)
Chase Hackett vs. Chris Saunders
Chase Hackett’s promo said his fighting style was ‘handsome’, but good looks don’t buy you wins in the UFC. Chris Saunders locked onto a guillotine choke twice during his one round fight with Hackett and had the Colorado based fighter in trouble both times, although he did survive.
Hackett tried to push forward, but Saunders came back at every turn with simply a more offensive output. Outside of the two guillotine attempts, neither fighter was in trouble, but Saunders definitely did more during the five minute affair.
Chris Saunders def. Chase Hackett by unanimous decision (10-9 on all cards)
John Cofer vs. Mark Glover
From the onset of the this lightweight match-up, it was clear that John Cofer wanted the fight on the ground, while British born Mark Glover was ready for a stand up fight. Both had their way at moments in the fight, however Glover had a tough time stopping the takedown.
Cofer got the fight to the mat a few times in the lone round, but Glover was solid at getting back up. Glover connected on some good strikes on the feet during the moments where the two stayed standing. Close decision for the judges to rule on.
John Cofer def. Mark Glover by unanimous decision (10-9 on all cards)
Cody Pfister vs. Vinc Pichel
Vinc Pichel and Cody Pfister had a nice back and forth fight going on until Pichel ended up on top and threw an elbow that reminded everyone of Kenny Florian.
Pichel connected with an elbow that opened a huge gash on Pfister’s head and rattled him at the same time. Pichel took his back and locked on a rear naked choke and Pfister went to sleep.
Vinc Pichel def. Cody Pfister by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:39, R1
Andy Ogle vs. Brendan Weafer
Ogle gets the fight to the mat early after a brief exchange, but Weafer is looking for a triangle choke. Weafer locks it in, but Ogle has him stacked against the cage so he can’t apply any pressure.
The fight stays in the same position for a few minutes while Weafer tries to close out the submission, while Ogle works his way out. Eventually the two are stood up by the referee and as they stand back up, Weafer goes for a head kick, slips and ends up on the mat again.
Ogle looks for a guillotine choke, falling back into guard, but time is running out and the final horn sounds before he can try to finish.
Andy Ogle def. Brandon Weafer by unanimous decision (10-9 on all cards)
Austin Lyons vs. Chris Tickle
Chris Tickle and Austin Lyons both come out aggressive, but Tickle shows his striking prowess right away as he backs his opponent off.
Tickle connects with a big right hand that rattles Lyons, and he throws three more quick punches as Lyons drops to the mat. Referee Steve Mazzagatti rushes in for the save. Second fast knockout in a row.
Chris Tickle def. Austin Lyons by KO at :24 seconds, R1
Erin Beach vs. Sam Sicilia
One punch and just a few seconds.
That’s all it took for Sam Sicilia to earn his way into the new TUF house after landing a huge right hand directly on the jaw of Erin Beach.
Beach crashed like a tree on the mat, and the referee saw enough to swoop in for the stoppage after the one hitter quitter.
Sam Sicilia def. Erin Beach by KO at :08 seconds, R1
Cristiano Marcello vs. Jared Carlsten
Former Chute Boxe coach Cristiano Marcello looked impressive in his debut fight on the Ultimate Fighter after getting opponent Jared Carlsten on the ground, and showing off his world class grappling skills.
While Carlsten trains under Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu whiz Eddie Bravo, he couldn’t match up with Marcello who first softened him up with punches before applying a fight ending rear naked choke.
Cristiano Marcello def. Jared Carlsten by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:43, R1
Joe Proctor vs. Jordan Rinaldi
Proctor and Rinaldi look to exchange hands early during the feeling out process of the fight. Proctor tags Rinaldi with a big right hand, putting him on his butt.
Proctor rushes in and snags a tight guillotine choke, and while Rinaldi struggles to get loose, he can’t fight out and he’s forced to tap. Joe Proctor becomes the first fighter into the new Ultimate Fighter house.
Joe Proctor def. Jordan Rinaldi by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:08, R1
When it was all said and done, 16 fighters made their way into the new Ultimate Fighter house for the debut season on FX. The standouts appeared to be former Chute Boxe coach Cristiano Marcello as well as Team Black House fighter Justin Lawrence.
Next week Cruz and Faber will pick their teams and then the competition begins.
“Get ready for the hardest 13 weeks of your life,” UFC President Dana White said to the sixteen participants. “Welcome to the Ultimate Fighter”.
Quick Results for TUF Live Debut:
– Myles Jury def. Akbarh Arreola by unanimous decision (10-9 on all cards)
– Al Iaquinta def. Jon Tuck by unanimous decision (10-9 on all cards)
– Jeremy Larsen def. Jeff Smith by unanimous decision (10-9 on all cards)
– Daron Cruickshank def. Drew Dober by unanimous decision (10-9 on all cards)
– Justin Lawrence def. James Krause by TKO (strikes) 1:25, R1
– Mike Rio def. Ali MacLean by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:32, R1
– Michael Chisea def. Jonathan Vistante by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:05, R1
– James Vick def. Dakota Cochrane by split decision (10-9, 10-9, 9-10)
– Chris Saunders def. Chase Hackett by unanimous decision (10-9 on all cards)
– John Cofer def. Mark Glover by unanimous decision (10-9 on all cards
– Vinc Pichel def. Cody Pfister by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:39, R1
– Andy Ogle def. Brandon Weafer by unanimous decision (10-9 on all cards)
– Chris Tickle def. Austin Lyons by KO at :24 seconds, R1
– Sam Sicilia def. Erin Beach by KO at :08 seconds, R1
– Cristiano Marcello def. Jared Carlsten by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:43, R1
– Joe Proctor def. Jordan Rinaldi by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:08, R1