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Ultimate Fighter Live Debut Results: 16 Fighters Qualify for Newest Season

Posted on by Damon Martin

The Ultimate Fighter Live (TUF Live)
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


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  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Well there goes their gay-porno ratings draw. Bet the producers were sad to see that guy lose. Bet they keep him on stand-by in case someone gets injured.

  • phrankthetank

    Was it just me or did they stop those 2 KOs way too early?

    • Booker T

      I’m with you. Them two didn’t look completely out.I was sitting there thinking,what the heck. Also when there isn’t much wrestling or action stand them boys up immediately.

  • Iamrozylo

    KO’s were stopped early and production was bad. I understand it was live, but fox has experience with tons of live events and this was ridiculously not up to snuff.

  • maddawgmar

    I think the brass didn’t want the gay porno guy in the show, thus they put him against the tallest guy. I guess it back to the set for him.

    • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

      Are you kidding me? The producers and Zuffa definitely wanted that guy on the show because of the “freak-show” factor and the “look at us, we’re progressive” factor.

      He would have been an easy marketing angle and would have resulted in higher ratings. Look at all the press coverage he got before taping even began.

      I bet they keep him on stand-by just in case someone gets hurt. They want that guy on the show.

      • elguapo

        Couldn’t agree more. I thought he was a little unlucky too. Like you say, the novelty factor is huge for TUF, especially when it’s in its 13th series or whatever it is now. Firstly, like you say, there’s the diversity factor, but imagine the potential rifts in the house it would cause, some meat-head would definitely pick on him, there would be bigoted comments etc, it would be a reality tv producers dream. The only thing that could top it is if they stuck that Saling guy in there.

    • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

      I agree with maddawgmar. I mean I dont think they necessarily set it up for him to lose, but I doubt they wanted him on the show. They want to avoid any gay stigma attached to the sport or any bad press over literal gay-bashing.

      • elguapo

        No way. What gay stigma could possibly be attached to it? Surely it would be demonstrating that gays are as proficient in pugilism as heteros? As for gay bashing? Come on man, it’s not like the dude’s a flowery little gayboy, he’s a trained, skilled mma fighter.

        Also, is the guy actually gay or has he just done gay porn? Didn’t he say he was fighting for his fiancée? Dunno if he mentioned the gender of his fiancée though. Either way who gives a shit, it’s not like he’s gonna finish a fight via boner choke or whatever.

  • elguapo

    Yeah production was piss poor, almost zero commentary or insight in any of the bouts. And definitely some early stoppages too, they probably didn’t want anyone getting twatted out on live tv in case there were any serious injuries, like a few seasons back when Riddle broke that guy’s jaw and he made some weird noises when he came round. I’m sure mazzagatti stopped a fight by submission before the guy had even tapped too, one of the earlier fights it was.

  • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

    Knew Marcello would make it in, but surprised at the poor performances of Cochrane and Tuck (even if his toe almost fell off.)

    • phrankthetank

      Cochrane got stuck fighting a giant with good takedown defense. Tuck wasn’t the same after he broke his toe. I picked up on the broken toe the 1st time he looked at his feet. Thought it was strange that there was an open space where his toe should have been.

  • fitefan

    That 8 second KO wasn’t even a KO. The guy never went out, and his opponent didn’t even throw any follow up punches.
    The second stopage was bad too. And then about 6 fights later they let a guy get beat senseless all across the cage and down to the mat before Mazagati stoped it.
    And every guy over 6′ guy was paired up with a 5’7″ guy.
    The production was bad, barely any commentary. Surprised Dana was so quiet, if it wasn’t for Faber their wouldn’t have been any commentary at all.
    FX needs to get rid of their stupid ‘ultimate fighter FX live’ logo. Or atleast move it to the bottom of the screen. It’s not even necessary, but to have it block out the fighters head is retarded.

    Ah, some bad tasteless puns……
    Dakota got his a$$ beat.
    Atleast he has something to fall back on.
    He had one round to show us he sucks.

    • phrankthetank

      I agree with some of what you said… But how does grappling to a stalemate for 4 1/2 minutes and then finally getting a takedown constitute getting your ass beat?

      • fitefan

        it doesn’t, just a bad stretch to make the pun work. as I said, bad tasteless…
        I’m hungover.

        • phrankthetank

          Forgiven lol

  • MikeMc1983

    I didn’t think there was suppose to be “commentary.”
    Usually on tuf there are no commentators. I liked the idea of having the mic on those guys. There were some interesting tidbits here and there.

    • elguapo

      There’s definitely room for some form of commentary, especially for the prelim fights. It’s really interesting to hear who some of these guys have fought, who they train with etc, but it wasn’t even audible most of the time. And during the introduction, Dana barely even looked at the camera, seemed very uneasy.

      Can’t say I was a fan of the 1 round system, seemed to favour the “control your opponent and do nothing” style, but I guess it was because the show was live.

      Also, does anyone know how they make the matches for the prelim fights? There were what seemed like two potentially world class BJJ guys in the second fight and they pair them up? Doesn’t make sense to me to lose one of them and get left with some standard “college wrestler with a big overhand right” style fighter, the sort we’re seeing more and more of in the UFC.

      • fitefan

        yeah, I thought the one 5 min round was a bad idea. I know why they did it tho, with 16 fights lined up.

        Still, none of these guys were expecting a 1 round fight. There are no one round fights in the UFC. Each fighter was forced to take chances and push forward, fighting differently than how they have been taught and trained.
        Certainly entertaining, but not an accurate indicator of how they will perform in the UFC or most other organizations.
        It was like a baseball game with only 1 out per inning, or a football game with no second half.
        Even the coaches commented on how it was hard to judge the skill of each fighter with only one round.
        Chances are some of the guys that went home were better fighters and would haved won their fights. Especially the decisions and the two early stopages.

    • fitefan

      If not commentary, then something to keep from having so much ‘dead air’. I don’t recall so much dead air time during the last TUF prelim bouts with Bisping and Miller. Faber, White and Cruz seemed a little subdued, maybe nervous because it was aired live. Tho I wouldn’t expect Dana to be uncomfortable with it.

      Next week we’ll have the coaches in each corner yelling out commands and each team cheering their side to fill in the audio. So it should be a lot better.

      I gotta give em a break tho, first time live, and first time on FX.

  • elguapo

    So who’s everyone’s pick to win it then? You get 2 picks, I’m going with Chiesa or Sicilana.

    • fitefan

      I’ll go with Cruickshank and Lawrence.

      • elguapo

        I thought that Lawrence dude looked phenomenal, a breath of fresh air with his karate style. I just don’t know whether he could keep that pace for a full fight though. He’s definitely one I’d like to win, along with that Marcello guy.

        Also, are the fights gonna still be 2 rounds up until the final or are they moving to 3 fr the live shows?