The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) returns TONIGHT (Fri., Nov. 30, 2012) for episode 11 of the once great reality television show's 16th season on its loving home on the FX channel at 10 p.m. ET.
The show was on break for the holidays last week but its back and (hopefully) better than ever with the final two quarterfinal fights this week in preparation for the semifinals next week.
And the live Finale just one week later.
A complete live blog with full results from the show is below.
TUF 16 RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR EPISODE 11
Broadcast is live.
Recap of the last episode. We need it after the two week break.
It's already fight day and we're getting a look at Manley vs. Rivera. Both guys are very complimentary of each other, saying it's going to be a tough fight and they're going to bring it.
They even hug before heading off to the gym.
Joey Rivera vs. Jon Manley (170-pound limit)
Round one: Low kick from Manley to start. After about a minute, he shoots in and pushes Rivera against the fence. Stalemate there. Rivera takes his coaches instruction and grabs the open neck looking for a front choke. It looks for a second like he's got it in but that turns out not to be the case and Manley gets a takedown finally. He passes to side control but Rivera starts to sit up. He doesn't have his hips, though, and Manley takes his legs out from under him up against the fence. Rivera manages to reverse by taking Manley's neck. He tries to get to full mount but Manley explodes out and ends up back on top. Rivera immediately throws his legs up for a triangle but Manley defends and ends up back in side control. That's where they stay as the round ends.
Round two: Manley resumes working the same game plan he employed in the first. He goes about pushing Rivera against the cage, likely enraging Dana White cageside. Man, this is awful. Manley is really pushing and pushing, grinding and grinding, boring and boring. Finally, with just over one minute left in the frame, the takedown comes. Rivera looks for a submission because he's probably down on the cards at this point. Manley gets to full mount with 25 seconds to go and he could be sealing the deal here. He gets Rivera's back and rains down punches as the round ends.
Final result: Jon Manley def. Joey Rivera via majority decision
Well, that was awful and everyone basically admits to as much. Rivera is disappointed in himself but whatever.
The music goes dark and they get to talking about the issues between Hill and Ricci. Hill says something about putting a laxative in Ricci's sauce so Ricci puts a bunch of tape over his pan.
Now they get into words about being scared of each other in the hallway but nothing happens because that's what they fight for and all that.
Hill training session time. He's going to be the dirtier fighter and it's going to be a war and a fight and he's going to win and all this other crap.
He's still upset that Ricci called him out. He admits that Ricci is a talented fighter but he's going to put the fear into his eyes and he's going to get the job done.
Ricci, of course, disagrees. He says that once the cage door closes, they'll find out how things really are because the fight never lies.
Or some shit like that.
The chatter continues and no one is really saying anything of value.
Mike Ricci vs. Michael Hill (170-pound limit)
Round one: Hill unloads a few shots and Ricci fires off a head kick in retaliation. Nothing too heavy just yet. Ricci comes in to clinch against the cage and good god, please don't let this be another hug-off. Ricci really working to get low on the takedown and he finally rips and turns the corner to complete it. He's landing plenty of solid shots from top, scoring points the whole way. Hill tries to answer from the bottom but he's forced to defend against the assault. Ricci is relentless, taking Hill's back when he tries to get up. Now hes' landing short elbows and Hill just looks overwhelmed.
Round two: Hill looks relatively fresh but once he comes in on Ricci, he's quickly taken down. He manages to get back to his feet, however, and even works a guillotine for a short time. He was looking impressive for a minute but Ricci manages to take his back and sink both hooks in. Now he's looking for the arm under the throat. Hill stands up and Ricci rides his back the whole way. Hill tries to battle back but he's got nothing left now. Ricci is just all over him and finally he gets his arm under for the rear-naked choke. It was tight for a second but Hill rolled out of it. He manages to get Ricci off his back before the round ends but it doesn't matter. Ricci dominated that fight.
Final result: Mike Ricci def. Michael Hill via unanimous decision
Time for Dana White to announce the semifinals.
Jon Manley vs. Colton Smith
Mike Ricci vs. Neil Magny
It's almost over.
See you in seven, Maniacs.