Time to pick teams.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brought a brand new format to its reality television baby The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), which started season number 15 last week with a 2.5 hour season premiere on its new channel FX.
The best part? It was all the way live, folks.
Last week's broadcast showcased 16 fights featuring 32 competitors attempting to smash their way into the TUF house to earn a shot at the coveted "six-figure" UFC contract. You can get up to date on all that by clicking here. Tonight's show will feature those 16 winners finding a home on one of two squads, Team Dominick Cruz or Team Urijah Faber.
And, of course, another live fight.
MMAmania.com has a live blog of all the night's action, starting at 10 p.m. ET, after the jump.
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 15 EPISODE TWO LIVE BLOG
Broadcast is live.
We open with Jon Anik telling us we're just 47 minutes away from the very first live fight from the TUF house. They also have a convenient little clock in the lower right corner of the screen to remind us as the episode goes on. Pretty slick.
Now, of course, they run through the previous episode and preview this one. By the way, did you know these fights will be LIVE this year?!?!?
Roll footage of the boys hauling ass into the house to get their beds (and beer).
Time to pick teams. Let's do this:
Team Cruz: Justin Lawrence, Sam Sicilia, Myles Jury, Mike Rio, James Vick, Vinc Pichel, Chris Tickle, Jeremy Larsen
Team Faber: Al Iaquinta, Cristiano Marcello, Daron Cruickshank, Joe Proctor, Michael Chiesa, John Cofer, Andy Ogle, Chris Saunders
First practice with Faber and his squad and he touts the Alpha Male way. Everything is all sunshine and rainbows as the team essentially calls "The California Kid" a god.
As for Cruz's first practice, he's going after Tickle because he wanted to be on Team Faber. So Cruz put Lawrence, his number one pick, on him and blew him up quick.
"It's cool. We'll get you in shape," Cruz remarked to a gassed Tickle with a wink and a smile. No coke, though.
The first spat between Cruz and Faber comes 15 minutes into episode two with Faber getting really pissed about Cruz mentioning his parents helping him get his gym off the ground. Cruz denies bringing family into it and blah blah. Worst argument ever.
Faber gets up and announces the fight for tonight: James Vick vs. Daron Cruickshank.
Michael Chiesa is pulled out of practice to call his mother and he finds out his father passed away the night before this was filmed. He apologizes to his mom for not being there but does say his dad made him promise not to leave the house if this happened, which they knew was a possibility.
Chiesa seeks out Sicilia, who is as close to family as he has in the house. They go through an impromptu therapy session and Chiesa continues grappling with whether he should stay in the house or head home to be with his family.
Dana White meets with Chiesa and lets him know they'll fly him home to be with his family and take care of business before flying back in.
Time to get to know the fighters for tonight a bit better. First is James Vick, who grew up poor and had to fight for everything he's gotten throughout his life. That means he's got a chip on his shoulder and he'll use it to win his fight tonight, which is, of course, the showdown of his life.
"If I hit him with four ounce gloves, he's going out."
Cruz teaches Vick how vital it is to stay active during the fight while Lloyd Irvin is introduced as the jiu-jitsu coach who will mold these boys into bonafida submission specialists.
Now let's get to know Cruickshank. His mom was a fighter. She could beat up your mom. Probably your dad, too. that's how they roll.
The focus of Daron's training is jiu-jitsu because that's what they expect Vick to throw at him when they lock up inside the cage. Awareness is everything, after all.
Chiesa is back already and he says he got the closure he needed after attending his father's wake.
These dudes are ready to get this thing popping.
Now we go live and Cruz is telling Vick just to have fun because that's what this is. Go win. Cut to Faber telling his boy it's all about athleticism. "You ready to rock?"
"Just another day at the office, " says Cruickshank.
Time to roll, baby. Rolling in the hole. That mean we roooooolllllliiiiiinnnnnn'.
James Vick vs. Daron Cruickshank (155-pound limit)
Round one: Off we go as they touch gloves all nice like. Such gentlemen they are. Cruickshank lands an inside kick, the first meaningful shot of the first minute. He follows this up with a nice combination in and out. Vick answers with one of his own. Spinning back kick from Daron looks good but misses. An outside kick lands, though. Vick isn't moving nearly as much as Cruz was telling him to. Actually, he's literally standing right in the pocket while Daron circles around him. Cruickshank throws a nice kick to the body that lands with a sickening smack. Vick shakes it off, as well as the follow up spinning back kick. Vick then fakes a high kick, Cruickshank shoots underneath it and Vick unleashes a knee that catches Daron clean and knocks him out.
Final Result: James Vick def. Daron Cruickshank via knockout (knee) in round one
They have Anik get in the Octagon and do a post-fight interview. Vick tells him he set things up well but wasn't trying to throw a knee but rather a kick. His knee just got there first and it landed clean and in the perfect spot.
Sometimes being lucky is better than being good.
They ask Cruickshank for his thoughts but he says he doesn't remember anything. Naturally. Dude just got slept like he was trying to get his bike back from Deebo.
Cruz is now in control and he'll pick the next fight. He's got Justin Lawrence coming up and tells Faber he's the Alpha Male, so he needs to pick his best guy.
Faber asks who is ready to scrap now, no one says anything, and Faber tells Cruz just to pick. So he picks Cristiano Marcello.
So tune in next week, folks, as Justin Lawrence takes on Cristiano Marcello.
Fade to black.