Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back for episode 10 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18, led by bantamweight coaches and UFC 168 co-main event rivals Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.
On to the semifinals!
Coach Rousey shows up at the TUF house with some booze and burgers for those boys and girls who are no longer fighting, but making it hard for those who are. Chief among them is Sarah Moras, who is outside on the patio by her lonesome.
She can't partake in the celebration, despite just fighting, because her next fight is right around the corner and she needs to keep her weight down. Too bad Cody Bollinger didn't share her discipline.
The next day, Coach Tate is trying to get Julianna Pena prepared for her upcoming fight and Raquel Pennington accuses the coaches of playing favorites, meaning that Pena and Chris Holdsworth are the only two fighters who are getting any attention.
Louis Fissette calls Holdsworth "The Golden Boy."
Now the semifinalists are shipped off to the Harley Davidson Boot Camp so that the motorcycle giant can make the most of its sponsorship. I have to admit, the girls look pretty hot straddling those scooters. Oh shit, Cain Velasquez just rolled up on his two-wheeler and the gang is starstruck.
Like a boss!
This segment runs kinda long, but I guess they are giving one of these bad boys away to the winners, so we have to sit through it. Back at the gym and we get our second special guest star in the form of Nate Diaz, who lends his jiu-jitsu experience to the new recruits.
David Grant was "over the moon."
Later that night, the booze is flowing at the TUF house and Holdsworth feels distance from everyone else at the house. He claims his teammates are now more interested in eating ice cream than helping him train. Perhaps they are a bit scorned since he advanced and they didn't?
Coach Tate applauds his discipline.
Speaking of, "Cupcake" can be seen attacking her team inside the TUF house with cans of "silly string," which is a poor substitute for Cheez Whiz. Then things turn serious when they bring in Kenny Salvini, an athlete who broke his neck and is now confined to a wheelchair.
He was there to coach the cadets on how to break through mental barriers.
On the Team Rousey side of things, Grant and Michael Wooten are getting a little stir crazy. Wootten, in particular, is homesick and misses his family. They do a nice little Shining reference: It seems all training and no fights make this Brit a dull boy.
Time is starting to tick away so it doesn't look like we'll be getting a decision. Both guys make weight without incident and we get our usual back-and-forth from Dana White and the rest of the coaches when it comes to predicting a winner. Neither fighter seems to have a clear-cut advantage.
Time to see which bantamweight makes it to the live finale.
Semifinal fight #1: Chris Holdsworth vs. Michael Wootten
Round 1: Holdsworth comes out looking crisp in the stand up. They clinch and go to the cage. Wootten is dumped on his ass and defends from half guard. Holdsworth gets side control but Wootten scrambles free -- right into a guillotine choke. He survives, but Holdsworth gets his back in a transition and they are up against the cage. Holdsworth with a body lock and painful face crank. It's only a matter of time before Wootten is left with choice but to tap.
Final result: Holdsworth def. Wootten via submission (rear naked choke)
Here's where we stand heading into episode 11:
Jessamyn Duke Peggy Morgan
Mike Wootten Shayna Baszler Chris Beal
Louis Fisette Josh Hill
Chris Holdsworth def. Michael Wootten
Sarah Moras vs. Julianna Pena
David Grant vs. Anthony Gutierrez
Raquel Pennington vs. Jessica Rakoczy
Stay tuned next week for the second semifinal elimination fight as Sarah Moras takes on Julianna Pena, but not before both fighters experience their share of drama.
See you in seven!