Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to FOX Sports 1 last night (Weds., Sept. 14, 2016) for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24 combat sports reality show, coached by top flyweight contenders and bitter rivals Joseph Benavidez and Henry Cejudo.
If you missed last week's episode click here.
Right off the bat we start previewing the showdown between No. 4-ranked Damacio Page and No. 13 Adam Antolin. Page, a veteran of both Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), has some unkind words for Coach Cejudo.
They were supposed fight under the Legacy FC banner, but "The Messenger" had other ideas.
As expected, the other contestants on Team Benavidez are talking up "The Angel of Death," who we also learn breeds bulldogs. Page shares video of himself clomping around his Albuquerque abode, feeding his mutts and calling himself the crazy dog dude.
On the other side of the gym, we get a closer look at Antolin -- winner of seven straight -- who found his way into mixed martial arts (MMA) after finding success as a wrestler. He trains out of American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), loves his family, and rides a moped.
Prior to the fight, Benavidez and Cejudo argue over the definition of role model. When is this season over?
Damacio Page, Team Benavidez (19-10) vs. Adam Antolin, Team Cejudo (11-3):
Round 1: Quick touch of gloves and Page starts walking him down, testing his range and keeping the hands busy. Antolin counters with a body kick. Page answers with one of his own then eats another HARD body kick. They reset and return to the center of the cage. Antolin shoots but gets denied. Page whiffs on a few punches. As planned, Antolin continues to kick the body and it appears to be having an effect. Two leg kicks land for Antolin. Page eats two punches to the face. He responds with an uppercut. Another body kick lands for Antolin. Spinning back kick finds the ribs but he slips and Page is able to swarm. Antolin takes heavy damage but survives. They clinch each other and exchange knees. Then again. Failed takedown attempt for Antolin. Page with a big knee but Antolin lands a hip toss to secure the round. 10-9 Antolin.
Round 2: Antolin opens with a spinning back kick to the bread basket. Page eats it and walks forward with a knee. Antolin creams him with a body kick and Page crumbles. Antolin rushes in with the softest hammer fists in the history of TUF and the referee stops it, just as Page was getting to his feet. UFC President Dana White is extremely unhappy with the stoppage. Looked early but not exactly a travesty. Page is visibly upset and may have a broken hand.
Final result: Antolin def. Page by technical knockout
Here's where we stand after episode three:
#1 Alexandre Pantoja vs.
#16 Brandon Moreno #8 Terrence Mitchellvs. #9 Kai Kara-France
#5 Hiromasa Ogikubo vs.
#12 Nkazimulo Zulu #4 Damacio Pagevs. #13 Adam Antolin
#2 Yoni Sherbatov vs. #15 Eric Shelton
#7 Ronaldo Candido vs. #10 Jamie Alvarez
#6 Matt Schnel vs. #11 Matt Rizzo
#3 Tim Elliot vs. #14 Charlie Alaniz
Team Cejudo leads 3-1.
Stay tuned next week as No. 2-ranked Yoni Sherbatov battles No. 15 Eric Shelton.
See you in seven!