TUF Fridays Episode 7 Recap: Canadian Michael Hill Squeaks Into Next Round


Hill defeats Secor

Las Vegas, Nevada – One of the season’s most recent feuds was settled in the Octagon® on Friday as Canadian Michael Hill defeated Matt Secor with a split decision win on The Ultimate Fighter® Fridays episode seven – ‘Summer Camp’ – that aired on FX.After a heated argument in the house, the rivals finally got to settle their differences where it matters. And the victory – the second in a row for Coach Roy Nelson’s team – ties the series at three each after six preliminary bouts. Team Nelson eradicated the previous two-win lead held by Coach Shane Carwin’s team, and it is all to play for heading into episode eight.

Hill, 25, from Kelowna, British Colombia, is the first of two Canadian contestants this year to compete in the Octagon. While a winner in his fight, the former personal trainer, who is 4-0 in his professional mixed martial arts career, was dissatisfied by his performance.

“After my fight I felt embarrassed. I felt like I let everybody down, from Dana White, to the producers, my teammates and my country. I think everyone wanted to see Matt Secor’s mouth shut. I have never ever felt that pressure or jitters before. It was like I forgot everything I’d learned to this day. I just froze.

“It’s the worst feeling ever, to know that that fight would be talked about all season, and once I got out of the house, on TV worldwide. I have so much to improve on. Every fight can’t be pretty but you do what you can to win, and one thing’s for sure I won’t ever give up.”

Fighting out of South Glen Falls, NY, Secor, 25, has always been into thrill-seeking sports, even taking up snowboarding when he was only four years old. The 3-1 MMA fighter and movie buff was disappointed but not discouraged with his TUF result.

“I felt mad because of the loss. I was mad because my hand was broken and that I got robbed. I wish that my hand didn’t break. When something like that happens in a fight it makes the fight change completely. I was trying to finish but I couldn’t use my right hand at all. The mood on Team Carwin didn’t change after my loss because obviously I won that fight, it was more that everyone was pissed at the judges than anything else.”

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Results after episode seven:

Team Carwin (3-3)

Sam Alvey (0-1, lost to Joey Rivera by decision in episode 3)
Bristol Marunde (1-0, defeated Julian Lane by decision in episode 4)
Mike Ricci
Neil Magny (1-0, defeated Cameron Diffley by decision in episode 2)
James Chaney
Eddy Ellis (0-1, lost to Colton Smith by majority decision in epsiode 6)
Igor Araujo (1-0, defeated Nic Herron-Webb by majority decision in episode 5)
Matt Secor (0-1, lost to Michael Hill by split decision in episode 6)

Team Nelson (3-3)

Dom Waters
Michael Hill (1-0, defeated Matt Secor by split decision in episode 6)
Cameron Diffley (0-1, lost to Neil Magny by decision in episode 2)
Colton Smith (1-0, defeated Eddy Ellis by majority decision in episode 6)
Jon Manley
Nic Herron-Webb (0-1, lost to Igor Araujo by majority decision in episode 5
Joey Rivera (1-0, defeated Sam Alvey by decision in episode 3)
Julian Lane (0-1, lost to Bristol Marunde by decision in episode 4)

The series resumes next Friday, Nov. 2, on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings for Central and Mountain Time). In that episode – ‘Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em’ – after the trash talk heats up, a scuffle ensues. Dana visits the house to give the fighters an eye-opening lecture. Then two more welterweights face off in the seventh preliminary fight.

4 Responses to “ TUF Fridays Episode 7 Recap: Canadian Michael Hill Squeaks Into Next Round ”

  1. Jamie Locke says:

    I don’t know how they gave it to Hill, but congrats anyway.

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  2. Cody Rempel says:

    The best part of the show was as Hill was walking to the cage and they surprisingly exclaimed that he was wearing a shirt! lol

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  3. Just Laughable says:

    This whole TUFF tryout process is a joke and is in no way a means for obtaining or creating top fighters.

    Yes in the beginning it was stacked with amazing and potentially great fighters but every year it has become more of a comical soap opera for little kids.

    With exception of Ricci (who we still need to see fight a top dude) all this show has done for canadian fighters is make us look like whiney, arrogant and shitty fighters!

    And this season is no different, Hill would get destroyed by 90% of the 170 talent roaming in Canada and if the show had a proper selection process we could actually have alot of canadians winning the tournament which has now become a comical TV joke

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  4. Jamie Locke says:

    It is definitely about the drama and not talent, which is really too bad because it has the potential to be a stellar proving grounds for unknown dudes to get into the UFC and get their faces known before hand.

    I still enjoy the fights though, usually just skip over the drama. Depending on the coaches I’ll watch some of the tarining exerpts.

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