The Ultimate Fighter 18 Recap: Episode 1 – Fight Your Way Into the TUF House
Ronda Rousey comes on and talks about how she used to watch The Ultimate Fighter and just wished they had it for women. Now, she is coaching against Cat Zingano.
“Surprise, surprise!” says Miesha Tate, who enters the training area. Rousey just finds out that Zingano has been replaced by a fighter that she has already beaten. They shake hands. Tate does not tell her directly and leaves that to Dana White to tell Rousey that Zingano is in surgery because she blew her knee out. “She’s really happy,” says Tate sarcastically. Rousey says she thought White was kicking her off the show.
The 32 fighters enter the gym. White says it is a “monumental” season with women allowed in the UFC now. He also warns the male fighters to not let the women’s fights show them up.
Jessamyn Duke talks about modelling not being for her but getting hooked on martial arts. Howarth took Karate and always wanted to fight.
Jessamyn Duke (2-0-1) vs Laura Howarth (3-0)
R1. Duke is bigger and controls the cage. She lands the strikes and a solid knee before Howarth ties her up against the cage. Duke reverses her and puts Howarth’s back against the cage and then tosses her to the mat and lands in her half guard. Howarth quickly rolls Duke to her back and is in Duke’s guard. Duke goes for and arm bar but Howarth rolls out. Howarth gets her back and in a scramble gets in Duke’s guard again. Duke landing strikes while still on top. Duke goes for a triangle from the bottom, locks it in, and gets the tap.
Jessamyn Duke submits Laura Howarth by Triangle in Round 1,
Danny Martinez is shown with his wife and baby. The UK’s David Grant posts pics of his family and talks about them as well. They are our first men’s fight.
Danny Martinez (18-4) vs David Grant (8-1)
R1. Martinez throwing a flurry and then shoots a double. Grant escapes using underhooks. Grant, who is much bigger, landing more strikes and Martinez shoots again. Grant lands a downward elbow on Martinez’ spine and Herb Dean stops the fight and warns Grant. Restart. The two trade and Grant lands punches and a knee. Grant looks good against the normal Flyweight until he is finally taken down by Martinez. In guard, Grant looking for a triangle but bell rings.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Grant
R2. Grant winning on the feet again and drops Martinez. He goes for a Guillotine but gives it up, spins around, and then knees Martinez in the head while he is grounded. Herb Dean takes a point away from Grant. Restart. Grant lands a couple high kicks. Martinez has a hard time with his reach. He shoots but Grant sprawls. He gets an arm to submit Martinez.
David Grant submits Danny Martinez by Arm Bar in Round 2
Jessica Rakoczy talks about being a single mom and doing it to better his son’s life. She played basketball for team Canada and is a boxer. She’s our first Canadian on the show. Revelina Berto talks about her family’s accomplishment and being the offspring of her dad, Dieuseul, who fought in the UFC. Her brother (Edson) fights MMA as well.
Jessica Rakoczy (1-3) vs Revelina Berto (3-1)
R1. Tie up immediately and go to the mat. They just show performance highlights. Tate thought they were going to duke it out. Instead, they were on the ground and Berto had Rakoczy in submission trouble but Rakoczy kept getting out with ground ‘n pound. Rakoczy transitioned from an arm bar to an omoplata to get the submission win.
Jessica Rakoczy submits Revelina Berto by Omoplata
Michael Wooten (6-0) vs Emil Hartsner (3-0)
“Not a great fight,” says Dana White. “I have nothing to say about this fight.” “It sucked.”
Michael Wooten defeats Emil Hartsner by Decision
Peggy Morgan is a college professor and has a three year old. Bethany Marshall trains with her boyfriend who recovered from cancer.
Peggy Morgan (2-0) vs Bethany Marshall (4-1)
R1. Big mismatch here as Morgan is much bigger than Marshall. She gets full mount and is pounding on Marshall. Tate calls her the biggest 135er she has ever seen. Morgan gets the TKO from mount. She will be an early favorite.
Peggy Morgan defeats Bethany Marshall by TKO
Roxane Modafferi is the first of our well known women. She has been in Japan for eight years as an English teacher. She has lost five in a row. She is fighting Canada’s Valerie Letourneau who is shown with her daughter.
Roxane Modafferi (15-10) vs Valerie Letourneau (4-3)
R1. Leg kick by Modafferi and a stiff jab. Modafferi pushes Letourneau against the cage and gets her to the mat. Letourneau on her back and Modafferi works to pass. In a north south position and Modafferi gets Letourneau’s back with two minutes left in the round. She locks on the RNC and Letourneau taps out.
Roxane Modafferi submits Valerie Letourneau by Rear Naked Choke in Round 1
Tim Gorman is going in to hurt people and fuck them up. Lee Sandmeier has had hearing aids all his life and was bullied in school.
Tim Gorman (9-2) Lee Sandmeier (9-0)
R1. The two rush out and Gorman takes Sandmeier down. Side control immediately. Sandmeier rolls to his stomach and gives his back up. Gorman pounding on him with the full mount. Sandmeier rolls to back and gives up back again. He can’t escape and the ref stops him.
Tim Gorman defeats Lee Sandmeier by TKO in Round 1
Raquel Pennington is shown with her mom. She started boxing and then MMA. Tonya Evinger started wrestling and then went into MMA. Tate says Evinger has too much drama in her life.
Raquel Pennington (3-3) vs Tonya Evinger (11-6)
Highlights of the fight are show. Lots of strikes by Evinger. Tate says Evinger lacks heart. Pennington has a better gas tank. Pennington gets the Guillotine in the second round.
Raquel Pennington submits Tonya Evinger by Guillotine in Round 2
Chris Beal had chemo to get rid of cancer in his leg. Came back after 18 months. Sirwan Kakai (9-1) moved from Sweden to USA and wants to become the UFC champ.
Chris Beal (7-0) vs Sirwan Kakai (9-1)
Highlights show. “Beal looked awesome,” says White. Rousey says he was a “confident striker.” He dealt with submission trouble. Beal had some nice elbow strikes.
Chris Beal defeats Sirwan Kakai by Decision
Canada’s Josh Hill is up next “Grappling is different than fighting,” says Dana White when he sees Hill’s grappling record. Patrick Holohan (9-0-1) grew up in Dublin, Ireland projects.
Josh Hill (9-0) vs Patrick Holohan (9-0-1)
Hill came out and out-wrestled Patrick in every way. “Josh Hill tries to wrestle-fuck you for two rounds,” says White. “He did the lay ‘n pray and played it safe,” said Tate. “I want to see him develop his skill set.” Whatever they say, Hill has a key to the TUF House!
Josh Hill defeats Patrick Holohan by Decision
Colleen Schneider has a Physics degrees from UC-Berkley. Shayna Baszler says she is ranked higher than some of the girls in the UFC. Great line from Bazler: “It is easy to be hungry when the feast is at the table now. I was hungry when all we were being fed was crumbs.” Schneider says Baszler was her pick to win it all. Baszler is offended that people think that Schneider even deserves to be in the ring with her.
Colleen Schneider (4-4) vs Shayna Baszler (15-8)
R1.Kicks start things off. Baszler ties her up against the cage and they reverse positions a few times before Schneider is on the ground. Baszler gets her back and lands some strikes. Schneider rolls out and they are on their feet against the cage. Baszler takes her down again and lands some hard rights. Baszler goes for an arm and Schneider taps out.
Shayna Baszler submits Colleen Schneider by Arm Bar in Round 1
Rousey calls Baszler’s ground n pound ‘great’ and says she did an amazing job.
Louis Fisette from Canada is up next. His dad, Mark, says that his son doesn’t pay rent and has a messy room. “I fight to beat somebody up and cash some cheques.” He takes on Chris Holdsworth who is a son of a cancer survivor. His brother also was killed in a gang when he was young. Urijah Faber is cageside to cheer him on.
Louis Fisette (6-1) vs Chris Holdsworth (4-0)
R1. Fisette comes out swinging and the two tie up. Fisette lands some lefts and takes Holdsworth down. Fisette lands some rights but is unable to pass. Holdsworth goes for an arm bar but Fisette gets out. Holdsworth gets a triangle and lands elbows. Holdsworth pulls on Fisette’s head but no tap. Fisette escapes and lands the gnp. He stacks Holdsworth against the cage and drops some bombs. Holdsworth gets Fisette on his back and gets to full mount. Holdsworth gets the arm triangle and taps Fisette out. White says Fisette was “tough” too.
Chris Holdsworth submits Louis Fisette by arm triangle in Round 1.
Tate and White would have liked to see both of them enter the house.
Gina Mazany started fighting because her brother Dave fought. Julianna Pena has always wanted to be a fighter.
Julianna Pena (4-2) vs Gina Mazany (3-0)
Highlights shown. Rousey says Pena is ‘very aggressive’. White says Julianna ‘dominated that entire fight.” “She comes in to finish you and inflict damage,” says White. White says they could be 10-7 rounds.
Julianna Pena defeats Gina Mazany by Decision
Matt Munsey (4-1) is a gator wrestling, tree cimbing country boy. Anthony Gutierrez (4-0) wants to use this opportunity to make something of his life.
Anthony Gutierrez (4-0) vs Matt Munsey (4-1)
Highlights. “Pretty uneventful,” says Tate of the fight.
Anthony Gutierrez defeats Matt Munsey by Decision
Tara Larosa (21-3) never thought she would ever get the opportunity to get into TUF. She fights Canada’s Sarah Moras who says Tara was ranked number one when she started training.
Tara Larosa (21-3) vs Sarah Moras (3-1)
R1. Stiff jab by Larosa right away so Moras took her down. Moras almost submitted Larosa a few times.
Sarah Moras defeats Tara Larosa by Decision
An emotional Moras says, “I want to win every fight in the house, I want to fight in the finale, I want to win it and I want to take Ronda out.”
Rafael de Freitas says winning the fight would be life changing for him and his family. Cody Bollinger is with his daughter and family and is motivated to get to the next level.
Rafael de Freitas (6-0-1) vs Cody Bollinger (14-3)
R1. The two exchange strikes with de Freitas landing some leg kicks. Bollinger takes him down. He picks up Freitas and drops him down and the two rise to their feet. More leg kicks from Freitas who jumps up for a guillotine. Bollinger escapes and drops some lefts on Freitas. Bollinger picks him up and slams him hard but cannot get out of a triangle. Close round from what was shown.
R2. Body kick by Bollinger who looks fresher while Freitas looks tired. Bollinger with solid knees and teeing up on Freitas. Freitas is exhausted. Freitas finally crumples to the cage and its over.
Cody Bollinger defeats Rafael de Freitas by TKO in Round 2
Now Rousey and Tate have to pick their fighters. Rousey takes first fight and Tate gets the first pick.
Advanced to the House
Jessamyn Duke (#4, Rousey)
Jessica Rakoczy (#8, Rousey)
Peggy Morgan (#6, Rousey)
Roxane Modafferi (#7, Tate)
Raquel Pennington (#5, Tate)
Shayna Baszler (#2, Rousey)
Julianna Pena (#1, Tate)
Sarah Moras (#3, Tate)
David Grant (#4, Rousey)
Michael Wooten (#8, Rousey)
Chris Beal (#2, Rousey)
Tim Gorman (#7, Tate)
Josh Hill (#5, Tate)
Chris Holdsworth (#3, Tate)
Anthony Gutierrez (#6, Rousey)
Cody Bollinger (#1, Tate)
First fight: Rousey picks the two #1s to fight. Julianna Pena vs Shayna Baszler
Update from UFC Press Release:
Premiere episode fight match-ups and results:
|Jessamyn DukeRichmond, Ky||Laura HowarthHove, East Essex, England||Submission via triangle choke3:50 of the 1st round|
|Cody BollingerRancho Cucamonga, Calif.||Rafael FreitasAlbuquerque, N.M.||TKO1:54 of the 2nd round|
|Jessica RakoczyLas Vegas, Nev.||Revelina BertoWinter Haven, Fla.||Submission via arm bar2:32 of the 2nd round|
|Chris BealSomis, Calif.||Sirwan KakaiCoconut Creek, Fla.||Unanimous DecisionSudden Victory round|
|Julianna PenaSpokane, Wash.||Gina MazanySeattle, Ak||Unanimous Decision|
|Michael WoottenLiverpool, Merceyside, England||Emil HartsnerLuberod, Skane, Sweden||Unanimous DecisionSudden Victory round|
|Peggy MorganNashua, N.H.||Bethany MarshallNewport News, Va||TKO2:58 of the 1st round|
|Joshua HillBinbrook, Ontario, Canada||Patrick HolohanTagllaht, Dublin, Ireland||Majority Decision|
|Colleen SchneiderLas Vegas, Nev.||Shayna BaszlerSioux Fall, S.D.||Submission via arm bar4:24 of the 1st round|
|Louis FisetteWinnipeg, Manitoba, Canada||Chris HoldsworthWoodland Hills, Calif.||Submission via triangle choke4:09 of the 1st round|
|Raquel PenningtonColorado Springs, Colo.||Tonya EvingerLake St. Louis, Mo.||Submission via guillotine choke3:56 of the 2nd round|
|Tim GormanWest Des Moines, Iowa||Lee SandmeierKnoxville, Iowa||TKO4:46 of the 1st round|
|Roxanne ModafferiYokohama, JPN||Valerie LetourneauLa Prairie, Quebec, Canada||Submission via rear naked choke3:36 of the 1st round|
|Anthony GutierrezLee’s Summit, Mo.||Matthew MunseyHollywood, Fla.||Unanimous DecisionSudden Victory round|
|Sarah MorasKelowna, B.C., Canada||Tara LaRosaAlbuquerque, N.M.||Unanimous Decision|
|David GrantBishop Auckland, Durham, England||Daniel MartinezSan Diego, Calif.||Submission via arm bar2:02 of the 2nd round|
Fighters will once again be vying for season bonus’. Bonus’ of $5,000 will be given to fighters victorious by stoppage or submission. Another $25,000 will be given for best fight of the season, best submission of the season and best knockout of the season.