The Ultimate Fighter 18 Recap: Episode 3 – Holdsworth vs Beal
Julianna Pena was promised a victory milkshake so Miesha Tate brought one for her. Tate also brought a piece of chocolate cake for the loser Shayna Baszler. Tate remembered Baszler saying that she loved chocolate cake. Baszler roomed together with Tate at one time. Tate wanted it cleared up that she was not happy that Baszler lost, but she was happy her team won. Baszler said that Ronda has been good to her, especially after losing.
Julianna Pena decides to talk in an English accent all day. Anthony Gutierrez and Cody Bollinger think she is annoying. Pena says does not care if people like her or not.
Rousey talks to her team about not being emotional. She says she is cold and calculating and it is an advantage in the cage. She tells Chris Beal that they are scared of him and that is why they picked him first (he has an injured hand). She says they do not have confidence that their fighter could beat a healthy fighter.
Beal talks about recovering from cancer in his leg. After recovering from that, he is scared of nothing. Beal does not think Holdsworth will stand with him.
Cody Bollinger tells Team Tate that Team Rousey knows all their girl’s matchup. There is a traitor in the midst! Bollinger thinks it is Julianna Pena. Pena denies it. Louis Fisette uses a process of elimination to conclude it was Pena because Pena has fought already, Pena has won and nothing to worry about if matchups are disclosed, and Pena has been hanging out with the other team for two nights. Fisette says she has a guilty look too. Pena says it was Modafferi, but Roxanne calmly denies it.
Holdsworth talks about renting UFC tapes with his dad and joining a dojo right after watching UFC 1. Holdsworth talks about his brother being a brown belt but being killed when he was young.
Tate says Holdsworth can beat Beal in every area. They are looking to take Beal down and submit him.
Pena talks about Holdsworth not being like the other guys. Pena calls him a leader. They talk about relationships. Holdsworth likes flirting with Pena.
Pena is shown apologizing to Modafferi for accusing her. Jessamyn Duke admits she was just giving Raquel Pennington a hard time and said there is no secret list. Maybe there is no rat and she just guessed the matchups.
Chris Beal’s older brother was a gang banger who died after being shot 13 times. He said he might have taken the same road if he did not have a son.
Rousey says Beal’s striking is so good, he only needs one hand, but he is going to use both.
The crew heads to the Red Rock to watch UFC Brazil. It has been a few weeks since they saw TV. Rousey, Tate, and Caraway are at the bar. Tate asks Rousey to “please move away from her boyfriend.” Rousey answers, “I don’t think anyone with half a brain would desire your boyriend.”
Rousey and Tate are trash talking and Tate says Rousey does not even know how to hit pads or throw punches. Edmond Traverdyan dislikes Caraway for tweeting something about Rousey getting her teeth broken. Caraway apologized a year ago but the Rousey camp still holds a grudge.
Weigh-in: Chris Beal (136) vs Chris Holdsworth (136)
“Classic striker versus grappler,” explains Dana White.
Pena wrote Holdsworth a “comforting” letter before his fight. It was a supportive letter. Holdsworth tells the boys “I will give her the best two minutes of her life.”
Chris Beal vs Chris Holdsworth
R1. The two stand but nothing lands for a half minute until Holdsworth kicks him in the groin. Restart. Strikes by Holdsworth land. Last right was hard. Beal responds. Hard right by Holdsworth. Leg kick by Holdsworth. Hard right by Holdsworth but Beal responds with his own scoring blow. Holdsworth has a nice reach advantage. Double jab by Beal. Right scores by Holdsworth and then a takedown but Beal regains his feet and then trips Holdsworth down. Back up though as Beal does not want to fight on the mat. Right lands by Holdsworth. Hard left hook by Holdsworth. Shot by Holdsworth is stuffed and Beal lands some knees. Another shot stuffed by Beal who lands a right and breaks. Hard straight right by Holdsworth who drops Beal and pounces on him. Guillotine attempt and Holdsworth gets Beal to tap out.
Chris Holdsworth submits Chris Beal by Guillotine in Round 1
White admits that he was wrong as the two traded and Holdsworth hurt Beal with the right continuously. Rousey says Beal should not have waited to counter. White says that Holdsworth beat him on the feet and then beat him on the ground. Rousey has lost both of her #1 picks.
Beal lost and was dropped for the first time ever. Beal admits that Holdsworth was the better man. Beal says he is scarred but he will learn from this.
Next fight: Roxanne Modafferi vs Jessica Rakoczy.