The Gentleman’s Guide to The Ultimate Fighter 18: Episode 4 – Don’t Be the Guy to Knock a Girl Out of TUF
Team Rousey’s coach Edmond and our newest coach Dennis Hallman somehow got into it right off the get go. I don’t know how exactly it started between them, but Edmond said something to Hallman and Hallman definitely invited the opportunity for them to “handle” it right then and there. I was pretty stoked when I heard Hallman was joining our coaching staff. He is a seasoned vet and had competed and beat some of the best in the world for many years. He even beat Matt Hughes, who was one of my favorite fighters growing up, not once, but twice!
Sparring with the Ladies
Training at this point was going pretty good. I was still nursing a bit of a knee injury but it was continuously getting better. It was at this point where the coaching staff let the girls spar with the guys. When we were sparring down there, we only ever used small gloves (I think they were 6 or 8 oz). Obviously, we can’t go 100% with strikes to the head or people would be getting knocking out or cut all the time. I started with Sarah and right away she throws a full on front kick to my face haha. So right away, I knew she was not going to be holding anything back, so from there on out, I kept my guard up but still did not want to throw very hard. I did not want to be the guy that hurt a girl on The Ultimate Fighter and prevented them from fighting (ask Sarah Moras and no man in the world could ever hurt her! haha) so I took them down the majority of the time and worked some jits and ground and pound.
Sparring with the Guys
Sparring with the guys was fun! Cody had very different style of striking – very Diaz-like and a very good wrestling base. Holdsworth used his reach very well with long punches and very good jiu jitsu, and Louie is pretty well rounded and has good athleticism.
I know some of the girls were getting frustrated training with Roxanne because she always asked to lower the intensity even when we were not going that hard. Roxanne was very, very descriptive and asked a lot of questions about the techniques and even had a pen and note pad writing them all down as the coaches were going over them. I felt a little bad for her because you could tell she was out of her normal element down there with the intensity of the training, but I think it will help her in the future and open her eyes to new ways of training at the highest level.
Watching the fight, I was very quiet because I obviously want our team to win so we can keep control and the momentum, but I also got to know Jessica pretty well in the house. We had something in common being from the same home town and at one point living only a few miles apart. The first round was good. I gave it to Roxanne. She got a few takedowns and controlled on top the majority of the time, but Jessica did a good job of scrambling and getting back to her feet.
The second round you could tell Roxy was gassed and did not have much left in the tank and Jessica took advantage. She dropped her with a left hook but Roxy did not quit. She tried to keep coming but had nothing left and Jess jumped on her with a hard hammer fist and the ref called it. Roxanne was obviously bummed after the fight and we all tried to cheer her up on the van ride back to the house. She has been through the up and downs in this sport. She has had the most fights out of anyone in the house, so this is not the first time she has had to deal with a heart breaking loss.
After the fight we had a feeling that they were going to call out Louie because they thought he was the weakest match up because he lost in the fights to get into the house. Also, Davey is a pretty big Bantamweight and will have the size advantage on Louie.
I was actually excited at the fight announcement. I was hoping that they were going to pick me. I didn’t want to wait any longer and I just wanted to get in there. I figured the longer I went not fighting, the more it weighs on your mind, the longer I have to control my diet, and the more chance to get injured in training so I wanted to just get in there.
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