Facing the undesirable position of potentially being down 0-3, Team Faber found themselves with their backs against the wall on last night’s episode of the Ultimate Fighter 15 with their hopes riding on Al Iaquinta’s ability to take out Team Cruz representative Myles Jury. While the bout was back-and-forth from start to finish, in the end the #1 pick by Urijah Faber was able to eek out a decision win thanks to an aggressive approach in the bout’s “sudden victory” round.
After the fight’s conclusion Faber selected Michael Chiesa from his team to face Jeremy Larsen whose coach, Dominick Cruz, expressed past concern on how he would match up with someone with Chiesa’s wrestle-heavy skill-set.
Also on the show, Mike Rio injured his knee while sparring and was forced to slow his training down as a result. While it appears his health is good enough to continue on it will be interested to see how the setback affects him moving forward.
TUF 15 Season Summary:
Cruz’s Team: Justin Lawrence, Sam Sicilia, Myles Jury, Mike Rio, James Vick, Vinc Pichel, Chris Tickle, Jeremy Larsen
Faber’s Team: Al Iaquinta, Cristiano Marcello, Daron Cruickshank, Joe Proctor, Michael Chiesa, John Cofer, Andy Ogle, Chris Saunders
Team Records: Cruz 2, Faber 1
Advancing to Semifinal: James Vick, Justin Lawrence, Al Iaquinta
Eliminated: Daron Cruickshank, Cristiano Marcello, Myles Jury
Next Week’s Fight: Michael Chiesa vs. Jeremy Larsen