One of the season’s most entertaining outings went down last night on TUF 15 after Sam Sicilia and Chris Saunders went at it full speed for ten minutes en route to a razor-thin Split Decision. However, before getting into the outcome, a number of noteworthy things went down prior to the pair locking horns.
For starters, Strikeforce bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey made an appearance alongside her male counterpart in the UFC, Dominick Cruz. Rousey helped Team Cruz out with judo techniques, impressing many with her dedication, precision, and power. Later on Rousey, the first female guest coach in the series’ history, stopped by the Ultimate Fighter house to watch UFC 145 this past Saturday night and was greeted with stunned silence by most of the contestants who were in shock at the thought of a pretty girl in their midst.
Also outside of the Octagon, Urijah Faber and a number of his Team Alpha Male cohorts decided to have some fun at Cruz’s expense by working out on his team’s fitness equipment while in their skivvies.
Come fight-time, Saunders and Sicilia turned in a fantastic fight with each man being dropped after eating a stiff shot from the other. Sicilia weathered an early storm, getting plastered with a headkick in the opening minutes of action, but recovered and landed some nice blows of his own. The second round saw Sicilia throw with reckless abandon, tagging Saunders a few times and even putting him down at one point. However, he too recovered, eking out the Split Decision as the result of some ground-work including taking Sicilia’s back. However, as close as the fight was a third round would have been more than welcome.
Next week the final quarterfinalist will be determined when the last two fighters remaining, Mike Rio and Andy Ogle, mix it up in hopes of being part of the elite eight.
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: Faber 4, Cruz 3
Advancing to Quarterfinal: James Vick, Justin Lawrence, Al Iaquinta, Michael Chiesa, Joe Proctor, Vinc Pichel, Chris Saunders
Eliminated: Daron Cruickshank, Cristiano Marcello, Myles Jury, Jeremy Larsen, Chris Tickle, John Cofer, Sam Sicilia
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC