After a rough start, Urijah Faber’s squad on the current season of TUF notched a 5-3 advantage over Dominick Cruz’s team entering the quarterfinal round thanks to a winning performance on Friday night, thus giving his group a slight advantage in terms of having one of their representatives standing tall at the end.
Team Faber’s latest victory involved passionate Brit Andy Ogle submitting one of the season’s favorites, Mike Rio, after enduring an opening round filled with adversity.
“No such thing as an underdog in MMA. Each dog has its day! Woof woof,” said an animated Ogle after the win.
Next week’s show will feature two live tilts from the remaining eight competitors with match-ups between Justin Lawrence-Michael Chiesa and James Vick-Joe Proctor.
Friday night’s episode was also highlighted by the coaches challenge, pitting Faber and Cruz against each other on military obstacle course also involving marksmanship stations featuring pistols, rifles, machine guns, and grenade launchers. Cruz started out strong, taking an early lead, but was edged out at the very end (similarly to how their rivalry has played out thus far on the coaching front).
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 5, Cruz 3
Advancing to Semifinal:
Eliminated: Daron Cruickshank, Cristiano Marcello, Myles Jury, Jeremy Larsen, Chris Tickle, John Cofer, Sam Sicilia, Mike Rio
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