When UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson selected Neil Magny from Shane Carwin’s squad last night on the Ultimate Fighter 16 he explained it was the result of the 24-year old celebrating his birthday that very day. However, the gift was not meant to be one out of kindness but rather a means of eliminating Magny from the season’s tournament by pairing him against BJJ expert Cameron Diffley.
In the end, Magny has a present of his own to deliver in the form of an opening round victory for his team. The Chicago native’s success came as the result of crisp striking and takedown defense preventing Diffley from ever finding his groove minus one legitimate submission attempt.
Their bout capped off the second episode of TUF 16 also ripe with other highlights including some dissention in the ranks of Team Nelson and the beginnings of a prank war.
A handful of fighters in Nelson’s group showed disappointment with their leader’s decision to approach training less rigorously than they would have preferred, leaving some competitors wondering if they were truly going to be able to maximize their potential.
On a brighter note, his team also gelled some during the episode after covering Team Carwin’s Mike Ricci with flour after catching him off-guard as he returned from training. Ricci, who had previously said he couldn’t relate to the intellectual deficiency of some of his house-mates, seemed unamused by remained stone-faced rather than lashed out at the culprits.
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