There’s no shortage of controversy on Ultimate Fighter 16 but, thus far, the bulk of it has involved the shortcomings of those keeping score rather than competing inside the Octagon. For the third straight week UFC President Dana White was left disgusted by what he deemed as pathetic decisions on the part of the ringside officials.
This time around the controversy surrounded a scrap between Team Nelson’s Michael Hill and Team Carwin’s Matt Secor. The opening round featured a fairly matched fight with neither getting the advantage or doing much damage. In the second stanza Secor pulled ahead with some solid ground work, setting up a third frame where he continued his mat-based dominance and nearly procured a submission or two along the way. However, in the end, the judges handed a decision win to Hill, leaving White, coaches Roy Nelson-Shane Carwin, and even the involved fighters somewhat dumbfounded.
Two previous episodes featured similar outcomes where fighters were awarded victories despite appearing to actually lose the match-ups in the eyes of most.
“The mood on Team Carwin didn’t change after my loss because obviously I won that fight. It was more that everyone was pissed at the judges than anything else,” said Secor after the loss. The submission specialist also confirmed he’d broken his hand in the bout, an injury that would have prevented him from continuing in the competition as is.
Secor, who had been portrayed as an annoying trash-talker in past episodes, came off completely different in the episode. In addition to highlighting his work ethic and Pan American success in BJJ, Secor also revealed he’d had an older brother killed in action in Iraq and lost his father unexpectedly last year as well.
Also shown, Forrest Griffin stopped by Team Nelson to offer up some training tips and overall advice, while Nelson also came off as a questionable coach once again by making his pick for the fight a matter of random numbers being selected by the remaining competitors.
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