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THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER LIVE REPORT 4/20: Penick's random thoughts on seventh episode on FX
Apr 20, 2012 - 10:10:44 PM
By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: LIVE
APRIL 20, 2012
LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
-As always, we open with tonight's live fight competitors walking into the arena before the recap of last week. Things are definitely getting smoother with the show.
-The consensus was that Chris Tickle was up last week prior to getting taken out by submission. Faber's team is up for the first time this season. Should be another good fight this week with John Cofer against Vinc Pichel.
-After the title sequence, we get the aftermath of last week's fight. Cruz chastises Tickle for failing to listen to the team. He went off on him a bit for the loss. Cruz said he'd never yell at someone for a loss if they didn't deserve it, and he felt Tickle deserved it.
-More back and forth as Faber tried to tell Tickle he did a good job, and he and Faber started jawing back and forth. Those two really don't like each other.
-Tickle took exception to Cruz saying he didn't have heart, and went off himself over that notion, noting what he left at home to be in this house. Faber's team also criticized the way Cruz handled the post-fight with Tickle, saying that's not the way you deal with a loss.
-Back in the house, Andy Ogle's going crazy, having messed up dreams about things happening back home. Time away from family and cut off from the world can do interesting things to a person.
-Onto training with Faber. Ogle's still having difficulties, and it's bleeding through into training. Anxiety's hitting him hard here. They've already been in the house for more time than any previous season, it's going to be an issue for a lot of these guys.
-Have to feel for Ogle here. He's trying to hold it together, but keeping his composure in front of the cameras is a lot easier said than done when he's breaking down mentally a bit.
-Cruz training session and a bit of background on Pichel. He's from a "tough love" family where he felt he was the "bad seed." He impressed in the elimination round, very interested to see how he does tonight. Cruz says the key for him is stuffing the takedowns tonight.
-Ogle's not the only one having issues. Sam Sicilia is getting anxious as well, adding pressures on himself for being the second pick on Team Cruz. He's not handling the pressure that well right now.
-Back to the house, and Ogle - still not dealing with things well - talks a bit about Sicilia and the bond he has with Ogle's teammate Michael Chiesa.
-We're back to Faber's team in training. Faber gives his guy - John Cofer - the edge due to his takedowns and wrestling game. Ogle and Chiesa talk things out and Chiesa convinces Ogle he's not passing things to Sicilia. Ogle is letting things get to him, but he's trying to change his mindset.
-Weigh-in time. Both on weight for tonight's fight. Each team as always has confidence in their guys.
-Dana White comes in and lets everyone know that they're a week away from being the longest time in the house of any season. White brings up UFC 145's Rashad Evans as an example of what this show can do. He assures those who are truly ready to be pro fighters going forward that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and they can get through it. Fight coming up next.
FIGHT: JOHN COFER VS. VINC PICHEL
ROUND ONE: Tentative start from each led to a nice exchange of strikes. Cofer attempted a takedown briefly but let it go. Cofer got in with an uppercut and a nice short punch. Cofer landed a couple more and backed out. Cofer landed a jab. Pichel got in a counter right. Cofer landed a short combo. Pichel pressed in, but Cofer got right back at him. Cofer landed a nice short leg kick. They traded strikes again in the center. Cofer landed a good uppercut. He landed a nice combination. Pichel tried to press in. Cofer attempted a takedown but was stuffed. Pichel landed a punch on the release. They traded strikes again. Pichel was cut open. Cofer grabbed a leg, then landed a knee in the clinch. He separated with a right. They traded strikes to the horn.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Cofer. He was landing more strikes overall, and pressed the pace decently. Fairly even round, though.
ROUND TWO: Cofer hurt Pichel early, but Pichel stayed upright. He then hurt Cofer with a short rush but Cofer lost his mouth piece and the action was halted. As they restarted they traded strikes again. Pichel landed a hard left as Cofer overshot on a punch. Cofer landed a leg kick. Cofer landed a nice left counter that snapped Pichel's head. They traded punches again. Cofer went for a takedown, but got stuffed. He took Pichel's back standing and landed some knees to the thighs. Pichel broke free from the position and landed a nice left. Pichel then went for a takedown, but he got stuffed on the cage. Pichel landed a slam finally and put Cofer on his back. Cofer threw up a triangle, but Pichel got out. They stalled for a bit on the ground. They traded strikes from the top and bottom as Pichel was in a backward mount. Cofer turned to end the frame, and I think we'll see a third round.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Pichel. I think we'll see a third round here, hopefully it's not a five minute delay like the last time this happened.
-We are getting a third round
ROUND THREE: Cofer was cut open under the left eye. Pichel unloaded early to start the third round and took Cofer down against the cage. He passed to mount, locked on an arm triangle choke, and forced the tap. Cofer was gassed after that second round, and the season is tied up at three wins apiece.
WINNER: Pichel via submission (arm triangle choke) at :44 of the third round
-After the always awkward post-fight interviews, Dana White gave a lot of appreciation to the fight, and said the judges got it right sending it to round three.
-Onto the fight pick, Cruz picks Sam Sicilia to take on Chris Saunders. That comes next week.
-Thanks for joining us again tonight, we'll be back with TUF: Live coverage next Friday night, but make sure to tune in tomorrow as we've got you covered for UFC 145 coverage all night long!
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