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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
We're back with a semi-live blog on a brand new episode of The Ultimate Fighter tonight. I've missed a couple of weeks due to the UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis and an extended Bellator event last week, but as seen in the ratings the last couple of weeks I'm not alone on that front. Anyway, the show soldiers on with episode six tonight, with Team Carwin up 3-1 following Igor Araujo's controversial decision win over Nic Herron-Webb last week.
-We're starting things on a slight delay tonight as Bellator (predictably) ran over their timeslot. We start with a recap of last week's events.
-Dana White tells Nic Herron-Webb backstage that he got "f***ed" and that the fight should have gone to the third round. He said he was robbed out of a third round. Nelson and the entire team thought it should have gone to the third. Nelson had some negative commentary for Webb after the fight, which wasn't received well by all on the team.
-Nelson is not coming off all that well thus far on the season. Not as a coach anyway, and the fighters in the house on his team are reacting as such.
-The house antics on this show have devolved to grown men eating other people's food and throwing the rest out. Which then led to another major argument involving Matt Secor, again. This time with Michael Hill, and they yelled at each other about the chicken that was thrown out. That's something I just sat and watched.
-Fight pick time, and with Team Carwin up 3-1, he picks Colton Smith (Team Nelson) vs. Eddy Ellis (Team Carwin).
-Ellis thinks it's a great matchup for him, and Carwin doesn't think Team Nelson will understand how good Ellis' wrestling is. Nelson thinks Smith's wrestling game will be the most decisive skill in the fight.
-Ellis talked about taking fights for experience instead of to win early in his career. On to Team Carwin training, where Eliot Marshall was brought in to work with Ellis. Ellis seemed to be taking some positive things from the session. Carwin talks up his longtime coach Trevor Wittman, who was going over the gameplan with Ellis.
-After the break it's time for Colton's background. He got into jiu jitsu and other grappling through the Army. He talked up his military career and how it helps him in his MMA career. He talked to Julian Lane after a sparring session, and they weren't very happy with the path training was going from Nelson and his coaches. He'll be running his own gameplan here come fight time, as he says he's probably not going to use the strikes they were working on.
-Smith thinks his military background and his combat experience give him an edge against anyone he faces. He talked about the strangeness of interacting on a daily basis in the house with the man he's going to fight.
-Ellis thinks he's being underestimated into the fight, and that's quite possible based on the way their attitudes toward the fight have been presented thus far. They both are entering the fight thinking they've got the edge, so once they step in the cage we'll find out who's correct.
FIGHT: COLTON SMITH VS. EDDY ELLIS
ROUND ONE: Smith came across the cage and Ellis hit him with a couple of strikes. Smith closed the distance and the clinched. They jockeyed for position on the cage. Ellis tried to counter a trip, but Smith held it and got on top. He passed to half guard. Ellis regained guard, kicked Smith off, and got to his feet. He landed a knee to separate. Smith landed a left. Ellis connected with a left. Smith connected on a right. Ellis pulled off a trip, but Smith stayed on him and eventually got on top. Ellis quickly got to his feet. Smith clinched and landed some knees on the cage. Ellis broke him off. They traded strikes. Smith landed a nice left. Ellis landed a hard straight right. He landed a two-punch combo. He shrugged aside a takedown attempt and landed a hard strike. He dropped Smith with a big two-punch combo. Smith popped back up and Ellis scored again. Then he earned a takedown. He took Smith's back, but was high up. He went for an armbar, but Smith rolled out and to his feet, bleeding badly above the left eye. Ellis landed a couple of big strikes and hurt Smith again with a right. He scored another takedown. Smith gave up his back and Ellis threw strikes to the head and body. Smith worked back up and into the clinch. Ellis landed some more strikes with his back on the cage. Ellis landed a hard elbow to the side of the head, and rode out the round in the clinch.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Ellis. Very good round. One knockdown, another shot that rocked Smith, and a lot of damage overall.
ROUND TWO: Smith shot in early, and worked it into a trip takedown into half guard. He landed some short forearms and opened a cut on Ellis's right eyebrow. He went for an arm triangle but Ellis defended well. Smith tried to pass, and eventually got to side control. He landed an elbow. Smith landed some more short forearm strikes. Ellis' right eye was a mess. Smith landed more elbows and forearms to the head from side control. A cut opened on Ellis left eyebrow as well, and his face was getting battered. Smith landed a number of short forearm strikes. Ellis briefly got back to half guard, but Smith moved back to side control. Smith continued landing the nasty elbow and forearm strikes. Smith tried to set up for an arm triangle but gave it up. They were stood up with Smith in side control. Ellis tried to take advantage of the gift standup by moving forward. He landed a side kick, then missed a hammer fist. He landed a left. Smith hurt him with a right and rushed in. They clinched and Ellis survived the round.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Smith. Close to a 10-8 for the damage and Ellis not doing much. That standup was one of the more asinine standups I've ever seen.
-The fight's done, so unless the doctor's stopped it, that's a 10-8 second round for Smith. Won't argue with that.
WINNER: Smith via majority decision (two judges scored the second round 10-8)
-Ellis' face was a complete mess. Two gigantic welts on the eyebrows and eyelids. They were nasty cuts. Smith had a bad one of his own, and it was bleeding down the side of his face during his post-fight interview.
NEXT WEEK: Forrest Griffin comes in for Team Nelson, and "the most controversial fight yet" is coming up.
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