The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) combat sports reality show was back on FOX Sports 1 last night (Weds., April 20, 2016) for season 23, coached by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and division No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha.
Together, they’ll lead a pool of 32 strawweight (16) and light heavyweight (16) mixed martial arts (MMA) prospects to the promised land — though only four will make it to the live finale in July (more on that here). In fact, last night’s premiere eliminated 16 of the original 32 (eight from each division).
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We kick things off with UFC President Dana White joining the coaches for the first round of fights. On deck we have Mellony Geugjes (0-1), 23, from Amsterdam, Netherlands against Amanda Cooper (1-1), 24, of Bath, Michigan. Geugjes looks good on the feet, but follows Cooper to the ground after a slip and gets armbarred for her efforts.
Amanda Cooper advances.
Next up is Eric Spicely (8-0), 29, of Stoughton, Massachusetts. Opposing him is Kenneth Bergh (3-0), 26, from Oslo, Norway. Spicely goes right for the takedown and it doesn’t take much effort to get Bergh’s back and choke him into submission.
Eric Spicely advances.
Now we move to police officer Ashley Cummins (3-3), 28, of St. Louis, Missouri, going head-to-head with Lanchana Green (2-1), 26, from Darlington, England. Green gets taken down and dominated for the entire first round, then comes back in the second stanza and shucks off the takedown, unloads brutal Muay thai, and wins by technical knockout.
Lanchana Green advances.
We take a quick break in the action to visit Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, Nevada, because three of the contestants vying for a spot in the TUF 23 house are from that camp. That includes Khalil Rountree (4-0), 26, who is paired off with ….View full article
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