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The Ultimate Fighter 16 – Episode 1: Opening Round Fights and Team Selection

The Ultimate Fighter 16 debuted tonight live on FX. Tonight’s card featured 16 fights as the original cast of 32 fighters was whittled down to 16 house members.

The fights took place at the Mandalay Bay Event Center and the action got started early with four straight finishes. Bellator veteran Sam Alvey turned a few heads with an absolutely devastating knockout in the final fight.

Full Results:

  • Dom Waters def. Kevin Nowaczyk via KO (uppercut) Round 1
  • Michael Hill def. Lev Magen via KO (punch) Round 1
  • Bristol Marunde def. George Lockhart via submission (guillotine choke) Round 1
  • Mike Ricci def. Jason South via TKO (punches) Round 1
  • Julian Lane def. Diego Bautista via referee’s decision Round 2
  • Igor Araujo def Cortez Coleman via submission (triangle choke) Round 3
  • James Chaney def. Jerel Clark via submission (triangle choke) Round 1
  • Cameron Diffley def. Zane Kamaka via submission (armbar) Round 1
  • Neil Magny def. Frank Camacho via referee decision Round 3
  • Jon Manley def. Ricky Legere Jr. via referee decision
  • Colton Smith def. Jesse Barrett via referee decision Round 2
  • Matt Secor def. Max Griffin via submission (triangle) Round 3
  • Eddy Ellis def. David Michaud via submission (arm-triangle from guard) Round 2
  • Joey Rivera def. Saad Awad via referee decision Round 2
  • Nic Herron-Webb def. Tim Ruberg via submission (armbar) Round 1
  • Sam Alvey def. Leo Kuntz via KO (left hook) Round 1
UFC President Dana White announced before team selections that each finish this season will net a fighter $5,000. With the fans selecting a “Fight of the Season,” “KO of the Season,” and a “Submission of the Season” for a $25,ooo bonus. White also chastised several fighters who he did not believe showed him much in the opening round.
The UFC President then did the coin toss to decide who received the choice of first pick and first fight selection. Roy Nelson won the toss and elected to pick the first fight, with Shane Carwin picking the first fighter. White makes a point at the end of the broadcast to point out that he believes Carwin’s team is bigger and that they were more impressive the day before.

Team Carwin

  • Sam Alvey
  • Bristol Marunde
  • Mike Ricci
  • Neil Magny
  • James Chaney
  • Eddie Ellis
  • Igor Araujo
  • Matt Secor

Team Nelson

  • Dom Waters
  • Michael Hill
  • Cameron Diffley
  • Colton Smith
  • Jon Manley
  • Nic Herron-Webb
  • Joey Rivera
  • Julian Lane

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