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The Ultimate Fighter 16 – Episode 2: “What We Do”

“The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson” returned to action tonight on FX. This week marked the first fight in the house with Coach Roy Nelson selecting the first bout. “TUF 16″will air every Friday night until the live finale on December 1 as 16 welterweights vie to become “The Ultimate Fighter.”

This week showed the first experiences in the house for the TUF crew. The typical verbal sparring wasted no time getting started as the two teams last picks – Team Carwin’s Matt Secor and Team Nelson’s Julian Lane – started picking at each other with Lane trying to make fun of Secor for having a black eye after his opening round fight. While Secor made the point that Lane was unable to do much of anything in his opening round bout and ripped on Lane for his hair color.

We also saw the teams establish their first training sessions with Team Carwin’s highly technical approach to training being well received by his team. Team Nelson’s team was less than thrilled with their training plans. Nelson quickly outlawed two-a-day practices -much to the dismay of his team – and took a much less intense training overall. While many of fighters questioned the strategy, Nelson believes he is taking the right approach.

It quickly came time for fight selection with Nelson picking Team Carwin’s Neil Magny to face off with his fighter, and former Team Griffin instructor, Cameron Diffley. Magny was surprised by the pairing and wondered if Nelson was giving him a birthday present, a sentiment his team echoed.

Back at the house, Lane and Secor resumed their verbal sparring. While Team Carwin’s Bristol Marunde coached Magny on fight preparation for Diffley. Marunde also knocked Nelson’s training methods, citing personal experience.

Team Nelson’s Colton Smith and Julian Lane utilized their extra free time (due to Nelson’s no double training edict) to kick off the prank war by propping a container of flour above the door and waiting for Team Carwin to return from practice. Team Carwin’s Mike Ricci fell victim to the flour attack, but took it with class and had some fun himself by throwing the remaining flour at Team Nelson’s Nic Herron-Webb.

Neil Magny vs. Cameron Diffley

In the fight of the week, Magny utilized his unusually large reach to keep Diffley at bay for the majority of the fight. While Diffley was able to get the fight to the ground a few times, he was unable to capitalize. While Shane Carwin took a hands off approach to cornering his fighter (allowing veteran cornermen Trevor Whittman and Nate Marquart to run the corner), Roy Nelson was very vocal in his fighter’s corner. Unfortunately, Diffley did not heed his coach’s (correct) advice, much to the chagrin of his coach.

While the fight was close in the first, Magny’s striking was enough to edge the round. The second was a more definitive version of the first round, with Magny utilizing his 80″ reach to pick Diffley apart on their feet and then playing it smart on the ground. While a third round would have been understandable, the judges awarded Magny the unanimous decision win.

The win improved Team Carwin to 1-0 in the competition.

After the fight, UFC President Dana White was adamant that Nelson “blew it” when it came to fight selection.

Team Carwin

  • Sam Alvey
  • Bristol Marunde
  • Mike Ricci
  • Neil Magny def. Cameron Diffly via unanimous decision (20-18)
  • James Chaney
  • Eddie Ellis
  • Igor Araujo
  • Matt Secor

Team Nelson

  • Dom Waters
  • Michael Hill
  • Cameron Diffley (lost to Neil Magny)
  • Colton Smith
  • Jon Manley
  • Nic Herron-Webb
  • Joey Rivera
  • Julian Lane

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