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TUF 16 – Episode 4 Recap: “You Can’t Fix Stupid”

“The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson” returned to action tonight on FX. This week marked the third fight in the house with coach Roy Nelson selecting the third bout after Team Carwin’s Sam Alvey lost to Team Nelson’s Joey Rivera. “TUF 16″will air every Friday night until the live finale on December 1 as 16 welterweights vie to become “The Ultimate Fighter.”SPOILERS BELOW

The fourth episode of this season kicked off with Team Nelson celebrating Rivera’s victory over Alvey. Nelson decided to take an unorthodox route to selecting the next fight by having the fighters draw straws to select the next fighter. Julian Lane drew the straw and did not make an immediate pick as to who his next fight will be but named three different opponents that he believed he could beat up.

In the next scene, UFC President Dana White informed the cast that he had a special evening event planned. White announced that they would be attending a special screening of the Kevin James MMA comedy “Here Comes the Boom.” The fighters appeared to enjoy the movie and White encouraged people to go out and see the movie.

For fight selection, Lane decided that he would take on Strikeforce veteran Bristol Marunde because he believes his “well-rounded” game would power him to victory over the much larger fighter. During the stare down, Marunde leans in and tells Lane that he made a “big mistake.”

Marunde, who was not expecting to be selected, elected to miss the Team Carwin training session to cut the 16 pounds he needed to make the 171-pound limit.

The episode cuts to Lane’s training session, where Nelson and his staff are trying to get Lane to stop backing into the cage. Unfortunately, Lane struggles to pick up what they are teaching and continues to take bad angles and end up against the cage.

At the weigh-ins, a small bit of controversy ensued as Bristol Marunde weighed in. Marunde was announced quickly at 170 pounds. Lane and Rivera both believed that the commissioner read the weight wrong as the scale did not appear right in their eyes, Nelson ignored the issue and believed the commissioner was correct. Lane weighed in without incident.

Julian Lane vs. Bristol Marunde

In the fight of the week, Marunde controlled the bout by utilizing a strong clinch game and taking advantage of the wild shots from Lane. While Marunde suffered multiple cuts in the opening round, he clearly controlled the opening frame with more accurate strikes and negating Lane’s wrestling.

The second was largely more of the same, except Marunde began landing some devastating leg kicks on an exhausted Lane. While Team Nelson believed there would be a third round, it seemed remote to outside observers.

Bristol Marunde def. Julian Lane via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)

After the fight, White criticized Marunde for not finishing Lane off but said it was a good win. Nelson then approached White and brought up the situation with the weigh-ins the day before. Nelson asked White if he (Nelson) should try to oversee the commission, an idea that White scoffed at due to the ridiculousness of the assertion and due it being Nelson that asked.

The issue clearly exasperated White, as he told Nelson bluntly that it was his job as a coach to raise an issue if there was one the moment of the weigh-ins and not after his fighter lost. White then further explained his frustrations about Nelson privately, punctuating things by saying “you can’t fix stupid!”

Marunde’s victory improves Team Carwin to 2-1 and regains control of the competition.

Team Carwin

  • Sam Alvey (lost to Joey Rivera)
  • Bristol Marunde def. Julian Lane via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)
  • Mike Ricci
  • Neil Magny def. Cameron Diffly via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18,20-18)
  • 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 def. Sam Alvey via Majority Decision (19-19,20-18,20-18)
  • Julian Lane (lost to Bristol Marunde)

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