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TUF 16 – Episode 5 Recap: “Unleash the Beast”

“The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson” returned to action tonight on FX. This week marked the fourth fight in the house with coach Shane Carwin selecting the fourth bout after Team Carwin’s Bristol Marunde defeated Team Nelson’s Julian Lane. “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

This week’s episode kicked off with the aftermath of last week’s fight, with Team Nelson’s Julian Lane completely falling apart in the wake of his loss to Bristol Marunde. The camera flips over to Team Carwin’s much more excited locker room, with Carwin telling his team that they will hold off on picking a fight until tomorrow.

Back at the house, things escalated quickly when Lane told the rest of the house how Nelson picked the last fight. Lane’s usual antagonist, Matt Secor, did the equivalent of lighting a match in a room full of gunpowder and questioned Lane’s intelligence. Lane exploded and was willing to fight Secor right then, regardless of the consequences. Secor played it smart though and did not jeopardize his spot in the house.

Back at the TUF gym, Team Nelson seems to be questioning their coach’s methods, with Cameron Diffley asking Nelson if they could have more intense training sessions. Colton Smith disagrees, but he appears to be in the minority.

The next scene is fight selection with Team Carwin pitting Igor Araujo against frequent house pest Nic Herron-Webb. Carwin believes the fight will likely be pretty even on the ground but believes Araujo will have the advantage in the standup.

Before the fight, we head back to the house to learn a little about each fighter. Carwin notes that Araujo’s humble beginnings and current life situation have put a fire in him that may carry him through the competition. “TUF 8″ competitor Elliot Marshall stops by to help the fighter train and makes the Brazilian feel a bit more at home by speaking with him in Portuguese. “Naptime” talks a bit about his Alaskan pride and states that he believes he can shock the fighter on the ground and on their feet.

Meanwhile, just because the Alaskan fighter has a fight the next day does not mean he will stop annoying Team Carwin. Herron-Webb goes after Mike Ricci by throwing his bed on top of the gazebo outside. Ricci is clearly ticked off by the prank and demands – to no avail – for Herron-Webb to put his bed back. Araujo quips that it seems his opponent seems more concerned with TV time than fighting.

Shortly before the fight, we see Araujo around the fire with his teammates and he is brought to tears thinking of his children. The Brazilian admits that being apart from them is the hardest part of the competition and that his son’s birthday is tomorrow, making him a bit more emotional before his fight.

Igor Araujo vs. Nic Herron-Webb

The fight opens with Araujo getting it to the ground quickly. While the Alaskan fighter tries to battle out, the Brazilian moves from half-mount to full mount with ease. “Naptime” spends the majority of the round trying to fend off the Brazilian fighter but is stuck with Araujo in dominant positions for most of the round (something which became more important later). Araujo looked for submissions and peppered with ground and pound but was unable to finish the fighter in absolutely dominant first round.

The second round saw Herron-Webb’s cardio prove the difference, as he looked the fresher fighter throughout the round. After an aborted takedown attempt by Araujo, Herron-Webb gained the top position and managed to land some good ground and pound. The Alaskan seemed tentative to open up on the BJJ blackbelt though and eventually was swept. A tired Araujo looked to finish the fight again but was unable to do so and “Naptime” grabbed hold of multiple leglocks that he eventually used to get back on top to close out the round with more ground and pound.

Both teams, and UFC President Dana White, see the possibility of a third round but the judges have rendered a majority decision in favor of Araujo.

Igor Araujo def. Nic Herron-Webb via majority decision (19-18,19-19,19-18)

White criticizes the judging in that fight since two judges awarded a 10-8 in the first round, stating that Araujo did not do enough damage. With that said, Araujo’s dominance in the round justified a 10-8 because it the proportion of offense that decides the score, with “damage” not being a criteria under NSAC rules. It was a tough way to lose, but justified under the current system.

Team Nelson agrees with White however, and White stops by to tell Herron-Webb that he believes that was one of the worst decisions ever.

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 def. Nic Herron-Webb via majority decision (19-18,19-19,19-18)
  • Matt Secor

Team Nelson

  • Dom Waters
  • Michael Hill
  • Cameron Diffley (lost to Neil Magny)
  • Colton Smith
  • Jon Manley
  • Nic Herron-Webb (lost to Igor Araujo)
  • Joey Rivera def. Sam Alvey via Majority Decision (19-19,20-18,20-18)
  • Julian Lane (lost to Bristol Marunde)

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