The Ultimate Fighter 18 – Episode 9 Recap

Sarah Moras

The Ultimate Fighter 18: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate continued tonight on FOX Sports 1. This season features 8 men and 8 women bantamweights battling together in The Ultimate Fighter house for the first time in the show’s history. Tune in each week as the fighters, coached by UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and rival Miesha Tate, vie for a six-figure UFC contract on FOX Sports 1. [Spoilers Below]

This week’s episode kicks off with Tate visiting the house and the coach comes bearing burgers for last week’s fighters. The food gets to Cody Bollinger as he has to make weight soon and we see him nine pounds over the bantamweight limit. Gutierrez is thinking about what he has to do to beat the experienced Bollinger and he talks about the bout with teammate

At the Team Rousey training session, Rousey is encouraged by the progress Gutierrez has made since getting to the house. Gutierrez talks weight cutting, as he has about eight pounds to cut as well. Back at the house, Gutierrez is shown having to use some home methods to get to weight. Bollinger is struggling with his cut as well.

At the Team Tate training session, Bollinger is seen really struggling to make weight. Assistant coach Bryan Caraway talks about how much cutting weight sucks and Bollinger is suffering. Bollinger trains for two hours and he barely loses a pound and stops sweating. Bollinger seems to be at the breaking point that all fighters hit during a tough cut, and his team and coaches are trying to push him over the top.

Back at the house, Bollinger is struggling with only 3 hours before the weigh-ins. Bollinger just hangs it up and teammates Raquel Pennington and Roxanne Modaffieri persuades him to give it another shot. Tate is pissed when he just cannot keep going and gives up. Tate says UFC president Dana White has called a meeting after hearing of the issue.

At the UFC Gym, White rips into Bollinger in front of both teams and kicks the Bellator MMA veteran out of the house. Bollinger is disappointed in himself for screwing up. White wants to give someone else a chance but the commission has an issue with Gutierrez having to make weight in a short turnaround for a second time.

The commission gives two options to Gutierrez with one being to take a forfeit and the other to come back in two days and make weight yet again. Gutierrez takes the forfeit since his cut is already very difficult. White is not thrilled, since they wanted to bring Chris Beal back in, but he states that it is not Gutierrez’s fault either.

With that, we move on to the final women’s bout between Peggy Morgan and Sarah Moras. Moras is worried about Morgan’s considerable size advantage and believes her ground game will negate the advantage. Morgan talks about her kickboxing and boxing background getting her into MMA. “The Daywalker” stresses she knows the key to the fight is to keep off the cage and keep it standing.

Both fighters make weight without much issues and the final bout is set with both teams feeling confident.

Peggy Morgan (Team Rousey) vs. Sarah Moras (Team Tate)

Rd. 1-Morgan is using her range early and it’s effective. Moras rushes with an elbow. Morgan keeps her at range and she stuffs a takedown attempt but Moras does get it to the cage. The referee keeps warning Moras for grabbing the fence multiple times. Morgan separates and pops Moras with a tough punch. Moras shoots in again and while Morgan stuffs it well at first, she makes a mistake and gets taken down. Moras works to mount with about a minute left and she lands some big shots. Armbar attack by Moras and Morgan is forced to tap.

Sarah Moras def. Peggy Morgan via submission (armbar) – Round 1

Semifinals:

Men: Chris Holdsworth vs. Michael Wootten, Anthony Gutierrez vs. David Grant

Women: Juliana Pena vs. Sarah Moras, Jessica Rakoczy vs. Raquel Pennington

The Ultimate Fighter 18 Opening Round:

Team Rousey

Women

  1. Shayna Baszler (lost to Pena)
  2. Jessamyn Duke (lost to Pennington)
  3. Peggy Morgan (lost to Moras)
  4. Jessica Rakoczy def. Roxanne Modaffieri

Men

  1. Chris Beal (lost to Holdsworth)
  2. David Grant def. Louis Fisette
  3. Anthony Gutierrez advances via forfeit
  4. Michael Wootten def. Josh Hill

Team Tate

Women

  1. Julianna Pena def. Shayna Baszler 
  2. Sarah Moras def. Peggy Morgan
  3. Raquel Pennington def. Jessamyn Duke
  4. Roxanne Modafferi (lost to Rakoczy)

Men

  1. Cody Bollinger (forfeit)
  2. Chris Holdsworth def. Chris Beal
  3. Josh Hill (lost to Wootten)
  4. Tim Gorman (injured in Ep. 2)
  5. Louis Fisette (replaced Gorman) (lost to Grant)

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