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]
At the house, most of the house seems to have no interest in being a part of Juliana Pena and Pena shares that sentiment. Moras talks about their first fight, which she won by breaking Pena’s arm after beating her up first. The Canadian seems intent on doing the same again, something many in the house would approve.
At the gym, Pena seems annoyed with Tate working with Moras and Bryan Caraway talks about Pena being a bit of a head case. Ricky Lundell works with Moras, while Caraway sticks with Pena. This seems a bit odd considering past seasons but they stick with it. Roxanne Modafferi, being the only available female Team Tate partner, is torn between the two fighters and is first shown working with Moras.
Back at the house, Pena is upset with Modafferi over not telling her what she trained with Moras. Modafferi is just trying to be a reasonable training partner but Pena is clearly annoyed. Pena is further annoyed when teammate Raquel Pennington points out her annoying morning habits, which she swears she doesn’t have.
Pena trains with Caraway and Modafferi back at the gym. Caraway points out again that her biggest issue has always been her own mind, as she always gets too worked up and makes sense. Pena’s coaches stress the second round guillotine and while she says she does not like it, but it looks slick. With that, it’s weigh-in time and both make weight without issue.
In the last setup for the fight, Tate visits the house and seeks out Pena. Tate claims that she was not bias but that she mainly focused on Holdsworth and Pena because they are the only ones who seemingly want to work hard. Scene ends in the locker rooms and it is fight time.
Juliana Peña (Team Tate) vs. Sarah Moras (Team Tate)
Rd. 1-Legkicks by Moras early and Pena storms like usual. The heavy handed Pena is finding some success with her hands and she reverses a Moras clinch into a takedown. Moras secures guard and forces Pena to stand in an attempt to pass. Pena doesn’t Moras let up but she is not doing much at all in guard other than taking elbows to the head by Moras. Pena has half guard now and throws a tough elbow. Moras recovers guard and throws more elbows from bottom. Pena isn’t doing much til she stands again and lands a nice punch before landing one more and passing to side control. Pena lands some good elbows as the round begins to close. Round ends with Moras looking to stand. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Pena but she was losing from inaction until the last 0:45.
Rd. 2- Legkicks by Moras again to open the round and Pena again storms forward to land a clinch. Knees by Moras but Pena is really cranking the body lock. More knees by Moras and Pena finally throws a knee of her own before they break and Pena lands a trip into side control. Pena is landing very short elbows and Moras recovers half guard. Good elbows by Moras from bottom and she lands a good upkick before Pena rolls her over. Pena switches to a guillotine and Moras quickly taps and she is pouring blood.
Juliana Pena def. Sarah Moras via submission (guillotine) – Round 2
Chris Holdsworth (Team Tate) def. Michael Wootten (Team Rousey)
Anthony Gutierrez (Team Rousey) vs. David Grant (Team Rousey)
Juliana Peña (Team Tate) def. Sarah Moras (Team Tate)
Jessica Rakoczy (Team Rousey) vs. Raquel Pennington (Team Tate)
The second men’s semifinal will take place as Team Rousey fighters Anthony Gutierrez and David Grant square off but the pre-fight video seems to indicate some craziness is in store for next week.