Lawrence KO's Marcello; TUF Live, Ep. 3 recap


TEAM CRUZ'S Justin Lawrence (3-0) VS. TEAM FABER'S Cristiano Marcello (12-3)

Round 1 - Referee Steve Mazagatti in charge. Lawrence circles right on the outside to open as Marcello takes the center. Lawrence looks comfortable as he sets range. Marcello not quite as aggressive as his coaches were hoping. Lawrence mixing in a few kicks, as well. Nothing of real consequence yet, but he's the aggressor to start. Lawrence adding combinations, and he lands a nice kick to the body. Marcello punches to answer, but Lawrence backs away with little issue. Marcello resets in the center, but he lets Lawrence start each exchange. Marcello slips but scrambles up. Lawrence tries to capitalize with punches before pulling away and avoiding a clinch. Lawrence wings a few overhand shots. Marcello throws a nice knee inside, but Lawrence counters over the top. Marcello lands a front kick to the body. Marcello continues to hold the center, but it's Lawrence doing the most damage. Round ends, and it looks like it should be Lawrence's, 10-9.

Round 2 - Marcello busier to start. He's still looking to strike. He briefly gets a clinch, but Lawrence pulls free. Big overhand right from Lawrence. Marcello recovers well. Lawrence now on the attack. He ducks for a takedown and Marcello willingly goes to the floor. Lawrence backs away and declines the invitation. Lawrence misses a spinning backfist but lands a crisp jab. Volume picking up in the gym as they trade shots. Marcello falls back from a left hand. He gets up but gets caught again. Marcello is in trouble, and Lawrence is swarming. Marcello moves forward, but he looks very tired. Lawrence is in complete control. Marcello is wilting, and in comes a massive shot, and it was the hook Faber warned of. Marcello is down, and that's the fight. Another highlight-reel finish for "The Ultimate Fighter: Live."

Justin Lawrence def. Cristiano Marcello via knockout (punches) - Round 2, 3:16.

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Zionist Zodiac Zephyr site profile image  

3/26/12 11:16 AM by Zionist Zodiac Zephyr

UF is a tool, Cruz will beat him via decision again.This is like watching a Grad Student mess with a high school drop out.

ausgepicht site profile image  

3/25/12 5:29 AM by ausgepicht

?!?! What about a BJJ black belt makes you good at closing the distance and getting the fight to the floor? What specifically? BJJ is for when you are THERE already.  

Rami3833 site profile image  

3/25/12 4:58 AM by Rami3833

Royce/royler 97/99 the point I made is still the same. He will be a very high level black belt and he should be able to close the distance and get the fight to floor

Lucas Maximus site profile image  

3/25/12 3:02 AM by Lucas Maximus

Seriously he's that good on the ground and people were telling him to go for the knockout?!!

Barragan site profile image  

3/25/12 1:11 AM by Barragan

Marcelo should spend more time developing his judo and wrestling. No point being a BJJ master in MMA if you can never use your BJJ. Let's be honest, his striking was that of a novice and he doesn't have decades to improve. I really was looking forward to a submission and if he changes up his gameplan he will do very well. From what's been described, few people can hang with him on the ground.

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3/24/12 9:52 PM by FLMikeATT

my man.awesome KO

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3/24/12 7:48 PM by ausgepicht

Winston, as integral and effective as BJJ is the practioners are what are killing it. The TMA attitude, almost cult mentality, and BJJ is the best attitude are hurting it. You can't evolve if you aren't trying to improve and look at other sources. Ironically it's a similar position to where Karate was in comparison to BJJ in the first UFCs. I guess we've come full circle.  

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3/24/12 7:08 PM by Winston Wolf

thats BJJs problem right there Strange how all the other arts adapted to the times whole BJJ is still struggling with wrestling

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3/24/12 4:49 PM by stonepony

My three year old nephew saw Faber and yelled "His chin looks like a pee'er!".

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3/24/12 3:43 PM by BadRobot321

Thanks, that's gonna be a good fight imo. I love the way Cruz is coaching his team. Brain, brawn, and balls all accounted for.WAR FURY!!!