Iaquinta, Pichel advance; complete TUF Live, Episode 10 recap

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TEAM CRUZ'S Vinc Pichel (6-0) VS. TEAM FABER'S Chris Saunders (9-2)

Round 1 - Referee Herb Dean in charge. Pichel takes the center of the cage early, but he does give Saunders enough room to kick. That changes 30 seconds in, and Pichel looks to shoot in for a takedown. Saunders defends and spins off the cage, winding up in top position when they hit the floor in a scramble. Saunders looks to posture and strike. Pichel uses the fence and works to his feet. Saunders initially stays tied to the back but decides to walk away and reset. Jabs traded before Pichel drops for a single. It's not there, but a second effort finally gets the fight to the ground. However, Saunders immediately sweeps over and stands. Final minute of a close opening round. Pichel moving forward but not landing much more than his opponent. Round ends there. Could go either way, but MMAjunkie.com leads slightly toward Saunders, 10-9.

Round 2 - Similar start to the second, but Pichel shoots earlier this time around. Saunders just as capable in defense this time around, and he stays on his feet. Saunders lands a knee to the jaw, but Pichel continues to press in. He scores a takedown, but Saunders again will not stay on the floor and immediately stands, moving to the back. Saunders looks for his own takedown, and Pichel's nose is bleeding. Saunders can't get the takedown, and it's a stalemate in the clinch. It's definitely the grinding fight Cruz wanted. They finally separate, and Pichel goes to town with a flurry of crisp punches. Saunders feels it, but he recovers quickly. Still, he lets Pichel get inside. Final minute, and Saunders again scrambles out. This time, he gets his hooks in and takes the back. He's too high and slips off. They finish the round swinging, and Pichel again gets the best of it. MMAjunkie.com sees the second for Pichel, 10-9.

Vinc Pichel def. Chris Saunders via majority decision 20-18, 20-18, 19-19.

TEAM FABER'S Al Iaquinta (5-1-1) VS. TEAM FABER'S Andy Ogle (8-1)

Round 1 - Referee Steve Mazzagatti calls the fight. Iaquinta takes the center and looks willing to trade early. The gym is very quiet with teammates facing off. Ogle is circling outside, looking for angles. Kicks are traded. Iaquinta hangs his hands a bit but lands with kicks to the body and a nice overhand right. Ogle struggling to find his range in the early going, and Iaquinta using leg kicks to keep him at bay. Ogle firing heavy shots from the outside, looking to score big. Iaquinta staying tight and scoring points. Iaquinta's kicks remain very effective. Ogle finally lands a crisp combination, but Iaquinta answers back and puts his opponent on the deck. Iaquinta rushes in to finish. He doesn't do it on the floor, but when Ogle stands, he's decked by a huge punch that ends the fight. A hammerfist follows, but that's it. Nasty right, and Mazzagatti steps in.

Al Iaquinta def. Andy Ogle via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 4:44

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3rdLion site profile image  

5/19/12 2:36 PM by 3rdLion

Gutted for Ogle but he's still only 23, he'll be one of the youngest fighters in the UFC if he gets a chance.

dermotfix site profile image  

5/19/12 2:31 PM by dermotfix

Damn. Al was in stalk-and-kill mode last night.  Looks like it's Al vs. the rest... I think this season is his for the taking. And Faber clearly thinks Al is Dexter. I felt bad for Ogle though. Seems like a nice guy with a great heart in the ring. I think he has room and time for improvement. I know he'll go to work now having had the experience of being on the show and being in that fight. Weird name tho... As for the other fight, no sense in talking about the judges' decision. As dfw jr. always says, "Never leave it in the hands of the idiots". Decision aside, I thought Saunders looked 10 times more skilled than Pichel. His footwork, technical striking, counters, combos and slipping punches was pretty cool to see. Actually I have a feeling the judges gave Pichel a lot of power strikes that Saunders deflated by slipping. He out-wrestled Pichel overall and did better in most of the fence-clinches (or prison-rape-clinches*). I thought he definitely won r1 and r2 was close - I'd say 50/50. .And anyhow, at one stage he made Pichel look like he stole Brock's strawberries. * Which MA is best for self defense in prison-rape situations? 

Braziliant site profile image  

5/19/12 4:02 AM by Braziliant

Can't wait for Pichel & Iaquinta to face off. Two completely identical fighters, someone is going to sleep.

GSP24 site profile image  

5/19/12 1:14 AM by GSP24

Saunders got screwed. I felt he clearly took the first round.Love Ogle but that kid needs to work on his head movement. He'll be back.

Achilles is the GOAT site profile image  

5/18/12 11:43 PM by Achilles is the GOAT

How good was Ogle in defeat. held himself well

ChicagoTom site profile image  

5/18/12 11:37 PM by ChicagoTom

Damn Al hits hard as fuck!

jasonhightower site profile image  

5/18/12 11:27 PM by jasonhightower

He is very good.

UGCTT_Fraser_Finlay site profile image  

5/18/12 11:25 PM by UGCTT_Fraser_Finlay

BarĂ£o

HULKSMASH site profile image  

5/18/12 11:24 PM by HULKSMASH

AWESOME, Al!!! TTT

Kid_dynamite319 site profile image  

5/18/12 11:17 PM by Kid_dynamite319

Who the hell is Faber fighting next?!



 

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