TUF 16, episode 2 recap

source: mmajunkie.com


Round 1 - Interestingly, Shane is not in the corner for the fight. He believes the team he's assembled is better suited for that role. Referee Steve Mazzagatti gets the action underway. Neil starts in the center and pumps his jab as Cameron circles on the outside. Cameron looks for the takedown, but he's not seeing any openings in the early going. When he does push in, Neil pushes him down and refuses to engage on the floor. Roy calls repeatedly for a jab-takedown combo from his fighter, and Cameron does get inside. However, Neil is prepared and pulls easily away. Cameron finally pulls the action to the floor with two minutes remaining, and he goes quickly from an armbar attempt to a kneebar. Roy yells for Cameron to sweep to top, but he instead focuses on the ankle. There are a few tense moments, but Neil survives. However, Cameron does pull up to top position, where he continues to work in the final minute. Neil survives underneath, but the close of the round was all Cameron.

Round 2 - Neil returns to his jab to open the second round. He lands a few crisp punches but allows Cameron to tie him up and pull the action to the floor again. Cameron looks to the leg, but Neil is able to pull away and return to the feet. Neil keeps his distance and strikes from the outside as Cameron's team calls for him to get close and look for the takedown. Cameron returns fire from the center as he searches for an opening. With 90 seconds left, Cameron shoots in but winds up on the bottom. Cameron tries to sweep and nearly scores it, but Neil digs deep and pushes his opponent to his back before backing away and resetting on the feet. Neil continue to link combinations together as time winds down, and it's clear he's taken the second frame. The first was tight, and it appears a third round is at least a possibility. However, judges decide it's not needed.

Neil Magny def. Cameron Diffley via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18 20-18).

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tags: Roy Nelson (detail)  Shane Carwin (detail)  TUF 16   


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Seraldo Babalu site profile image  

9/22/12 12:52 PM by Seraldo Babalu

Paul Sass?

UGCTT_Gaspare site profile image  

9/22/12 9:53 AM by UGCTT_Gaspare

Agree, you're so used to doing something one way you go into auto-pilot

torquemada site profile image  

9/22/12 9:34 AM by torquemada

In defense of Cameron, a lot of guys with a big base in bjj will focus so much on looking for the sub, they'll miss striking opportunities even when they're in dominant position. It sounds crazy but true.

UGCTT_Gaspare site profile image  

9/22/12 9:32 AM by UGCTT_Gaspare

I thought it was BA when he sat back and let the real coaches-coach

MMALOGIC site profile image  

9/22/12 8:59 AM by MMALOGIC

 poor matchmaking by roy...  he should have used cameron to take out carwins best striker who has no wrestling. if you contrast tuf USA with tuf smashes the talent gap is enormous.  tuf brazil and tuf usa are on par with each other but everywhere else they are years behind.  

Winston Wolf site profile image  

9/22/12 8:27 AM by Winston Wolf

i still say BJJ and wrestling is the best base for MMA but if u dont leave ur box u wont win,That said Cameron seems like the coolest dude on the show.I was hoping he would win.But not by pulling guard.Only guy I can recall doing that succesful since early UFCs is Damain Maia. PS I hope the Mohawk dude gets KOed

raags site profile image  

9/22/12 7:40 AM by raags

Feel bad for Cameron, seems like the nicest dude. Like how Neil kept his composure.

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

9/22/12 7:18 AM by duckhuntgangsta

In all fairness he did fight to get on the show.

Megatherium site profile image  

9/22/12 6:51 AM by Megatherium

I've only watched a few measly seconds of the show but pink mohawk seems to have some very strong douchiness about him. The Fox executives must be following the tried and true Spike formula of selecting a douchebag that can't fight very well but that can annoy the fuck out of everyone consistently.You'd almost have to strangle that guy in his sleep the first week wouldn't you. What is it about the token douchebag that is so integral to a successful season I wonder?

NorthFromHere site profile image  

9/22/12 6:30 AM by NorthFromHere

BJJers turned MMA fighters rarely do very well.