Saunders wins split decision; complete TUF Live, Episode 8 recap

Friday, April 27, 2012

The judging was controversial, but it doesn’t matter. Chris Saunders, picked dead last among all contestants on this season, defeated Team Cruz’s overall second pick Sam Sacilia by split decision tonight on TUF: Live. Adelaide Byrd and Tony Weeks scored the bout 20-18 for Chris Saunders. Patricia Morse Jarman had it 20-18 for Sam Sicilia.

The first round and the second didn’t look dramatically different. Sicilia opened with intense cage pressure and overhands. Sicilia threw wild strikes constantly and was briefly taken down. Throughout the course of the round, Saunders worked knees to the body.

Things changed, however, in the second half of the first round. A low kick got Sicilia thinking and that’s when Saunders landed a head kick that nearly puts Sicilia’s lights out. The Team Cruz standout hung on, but continued to eat shots throughout the course of the round.

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