TUF 16, episode 6 discussion recap

Friday, October 19, 2012

TEAM CARWIN’S EDDY ELLIS (18-15-1) VS. TEAM NELSON’S COLTON SMITH (3-1)

Round 1 – Referee Herb Dean oversees the fight. Eddy pushes forward to open, and they move quickly into the clinch. Eddy looks for a trip takedown but instead is overpowered by Colton, who winds up in top position. Eddy defends well and climbs back to his feet, where he eventually separates. Colton lands a few strikes from distance and then muscles in for another takedown. Eddy again refuses to stay on the floor and climbs back to his feet. Eddy starts to move forward again, and he’s finally finding a home for his straight punches. He drops Colton with one such blow and winds up in top position when they hit the deck. He switches out to the side and looks for an armbar. Colton spins free, but he’s bloodied and hurt as they restart. Eddy scores another takedown, and Colton turtles up in the final minute. He gets back to his feet and survives until the bell, but it’s obvious Eddy took the round.

Round 2 – Between rounds, Colton and Roy have a little communication issue on the adjustments that need to be made. Still, Colton comes out and works immediately to top position. Colton looks to isolate an arm from top position, but when it’s not there, he uses elbows to punish his opponent, and the blood starts to flow. It’s a complete reversal in momentum, and Colton is in complete control. More elbows come in, as Colton dominates from side control and sometimes a solid crucifix position. Eddy has been unable to do anything to stem the attack, but he benefits from an odd Dean standup with one minute remaining. Eddy tries to press forward on the restart, and he defends a takedown. He’s looking to strike, as well. Instead, a Colton right dazes his opponent, and he just survives until the bell. It’s a clear Colton round, and it looks like we should be up for a third round.

As it turns out, we’re not. Yet again, Dana can’t believe it.

Colton Smith def. Eddy Ellis via majority decision.

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