Colton Smith grinds out Ricci, named next Ultimate Fighter

Colton Smith grinds out Ricci

The sixteenth season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ has it’s winner: Team Roy Nelson’s Colton Smith, who used dominant wrestling and top positional control to take a unanimous decision win over Team Carwin’s Mike Ricci. Smith defeated Ricci by judges scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-26 at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale in Las Vegas, Nev.

From the first bell to the last, this was Smith’s bout. With the exception of one flurry at the end of round three, he was never in jeopardy and never in danger.

The pattern was basically the same. Smith would circle and exchange just a few strikes with Ricci on the outside. From there he’d level change, run Ricci into the fence and work from there as Ricci tried to either stand or avoid submission attempts. When Ricci tried to stand, Smith would get his hooks in and snatch him off of his base. And when he was able to take his back, Smith worked relentlessly for the rear naked choke. While Smith never really came close to submitting Ricci, he constantly had Ricci in defensive maneuvers just to stay alive.

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Mike Ricci Vs. Colton Smith
Fight was scheduled for 4 rounds (5x5x5x5)
Name Mike Ricci Mike Ricci
Height 6′ 0″ (182.88 cm)
Weight 155 (70.31 kg)
Record 7-2-0


Name Colton Smith Colton Smith
Height 6′ 0″ (182.88 cm)
Weight 185 (83.91 kg)
Record 1-1-0
-Colton Smith defeated Mike Ricci by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)