The fighters entered the house for the first time on this week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson and the traditional mad dash for the beds occurred. Luckily for us all there was no “hey that’s my bed” shenanigans.
The first team practices could not have been move different, Team Carwin was very scientific in their teaching and all fighters appear to be on the same page. Team Nelson on the other hand started right away with the fighters questioning their coach’s decisions on training and frequency of it.
The first fight was announced and Roy Nelson picked Neil Magny from Team Carwin to face Cameron Diffley from Team Nelson. The opening bout of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson is the classic Striker vs. Grappler matchup.
Julian Lane of Team Nelson throws the first stone with the typical Ultimate Fighter pranks with flour above the door. As Team Carwin get back from their training session Mike Ricci walks through the door and gets completely covered in flour. No harm no foul though as the house gets a good laugh.
Quote of the episode goes to Roy Nelson, who on the final training session with Cameron Diffley uttered this brilliant piece of knowledge, “What we worked on with Cameron is letting Cameron by Cameron.”
Carwin explains that he will not be in the fighter’s corner, that it’s not an ego thing for him and he wants what’s best for the fighters. Instead he is standing with the fighters nervously pacing.
Now time for the fight…….
Round one: Neil is clearly the more technical striker and is landing the crisper shots. it take half the first round for Cameron to attempt a takedown which fails but he later pulls guard and gets the fight where he wants it. After knee bar attempts from the bottom, Cameron sweeps and gets top position and finishes the round on top.
Round two: Neil comes out and stuns Cameron who drives for a takedown and ends up on the bottom. Cameron looking for submission scares Neil and the fight returns standing. Neil is picking Cameron a part with his jab but worried about the takedown he is not fully committing. Cameron pulls guard and is desperately looking for a leg but Neil nicely defends and gets back to his feet to end the round with a fluffy.
Neil Magny wins by Unanimous Decision and Team Carwin draws first blood. Team Nelson will look to even things up on next weeks episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson.