TUF 15: Episode 12 notes and results

Episode 12- May 25, 2012

Al Iaquinta (5-1-1, Team Faber) will face Vinc Pichel (7-0, Team Cruz) and James Vick (4-0, Team Cruz) will fight Michael Chiesa (7-0, Team Faber) in the semi-finals of the TUF 15 Lightweight Tournament on this episode. Iaquinta was Team Faber’s 1st pick and 2nd overall in the draft while Vinc Pichel was Team Cruz’ 6th pick, 11th overall. James Vick was Dominick Cruz’ 5th selection, 9th overall and Michael Chiesa was Urijah Faber’s 5th pick, 10th overall.

The winner of the show and winning coach will win a Harley Davidson so Dana White takes the semi-finalists and the coaches to learn to a Harley Davidson store to look at motorcycles.

Chris Tickle (Team Cruz) tries to throw a water bottle at Daron Cruickshank (Team Faber) while he is sleeping because he claims Cruickshank is always pulling pranks. Cruickshank gets hit with the bottle and bolts out of bed to find Tickle. Cruickshank throws a kick and a few punches to Tickle’s body and is upset because he was awoken.  Cruickshank says he regrets attacking Tickle.

Dana White tells all the fighters that they will get the opportunity to fight on the finale. White announces that Mike Rio (Team Cruz) and Andy Ogle (Team Faber) are ineligible to fight due to a medical suspension. Ogle is devastated that he’s not able to fight and begs Dana White to let him fight when the UFC goes to Nottingham, England in September. White obliges and says: “You got it.”

James Vick says that he wants to “stick and move” and stay away from the cage and “hopefully knock him out.” Dominick Cruz says Vick becomes “like a sitting duck when he’s put on his back.” Dominick Cruz is very concerned with Vick’s lack of ability on the ground.

Michael Chiesa feels he matches up well with James Vick. Chiesa is shown sparring and having trouble. Chiesa gets frustrated and stops training. Chiesa says he’s sick of crying on camera but has not yet fully dealt with the death of his father. Urijah Faber goes to console Chiesa and encourage him to keep training.

Michael Chiesa (7-0, Team Faber) v. James Vick (4-0, Team Cruz) TUF 15 Lightweight Tournament Semi-Final

Round 1- Chiesa and Vick exchange leg kicks in a tentative first minute. Chiesa and Vick clinch against the fence and fight for position. Chiesa lands two knees to the body but Vick reverses a trip takedown. Chiesa gets to his feet and lands a straight right hand. Vick fires back with some punches but eats a jab. Vick lands a nice left hook and a good uppercut. Vick lands several good punches but Chiesa hits back with a solid jab. Vick and Chiesa exchange punches and Chiesa shoots in for a takedown. Vick defends and keeps Chiesa on the mat. Vick lands some punches and looks to secure a guillotine choke from the mount. Chiesa hangs on long enough for time to expire in the round. I would score Round 1 for James Vick: 10-9

Round 2- Chiesa lands a jab and a straight right hand as he presses forward early in the round. Vick comes back with a solid punch to the body. Chiesa lands a kick to the body and a good jab. Chiesa lands a kick to the body and scores a takedown. Chiesa quickly transitions into a mount and rains down a flurry of punches that leave Vick helplessly covering up.

Michael Chiesa def. James Vick via TKO (punches) at 1:55 in Round 2 to advance to finals of TUF 15 Lightweight Tournament

Al Iaquinta is shown training. Urijah Faber says Al Iaquinta was his first pick and never disappointed. Faber says the game-plan is to get Pichel backing up “and make him realize that he’s not the tougher dude.”

Vinc Pichel says he’s been working very hard throughout the competition. Pichel says he likes to “throw bombs.” Dominick Cruz thinks that whoever lands the better strike will be the winner. Cruz believes that is Pichel can avoid the takedown he will be able to out-work Iaquinta and win the fight.

Al Iaquinta (5-1-1, Team Faber) versus Vinc Pichel (7-0, Team Cruz) TUF 15 Lightweight Tournament Semi-Final

Round 1- Iaquinta shoots in for a takedown and brings Pichel to the mat. Iaquinta takes his back and gets on hook in as he works for a rear-naked choke. Pichel gets back to his feet and looks to land punches but takes a good kick to the body. Pichel lands a right uppercut but takes two kicks to the legs. Pichel lands a jab and right-hook combination that bloodies Iaquinta’s nose. Iaquinta lands an overhand right but Pichel lands another solid right hook. Iaquinta lands a kick to the body but takes a punch and a hard knee to the body. Iaquinta lands a takedown with one minute remaining in the round and lands in Pichel’s guard. Iaquinta lands solid punches and looks for a guillotine choke but Pichel gets to his feet. Pichel lands a kick to the leg that Iaquinta tries to turn into a takedown as time expires. I would score Round 1 for Al Iaquinta: 10-9

Round 2- Iaquinta lands a solid jab and a head kick in the first 10 seconds of the round. Iaquinta lands a big uppercut and avoids bombs being thrown by Pichel’s fists. Iaquinta lands a leg kick but takes an overhand right and a straight right hand by Pichel. Pichel lands a big jab that appears to dislodge Iaquinta’s mouthpiece. Time is called and the mouthpiece is put back into place. Pichel lands solid jabs to the bloodied nose of Iaquinta but eats an uppercut and a leg kick. Pichel defends a takedown attempt from Iaquinta and counters with a knee to the body. Iaquinta lands a leg kick and punch to the body. Pichel is now bleeding from his mouth. Iaquinta pushes hard for a takedown but eats several punches as Pichel defends. Pichel lands a knee to the body but Iaquinta fires back with a solid jab. The fighters exchange punches furiously and they swing for the fences in the final 30 seconds. I would score a very close Round 2 for Vinc Pichel: 10-9

Al Iaquinta def. Vinc Pichel via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18) to advance to finals of TUF 15 Lightweight Tournament

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Quick week-by-week results

Week 1- March 9, 2012 Results

Joe Proctor def. Jordan Rinaldi via submission (guillotine) at 2:08 in Round 1

Cristiano Marcello def. Jared Carlstens via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:43 in Round 1

Sam Sicilia def Eric Beach via KO (punch) at 0:08 in Round 1

Chris Tickle def. Austin Lyons via KO (punch) at 0:24 in Round 1

Andy Ogle def. Brendan Weafer via unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)

Vinc Pichel def. Cody Pfister via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:39 in Round 1

John Cofer def. Mark Glover via unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)

Chris Saunders def. Chase Hackett via unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)

James Vick def. Dakota Cochrane via split-decision (10-9, 10-9, 9-10)

Michael Chiesa def. Jonathan Vistante via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:05 in Round 1

Mike Rio def. Ali Maclean via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:32 in Round 1

Justin Lawrence def. James Krause via TKO (punches) at 1:25 in Round 1

Daron Cruickshank def. Drew Dober via unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)

Jeremy Larsen def. Jeff Smith via unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)

Al Iaquinta def. Jon Tuck via unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)

Myles Jury def. Akbarh Arreola via unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)

Week 2- March 16, 2012- James Vick def. Daron Cruickshank via KO (knee) at 2:16 in Round 1

Week 3- March 23, 2012 – Justin Lawrence def. Cristiano Marcello via KO (punch) at 3:16 in Round 2

Week 4- March 30, 2012- Al Iaquinta def. Myles Jury via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Week 5- April 6, 2012- Michael Chiesa def. Jeremy Larsen via unanimous decision

Week 6- April 13, 2012- Joe Proctor def. Chris Tickle via submission (rear-naked choke) at 0:18 in Round 1

Week 7- April 20, 2012- Vinc Pichel def. John Cofer via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:16 in Round 3

Week 8- April 27, 2012- Chris Saunders def. Sam Sicilia via split-decision (no scores given)

Week 9- May 4, 2012- Andy Ogle def. Mike Rio via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:19 in Round 2

Week 10- May 11, 2012- James Vick def. Joe Proctor via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18) to advance to semi-finals of TUF 15 Lightweight Tournament.

Michael Chiesa def. Justin Lawrence via TKO (punches) at 1:02 of Round 3 to advance to semi-finals of TUF 15 Lightweight Tournament

Week 11- May 18, 2012- Vinc Pichel def. Chris Saunders via majority decision (20-18, 20-18, 19-19) to advance to semi-finals of TUF 15 lightweight tournament.

Al Iaquinta def. Andy Ogle via TKO (elbow) at 4:44 in Round 1 to advance to semi-finals of TUF 15 lightweight tournament.

Week 12- May 25, 2012- Michael Chiesa def. James Vick via TKO (punches) at 1:55 in Round 2 to advance to finals of TUF 15 Lightweight Tournament

Al Iaquinta def. Vinc Pichel via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18) to advance to finals of TUF 15 Lightweight Tournament

Quarter-finalists: James Vick (Team Cruz), Justin Lawrence (Team Cruz), Al Iaquinta (Team Faber), Michael Chiesa (Team Faber), Joe Proctor (Team Faber), Vinc Pichel (Team Cruz), Chris Saunders (Team Faber), Andy Ogle (Team Faber)

Semi finalists: James Vick (Team Cruz) versus Michael Chiesa (Team Faber). Al Iaquinta (Team Faber) versus Vinc Pichel (Team Cruz).

Finalists: Michael Chiesa (Team Faber) versus Al Iaquinta (Team Faber). June 1, 2012.

Teams

Team Cruz: Justin Lawrence (3-0) 1st pick, 1st overall, Sam Sicilia (10-0) 2nd pick, 3rd overall, Myles Jury (9-0) 3rd pick, 5th overall, Mike Rio (8-1) 4th pick, 7th overall, James Vick (4-0) 5th pick, 9th overall, Vinc Pichel (7-0) 6th pick, 11th overall, Chris Tickle (7-4) 7th pick, 11th overall, Jeremy Larsen (8-2) 8th pick, 15th overall.

Team Faber: Al Iaquinta (5-1-1) 1st pick, 2nd overall, Cristiano Marcello (12-3) 2nd pick, 4th overall, Daron Cruickshank (10-2) 3rd pick, 6th overall, Joe Proctor (7-1) 4th pick, 8th overall, Michael Chiesa (7-0) 5th pick, 10th overall, John Cofer (7-1) 6th pick, 12th overall, Andy Ogle (8-1) 7th pick, 14th overall, Chris Saunders (9-2) 8th pick, 16th overall.

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