TUF 15: Episode 11 notes and results – Ringside Report + Wrestling Uncensored

Episode 11- May 18, 2012.
Chris Saunders (Team Faber) will face Vinc Pichel (Team Cruz) in a quarter-final bout on this episode. Andy Ogle (Team Faber) will fight Al Iaquinta (Team Faber) in the other quarter-final for this episode. Chris Saunders was picked 8th by Team Faber, 16th (last) overall while Vinc Pichel was selected 6th by Team Cruz, 11th overall. Andy Ogle was picked 7th, 14th overall and Al Iaquinta was picked 1st by Team Faber, 2nd overall.
Chris Saunders is shown training. Urjah Faber says he was worried about Saunders’ mental game but he is not anymore. Faber says Saunders and Pichel like to stand and bang. Faber says Saunders is faster and has better stand-up than Pichel.
Saunders says he fights to be a positive role model for his younger brother. Saunders explains being separated from his siblings when his parents could not care for them. Saunders has an emotional conversation with Andy Ogle about his difficult childhood.
Vinc Pichel is shown training. Dominick Cruz says the key to this fight for Pichel will be to takedown Saunders and “brutalize him on the ground, hopefully getting a submission.” Cruz wants Pichel to stay on top of Saunders and “grind” if they he can’t get a submission. Cruz wants Pichel to put a lot of pressure on Saunders and box from the inside in order to avoid Saunders’ kicks. Pichel says: “no matter where this fight goes, I don’t really see him even really having a chance of beating me.”
Chris Saunders (9-2, Team Faber) v. Vinc Pichel (7-0, Team Cruz) (TUF 15 Lightweight Quarter-Final)
Round 1- Pichel lands a solid leg kick but Saunders hits one of his own. Pichel clinches Saunders against the fence and looks for a double leg takedown. Saunders defends and reverses the clinch position against the fence. Saunders lands a takedown of his own and lands an elbow in Pichel’s guard. Pichel controls Saunders in his guard and lands some elbows to the head from the bottom. Saunders lands a solid punch but Pichel keeps an active guard and gets to his feet. Saunders hangs on but Pichel separates. Saunders lands an uppercut but gets his head jolted with a jab. Pichel clinches Saunders against the fence looking for a single-leg takedown but Saunders defends. Pichel lands an elbow from the clinch and scores on a quick double-leg takedown. Saunders gets right back to his feet and they continue to clinch against the fence. The fighters exchange knees to the body and separate. Saunders eats a jab and a right hand but fires back with a nice left. Sauders clinches Pichel against the fence but eats a knee to the body as time expires. Pichel is bleeding from his nose. I would score Round 1 for Chris Saunders: 10-9
Round 2- Saunders and Pichel exchange leg kicks and Pichel pushes Saunders against the fence again looking for a takedown. Pichel lands a knee to the body in the clinch but Saunders does a good job of defending the takedown. Pichel lands a solid elbow and knee to the body while pinning Saunders against the fence and looks for a single-leg takedown. Pichel finally lands the takedown but only momentarily gets Saunders on his back before he gets to his feet. Saunders lands a big knee to the face that drops Pichel to his knees. Pichel gets to his feet when Saunders looks to take his back. Saunders hangs on to his back but eats some back elbows to the face. Saunders looks for a takedown but Pichel defends and they separate. Pichel charges in with punches but does not connect. Pichel does connect on a knee to the body and clinches Saunders. Saunders reverses the position and looks for a takedown but takes several punches. Pichel rushes in and connects with big punches and knees to the face before pushing Saunders in the fence and scoring a takedown. Pichel hangs on to Saunders as he struggles to get to his feet. Saunders reverses the position and tries to take Pichel’s back. Saunders momentarily lands a body triangle before Pichel shakes him off. Saunders clinches Pichel but Pichel pushes off and lands big punches and a knee to the face. I would score Round 2 for Vinc Pichel: 10-9
Vinc Pichel def. Chris Saunders via majority decision (20-18, 20-18, 19-19) to advance to semi-finals of TUF 15 lightweight tournament
I scored this fight a draw 19-19. I think this fight needed the third round. Perhaps Saunders will get another opportunity at the TUF finale show on June 1.
Vinc Pichel will fight the winner of Al Iaquinta v. Andy Ogle on May 25 in the semi-finals.
Urijah Faber tells Al Iaquinta that he cannot coach him or Andy Ogle for their fight because they are both on Team Faber.
Andy Ogle says he expects a war. Ogle says he thinks he’s learned the most in the house. Urijah Faber says Andy Ogle has mentally stepped up his game. Andy Ogle says he’s going to hit Iaquinta and move and “make him come to me.” Ogle says: “I want this more than anyone.”
Al Iaquinta says: “I feel like I’m the hardest working person here. I’m always the first person on the mat and I’m usually the last one off it.” Iaquinta says he feels Ogle is decent everywhere and tough. He says he’s going to be on his toes the whole time.  Faber says Iaquinta is “stone-faced, you don’t know what he’s thinking.” Iaquinta says: “I worked too hard for this and I’m gonna get this victory.”
Al Iaquinta (5-1-1, Team Faber) v. Andy Ogle (8-1, Team Faber) (TUF 15 Lightweight Quarter-Final)
Round 1- Ogle lands a leg kick but Iaquinta hits one of his own. The fighters collide in the center of the cage and exchange punches. Ogle lands a left hook but eats a jab from Iaquinta. Iaquinta lands a hard right hook but Ogle lands two jabs. Iaquinta lands a kick to the body and Ogle charges in looking to land punches but is evaded. Ogle lands a big overhand right but Iaquinta fires back with a solid leg kick and uppercut. Iaquinta lands a push kick and a good two-punch combination. Iaquinta lands another heavy leg kick but takes a right hand. Iaquinta drops Ogle with a short right hook and lands big punches and elbows. Iaquinta looks to sink in a guillotine but Ogle defends and gets back to his feet. Iaquinta stays with Ogle and drops him with a huge power elbow. Iaquinta throws a hammer fist and the referee stops the fight.
Al Iaquinta def. Andy Ogle via TKO (elbow) at 4:44 in Round 1 to advance to semi-finals of TUF 15 lightweight tournament.
Al Iaquinta will face Vinc Pichel next episode in the semi finals on May 25. James Vick (Team Cruz) will face Michael Chiesa (Team Faber) in the other semi-final on May 25.
Dana White says the first round of the Chris Saunders- Vinc Pichel fight could have gone “either way.” White felt there was no doubt that Pichel won Round 2 and thought the judges made the right decision.
Dana White announces that Renan Barao will fight Urijah Faber on July 7 at UFC 148 for the interim UFC bantamweight championship. Dominick Cruz is the current champion and will not be able to face Faber due to a knee injury.
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.
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).
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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