The second episode of the current seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter” helped finalize the sixteen total fighters that would be moving into that infamous house by showing the eight other fights that took place during the first couple days of taping.
The show started off with a bang, literally as Dan Simmler suffered one of the worst knockout losses in series’ history.
Simmler, a longtime student of Matt Serra, admitted before the fight that he didn’t have very much skill when it came to striking and it showed as Matthew Riddler knocked him out with a right hand just seconds into the second round. Riddler got in a few extra shots before Herb Dean was able to jump in and Simmler was left moaning on the canvas for close to a minute.
Simmler suffered a broken jaw and had no recollection of what had happened or where he was even at while being loaded into an ambulance.
Luke Zachrich didn’t like Patrick Schultz’s haircut and he did something about it, quickly submitting the Bostonian with a rear naked choke despite being dropped in the beginning of the fight. Also garnering rear naked choke victories were Brandon Sene and Jesse Taylor, who both used superior wrestling to send Aaron Meisner and Nick Rossborough home respectively.
Two fights went to a decision, but unlike last week’s show, Dana White didn’t have a problem with either of them. Gerald Harris pounded away on Mike Marrelo through two rounds before moving on. Daniel Cramer outlasted a game Jeremiah Riggs, who’s toughness earned him the praise of White and both coaches.
The two most impressive performances came courtesy of Tim Credeur and Matt Brown. Credeur, a self-admitted black belt in BJJ put his skills on display right off of the bat, quickly taking Erik Charles to the mat and securing an armbar that forced to Charles to scream while tapping.
Brown was probably the most well-rounded fighter this side of C.B. Dollaway that I noticed on the show. He locked Josh Hall, a former Team Punishment member in an omaplata, triangle, and an armbar but Hall was able to escape from all of them, insane submission defense. However Brown kept going forward and eventually stopped Hall with strikes.
The house is now set. The sixteen cast members are as follows (alphabetical order): Matt Brown, Paul Bradley, Daniel Cramer, Tim Credeur, Mike Dolce, CB Dollaway, Gerald Harris, Nick Klein, Jeremy May, Matthew Riddler, Dante Rivera, Amir Sadollah, Brandon Sene, Jesse Taylor, Cale Yarbrough, Luke Zachrich
This week’s results:
Matt Brown def. Josh Hall - TKO (Strikes)
Matthew Riddler def. Dan Simmler - KO (Punch)
Luke Zachrich def. Patrick Schultz - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Tim Credeur def. Erik Charles - Submission (Armbar)
Brandon Sene def. Aaron Meisner - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Gerald Harris def. Mike Marrelo - Unanimous Decision
Daniel Cramer def. Jeremiah Riggs - Unanimous Decision
Jesse Taylor def. Nick Rossborough - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
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