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PACE DISPLAYS POTENTIAL VERSUS FORMER CHAMP

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By: Sensei Thad CampbellSan Jose, CA –

Sometimes an opportunity is too good to pass up, even if the timing might not be perfect. Such was the case with the UFC offering Nick Pace the opportunity of his life. The young Bantamweight was coming off a controversial loss to Ivan Menjivar. The veteran Menjivar barely escaped the fight, avoiding a rear naked choke as the bell rang in the first and a vicious knee that forced him to run for the last minute of the 3rd. Somehow the judges determined that Pace had lost the fight despite two near finishes. No time to ponder though, as shorty after the bosses called with a seeming step up, Miguel Angel Torres. At one point the WEC Bantamweight champ was in the argument as the best pound for pound fighter in the world. Let alone at 135. It would seem the UFC brass saw the Menjivar fight differently than the judges. Torres barely lost his last fight, a number one contender fight which Demetrious Johnson barely eked out. That fight earned Johnson a chance at 135 champ Dominick Cruz. With Johnson being the only other loss on Pace’s resume, this seemed like the opportunity of a lifetime. One fight and Pace has the opportunity to put himself in the title picture. The only downside? Like Menjivar, Torres brought a huge edge in experience into the fight. Boasting 44 fights with only four losses, Torres had finished almost as many fights (7) by triangle choke, as Pace had in total (8). Was Pace ready for the step up in competition.

The feeling in his camp was simple. The opportunity was too good to pass up. In the UFC there is no such thing as an easy fight, so why not take the opportunity to make a name for yourself against one of the most heralded fighters of his generation. Saturday night in San Jose, that’s exactly what Pace looked to do. The opportunity got off to a rough start as weigh in was a struggle. Pace was doing his normal weight cut when he was forced by the doctors to stop cutting with three pounds left to go. It was a huge disappointment to Pace who had missed weight once before in the UFC and vowed never to have that issue again. Unfortunately, the choice was taken out of his hands despite wanting to continue to drop to the allowable 136 pounds. That would leave Pace visibly upset at the weigh ins Friday.

The nervous energy seemed to be gone shortly after the bell rang Saturday night though. Torres has an almost unreal 76″ reach for a person 5’9″. That’s more than half a foot longer than the average person his height. This became a focal point of the fight as Pace was giving up 3″ in height and 8″ in reach. Early on Torres established his jab as Pace was most effective with inside low kicks., getting Torres off balance repeatedly in the opening minutes. Torres started letting loose with a long right hand. It was not heavy, but fast and landed a couple times. Pace was just short with a right of his own and eventually stopped trading punches in favor of clinching. The round came to an end after a cool sequence that saw Pace shoot for a double against the fence, transition to a high crotch single, then finish a takedown but roll out as Torres tried to counter with a kimura. The two ended right back on the feet as the round came to an end.

In between rounds Tiger Schulmann encouraged Pace to look for a takedown off of Torres right hand and it took less than a minute for Pace to do exactly that. Ducking under the right, Pace drove through a beautiful double leg, landing Torres on his back. The two would fight an interesting battle as Torres had half butterfly guard. While Torres was trying to do damage with elbows and punches to the head, Pace was intent on passing over Torres right butterfly hook. It took the better part of a minute, but Pace was finally able to pass the guard of Torres (a rare feet against a Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt who holds 23 submission victories in his career, most off his back). Pace controlled side mount for a few seconds and it looked to be a repeat of the Menjivar fight as Torres began to roll up to his knees. It looked for a second like Pace would take the back of Torres like he had Menjivar. Instead Pace went the other way, grabbing a hold of Torres neck where it looked like he may lock in a naked guillotine (think rear nake choke from the other direction). Torres showed his savvy though as he was able to shrug out of the lock by controlling one of Pace’s hands and get back to his feet. The round would end with Torres once again firing straight punches and Pace finding some success with a cross hook combination.

The third round saw Torres establish distance again while moving laterally to avoid takedown attempts from Pace. Pace found his distance a couple times though, especially with a couple knee kicks out of the clinch. Torres continued to control distance for most of the round and Pace couldn’t find another takedown or land a shot to stun Torres like he had in the Menjivar fight late in Round 3. It would be enough to earn Torres a unanimous decision, but to earn Pace the respect of his opponent who freely admitted he was cautious in the fight as he was aware of Pace’s strength in every aspect of MMA. “I had to be a little cautious and be smarter with the fight. He was real tough, I hit him with some good shots and I was wearing him out to the body, but he was a real durable fighter,” said the veteran Torres in praise of Pace.

It certainly was not the outcome Pace had in mind when accepting the challenge of fighting Miguel Angel Torres. However, to all the TSMMA and Nick Pace fans watching he proved that he belonged at the top levels of competition in the Bantamweight division and with a little more experience should find himself coming out on the other side of these decisions. We can’t wait to see him back in the cage soon!

UFC 139: Fueled by the haters, Nick Pace gets a shot at Miguel Torres

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UFC 139: Fueled by the haters, Nick Pace gets a shot at Miguel Torres

by Robert G. Reynolds MMA Diehards
Haters beware: Nick Pace is a lover and a fighter who knows how to play the game.

Getting ready to make his third appearance in the Octagon, Pace (Twitter: @NickPaceMMA) – a member of the Tiger Schulmann’s Fight Team – is ready to prove he belongs in the stable.

Pace began his fight career in 2008, starting with five straight wins that led him to becoming the Ring of Combat bantamweight champion in 2010.

Competition quickly stepped up for the New Yorker as Demetrious Johnson welcomed Pace into the WEC with the first loss of his career. Pace then joined the UFC and quickly made a name for himself by introducing a signature move, the Pace Choke.

This may have rubbed some the wrong way as Pace received recognition and praise so early in his career. But having haters is just part of the motivational fuel to keep the fire burning.

“I love haters, it is motivation for me.” Pace told Joe Rizzo and Jeremy Fullerton while sitting in on Rear Naked Choke Radio on the MMADieHards Radio Network. “People talk (smack), people try to hate on you, and people are jealous or little scared so they start hating and talking crap about you.

“Whatever, bring it on.”

At UFC 139 on Saturday at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., Pace will be stepping up to face his most challenging opponent to date, Miguel Torres. Not being one to talk a lot of smack, Pace chooses to be wise and listen while all the “smart” people talk.

Keeping his ears to the ground, Pace has heard that he doesn’t belong in the cage with a fighter such as Torres.

“Miguel Torres, he’s a great fighter and he’s been in the organization for so long he’s made a huge name for himself,” said Pace. “I heard on a website that he was actually insulted that he is going to have to get in the cage with me. You know what man, he’s a hater and he can think what he wants. I know that I’ve been training really hard for this fight, I got that spark, I want it and I want it bad. We’ll see what happens.”

With both Pace and Torres losing their last venture to the Octagon, a win for Pace would boost him up the divisional ladder, while a win for Torres will at least hold his parking space in the rankings.

Pace suffered a close decision loss to Ivan Menjivar in his last outing at UFC 133 in August. With only two defeats on his record, Pace has never been finished.

“There are no excuses to any kind of loss,” Pace admitted. “I fight hard and from every loss you learn more than from a win, so I’m going to take it as something very good came out of that fight. I have a lot of things that I’m going to fix up – a lot I already did – and just move on from it. You can’t dwell on all that old, bad stuff. You just got to move on and get better.”

Many fighters have mastered the techniques of weight-cutting, some to the point of experimentation in different weight classes. With the new 125-pound division soon to be introduced to the UFC, many bantamweights are considering a drop.

“Hell no,” said Pace when asked. “I would never be able to drop down to 125 pounds, no way. One-thirty-five is a good weight for me, I feel good and I feel strong there, so I’ll be staying at 135.”

The bantamweight division has a maturing addition with Pace looking to keep his home under the shelter of the UFC banner. Using that maturity to keep his head in the game, Pace does not play around when it comes to out-of-the-cage animosity.

“I don’t think that it is necessary at all,” Pace said. “But if it happens, it happens. I not looking for any kind of problems, I don’t have beef with the kid, so it’s just a fight. I’m sure when it’s done we’re going to hug and it’s going to be all right. I’m not going to pursue problems, we’re professional.”

Come Saturday, Pace will face all his haters once more. Time to see once again how he plays the game.

Ring Of Combat 38 Live IPPV on GFL – 5 Title Fights on the Line

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Atlantic City, NJ – Ring of Combat returns November 18 with ROC XXXVIII.  This event has another stacked lineup, something Ring of Combat has become synonymous with, as 5 titles will be on the line as fans from all over the world will be tuning in either in person at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey or Live on iPPV at www.GFL.tv – GFL Combat Sports Network to watch this exciting card.   ROC continues to be the linchpin of East Coast MMA and this 16-bout card reiterates its dominance as the top dog in the Tri-State area.

The main event is really a 5-fight main event as 5 titles will be up for grabs.  In one match, ROC Welterweight Champion and UFC veteran Pete Sell (9-5) defends his Welterweight Title for the first time against Nordine Taleb (3-1).  Sell is coming off of a second round submission victory against Elijah Harshbarger where Sell looked dominant and showed the MMA crowd he is back to 100% after taking time off to heal various injuries.  For Taleb, who is riding a 3-fight win streak, this will be the biggest test of his young career.  ROC officials hold Taleb in high regard as he was granted this title fight, so don’t be fooled by the lack of experience for Taleb.  He is one of Montreal’s gems of MMA and trains with some of the best fighters in the world including UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St-Pierre at the Tristar gym.   For Sell, this is another opportunity to prove that “Drago” is just hitting his peak.

The ROC Featherweight Title is also on the line as champion Deividas Taurosevicious (13-5) defends his strap against Marlon Moraes (5-2-1).  The Renzo Gracie protégé, Taurosevicious, has 9 victories coming by submission while Moraes has all 5 of his victories coming by way of stoppage, either KO or submission.  Taurosevicious is one of the best grapplers ever trained by Gracie, so look for him to get the fight to the mat quickly.  Moraes will have to defend the takedown attempt and make Taurosevicious pay in the standup game if he is going to win the fight and take home the 145 lb belt.  This has all of the making to be fight of the night as these two will put on a high pace fight.

In another main-event caliber fight, undefeated Al Iaquinta (6-0-1) defends his ROC Lightweight Championship against UFC veteran Patrick Audinwood (9-2-1).  Iaquinta is a Matt Serra trained fighter and a ROC veteran and should have the hometown crowd behind him.  But Audinwood is cutting down from 170 where he previously has fought so he will give Iaquinta everything he can handle in the strength department.  Iaquinta’s last bout was a quick victory against an opponent who took him to the limit previously, so Iaquinta’s all-around MMA game is growing by leaps and bounds with each fight.  For Audinwood, having dropped two tough fights in the UFC, he has made the permanent move down to lightweight and looks to rebound against the ROC champ.

In still more championship action, Jimmie Rivera (8-1) takes on Anthony Leone (9-4) for the ROC Bantamweight Championship.  Rivera is on a 7-fight win streak and also a current champion of another top-level MMA organization.  Rivera, is also formally a featherweight and will bring a size advantage into the fight and will look to use his wrestling and grind down Leone and finish the fight in the later rounds.  For WEC and Bellator veteran Leone, this is a chance to take down a lion and win the most prestigious MMA title on the East Coast.  Expect Leone to push the action and try to wear out the bigger Rivera.

The final title that will be on the line is the ROC Light Heavyweight Championship when undefeated Champion Tom DeBlass (5-0) battles Davit Tkeshelashvili (1-1).  DeBlass is out of the Renzo Gracie camp and has never tasted defeat.  DeBlass’ last two fights have ended in the first round, so expect him to come out with guns blazing.  For Tkeshelashvili he was submitted in his last bout, so he will have to withstand the grappling of DeBlass early on to make this a fight.

You won’t find a more thrilling card then this one. Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on November 18 as Ring of Combat presents ROC XXXVIII exclusively on pay-per-view at www.GFL.tv.

Mike Ortiz – PA Caged Combat

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November 11, 2011 –

Allentown, Pennsylvania

The fight was a long time coming. Mike Ortiz is 5’4 and started training about a year ago with the goal of competing in the cage. He started training at the weight of 190 and cut to 149 lbs. His first round they squared off In the center where his opponent hit with a few jabs. Mike covered the distance and shot in for the takedown and kept pressure on him and got the single leg slam at the end of the first round. The crowd went crazy. His second round his opponent showed that he wasn’t giving up. Mike Ortiz used his grappling skill again taking him down and taking his back but ran out of time to finish. Mike looked over at his opponent and knew he had him. Shihan Simpson told him to go out and have fun being up by two rounds. Mike then chose to showcase his striking by hitting his opponent with a flurries of jabs crosses and hooks to the body and face. His opponent was stunned and the ref jumped in to stop it. The crowd went crazy and Shihan Simpson lifted him in victory . What a awesome show of skill. Congrats to Mike Ortiz and Team Tiger Schulmann.

TSMMA Eatontown Student Discovers Fountain of Youth Through Self Defense Program

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“Since joining Tiger Schulmann’s I have had people remark that I looked younger then my age and asked if I had done something with myself because I looked better.” – Bob Grandcolas


BY: TSMMA Eatontown

My job occasionally takes me to some rather unsavory neighborhoods but I have been lucky to have had very few incidents over a 34 year career. Two years ago I was in one of those bad neighborhoods – behind the Port authority bus terminal in NYC when a strange man began to yell crazily and wildly took a swing at me. I ducked but he clipped my ear and then he took off up the street. This incident really bothered me and I told a friend about it. My friend knew someone who had joined Tiger Schulmann’s who loved it. I had been thinking of joining a Tiger Schulmann’s that had recently opened near my home. I decided right then to join and am very glad I did.

I am a person who normally gets very bored by exercise which I usually find to be very repetitive and mind numbing. Tiger is the only exercise program that I have ever tried that holds my interest and I’m never bored. Tigers’ program requires you to use your physical body along with developing good memorization and mental strategies. There is also a good atmosphere of safety, respect and comradeship that develops between the students. I found that the students all push each other to do better in a friendly way. The training is combination of group exercise, while developing defensive and kickboxing skills along with personal attention from a highly experienced professional trainer.

“Tiger Schulmann’s is the only exercise program that I have ever tried that holds my interest and I’m never bored.”

When I first began at tiger – I was stiff, short of breath and the workouts seemed tough – I realized right away that I had gradually gotten out of shape. But I was interested and determined and always felt better after each class. Two years later I am keeping up with students who are many years younger than myself, I’m far less stiff and seldom lose my breath. For me the changes were barely noticeable because they were gradual but allot of other folks began to notice and have commented on the changes. Since joining Tiger I have had people remark that I looked younger then my age and asked if I had done something with myself because I looked better. I tell them that I have done nothing different in my life but kickboxing at Tiger Schulmann’s of Eatontown.

“My guess is that I will never need to use my new defensive skills because I doubt that I put out “the easy target” vibe anymore.

Working out at Tiger has given me numerous benefits besides being stronger and learning how to properly defend myself. I stand straighter and am no longer slump shouldered. I am not easily winded. I feel more confidence and life seems a little more valuable. My guess is that I will never need to use my new defensive skills because I doubt that I put out “the easy target” vibe anymore. Tiger Schulmann’s suits my life style, I’m in better condition than I have been in years, I feel more confident and now have some very good kickboxing skills. Instructors James Tresca & Jose  Villanueva are great guys always push me to train hard and stay consistent and if miss class witch seldom do because of my work schedule I will always get that phone call from them motivating me to get back saying I know were you live Sensei Tresca tells me I will come pick you up if you forgot how to get hear pal. Then when I do Sensei V always gives me a great class and says nice to see you Bob. Thanks guys I am really enjoying myself.

– Bob Grandcolas

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Gaudinot Earns Respect in Ultimate Fighter Showdown

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By: Sensei Thad Campbell

Louis Gaudinot came out guns blazing as he made his first appearance since winning his way into the The Ultimate Fighter House. It was the fourth fight of the season, second in the Bantamweight Division and it would be an uphill battle for Gaudinot. Fighting for Team Bisping, the green coiffed wonder would face off with Dustin Pague. Unfortunately for Gaudinot, team morale was down as Team Mayhem had taken the first three fights from his teammates in dominating fashion. He didn’t let that stop him from running into the cage with his trademark smile.

Gaudinot would know ahead of time that he would be facing Pague as one of Pague’s teammates was giving fight matchup information to Team Bisping ahead of time. That gave the Hoboken Sensei extra time to prepare for what Pague brought to the table. Pague had fought previously at Featherweight, ten pounds above the Bantamweight limit of 135, while Gaudinot has all his pro experience at 125, the Flyweight division that has yet to be included in the UFC.

That weight differential would play itself out mostly in height as Pague stood 5’9″ to Gaudinot’s more weight appropriate 5’3″. The six inch difference in height would be reflected in an even crazier, 11.5″ inch reach advantage. Gaudinot was still confident going into the cage however, “I came out here to chew bubble gum and kick #$&, and I’m all out of bubble gum!”

Early in the fight Gaudinot did a great job of closing the distance against Pague and ripping shots under and around the taller mans guard. He would land a series of hooks and uppercuts that had Pague retreating. Pague was an astute opponent, though, and began countering Gaudinot’s interior work with some great knee kicks. It also seemed as though Pague was able to deal with Gaudinot’s power as some solid shots that rocked Gaudinot’s opponents at 125, did little to take Pague off his game.

Both fighters were remarkable in standing in the pocket and blasting away at each other. Pague would land a knee and Gaudinot would blast right back with an overhand right. Then Gaudinot would come in with shots of his own and Pague would counter with a clinch and knees. Many of Pague’s knees were deflected by Gaudinot but the cumulative effect started to take a toll as Round 1 came to an end. Gaudinot would shoot for a double and get deep before Pague established underhooks and pressed him against the cage. He would throw a couple more strong knees before Gaudinot spun out and landed an uppercut and hook of his own to close the round. Clearly impressed by each other’s efforts, the two shared a quick pound at the end of the round.

Round 2 would start much the same as Round 1 with both fighters blasting away at each other. About 30 seconds in things would change for the worse as Pague landed a big overhand right that dropped Gaudinot to his knees and found Pague on top pressing him to the cage. Gaudinot battled back to his feet and tried to turn to his own single leg, but Pague stuffed it and reversed to press Louis against the fence where he would land a plumb clinch and finally shot a knee through Gaudinot’s guard. The shot would drop Gaudinot and Pague deftly took his back and finished in back mount. He would lock in a short choke against the still stunned Gaudinot and eventually force the tap.

“First of all Louis is a tough kid who just kept coming forward,” said UFC President Dana White of Gaudinot’s effort in the fight.

“You’ve got nothing to be sorry about Louis, I’m proud of you I really am,” said his coach Michael Bisping. “I’m just heartbroken for Louis, he’s one of the nicest young men I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, just a standup guy.”

The loss left Gaudinot visibly upset as he felt like he let people down. He certainly didn’t let down his legion of fans in TSMMA as the fight was a war from start to finish and earned the respect of everyone involved even in defeat. We are looking forward to seeing his entrance into the much talked about Flyweight division which may be added to the UFC as early as the end of this year.

Gaudinot has been back in training ever since he returned from his time on The Ultimate fighter and we know he is motivated to come back better than ever. You can follow Louis at @goodnight_green on twitter and send him your thoughts on last nights fight!

We are proud of you Sensei Gaudinot, and know you will make us even prouder when you return!

Ultimate Fighter Season 14 Episode 2 Recap

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“A Little Tired” By Elliot Olshansky –Ultimatefighter.com

Last week, thirty-two fighters descended on the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, ready to fight for an opportunity to win a six-figure UFC contract. Sixteen went home, sixteen are left standing, and it’s time for Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller to choose up sides so we can get to the business of seeing these guys scrap.

But first, it’s move-in day at the TUF house, and it would appear that the mansion from season 12 is back in use. Louis Gaudinot is concerned that the house will start to feel small quickly, because of all the other fighters around. But the more immediate issue is that the fighters are going to get bigger, because their first official act upon moving in is to raid the fridge and have a big ol’ barbecue. Concerns about making weight are voiced, but it doesn’t seem to go anywhere, because they keep on eating.

Once everyone’s digested, it’s time to pick teams, and both Bisping and Miller spend some time developing a strategy. When Dana White finally flips the coin, it takes a long roll, but it eventually lands in Bisping’s favor. The Count chooses to have the first pick in each weight class, giving Mayhem control over fight selection.

Your teams, in order of selection, are as follows.

Team Bisping Bantamweight: Louis Gaudinot, TJ Dillashaw, John Albert, Josh Ferguson

Team Miller Bantamweight: John Dodson, Johnny Bedford, Dustin Pague, Roland Delorme

Team Bisping Featherweight: Diego Brandao, Akira Corassani, Marcus Brimage, Stephen Bass

Team Miller Featherweight: Dennis Bermudez, Bryan Caraway, Dustin Neace, Steve Siler

Bisping is thrilled with the way the featherweight picks worked out, as he got the top four fighters on his list. He knocks Mayhem’s intelligence, but Miller is thrilled with his team, and hints that some of Bisping’s fighters would rather be on his team. Bisping thinks it’s a stupid statement, given that he’s actually won the show himself.

It’s training time, and Miller is pumped up from working out with his guys. He’s really impressed by the energy, and Johnny Bedford is psyched to be working with such great guys. Steven Siler gets busted open and has to have it taped up in a goofy sort of fashion, but it’s all looking good for the boys in orange. Well, except maybe for Mayhem’s kip-up attempt.

Over at Team Bisping practice, things get off to a pretty solid start. Marcus Brimage is thrilled with the instruction, especially on the jiu-jitsu end of things. The tractor tires factor into the workout – despite Bisping’s disaster with those on season 9 – and the guys get their sweat on.

Meanwhile, back at the house, Mayhem brings some state-of-the-art technology home to his guys: compression suits to help his team recover after practice. Apparently, they’re big with Lance Armstrong, among others. The team is impressed by the advanced equipment, and Miller advises them not to share with the other team.

It’s time to announce the first fight, and Miller matches his second featherweight pick, Bryan Caraway against Bisping’s third pick, Marcus Brimage. Miller is confident in Caraway’s grappling prowess, and doesn’t think that Brimage will be able to handle it.

As Team Bisping gets set for another practice, Marcus Brimage lets us in on his big influences: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Dragon Ball Z. Because his stand-up is so nasty – and because Caraway’s strategy is likely to center on taking the fight to the ground – Bisping and the coaching staff go over takedown defense with him. The bigger issue, however (at least to Marcus) is that he weighs 157 pounds, well above the 145 pound weight limit. Fortunately, he gets a visit at the house from Bisping and the other coaches, who put him through a weight-cutting regimen that involves running in a sweatsuit and bouncing back and forth between a bath in salt water and laying in bed covered in blankets.

Over on the other end, Caraway is battling nerves, and is described as a “headcase” by a man known professionally as “Mayhem”. Caraway has seen a sports psychologist to help him battle his issues, and is working on putting the plan in action. Fortunately, Mayhem has a way to help break the tension: the season’s first prank. Miller leads his team in rolling all the tires into the Team Bisping dressing room, setting the last tire up so that it falls right in the path of the door when it closes, preventing the boys in blue from getting into the room.

Weigh-in time, and the scale centers on 145. Marcus makes the weight limit with ease, and Caraway does the same. Dana is impressed by Brimage’s stand-up, and considers it a ballsy move to go after him right away. As the fighters square off, Team Bisping sings a little marching song about how “Darkness” is going to knock Caraway out. Miller is amused, but Bisping is less so when the team gets back to the dressing room and can’t get in, thanks to the tires. Bisping becomes the latest TUF coach to break down a door, joining the likes of Forrest Griffin, Josh Koscheck and Tito Ortiz.

Bryan Caraway is also not thrilled, since he found the song insulting. Who could blame a guy for getting angry at being called a “f—ing bitch” in song? Brimage is envisioning his striking, pausing only to acknowledge the fact that he farted on camera. Caraway didn’t have a good night of sleep, but he’s ready to go. He’s planning on working level changes to get the takedown and looking for the submission. Brimage, on the other hand, considers himself physically superior, and expects that advantage to translate into victory. The Tale of the Tape shows an eight-inch reach advantage for the much more experienced Caraway, Steve Mazzagatti is your ref and we are underway.

Round One: We get some tentative punches to start, but Caraway rushes in and gets the takedown right off the bat. Brimage tries to scramble to his feet, but Caraway closes the distance effectively, and works some punches from the top. He takes the back and starts looking for the rear naked choke, but Brimage fights the hands effectively and even throws some more of those punches over the shoulder that he used so effectively in his elimination fight last week. Caraway keeps going for it, though, and uses a body triangle to keep Brimage in place. Sly little insult from Miller in the course of his coaching: “He’s got Bisping coaching him on grappling right now!” Caraway appears to have his arm in deep with about a minute left, but Brimage fights it off. Marcus gets back to his base, but he can’t stand up or shake Caraway off, and Bryan continues to throw punches from the top and look for the choke until time expires.

Round Two: Marcus comes out more aggressive with his strikes, and even stops Caraway’s first takedown attempt. The second one gets him down, though, and Caraway takes the back quickly and looks for the choke. Miller lets some of his old Bully Beatdown taunting slip into his coaching – “Say goodnight-night, Darkness!” – but Marcus gets out of the choke and gets back to his feet. Caraway gets the fight to the ground again, briefly, but Marcus gets back to his feet and Mazzagatti tells Caraway to do the same. Bryan gets one more takedown when the fight is restarted, takes the back, and slips his hooks in. This time, he puts the choke in while Marcus is prone, which stops him from throwing any defensive punches, and with the choke slipped in and locked on, Brimage taps out.

In the fight recap, Dana notes that Caraway’s eye was swelled up by Brimage’s backwards punches. Bisping thinks that Brimage was on the verge of winning the fight on the feet, but turned it into too much of a brawl. Marcus himself is embarrassed to have let everyone down, while Caraway gets a rousing ovation in the Team Miller locker room. Amid a subdued Team Bisping, the Count tells his team that they’ll win the next one, and that they need to let the bad energy go. Will they? That’s where we’re leaving it for this week.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Were you surprised at the order of team selections? Where would you rank the tire prank among TUF’s best practical jokes? Leave your thoughts below and keep coming back to UltimateFighter.com as we follow these teams all the way to the six-figure contract!

Nick Pace Has Major Chance To Jump Bantamweight Ladder

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By: Sensei Thad CampbellElmwood Park, NJTeam TSMMA’s Nick Pace got some very good news over the weekend. Despite coming off a decision loss to Ivan Menjivar at UFC 133 in Philadelphia back in August, he will actually move up the UFC’s roster to fight a man once considered the pound for pound best fighter in the sport. Miguel Torres reigned as the WEC’s Bantamweight king for nearly two years before a couple losses sent him back down the ladder a couple steps. Now he will face off with Pace in a 135 pound fight in November.

Many people who watched UFC 133 found it hard to believe that Pace could have lost a decision to Menjivar after clearly dominating Round 1 while gaining Menjivars back in the process then nearly ending the fight in the Round 3 with a knee kick that had Menjivar running for the last minute of the fight. Apparently none of the three judges have ever been kneed in the face because all three scored the fight for Menjivar. While Menjivar was a great opponent for Pace, he is not the caliber of his training partner at Tri-Star Gym in Montreal, Torres.

Torres lost a stunning fight to Brian Bowles back in 2009 that cost him his WEC crown and in a comeback fight against Joseph Benividez the noted grappler was shocked to find himself caugh in a guillotine choke. Those two losses would prompt him to find a new direction in his training and he would land in Montreal with the noted coach for George Saint Pierre. Faras Zahabi helped lead Torres to two straight victorious. He would face off with Demetrious Johnson in May for a shot at title holder Dominick Cruz. Johnson was the man who welcomed Pace to the WEC in a hard fought decision victory and he would similarly end Torres shot at facing Cruz. While Johnson and Cruz will face off in September for the 135 title, Pace will be living at TSMMA headquarters in Elmwood Park, New Jersey training every day with the likes of The Ultimate Fighter Season 14 participants Jimmie Rivera and Louis Gaudinot.

The shot at Torres is somewhat of a shocker for Pace as it is not typical to climb up the ladder after a loss. However, one of the greatest traits of UFC President Dana White and matchmaker Joe Silva is that they are students of the game. Just because the referees make a terrible decision doesn’t mean they have to hold it against the fighter. This fight is a clear indication that White and Silva believe Pace won the fight with Menjivar and is primed for a huge leap up the Bantamweight leaderboard.

Torres is a supremely skilled opponent. Long and lean he possesses huge range standing with a solid jab and great low kicks. He is noted most for his abilites on the ground where he has finished 23 of his 39 fights by submission and of his 9 ko victories many came from the ground and pound variety. It is no easy street for Pace, but one thing we can be sure of is that Team TSMMA will have him well prepared to take this huge step towards his ultimate goal of being the UFC Bantamweight World Champion!