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TUF 15 Premiere Results

Friday night ushered in a completely new era for the Ultimate Fighter franchise including sixteen live fights on FX*. With match-ups still under wraps, the show remained as much a mystery minutes before airing as it was when the list of competitors was first announced, adding to the intrigue surrounding the popular reality show’s fifteenth season.

What was known is bantamweight rivals Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz will coach two teams over the next thirteen weeks with each contestant hoping to make a name for himself as the next Ultimate Fighter champion. Faber and Cruz will also face off in July with Cruz’s divisional title on the line. Additionally, each week will feature highlights from the past few days’ activities as well as a live bout.

After an exciting night of fights including multiple finishes your official TUF 15 cast is Joe Proctor, Cristiano Marcello, Sam Sicilia, Chris Tickle, Andy Ogle, Vinc Pichel, John Cofer, Chris Saunders, James Vick, Michael Chiesa, Mike Rio, Justin Lawrence, Daron Cruickshank, Jeremy Larsen, Al Iaquinta, and Myles Jury.

Of particular note were Marcello, the Chute Boxe alumnus and former trainer who looked sharp against Eddie Bravo BJJer Jared Carlsten, as well as Rio out of the Miami area and Lawrence who did his Team Blackhouse peers proud with an action-packed performance.

Read below to see how things unfold when the curtain gets pulled back at 9:00 PM EST including results from the fights with each victor securing a plce inside the TUF 15 house, health-permitting:

Joe Proctor def. Jordan Rinaldi via Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Cristiano Marcello def. Jared Carlsten via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Sam Sicilia def. Erin Beach via Knockout (Strikes)
Chris Tickle def. Austin Lyons via Knockout (Strikes)
Andy Ogle def. Brendan Weafer via Unanimous Decision
Vinc Pichel def. Cody Pfister via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
John Cofer def. Mark Glover via Unanimous Decision
Chris Saunders def. Chase Hackett via Unanimous Decision
James Vick def. Dakota Cochrane via Split Decision
Michael Chiesa def. Johnavan Distante via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Mike Rio def. Ali Maclean via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Justin Lawrence def. James Krause via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Daron Cruickshank def. Drew Dober Unanimous Decision
Jeremy Larsen def. Jeff Smith via Unanimous Decision
Al Iaquinta def. Jon Tuck via Unanimous Decision
Myles Jury def. Akbarh Arreola via Unanimous Decision

* – Each fight to get into the house featured a single five-minute round / Finishes earn a $5,000 bonus

  • MCM says:

    I’ll say it.
    Live TUF is crap. Maybe I’m just used to seeing TUF all slick and polished, cause last night was hard to watch. Although there were some fun fights, it was hard to get into them cause everyone was so quiet. Even Dana and the coaches didn’t start talking until half way through.
    Then there was the production value, were they shooting on VHS? The video looked flat and dim, like they didn’t have enough lights and were using cameras from 1987.
    And for a company with as much live sports coverage as FOX, you’d think that they would have had back up plans in place for when the action ended early. Cutting to Dana and the coaches twice trying to get them to ad lib something interesting was just painful.
    I know it was there first live show, and I that there are always bugs and kinks to work out. But last night was like watching an MMA production done by the local cable channel.
    And why is FOX so opposed to using such UFC mainstays as Goldie and Rogan? As much as I disagree with them, they seem to be some of the best at filling up dead space.

    And with all the bitching, yes I’ll still keep watching.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    How did TUF 1 compare to TUF 14 production-wise? Like you alluded to, it takes time to polish a product. Last night was the first time they’d attempted to do something so bold so of course there were going to be a few flubs.

    And I kind of liked the intimate atmosphere. Felt like a fly on the wall at the TUF Training Center more than a fan at home watching TV.

  • MCM says:

    Tuf 1 didn’t have 14 previous seasons of the most established MMA show on the planted to look back on. I don’t think it’s too much to ask a powerhouse like the FOX network to produce something better than a little known network like SPIKE.
    I know there are gonna be flubs, it’s live TV after all and those are expected. What wasn’t expected was that they would have completely disregarded the last 7 years and started over from square one.

    On the plus side. There looks like some really good fighters this season and the live format kinda throwing the MMA community for a loop with several fighters receiving a lot of press and still not making it onto the show. Production aside, I’m still tuning in every Friday.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    TUF Live doesn’t have fourteen previous seasons to look back on since it is the first of its kind. In fact, I don’t believe the UFC has ever done sixteen live, televised fights in a 2-3 hour block at ANY point in history, have they?

    Patience, young padawan. :)

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Did the guy from Missouri win? I can’t remember his name.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    did they show all 16 fights? how’d they plan that? were they scheduled 2 rounders?
    might watch it later, havent decided yet

  • MCM says:

    they were 1 rounders. 5 min. only to finish or do enough to get win the round.
    That was another thing I had an issue with, but in TUF’s defense I’m sure it sounded like a good idea in pre-production.


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