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TUF 16 Results: Julian Lane’s blow-up overshadows solid scrap between Jon Manley-James Chaney

The Ultimate Fighter franchise has seen its share of lows over the years regarding contestants’ behavior but few match the tantrum thrown by Julian Lane on the most recent episode of TUF 16. Lane, who flipped out a few weeks back after falling short in his opening round rumble, decided to get drunk with cast-mate Michael Hill and things went downhill shortly thereafter.

At some point in the evening, Team Carwin’s Dom Waters gave one of his fellow fighters a playful glance that Lane thought was meant for him. Without hesitation, Lane got in Waters’ face and began challenging him to a fight. Waters didn’t back down, causing Lane to go ballistic to the point he had to be restrained by a number of his peers and refused to chill out even after Waters had retreated to a different room to help diffuse the situation. Lane then went on to punch and headbutt the wall a number of times while crying, stating he was “ready to go home”.

Team Carwin’s Mike Ricci later labeled Lane as the type of person who makes him embarrassed to be associated with MMA.

The show also featured a clash between coaches, albeit one in a track-and-field setting. Shane Carwin easily handled Roy Nelson in all the events and earned $20,000 as a result. Nelson’s lack of effort crossing the finish line in the final contest also seemed to irk his team-members who questioned his heart.

As far as the official bout on the episode, Team Nelson’s Jon Manley and Team Carwin’s James Chaney both came to battle and turned in an entertaining effort despite it only lasting a round. Chaney looked to have Manley finished early with a Triangle Choke, but the self-professed “hippy” weathered the storm and eventually procured a Guillotine Choke for the victory.

“It was the biggest fight of my life and I felt unbelievably awesome after the win. I was stoked to get the only submission of the season so far. I always wanted to be on TUF – and to finish my first fight in the house in the first round was sick. I am a jiu-jitsu fighter and I was really happy to represent my school and coaches,” said Chaney after the clash.

The finish came at a perfect time in the show after a handful of somewhat snooze-worthy scraps made worse by poor judging. It also likely calmed UFC President Dana White down who blasted the fighters earlier in the show for their lack of fire and made it clear very few if any would end up on the season finale.


  • RicM says:

    …..what a cast of idiots……..Dana White, you expect us to pay to watch these losers after this season?? Lame…….

  • Dufresne says:

    The fight was great, but the drama was just ridiculous. I know Dana said one of the reasons they went back to the recorded format was because people wanted more drama, but I’ve yet to talk to or even meet one of those fans. I thought the whole point of tuf was to discover the next talents. If that was really their goal they’d get rid of these nuisances so the real fighters could focus. If this idiot turns into another Junie Browning or War Machine the show will have produced as many felons as it has champions.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    My friend refuses to watch any TUF anymore because of the drama, he use to watch it for the fights, but now you get less of that and more of the drama stuff. However, anymore on tv/movies drama sells. That’s why I think they should make Bonnar vs Forrest, which now won’t happen since Bonnar retired, but it’d get away from drama, be funny, and I think give TUF a boost in the arm.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Julian Lane is just another hothead who can’t back up anything he says. Instead of giving him a fight against a housemate at the TUF finale they should give him someone who would absolutely take him to school the hard way.

    Think Silva v. Franklin type of schooling.

    There are a few guys who want to be there at TUF for the right reasons like to train and learn from guys who have had success in the UFC while most just want TV time.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Just let him bang, bro.

  • MCM says:

    The only way Julian Lane gets to the TUF finale is if he buys a ticket.
    The fight card is as follows….

    Main Card:
    Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson
    TUF Finalist 1 vs. TUF Finalist 2
    Pat Barry vs. Shane Del Rosario
    Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner
    Mike Pyle vs. James Head

    Preliminary Card:
    Jonathan Brookins vs. Dustin Poirier
    T.J. Waldburger vs. Nick Catone
    Johnny Bedford vs. Marcos Vinicius
    Jared Papazian vs. Tim Elliott
    Vinc Pichel vs. Rustam Khabilov
    Reuben Duran vs. Hugo Viana
    John Cofer vs. Mike Rio

    Looks like Dana was serious about these guys not being guaranteed a spot on the Finale.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Kinda surprised they didn’t announce Guida would fight on the TUF card, he was a staple of that card for a long time


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