The ninth episode of “The Ultimate Fighter: Live,” entitled “Become That Hero,” aired Friday evening on FX. Team Faber nabbed the final preliminary round victory after Andy Ogle submitted Mike Rio at 4:19 of the 2ndRound in their lightweight affair.
The season now shifts into the quarterfinals, with half of the last eight contestants squaring-off May 11th for a spot in the semis. UFC president Dana White announced next week’s tournament pairings at the conclusion of the show: James Vick (#3 Cruz) will meet Joe Proctor (#2 Faber), while Justin Lawrence (#1 Cruz) will face Michael Chiesa (#4 Faber).
Don’t forget to catch next Friday’s episode at 10PM ET (7PM PT satellite) on FX.
Here is what last night’s stars had to say:
White on Vick vs. Proctor:
“It’s an interesting fight because Vick is seen as this guy who’s kind of one-dimensional. He has the stand-up, and decent takedown defense. He’s not known as a great wrestler but he actually shut down a wrestler to get into the House and to make it to the quarterfinals. People are having trouble with how long he is and how strong he is. He has just enough skill to get by and I think he’s the dark horse in this thing.”
“The crazy thing about this fight is that Proctor comes out of Joe Lauzon’s camp, and is highly regarded from that camp. The first time I saw him, his stand-up didn’t look good to me at all. So I think this is one of those fights, with Vick’s length, reach, takedown defense and striking abilities, where I think Proctor needs to get this thing to the ground as fast as he possibly can.”
White on Lawrence vs Chiesa:
“Chiesa has this really heartfelt story of what happened to him when he was here. His dad wanted him to be here and then passes away when he makes it on the show. He’s now here to win this thing, not only for himself, but for his dad. But, as much as I love the kid he looked very one-dimensional in his last fight. He was depending on the wrestling the whole time. I think there have been some pretty crazy odds on the fights so far. I would actually say that I have Lawrence as a huge favorite in this fight. You never know, anything can happen, but this is a tough fight for Chiesa.”
“I think this season has been awesome! I love the new format. I love that you can watch the fights LIVE every Friday. I’m more engaged in this season then I have been in years.”
“No such thing as an underdog in MMA. Each dog has its day! Woof woof.”
“Ogle has been a fun project ever since he stepped foot into the house. He has a great attitude and works hard. In this fight he showed a lot of the stuff we’ve been working on, and that he has gotten better every day.”
“You can be 99 percent perfect, but at this level it takes just one mistake to lose a fight. I went in for it. I felt like I needed to do something to win the round. Andy was winning with his striking so I tried to force the takedown.”
“Rio had that fight in the bag, he was doing everything right until the last three minutes of the second round, he pretty much “gassed out” as he said in his own words, and that was it. Ogle took half guard, landed some punches until Rio gave his back. From there Ogle threw in his hooks, stretched him out and got the finish.”