The 12th and final episode of “The Ultimate Fighter: Live,” entitled “Reality Check,” aired Friday evening on FX. Team Faber nabbed both semifinal wins, as Michael Chiesa defeated James Vick via knockout at 1:55 in the 2ndRound and Al Iaquinta walked away with a unanimous decision victory over Vinc Pichel on the other end of the lightweight brackets.
Chiesa and Iaquinta now battle in just seven days to secure their future by winning a six-figure UFC contract.
“The Ultimate Fighter: Live Finale” takes place next Friday at 9PM ET (6PM PT satellite) on FX. The Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada will host the three-hour show.
Here is what last night’s stars had to say:
UFC president Dana White:
“There’s no doubt that Vick won that first round but I think the biggest mistake he made was going for that submission at the end of it. I think he should have tried to finish it. He’s a young, tough, bright kid and has a big future in front of him. Chiesa was doing a lot of things to try and make stuff happen in the second round and that’s what he did. The odds said he was supposed to lose twice and here he is. This kid has got a ton of heart.”
“The first round [between Iaquinta and Pichel] was tough to score. I actually think Pichel did more damage but the judges gave Iaquinta the round because of his two takedowns. [Iaquinta] definitely came out and won the second round and got that fight. Al has looked good in both his fights. He looked like he was in great shape. Still moving, still punching and his wrestling was on. This is going to be one hell of a final.”
“I feel great. It has been quite a journey. A lot of ups and downs but I feel like I’ve earned my spot in the finale and I’m very excited to seize the moment.”
“I couldn’t have done it without a great team, great roommates. Everyone really helped me out. The coaching staff was just awesome. Everything was a dream come true. When I left I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Now I have the toughest fight of my life ahead of me, and I’m ready for it.”