TUF 22 || Live Results from Episode 7

Written by @NickRiznerMMA

Episode seven of the Ultimate Fighter season 22 airs tonight on Fox Sports 1 in the US (10 pm ET) and BT Sport 1 (3 am BST). If you missed any of the results from last weeks episode you can catch them here before the show begins.

Although a third round would have been nice, the judges determined that Julian Erosa had done enough in two to knock off Team Europe’s Mehdi Baghdad. With Team USA in control once again, Coach Faber has selected a matchup between Thanh Le of Team USA and Martin Svensson of Team Europe.

Episode 7

Both coaches think their guy has the advantage. It’s going to be Le’s striking vs. Svensson’s jiu jitsu.

The Europeans are beginning to show resentment for the American antics. First, Svensson doesn’t approve of the manner in which the Americans have been winning. He was critical of the leg locks, the wrestling, and the evasiveness of the first three American fighters, respectively. Then, Artem Lobov expresses of disdain for penises drawn on headband. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is TUF.

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 Thanh Le looks to be a very exciting fighter. After a lifetime of Tae Kwon Do, Le is looking to stay technical, keep the fight standing, and finish things on the feet. With Svensson concentrating on the ground game, it’ll be interesting who manages to keep it in their wheelhouse.

And we have our first backyard fight. Well almost. We saw the lead up – alcohol and shit talk. Then we saw a push. Then we saw the reaction from the other fighters. Then it went to commercial. Strap in guys. They’re going to stretch this out for a while.

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And… nothing. Good one TUF. You got us again. Lots of messy liquids. No actual fight.

The American Team hits the thrift store to pick out ‘Conor-esque’ outfits for the Thanh Le fight. Bright colors and tight pants galore. Both guys make weight and it’s nearly time for battle.

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Svensson is very confident but it seems like his strategy is to get hit a whole bunch and walk right through it. That may have worked against lesser guys, but Le is far too dangerous on his feet for that to work. If Svensson wants to get his hand raised, he’ll have to be more tactical than he’s letting on. We shall see.

Fight starts after the break.

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Le spends the first minute darting in and out with sharp, one-off attacks. He lands clean with a kick to the body and a jab to the head, but Svensson ultimately closes the distance and scores a trip to end up in top position. Le is doing all he can to defend, but it’s pretty clear that Svensson has the advantage on the ground.

Le works a kimura from his back, but nothing amounts from it. Svensson moves to side control, nearly  moves to mount, then takes Le’s back. Le uses the cage to get back to the feet, but Svensson continues to smother him in the clinch. Finally, with 30 seconds left, Le gets some distance and lands a really clean shot. He finishes the round on top with some dominant ground and pound and likely steals the round. Despite having dominant position for much of the round, Svensson didn’t do much in the weigh of offense.

MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Le

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Svensson takes Le’s back in the clinch and drags him to the ground. He quickly sinks in both hooks and Le has no choice but to give Svensson full mount.

Le’s doing his best to control Svensson’s wrists, and he’s actually being fairly successful with it, but Svensson is still firmly in control of the round at the two minute mark. A few more desperate scrambles from the American, and Svensson finally secures the rear naked choke. Big win over a dangerous opponent. Team Europe takes control of the matchmaking once again.

Martin Svensson def. Thanh Le via submission (rear-naked choke) – Rd.2

McGregor and Faber acting like old chums and I love it. Time for the next fight. McGregor has selected James Jenkins of Team USA vs. Artem Lobov of Team Europe.

That should be a good one folks!

See you next week!

Nick “Perez Hilton” Rizner, signing out 😉

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