TUF 22 || Live Results from Episode 11

Episode 11 of season 22 of the Ultimate Fighter gets underway later tonight at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and with just two episodes left before next week’s live finale with the remaining quarterfinal fights between Marcin Wrzosek vs. David Teymur followed by Julian Erosa vs. Abner Lloveras.

In last week’s episode, Saul Rogers advanced by disposing of Ryan Hall while Artem Lobov knocked out Chris Gruetzemacher. That leaves the aforementioned Erosa as the lone contestant from Team USA.

Live play by play of the action will appear below as soon as the episode begins on FS1.

Episode 11

And we’re off. Two quarter finals matchups coming our way, which is, in truth, my favorite kind of TUF. All fights, no in-house drama. Right away, we have Marcin Wrzosek vs. David Teymur. Here we go!

So weird to not here any cheering in this one. That’s the byproduct of teammate vs. teammate I suppose. It’s been all stand-up through the first couple minutes of the fight. Neither guy has a clear advantage. But just like that, Wrzosek drops Teymur with a looping hook. Teymur quickly recovers and scrambles for position, but it’s Wrzosek implementing top control at the halfway point of the round. Now half guard. Now side control.

But now it’s Teymur who scrambles back to the feet and lands a power double of his own. After landing a few shots from top position, things return to the feet again with a minute remaining. Teymur begins throwing big kicks to the head, but Wrzosek defends. The round ends with a clean combo for Wrzosek, who likely edges it out. But it was close!

MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Wrzosek

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After a brief exchange of head kicks, a huge takedown lands early for Teymur. Wrzosek is able to reverse position, transfer to side control, and then full mount. Man… Teymur sure is slippery though!

He manages to hip escape to half guard and ultimately sweeps and regains top position, but doesn’t do much with it. Herzog decides to stand it up with two minutes to go. Following a “This is it boys, who wants it?” from McGregor, we see a brief flurry from both guys before Wrzosek takes it to the ground. It’s still anybody’s round with a minute to go.

A late takedown for Wrzosek, but I still give the round to Teymur for winning the ground game and battle of aggression.

MMA Mad scores the second round 10-9 Teymur (19-19 overall)

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And I guess that’s it. Fight’s over. Can’t really call it controversial, as it was so close… time to see who the judge’s saw it for.

Official Results – Marcin Wrzosek def. David Teymur via majority decision (19-19, 20-18, 20-18)

And with one entertaining fight in the books, we now prepare for Julian Erosa vs. Abner Lloveras. And we’re right back into it! I wish every episode of TUF was like this. That fight starts after the break. Get your live scoring here!

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Ah, back to a cheering (albeit small) crowd. I no longer feel uncomfortable.

Erosa is his normal elusive self, darting in and out, as Lloveras stalks his opponent from the center of the cage. Erosa looks to be landing light combos, but Lloveras is doing more damage with his counters, evident by the redness of Erosa’s face. A clean combo lands for Lloveras with two minutes to go, but Erosa wears it well and still looks fresh. A last minute takedown attempt from Lloveras is nearly beautifully stuffed by Erosa… until there were about four seconds left… then it lands.

I give the nod to Lloveras who looked to be landing with more precision in the striking exchanges. The last second takedown was just icing on the cake.

MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Lloveras

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Thirty seconds in, a big head kick lands clean for Erosa. Lloveras is maintaining a poker face, but he looks to have been hurt by it. He’s carrying his hands low, and Erosa still looks very fast. Lloveras shoots for a takedown and Erosa stuffs it easily.

Now Lloveras is bloodied. Erosa looks extremely sharp in the second, slipping shots and delivering combinations of his own. With two minutes left in the round, it’s all Erosa, who looks to be completely keyed in with his timing. Lloveras has slowed down a great bit, as well.

Wow! A huge uppercut drops Lloveras with 40 seconds to go! Erosa is barely hanging on now, but manages to survive the flurry and the round. Huge round for the American. Either this one goes to a third or Erosa wins it. And it’s official. To the third we go.

MMA Mad scores the second round 10-9 Erosa (19-19 overall)

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Erosa starts off with his signature quick footwork and begins slipping punches again. He looks so fast in there. Lloveras is shooing for takedowns, but Erosa is defending well and even delivers a clean knee during the break on the second attempt. He stuffs the third as well.

Lloveras is really selling out for these takedown attempts, but he’s 0 for 4 by my count. Erosa seems to be setting things up with push kicks to the lead leg and body, but he eats a clean combo from Lloveras. Nevertheless, he pushes right through it and continues to stalk Lloveras who has been backing up this entire round. Erosa stuffs YET ANOTHER takedown attempt from Lloveras, unofficially his fifth. Make that six, as Erosa gets a kick caught but escapes the hold.

Finally, Lloveras gets Erosa to the mat, but for less than a second, as Erosa springs back to his feet and returns to his striking dominance. It’s Erosa who shoots for the takedown late and nearly lands it, but only for a moment. Erosa should ABSOLUTELY take this one. Huge second and third round from the American.

MMA Mad scores the third round 10-9 Erosa (29-28 Erosa)

Official Result – Julian Erosa def. Abner Lloveras via split decision – third round only – (10-9, 9-10, 10-9)

And it’s semifinal time. Here are the matchups for next week:

Saul Rogers (England) vs. Marcin Wrzosek (Poland)
Artem Lobov (Ireland) vs. Julian Erosa (USA)

These should be amazing matchups! See you guys next week!

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