Episode 10 of The Ultimate Fighter Fridays reality series aired Friday night on FX and featured two of this season’s four quarterfinal matchups. Despite a close first and second round between Team Carwin’s Neil Magny and Bristol Marunde, Magny claimed the win via unanimous decision. Viewers also watched as Team Carwin’s Igor Araujo faced-off against Team Nelson’s Colton Smith. After a dominating two-round performance, the bout ended in a victory for Smith via unanimous decision. Team Carwin and Team Nelson now each have a fighter moving into the semifinals.
Here’s what the fighters had to say after their bouts:
Aoutneil “Neil” Magny: “It feels like I’m in a dream still, feels like I haven’t woken up from the dream. I’ve seen this moment so many times, for me to be actually living it now; it just seems unreal for the moment.”
Bristol Marunde: “I feel great. I did exactly what Dana told us to do. Go for the knockout, go for the finish, and I just went for it. Maybe I’m out of the tournament, but I’m not out of the game.”
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Colton Smith: “I remember back when I first auditioned for this show, something like 4,000 applicants, 500 people went to tryouts, 32 made it to fight, 16 made it into the house, and now I’m down to the final four - that’s amazing. It feels great to be in the final four and to be in the semi-finals. Dreams are coming true right before my eyes. And whoever’s next, I’m ready to go.”
Igor “Naselva” Araujo: “I lost my fire. This morning I had a dream that my wife and my two kids were hugging me and telling me ‘it doesn’t matter what, we love you.’ Marianna, Renzo, David, I’m sorry, I gave my best but I’m nothing, nothing without you guys.”
The series resumes in two weeks, on Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX (check local listings for Central and Mountain Time). In Episode 11 – “Fight the Perfect Fight” (Airs November 30, 10:00 pm e/p) – Quarterfinal action continues as Nelson teammates Joey Rivera and Jon Manley face-off to stay in the competition. The tension builds between fellow Canadians Michal Hill and Mike Ricci before they enter the Octagon® to unleash their aggression. Then the last two match-ups before the Finale are revealed when Dana makes the semifinal announcement.
Tickets forThe Ultimate Fighter Finale on Dec. 15 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas are on sale and priced at $304, $254, $179, $154, $104 and $79. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Hard Rock Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com,www.thejointlasvegas.com or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.
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Results after episode 10:
Team Carwin (5-6)
Sam Alvey (0-1, lost to Joey Rivera by decision in episode 3)
Bristol Marunde (1-1, defeated Julian Lane by decision in episode 4, lost to Neil Magny by decision in episode 10)
Mike Ricci (1-0, defeated Dom Waters by decision in episode 9)
Neil Magny (2-0, defeated Cameron Diffley by decision in episode 2, defeated Bristol Marunde by decision in episode 10)
James Chaney (0-1, submitted by Jon Manley in episode 8)
Eddy Ellis (0-1, lost to Colton Smith by majority decision in epsiode 6)
Igor Araujo (1-1, defeated Nic Herron-Webb by majority decision in episode 5, lost to Colton Smith by decision in episode 10)
Matt Secor(0-1, lost to Michael Hill by split decision in episode 7)
Team Nelson (5-4)
Dom Waters (0-1, lost to Mike Ricci by decision in episode 9)
Michael Hill (1-0, defeated Matt Secor by split decision in episode 7)
Cameron Diffley (0-1, lost to Neil Magny by decision in episode 2)
Colton Smith (2-0, defeated Eddy Ellis by majority decision in episode 6, defeated Igor Araujo by decision in episode 10)
Jon Manley (1-0, submitted James Chaney is episode 8)
Nic Herron-Webb (0-1, lost to Igor Araujo by majority decision in episode 5
Joey Rivera (1-0, defeated Sam Alvey by decision in episode 3)
Julian Lane (0-1, lost to Bristol Marunde by decision in episode 4)
A full recap is available at ufc.com.
(via press release)