With UFC® president Dana White exclaiming “these guys came out banging”, viewers of The Ultimate Fighter® Fridays were treated to the most exciting fight of the season thus far on Friday night. Jon Manley overcame some rocky moments to score the season’s first submission, sinking in a deep guillotine choke on James Chaney at 3:25 of a thrilling one round brawl.
Episode eight of the reality series – ‘Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em’ – aired on FX and saw UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson’s team score their third consecutive victory. Team Nelson now leads 4-3 heading into the last preliminary fight of the series next week.
Manley, 26, a mixed martial artist with a 7-1 professional record, lives and breathes MMA. An identical twin who considers himself a hippy, he recently opened a mixed martial arts school in Northhampton, Mass. and was thrilled to have represented his gym-mates on such a large stage – and to have nabbed a $5000 finish bonus.
“The fight with “Snake” was pretty intense,” he said. “It was the biggest fight of my life and I felt unbelievably awesome after the win. I was stoked to get the only submission of the season so far. I always wanted to be on TUF – and to finish my first fight in the house in the first round was sick. I am a jiu-jitsu fighter and I was really happy to represent my school and coaches.”
As we saw, leading into the series, Chaney, 25, is a Clamath Falls, Oregon meat factory worker with a passion: http://youtu.be/fls4cVTmw3Q.
“I really, really wanted that win and I still believe in my heart I should’ve won the whole show. What would I have done differently? I would’ve avoided being taken down, I would’ve really pursued the finish on the feet and stayed away from him being on top because that was his best chance of winning. I was extremely disappointed, but my coaches and teammates were supportive and thought I fought well.”
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Results after episode eight:
Team Carwin (3-4)
Sam Alvey (0-1, lost to Joey Rivera by decision in episode 3)
Bristol Marunde (1-0, defeated Julian Lane by decision in episode 4)
Neil Magny (1-0, defeated Cameron Diffley by decision in episode 2)
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 (1-0, defeated Nic Herron-Webb by majority decision in episode 5)
Matt Secor (0-1, lost to Michael Hill by split decision in episode 7)
Team Nelson (4-3)
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 (1-0, defeated Eddy Ellis by majority decision in episode 6)
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.
The series resumes next Friday, Nov. 9, on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings for Central and Mountain Time). In that episode – ‘Betrayal’ – James Chaney owns up to his unsportsmanlike conduct. One fighter turns against his friend. Team Carwin’s Mike Ricci takes on Team Nelson’s number one pick, Dom Waters, in the final preliminary fight. Then, Dana White announces the quarterfinal match-ups.
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