Hey TUF Freaks … I’m back with a look at last night’s episode.
We’re on another semi-final fight, this time for the ladies, as Canadian Sara Moras takes on Meisha Tate’s favorite fighter Julianna Pena. The problem is that they’re both on the same team … it’s happened many times before in the show’s history and this season is no different.
That’s the big to do this week. Moras was in the sauna crying because of it. Tate makes a coaching decision and opts to remove herself from it, splitting two of her coaches for Pena and the other two for Moras. Pena isn’t exactly liked throughout the house; she’s “annoying” apparently.
Moras and Pena have fought before at a Conquest of the Cage event. The doctor stopped it in between rounds after Moras broke her arm towards the end of the second. Moras is looking at that fight as similar to this; Moras is going in looking to grab a limb and take it home with her.
Everyone’s looking forward to going home as Ronda comes in, giving shirts away to the ladies.
Racquel Pennington and Pena aren’t exactly great roommates, either.
Now it’s time for fight prep. Moras is looking to use her ground game again, which is her strength. Pena is looking to improve in that department enough, specifically prepping against arm-bars (which Moras is great at). Both are on point, weight wise, as well.
Sara Moras vs. Julianna Pena
Round 1: Starts out as a bit of brawl. Pena is trying to suck Moras into a wild brawl and Moras is game. Bodylock and Pena gets the takedown, full guard. Moras is working off her back and giving Pena fits. Pena is laying and praying, doing nothing. She gets more active as Moras is working off the bottom. Most of the round is close until Pena decides to turn it on and smothers her with strikes. 10-9 Pena
Round 2: Some wild brawling and Pena’s in on a body lock early against the cage. Some cage dancing for a while until Pena gets the body lock takedown, landing in side control. Pena’s working top position and standing up when Moras begins to work for something. She’s posturing and being aggressive with her striking; she grabs a guillotine, pulls guard and gets the tap at 3:31 of the second.
Julianna Pena wins via submission (guillotine) at 3:31 of the second round
We’ve got two fights remaining:
David Grant vs. Anthony Gutierrez, the winner to face Chris Holdsworth.
Racquel Pennington vs. Jessica Rakoczy, the winner to face Julianna Pena
The men face off next week. Throw in the coaches challenge and even more “huge news” that could change the season as well.
Tags: Julianna Pena, Miesha Tate, Mixed Martial Arts, Ronda Rousey, The Ultimate Fighter, The Ultimate Fighter Season 18