The Ultimate Fighter 16- Episode 4 “Can’t Fix Stupid” Recap

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The episode opens as Roy Nelson’s team is shown still reveling in Joey Rivera’s win over Sam Alvey.  Nelson then determines they’ll see who fights next by drawing straws. Julian Lane grabs the short straw and will fight someone to be announced. He claims he’ll knockout whoever it is. We’ll see, considering he was the last overall pick on the show and couldn’t score a finish to get in the house.

Dana White then gathers the cast and announces everyone will be treated to a Sneak Preview private viewing of the movie “Here Comes the Boom”. Everyone seems to enjoy the outing and the film.

Next, Roy Nelson is shown questioning Lane’s cardio, wondering if he can go three rounds if he had to. After Julian is shown exhauseted post-workout. Some of his teammate Michael Hill who wants to keep working out, “I can’t go more.” Hill replies, “There’s no can’t.”

The time for the fight announcement comes, Nelson goes with Julian Lane vs. Bristol Marunde. Early on Lane had said Marunde, Matt Secor or Mike Ricci were on his list of who he wanted a go against. Immediately, Carwin’s shown stating he thinks it’s a great matchup for Team Carwin.

While preparing for the fight, Nelson continually tries to Lane how to control the cage, seems Lane isn’t listening. Lane later admits he has a tendency to get backed up against the cage.

Bristol is shown training and explains that just focusing on fighting has been blessing for him since he has a son at home and can’t always put all his time into fighting. At an early weigh-in, Marunde is 16 pounds over. After a lot of scenes showing Marunde working hard to cut, he makes 170 at the weigh-in.

Julian also makes weight and talks at the weigh-in about having an advantage over Bristol, thinking Bristol make have drained himself cutting over 16 pounds in 24 hours.

Back at the house, Bristol tells his teammates that he’s 30-years-old also has a son at home. Everything is on the line for him he explains. It’s a do or die point in his career.

Julian is also shown talking with Igor Araujo getting into details of his personal life. He explains he’s got a daughter and another child on the way and he’s got a lot to prove all around. He lost his job back home and his girl works two jobs to support the family so Julian can train. Seems like the weight of the world is on this kid’s shoulders, he could be a ticking time bomb.

Fight Recap:
Round 1-Bristol is maintaining cage control and gets Lane in the clinch and pushes his back up against the cage. Bristol lands a few knees in the clinch. They break and there’s a few strikes landed by both until Marunde finds the opportunity to clinch back up with Lane. Lane breaks away and clips Marunde. Julian continues to land wild strikes and Bristol is able to counter. Lane shoots for a takedown, Marunde stuffs it as the round closes.

Round 2- Lane goes in to land an aggressive strike and slips, he also seems gassed already. Nelson is yelling for Lane to land leg kicks, Lane doesn’t. Instead, Bristol gets some chopping low kicks in as Lane has only thrown wild punches. Bristol pushes Lane up against the cage. They break and Lane isn’t able to do much though Nelson’s yelling for him to engage. The clock winds down and the bloodied Bristol seems to have won.

Official result: 20-18, unanimous decision for Marunde.

After the fight, Roy tells Dana he didn’t think Marunde made weight wants to go to the NSAC to protest it. White says if they said 170, then he made weight, there’s nothing to dispute. After the conversation, White says, “You can’t fix stupid” about Nelson’s concern.

Post-fight Julian is seen not taking his first loss as a pro very well, but for understandable reasons. Julian explains to all his team that he’s unemployed with a baby on the way in addition to having one daughter to care for already. Tick, Tick, Tick…

Results after episode four:

Team Carwin (2-1)

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)

Mike Ricci

Neil Magny (1-0, defeated Cameron Diffley by decision in episode 2)

James Chaney

Eddy Ellis

Igor Araujo

Matt Secor

Team Nelson (1-2)

Dom Waters

Michael Hill

Cameron Diffley (0-1, lost to Neil Magny by decision in episode 2)

Colton Smith

Jon Manley

Nic Herron-Webb

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)

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