Las Vegas native Bristol Marunde, 12-7 in his mixed martial arts career, defeated Julian “Night Train” Lane, 4-0, of Mansfield, Ohio by unanimous decision to see coach Shane Carwin’s squad go 2-1 in the season.
Experience proved to be the difference in the bout, which was recorded at the TUFTM Gym in Las Vegas. Marunde, 30, has been fighting professionally since 2007, working his way through regional MMA promotions before facing the highly-ranked Renaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza in the STRIKEFORCE® organization earlier this year.
Happy to make it to the second round, Marunde said: “I was relieved to get the first fight out of the way. I didn’t fight smart at all – I was trying to force a finish and suffered some pretty bad damage to my face as a result. It was worth it, though. Team Carwin was fired up to get a win and just as happy to have control of the fight pick again.”
Team Nelson’s final team pick, a father of a two-year-old daughter with another child on the way, was disappointed not to advance in the competition.
He said: “It was a tough fight, I wish I had pushed it harder to make it go to the sudden victory round. I wish I would have taken control and not backed-up. It was a hard loss. I don’t ever want to feel that way again. I’m going to use the pain I felt and grow from this experience.”
Results after episode four:
Team Carwin (2-1)
Sam Alvey (0-1, lost to Joey Rivera by decision in episode 3)
Bristol Marunde (1-1, defeated Julian Lane by unanimous decision in episode 4)
Neil Magny (1-0, defeated Cameron Diffley by decision in episode 2)
Team Nelson (1-2)
Cameron Diffley (0-1, lost to Neil Magny by decision in episode 2)
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)