On the third installment of The Ultimate Fighter Nations team Australia looked to derail the momentum of the Canadians and regain control of the fight selection. Team Australia is 0-2 going into the third bout of the season as team Canada’s Chad Laprise (7-0) and team Australia’s Chris Indich (5-1) are set to face off in a welterweight bout to determine who advances to the next round and find out which team gains control of the match ups.
The episode opens up with a didgeridoo wake up call that reasonably upsets the Canadian team. Enough so that Canadian Nordine Taleb made comments about cutting Australian’s Tyler Manawaroa into six pieces and doing away with him and his didgeridoo. Aside from the possible homicide, we move on to Chad Laprise as he discusses how religion and Christ has helped him in his life, and how he feels that he in on the right path.
We move on to training with the Australian’s as coach Kyle Noke hires Canadian strength and conditioning coach Jon Chaimberg to help the team “train smarter”. This obviously doesn’t sit well with Canadian coach Patrick Cote seeing that this season is meant to promote national pride. It obviously hit Cote deep to have a fellow countryman working with the enemy, a countryman that usually works with Canadian contestant Nordine Taleb and Chad Laprise, and Cote called Chaimberg’s choice to work with the Australian’s a “bad career move”.
After a rigorous run with Chaimberg, the Australians return back to the house for some antics. They proceed to hang tampons from the Canadian’s unofficial mascot (the taxidermy moose hanging from the mantle). The Canadian’s don’t seem like the type for practical jokes. Which seems to do them well seeing as they are 2-0 in the season.
We then get a chance to learn more about the undefeated Chad Laprise of team Canada. A very passionate Christian, Laprise is prepared for his Aussie opponent to attempt to put him on his back. Laprise works with assistant coach Fabio Holanda on escaping the body lock and controlling the Octagon. Laprise feels that his speed with determine his victory over Indich.
Laprise has a mission to be a role model for younger viewers who are fans of MMA. Laprise wants to make it clear that you don’t have to be a partier or live a life of debauchery to be a professional athlete.
Back with team Australia, self-proclaimed bar brawler Chris Indich is preparing to hand Laprise the first loss of his career. And though Aussie assistant coach Martinez states that Indich might not be “much to look at” they appreciate his work ethic and determination. A rough childhood had shaped Indich into a violent youth, but he is here to show that he is now collected and focused on that 6 figure contract.
Chad Laprise talks about how great he feels heading into his fight with Indich. If fact, the entire squad of Canadians rave about how great the camp has been so far and about how they are all focused and prepared. It shows for the undefeated Canadian team as they hope to continue their forward momentum.
The exact opposite is the case for the Aussie team as many of the fighters are beginning to feel the strain, according to Brendan O’Reilly. As well as Tyler Manowaroa complaining about an injured thumb that may hinder his performance.
Laprise and Indich weigh in as Laprise quotes a verse from the good book, and Indich feels the weight of his team on his shoulders. Weigh-ins go off without a hitch as we enter this welterweight bout.
Chad Laprise vs. Chris Indich
It’s Laprise’s fight from the start. Laprise used superior movement to run circles around Indich and use his outside leg kick to control the distance. Indich can’t get a punch off. Laprise continues to keep Indich at bay with his leg kick, and although Indich makes the attempt to close off all angles of Laprise, it is to no avail. Whenever Indich attempts to close the distance to land punches Laprise is quick to counter punch and maintain his game plan.
Laprise has abandoned his leg kick, knowing that he is consistently beating Indich to the punch. It seems that Laprise is losing any respect he has for Indich’s hands as he continues to land cleaner and quicker that Indich. Chad opens up a bit more stylistically as he begins to throw kicks to the body and a few high. Chris attempts a much-needed takedown, however Chad shakes it off like it’s nothing. Indich makes desperate attempts to rush Laprise and land some hard shots, but Chad is just to fast for Chris. Toward the end of the round Laprise lands a hard spinning back kick to Indich’s ribs, and then follows up with a spinning back kick aimed to the head.
The round ends with the Aussie busted up and the Canadian without a mark on him. Though this doesn’t necessarily determine the winner, the highlight reel tells the story and goes to show why Chad Laprise and the Canadian team are undefeated.
All three judges give the fight, rightfully so, to Chad Laprise for the victory via unanimous decision.
On to the next fight match up. Canadian Nordine Taleb is set to face off against Aussie Tyler Manowaroa. This is a fight that Taleb asked for personally due to Manowaroa calling him out.
We close the episode with the usual preview of next week. The question remains, will the Australian’s be able to slow down the Canadian’s roll? The Canadian’s are now 3-0 in the season and don’t show any signs of slowing down now. Find out next week on The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia.
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