Tonight on Fox Sports 1, ‘The Ultimate Fighter Season 19: Penn vs. Edgar’ returned with another action packed episode.
If you missed it, here’s a recap:
The episode begins with, Team Edgar fighter Ian Stephens talking about his past, his father dying when he was just six years old.
Edgar believes that Stephens possesses the superior wrestling in this week’s matchup, which will hopefully allow him to win the fight.
Meanwhile, Roger Zapata, of Team Penn, laments the fact that he has to stay away from his family, which includes a newborn daughter who has changed his outlook on fighting.
In a Team Penn training session, Penn brings along UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes, who gives the team some wrestling pointers. Zapata in particular loves working with Hughes, who is impressed by his skills.
With the fight taking up such a large portion of tonight’s broadcast, there wasn’t much else to see.
Team Penn’s Roger Zapata vs Team Edgar’s Ian Stephens:
Stephens opens up with kicks to start the round, but nothing of consequence lands. Stevens feints his way into a double leg, but he is unable to establish control until a big slam floors Zapata. Stephens uses the opportunity to take Zapata’s back, but Zapata fights his way out of the position. Ref Steve Mazzagatti warns Zaoata multiple times for illegal elbows, and Stephens completes another takedown, where he rides the back of Zapata with one hook in. Zapata lands a series of backwards elbows from the position, but in the process Stephens gets both hooks in and looks for a choke. Zapata is eventually able to escape the position, and the round ends there.
Stephens lands a combination to start, then immediately shoots for a takedown, which he completes. He takes the back and then transitions into an arm-triangle choke, but Zapata defends, and lands several punches behind him. Stephens again transitions to the back, where he looks for multiple chokes. Zapata is able to defend, but Stephens is thoroughly in control with both hooks in. Zapata is finally able to spin out, and looks to stand up against the cage. The two battle for control against the cage, and the round ends.
Despite what appeared to be a fairly one-sided fight, the judges announce that the fight is going into the third round, which UFC President Dana White seems happy about.
A tired Stephens shoots for a takedown, which he completes into Zapata’s half guard against the cage. Zapata gives up his back again, but is able to stand up. A tired Stephens shoots in for a lazy takedown, which Zapata stuffs. Zapata lands ground and pound from the position, but Mazzaggatti deducts a point from Zapata for another downward elbow, to the fury of Dana White. Stephens takes a minute to recover, and seems to be bleeding fairly heavily from a cut, but is able to continue. He immediately completes another takedown, and transitions yet again to Zapata’s back, where he lands some ground and pound. Stephens looks for more ground and pound and choke attempts from the back, and ends the round with a strong flurry of punches.
Keith Kizer has a brief conversation with Mazaggatti, and Dana White recaps the fight. White believes that Zapata deserved at least a round due to his willingness to throw punches. However, he is furious with Mazzagatti’s decision to take a point. Inexplicably, Roger Zapata is given the decision win, which elicits an eruption from everyone in the gym.
Roger Zapata defeats Ian Stephens via decision.
Dana tells everyone to call down, and then begins yelling at the commission about how thanks to the point deduction, it should have been impossible for Zapata to win the fight. Stephens remains calm about the loss, and doesn’t complain. Team Penn is ecstatic about the win, and Zapata believes that he deserved the win to the fight due to the damage he did. However, even B.J. Penn admits that he thought that Stephens would win.
Dana calls the fighters back out for the fight pick, and explains how the judges arrived at their decision. After a 19-19 first two rounds, and the point deduction from Zapata in the third round, one judge gave the fight to Stephens, 29-27. The other two judges scored the third round for Zapata, which resulted in two 28-28 scorecards, making the fight a majority draw. Because of the draw, the judges were told to pick who they thought won the fight, and at least two judges picked Zapata as the winner. While upset at the judging and the reffing, White believes that the right man won the fight, as he was not impressed with the ground control, but limited damage done by Stephens.
The next fight is announced, which is Team Penn’s Anton Berzin vs Team Edgar’s Pat Walsh.Tags: "bj Penn", Dana White, Frankie Edgar, mma, MMA NEWS, The Ultimate Fighter, tuf 19, ufc, ufc news