Episode 10 – “Coming For You” – of The Ultimate Fighter® Fridays reality series aired Friday night on FX and featured two of this season’s four quarterfinal matchups. Despite a close first and second round between Team Carwin’s Neil Magny and Bristol Marunde, Magny claimed the win via unanimous decision. Viewers also watched as Team Carwin’s Igor Araujo faced-off against Team Nelson’s Colton Smith. After a dominating two-round performance, the bout ended in a victory for Smith via unanimous decision. Team Carwin and Team Nelson now each have a fighter moving into the semifinals.
Here’s what the fighters had to say after their bouts:
Aoutneil “Neil” Magny: “It feels like I’m in a dream still, feels like I haven’t woken up from the dream. I’ve seen this moment so many times, for me to be actually living it now; it just seems unreal for the moment.”
Bristol Marunde: “I feel great. I did exactly what Dana told us to do. Go for the knockout, go for the finish, and I just went for it. Maybe I’m out of the tournament, but I’m not out of the game.”
Colton Smith: “I remember back when I first auditioned for this show, something like 4,000 applicants, 500 people went to tryouts, 32 made it to fight, 16 made it into the house, and now I’m down to the final four – that’s amazing. It feels great to be in the final four and to be in the semi-finals. Dreams are coming true right before my eyes. And whoever’s next, I’m ready to go.”
Igor “Naselva” Araujo: “I lost my fire. This morning I had a dream that my wife and my two kids were hugging me and telling me ‘it doesn’t matter what, we love you.’ Marianna, Renzo, David, I’m sorry, I gave my best but I’m nothing, nothing without you guys.”
The series resumes in two weeks, on Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX (check local listings for Central and Mountain Time). In Episode 11 – “Fight the Perfect Fight” (Airs November 30, 10:00 pm e/p) – Quarterfinal action continues as Nelson teammates Joey Rivera and Jon Manley face-off to stay in the competition. The tension builds between fellow Canadians Michal Hill and Mike Ricci before they enter the Octagon® to unleash their aggression. Then the last two match-ups before the Finale are revealed when Dana makes the semifinal announcement.