TUF 20 Episode 4 – Esparza Dominates in Opening Round

Esparza Courtesy TUF 20 on FB
Esparza Courtesy TUF 20 on FB

Friendships, feuding, fighting, and farts fill episode four of “The Ultimate Fighter”.

We open the show with Team Melendez, who has lost three straight fights. Melendez sees the light at the end of the tunnel, as their top seeds minus Tecia Torres are still intact.

Team Pettis has a guest coach for a few days in Uriah Faber, someone the team gushes over. Faber names Joanne Calderwood “The KO Whisperer” and sees her as a favorite to win the tournament. He also sees promised in Carla Esparza, who’s wrestling credentials are profiled. They also highlight the friendship between Felice Herrig and Esparza, something that has been going on since Espraza beat Herrig several years ago.

Angela Hill is a big underdog coming in being the #16 seed and having only one professional bout. She seemed primed for an upset however. Hill has over 16 pro Muay Thai bouts and the coaches hope takedown defense and her striking will give her an edge.

At the house, Hill’s flatulence has being coming a running joke. Angela Magana called Hill a “martial fartist”.

During a training sessions, Heather Clark injured her knee, and decided to ride a bike the next practice, much to the disdain of Magana. When Clark decides to soak in an ice bath, Magana starts a screaming at her to get out of the tub.

Justine Kish, who has never fought at 115, is having problems dropping weight and has been jogging and doing extra exercise to compensate. If she doesn’t make weight, she could be cut from the UFC. There maybe an out, however, as Kish is start to have problems with her surgically repaired knee.

We head into the the fight, which starts with Hill keeping her distance and staying to stuff takedowns. Espraza was able to get one eventually and took Hill to the mat. After a scramble, Espraza gained mount and pinned Hill down. Esprza took Hill’s back soon after for a rear naked choke attempt, but Hill fought it off. Hill fought back to her feet, but Esparza took the back standing and sunk in the rear naked choke for the tap at 3:41 of round 1.

Next week we will see a rematch of their war at Bellator in 2013. You can watch that fight here.

It was also teased a fighter would be leaving the show next week due to injury and another fighter will return to the tournament.

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