TUF 26 Preview and Results (Updated Weekly)

The Ultimate Fighter 26 has started and December 1, we will crown the first UFC women’s flyweight champion.

Over 40 women tried out with 16 entering the house to make history, with some familiar names and some new fighters looking to upset and become stars overnight.

The teams were selected by the coaches – Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez, and the fighters were seeded in the tournament.

Here is a breakdown of the teams and their seeds.

Team Gaethje

Team Alvarez

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Team Gaethje

#1 Roxanne Modafferi (21-13) – The current number 2 ranked fighter had seen a resurgence since her move to Syndicate after TUF 18. She went 6-2 since the show, with her only losses by decision to top 5 fighters Jennifer Maia and Vanessa Porto, both we suspect will be signed to the UFC soon.  Since her loss to Invicta’s champ Maia, Modafferi has finished both of her opponents.

Things to look out for: Modafferi has been through the TUF process before and is the only one in the house who can say it. With a vast improved striking game and competing at her natural fighting weight, hard not to see her in the finals to possibly even the score with Honchak.

Previous Opponents in the house: DeAnna Bennett (win; split decision 2016), Barb Honchak (loss; RNC in 2011)

Opponents currently in the UFC: Raquel Pennington (L)

#5 Maia Stevenson (6-4) – Wife of UFC Fighter Joe Stevenson,  she trains out of his gym in California. After a rough start, she has won five straight bouts.

What to Look Out For: Although her resent wins have been impressive, none had winning records.

Previous Opponents in the house: None

Opponents currently in the UFC:  Danielle Taylor  (L)

#6 Montana Stewart (7-4) – The Factory X MMA product out of Texas hasn’t faded away from tough competition, having faced Mackenzie Dern , Cynthia Calvillo, and Kathina Lowe   in the past year. She does training camps with Bellator’s Emily Ducote, and Jihn Yi Frey, and did so before entering the house.

What to Look Out For: Usually fighting at 115, a move up may help her, especially having to make weight week after week. It also might means she is undersized.

Previous Opponents in the house: None

Opponents currently in the UFC: Cynthia Calvillo  (L)

#8 Emily Whitmire (2-1) – Originally from Oregon, she moved out to Vegas to train with Miesha Tate at Xtreme Couture. The former Tuff-n-uff flyweight champ had been fighting at 115. She has a notable win over Bellator star Emily Ducote. She is a seven year vet of the sport.

What to Look Out For: Her striking is her best attribute, but expect some wrestling mixed in as her training with Tate has expanded her arsenal. Experience may also play a factor.

Previous Opponents in the house: None

Opponents currently in the UFC: None

#10 Rachael Ostovich (3-3): The InvictaFC star has had some wars, but is coming off a TKO loss to Christine Ferea. The Hawaiian looks to change her fortunes.

What to Look Out For: Wrestlers overall has found the most success in TUF, so it could be an X-factor for her.

Previous Opponents in the house: Ariel Beck (Win; split decision in 2016)

Opponents currently in the UFC: None

#13 Karine Gevorgyan (3-2) One of two European fighters in the house, she will be the first female Armenian ever to be on the show. This will be her US debut after fighting in many other countries.

What to Look Out For: Little is know about her, but she has been game taking on a lot more experienced opponent. The question will be if she will fair better inside the house.

Previous Opponents in the house: None

Opponents currently in the UFC: Veronica Macedo(L)

#14 Nicco Montano (3-2): Teammate of InvictaFC’s Amber Brown, Montano is the former King of the Cage Flyweight champion. Her only losses have been at bantamweight.

What to Look Out For: She will be stepping up in competition as she has yet to face anyone with more than two fights. That being said, she went four rounds in her title win against  Jamie Milanowski so could be durable.

Previous Opponents in the house: Shana Dobson (Win; Unanimous Decision)

Opponents currently in the UFC: None

#15 Gillian Robertson (3-2): The Canadian just started her pro career last year after an extensive amateur stint, where she saw wins over Ashley Greenway  and Cheyanne Vlismas . She has moved her camp to American Top Team in Florida.

What to Look Out For: Don’t let her pro record fool you as her amateur career was extensive going 8-1. Could be a dark horse.  She will be going up from 115 which should help with the constant weight cuts in the house.

Previous Opponents in the house: None

Opponents currently in the UFC: Cynthia Calvillo  (L)

Team Alvarez

#2 Barb Honchak (12-2) – The former InvictaFC flyweight champion started was training with Miletich until it closed. She soon moved to the west coast and took some time off from fighting. Her only pro losses were to good friend and training partner Cat Zingano and a close split decision to Angela Magana, both in 2010.

Things to look out for: The former Invicta champ looked unbeatable in winning nine straight fights after her only losses in 2010.  The big question will be cage rust after a two and a half year absence. She has been training with Cat Zingano at Alliance MMA in preparation.

Previous Opponents in the house: Roxanne Modafferi (win; RNC in 2011)

Opponents currently in the UFC: Felice Herrig (W), Nina Ansaroff (W), Leslie Smith (W).

#3 Lauren Murphy (9-3) – The former Invicta bantamweight champion is the only current UFC fighter in the house. All of her losses have been by decision. She is currently training at the world renowned MMA Lab in Arizona.

Things to look out for: This will be the first time Murphy will be dropping to 125, which under this situation maybe a huge obstacle. Her UFC run with experienced talent will be an asset.

Previous Opponents in the house: None

Opponents currently in the UFC: Kelly Faszholz (W), Katlyn Chookagian  (L), Liz Carmouche (L), Sara McMann (L)

#4 DeAnna Bennett (8-3) – The former title challenger us on a three fight skid, but will be fight at the weight class she has had the most success. Out of the Pit Elevated in Utah, she is hoping to restart her career in the house.

What to Look Out For: Bennett will be one to watch for “Fight of the Season”, but hasn’t finished a fight since 2014. With two round fights, it will be interested to see if the added rounds will be necessary for her.

Previous Opponents in the house: Roxanne Modafferi (loss; split decision 2016)

Opponents currently in the UFC: Julianna Peña (W)

#7 Melinda Fabian (4-3-1) – The second of the two European fighters will also be making her US debut. The Hungarian just started her career in 2015, but has fought everywhere from the Philippines to Finland.

What to Look Out For: She has been fighting heavier as of late, so the question first is will she make weight. The other thing to consider: the combined record of those she defeated: 0-3.

Previous Opponents in the house: None

Opponents currently in the UFC: Katlyn Chookagian  (L)

#9 Christina Marks (8-8) – Marks is an eight year vet of the sport and currently trains out of the UFC Gym in San Diego. She had a rocky start in her career, but has faced tough challengers, and is currently on a three fight win streak.

What to Look Out For: Experience will be in her side, but this will be her toughest test against top notch talent in the top seeds.

Previous Opponents in the house: None

Opponents currently in the UFC: Sara McMann (L)

#11 Ariel Beck (4-4) – The Legacy and Invicta vet has proven tougher than she looks in her losses to Ostovich and Andrea Lee. She trained at the MMA Lab for this camp.

What to Look Out For: Beck is known for her striking, but a trip to the MMA Lab should help her growing ground game. She is really tough to finish as of late, and was a but of a late starter in her match with Ostovich. With two rounds, she needs to make sure she get going earlier.

Previous Opponents in the house: Rachael Ostovich (loss; split decision in 2016)

Opponents currently in the UFC: None

#12 Sijara Eubanks(2-2) – The InvictaFC vet has a military background and has stood toe toe in grappling competitions will main stars if the sport. The Maryland native is teammates with UFC star James Vick.

What to Look Out For: Her grappling has been beneficial as her striking is still coming along. Like we said earlier, wrestlers tend to do well in the tournament.

Previous Opponents in the house: None

Opponents currently in the UFC: Katlyn Chookagian  (L)

#16 Shana Dobson(2-1) – The Texan is a vet of King of the Cage and is one of the more less experienced fighters in the house.

What to Look Out For: It’s hard to see Dobson make it past the first round of the tournament, but stranger things have happened.

Previous Opponents in the house: Nicco Montano (Loss; unanimous decision in 2016)

Opponents currently in the UFC: None


Tournament Results 

Opening Round

(1) Roxanne Modafferi def. Shana Dobson (16) by TKO round 1 (week 1)
(8) Emily Whitmire def. Christina Marks (9) by armbar round 1 (week 8)
(12) Sijara Eubanks def. (5) Maia Stevenson by kimura round 1 (week 5)
(4) DeAnna Bennett def. Karine Gevorgyan (13) by TKO round 1 (week 2)

(2) Barb Honchak def. (15) Gillian Robertson by TKO round 2 (week 6)
(10) Rachael Ostovich def. Melinda Fabian by rear naked choke round 1 (week 7)
(6) Montana Stewart def. Ariel Beck (11) by d’arce choke round 1 (week 3)
(14) Nicco Montano def. Lauren Murphy (3) by unanimous decision (week 4)

Quarterfinals

(1) Roxanne Modafferi def. (8) Emily Whitmire by TKO round 1 (week 9)

(12) Sijara Eubanks def. (4) DeAnna Bennett by KO (head kick) round 1 (week 9)

(14) Nicco Montano def. (6) Montana Stewart by unanimous decision (week 10)

(2) Barb Honchak def.  (10) Rachael Ostovich (week 10)

Semi-finals

(1) Roxanne Modafferi vs. (12) Sijara Eubanks (week 12)

(2) Barb Honchak vs. (14) Nicco Montano (week 11)

Finals

tbd vs. tbd (TUF Finale)

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