EPISODE 6: ‘ONE MISSION’ TEAM NELSON BOUNCES BACK WITH SMITH WIN OVER ELLIS

Oct 23, 2012
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Las Vegas, Nevada – The first-ever active duty member of the United States Armed Forces claimed his first preliminary round win of the competition, as Staff Sgt. Colton Smith won a majority decision over Eddy Ellis on The Ultimate Fighter® Fridays episode six – “One Mission” – that aired on FX on Friday evening.

The victory gets Team Nelson, coached by UFC® heavyweight Roy Nelson, back in the game, as they cut the gap down to one. Team Carwin, led by former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin, continues to lead with a 3-2 advantage after five preliminary bouts.

Smith, 24, a Ranger-tabbed infantryman from Fort Hood, Tex., is also a Combatives Instructor who teaches hand-to-hand combat to soldiers being readied for deployment. The father of two, 3-1 in his professional mixed martial arts career, is also a former congressional escort who has been to over 25 different countries before landing in Las Vegas for the show.

“Eddy is a great mixed martial artist but I knew coming in I would prevail, especially faced with adversity like I did in round one. I felt very accomplished but realized I wasn’t on top of my game in the first round and made the fight a lot harder on myself. I know I need to be more awake in round one in the future and implement my game plan from bell to bell in order to be victorious. I am a big believer in being a team player and I realize winning for Team Nelson could change the tide of the entire season.”

A die-hard Ultimate Fighter fan, Ellis, 28, has been signing up for the show since season two. Upon finally getting his chance, the 17-15-1 MMA fighter and avid bull-riding rodeo fan wasn’t overly impressed with his performance.

“After the fight, I felt disappointed with my performance. It seemed like I couldn’t find my rhythm, even during the first round I got caught up in the excitement. In the second round, things were still chaotic in my mind. I wasn’t able to settle down and implement my fight. I would have collected myself after catching him, settled down, thought clearly, and finished an obviously hurt opponent.

“The mood on Team Carwin after my fight was surprisingly lifted not because I had lost but because I had really fought. The first few fights were rather lack-luster so after watching me go out hard and exciting, it made the other guys want to do the same.”

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Results after episode six:

Team Carwin (3-2) Sam Alvey (0-1, lost to Joey Rivera by decision in episode 3)

Bristol Marunde (1-0, defeated Julian Lane by decision in episode 4)

Mike Ricci

Neil Magny (1-0, defeated Cameron Diffley by decision in episode 2)

James Chaney

Eddy Ellis (0-1, lost to Colton Smith by majority decision in epsiode 6)

Igor Araujo (1-0, defeated Nic Herron-Webb by majority decision in episode 5)

Matt Secor



Team Nelson (2-3) Dom Waters

Michael Hill

Cameron Diffley (0-1, lost to Neil Magny by decision in episode 2)

Colton Smith (1-0, defeated Eddy Ellis by majority decision in episode 6)

Jon Manley

Nic Herron-Webb (0-1, lost to Igor Araujo by majority decision in episode 5

Joey Rivera (1-0, defeated Sam Alvey by decision in episode 3)

Julian Lane (0-1, lost to Bristol Marunde by decision in episode 4)

A full recap is available at ufc.com.

The series resumes next Friday, Oct. 26, on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings for Central and Mountain Time). In that episode - “Summer Camp” – Coach Roy once again has a fighter choose his own opponent. Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin drops in for training. The feud between Hill and Secor reaches its boiling point. UFC President Dana White expresses his outrage after the result of the sixth preliminary fight.

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