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TUF Live: Episode 12 “Reality Check”

We will know who meets in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Live by the end of this episode, as semifinalists Al Iaquinta meets Vinc Pichel and James Vick takes on Michael Chiesa.

It is announced that the winner of TUF and the coach for that fighter, either Urijah Faber or Dominick Cruz, will be awarded a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

UFC president Dana White announces that everyone will be competing on the TUF: Finale card outside of Andy Ogle and Mike Rio, who will not be medically cleared. Ogle, however, asks White to compete on the September card in England, which he agrees to.

Our first fight of the night features Chiesa and Vick. In the early going, Vick is on fire, taking control of the Octagon. He scores a takedown and another, both via trip, followed by a slew of punches. Vick lands a third takedown with a front headlock, but Chiesa holds on.

In the second, Chiesa starts off aggressive, throwing punches instead of kicks like he did in the first. Chiesa with a takedown of his own, and he starts hammering down on Vick. The referee sees enough and stops the contest, as Chiesa advances to the finals after being down on the scorecards more than likely.

After a montage of highlights for Iaquinta and Pichel, it is time to fight. Iaquinta attacks early, scoring a takedown but is unable to get both hooks in as Pichel escapes. Pichel is the more accurate fighter in the striking, but Iaquinta is landing several leg kicks. Iaquinta gets another takedown and control, landing shots to Pichel.

In the second, Pichel tries to match the intensity of Iaquinta. Pichel with a nice jab, but is failing to land many of the other shots he lets loose. Iaquinta fires back with an uppercut and an outside leg kick. Pichel does a nice job of fighting off a pair of takedown attempts by Iaquinta, but isn’t able to do much damage. The two exchange as the round comes to an end.

Al Iaquinta defeats Vinc Pichel via unanimous decision.

This means it is an all-Faber final, as Al Iaquinta will take on Michael Chiesa next Friday night.

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