Team McGregor started off The Ultimate Fighter in a bit of a hole.
Nate Jennerman, his team’s No. 2 fighter at 155 pounds, was eliminated on the first episode of The Ultimate Fighter by Team Chandler’s Roosevelt Roberts, the No. 3 fighter on his side.
— The Ultimate Fighter (@UltimateFighter) May 31, 2023
The early loss was a big one for Conor McGregor’s side as he was likely counting on the apparent advantage in the first fight of the card.
On Tuesday, the second episode aired, which wound up being a matchup of McGregor’s top 135-pound fighter, Mando Gutierrez, facing off against Chandler’s fourth-ranked 135-pound fighter Cody Gibson.
How did the fight unfold? Here’s what you need to know.
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Fight fans were expecting to see a clash between Team McGregor’s Trevor Wells against Team Chandler’s Timur Valiev.
But the fight didn’t take place. Doctors didn’t clear Wells in time for the clash, pushing back their fight.
Fight fans instead watched a matchup between McGregor’s No. 1 fighter at 135 pounds, Gutierrez, take on Michael Chandler’s No. 4 135-pound fighter Gibson in a clash.
The two fighters delivered a back-and-forth battle, with Gutierrez recovering after a slow start to apply late pressure to Gibson. However, shortly before the end of the first round, Gibson landed a flying knee on Gutierrez to knock send him to the mat.
Gibson proceeded to volley Gutierrez with a ground-and-pound until he was declared the winner of the fight by TKO.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 7, 2023
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Here’s a look at the results from the two matches so far in the show. Fighters that lose are eliminated from the bracket, while the fighters that win move on to the second round.
Since Gutierrez and Jennerman have lost, they are eliminated from the tournament. Gibson and Roberts will move on.
During the next episode, Chandler’s No. 2 fighter at 155 pounds, Austin Hubbard, will face McGregor’s No. 3 fighter Aaron McKenzie.
Team McGregor, 135 pounds
- No. 1: Mando Gutierrez (0-1)
- No. 2: Trevor Wells
- No. 3: Carlos Vera
- No. 4: Rico DiSciullo
Team McGregor, 155 pounds
- No. 1: Lee Hammond
- No. 2: Nate Jennerman (0-1)
- No. 3: Aaron McKenzie
- No. 4: Landon Quinones Stewart
Team Chandler, 135 pounds
- No. 1: Hunter Azure
- No. 2: Brad Katona
- No. 3: Timur Valiev
- No. 4: Cody Gibson (1-0)
Team Chandler, 155 pounds
- No. 1: Jason Knight
- No. 2: Austin Hubbard
- No. 3: Roosevelt Roberts (1-0)
- No. 4: Kurt Holobaugh