Fabian nearly lands a head kick and begins to apply better pressure. Very quickly after that Barb changed levels and scored a big double leg takedown. Fighting for Hawaii is something on her mind. She gets back mount and has Fabian flattened out. Just two fights ago, Ostovich-Berdon picked up a win over fellow Ultimate Fighter cast mate Ariel Beck, so she's certainly faced some stiff competition in her career. There the fighters and coaches are allowed to get behind the wheel of various exotic cars, and put their driving skills to the test. White summarizes the stakes of the tournament via a satellite message, and the competition is officially underway.
The matchup was set as we had 7 seed Melinda Fabian 4-3-1 and 10 Rachael Ostovich 3-3. Eddie talked about not trying to change Barb as she is already a veteran complete fighter. A few more soft kicks are exchanged and Rachael comically attempts two axe kicks. Also, Gillian Robertson is an intriguing prospect whose Jiu Jitsu is clearly high level but needs more seasoning. They must swim back and forth 16 time and must touch the swimming pool wall on both sides. Then, in the third semifinal fight, two lightweights face off with a spot in the finale on the line.
Eubanks was replaced by Modafferi to face for the inaugural and Honchak faced former who replaced Modafferi. Decision split 28-29, 29-28, 29-28 3 5:00 Women's Flyweight def. Coach attempts to keep Fabian confident and says he views her as the best striker in the competition. Some of the preparation includes taking notes and not actually drilling techniques on the mat. Justin wants her to cut angles and take advantage of the grappling advantage. She talked about her love for training and how much she enjoys it.
While Fabian strategizes about fight preparation, Ostovich puts in the work with coach , who sounds confident in her ability to win the fight. Another jab to block the view and another right by Rachael. This year's contest is swimming; Olympic Freestyle 50 meters the length of 8 football fields. We then got into Rachael trying to pick out an outfit for her weigh in. Eventually, Rachael did lock in the choke, and it was all she wrote for Melinda. Middleweights Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum serve as coaches.
Ostovich scores with a another combination. Really looking forward to the end of the first round and seeing the matchups as we move closer to the title. Barb was doing an excellent job defending and using the fence and positioning in the cage to her advantage. Ostovich stays patient and connects with a leg kick. Ostovich lands a clean overhand right that backs up Fabian. Fabian is a long, lean fighter with her background coming from kickboxing, so she's got plenty of striking in her arsenal to use as a weapon against anybody she faces this season. Ostovich is all smiles, as expected.
Barb then postured up and landed two big shots from the top. Meanwhile, the Hawaiian has already enjoyed success in promotions like Invicta Fighting Championships. Two each in Germany and Hungary, and one each in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and Finland. Staying in front of Rachael is a problem, and would lead to a takedown. They take advantage of their advanced equipment and technology. However, Sijara makes the weight cut. Eventually, Melinda stepped forward and Rachael went for and secured a takedown.
We went into her backstory from a fighting standpoint. Barb asked if anyone saw ring rust in her fight, and it appears that there was none. On June 7, it was announced that Tavares was dealing with a foot injury, but his team announced that he was still competing in the fight. Gaethje interviews each fighter on top of grappling and pad work sessions. Rachael was not backing away and throwing kicks in response to the forward movement. At 16 she got into kickboxing and sort of never looked back from there. Other than a soft right, a push kick, and a missed body kick, Melinda is doing little.
This should be a great fight to finish off the first round. Decision split 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 3 5:00 Middleweight def. Modafferi is looking to close the distance but eats a wild hook from her opponent. Alvarez, meanwhile, has the fighters engage in a much more physical level of sparring. Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum coach. Team Gaethje has its first training session, and right off the bat coach Gaethje brings in a special assistant coach. Prediction Rachael just appears to have had stronger opponents, and a better background.
Now she has a chance to make waves by not only winning her first fight in the tournament, but also pulling off an upset as the No. If she elects to do this and ignores her plan, it could cause issues. Season 28, Episode 5 September 26, 2018 Season 28, Episode 5 September 26, 2018 Leah debates whether she should switch teams; a motivational trainer helps out one of the teams and puts the fighters through rigorous drills; and two heavyweights meet in the fifth preliminary fight. Barb got on top on the mat and eventually transitioned in the mount. As soon as the fight went to the ground it was a wrap from there. .
Aside from her Judo and Wrestling background, she also did cheerleading and gymnastics, which increases the likelihood of flexibility. She decides to train with Team Gaethje and the fighters and coaches welcome her. She talked about her boyfriend who is also her striking coach. Modafferi postures and is landing heavy punches and elbows. A few fighters check out the features in his , one of 12 in the U. On paper, it could indeed be a match made in Heaven.