The Ultimate Fighter 18

TUF 18: Power Ranking the Fighters After the Quarterfinals

Feb 23, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA;    Ronda Rousey attends the post fight press conference at the Honda Center. Rousey defeated Liz Carmouche in their bantamweight title bout. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2013

The quarterfinals of The Ultimate Fighter 18 are now complete, as we are now left with four men and four women in the semifinals. There were a lot of shockers in the opening round, as favorites fell and new contenders arose.

On the men's side of the bracket, Team Rousey has three fighters and Team Tate has just one. As for the women, it's the exact opposite, as Team Tate has three fighters to Rousey's one.

Now that the fights for the quarterfinals have been completed, let's power rank the fighters still in the house. 

 

Women's Rankings

FighterTeamQF Result
1. Julianna PenaTeam TateDefeated Shayna Baszler
2. Sarah MorasTeam TateDefeated Peggy Morgan
3. Jessica RakoczyTeam RouseyDefeated Roxanne Modafferi
4. Raquel PenningtonTeam TateDefeated Jessamyn Duke
5. Shayna Baszler Team RouseyLoss to Julianna Pena
6. Jessamyn DukeTeam RouseyLoss to Raquel Pennington
7. Peggy MorganTeam RouseyLoss to Sarah Moras
8. Roxanne ModafferiTeam TateLoss to Jessica Rakoczy

The women's side of the bracket shaped up with many surprises. Going into the quarterfinals, I thought Team Rousey had the bigger, more talented team, but they sent just one fighter, the last overall pick, into the next round.

Julianna Pena, despite early struggles in her fight, overcame the heavily-favored Shayna Baszler via submission. Pena showed powerful striking in her fight, as well as composure on the ground against the overconfident Baszler.

Sarah Moras, despite a hefty height disadvantage, showed that her ground game is legit in tapping out Peggy Morgan. She has great takedowns and submission ability, as seen in her slick armbar win against "The Daywalker."

Jessica Rakoczy, the ultimate underdog of the season, had an impressive performance in blasting through MMA pioneer Roxanne Modafferi. The former pro boxer came into the house with just a 1-3 record, leading many to doubt her skill.

Raquel Pennington won the fight of the season so far over Jessamyn Duke in a bout where she showed a great chin and powerful sledgehammers for fists. She may be the toughest woman in the house in terms of punishment absorption and damage infliction.

The semifinal matchups are set. Pena and Moras will duke it out to see who makes it to the live finale, while fellow strikers Pennington and Rakoczy will attempt to one-up Pennington's last fight to have the best bout of the season.

 

Men's Rankings

FighterTeamQF Result
1. Chris HoldsworthTeam TateDefeated Chris Beal
2. David GrantTeam RouseyDefeated Louis Fisette
3. Michael WoottenTeam RouseyDefeated Josh Hill
4. Chris BealTeam RouseyLoss to Chris Holdsworth
5. Josh HillTeam TateLoss to Michael Wootten
6. Anthony GutierrezTeam RouseyBye due to forfeit
7. Louis FisetteTeam TateLoss to David Grant
8. Cody BollingerTeam TateForfeit to Anthony Gutierrez

The men's side of the bracket is the less featured of the two genders due to the decent-at-best fights and overall less fights in terms of quantity. That came courtesy of Cody Bollinger, whose inability to make weight for his fight against Anthony Gutierrez left the latter man with a bye to the semis.

Chris Holdsworth looks like the man to beat on the men's side of the bracket. He has top-notch jiu-jitsu that was overshadowed in his last fight when he used powerful striking to hurt Chris Beal.

David Grant and Michael Wootten are the two Brits in the house and both won their respective quarterfinals against the two Canadian fighters. Grant dominated Louis Fisette from bell to bell, while Wootten won a scrappy effort against Josh Hill to really earn his way into the next round.

The semifinals see two Brits fight two Americans. Wootten will face off with Holdsworth, while Grant meets Gutierrez, who had the aforementioned bye into this round.

 

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