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The Return Of The Ultimate Fighter | Episode 6 Recap

Both Teams Prepare For Another Fight On The Return Of The Ultimate Fighter. See Which Of The Bantamweights Comes Out On Top

Previously on The Return of The Ultimate Fighter…

The tensions between the two sides started to heat up after Team Ortega went up 4-0, but then in the fifth fight, middleweight Bryan Battle put Team Volkanovski on the board with a unanimous decision win over Kemran Lachinov.

Next up, it’s the bantamweights, as Ricky Turcios from Team Volkanovski takes on Team Ortega’s first pick, Dan Argueta.

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Bryan Battle celebrates his victory over Kemran Lachinov in their middleweight bout during the filming of The Return of The Ultimate Fighter at UFC APEX at UFC APEX on May 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Bryan Battle celebrates his victory over Kemran Lachinov in their middleweight bout during the filming of The Return of The Ultimate Fighter at UFC APEX at UFC APEX on May 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Things start off with a Team Volkanovski training session at the UFC APEX and the leader of the squad rejoicing about finally putting one in the win column.

“We did it!” Alexander Volkanovski says, raising his arms to the heavens, laughing. “We get that win and we break that losing streak.

“Next up, Ricky versus Dan,” the featherweight champion continues. “I’m looking forward to that. Ricky is very experienced; he knows what he’s doing in there. I’ve got full confidence in him, so we’re gonna turn it around. Let’s turn this whole thing around. Let’s go!”

Out in the parking lot, Team Ortega initiates the first prank of the season, pulling the tires off a couple of Team Volkanovski vehicles, leaving them on jacks, and providing the coaches with two horses, a tiny horse, and a donkey to ride home instead.

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“There’s points where I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m going to respect this guy,’ and then there are points where I just **** all over him,” explains Ortega, as the tires come off the second Team Volkanovski vehicle.

“I’m slowly getting under their skin,” he adds. “This is basically saying, ‘Bro, shut the f*** up.’”

Volkanovski and his coaches give Team Ortega full marks for their prank, appreciating the efforts, while promising to respond with something big of their own in the future.Back at the house, Ricky and three of the Team Volkanovski fighters that have already competed sit out back chopping it up, learning a little more about their teammate that is readying to step into the Octagon this week.

Turcios explains that he and his girlfriend have been together for seven years and met through combat sports, as he was teaching a jiu jitsu class she was taking.

Get To Know Ricky Turcios | The Return of The Ultimate Fighter
Get To Know Ricky Turcios | The Return of The Ultimate Fighter
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His home video rolls with a location stamp for Houston, Texas, with the 27-year-old bantamweight hopeful speaking about his love for the city and his close family, introducing his brother to the camera before breaking out the Spanish to acknowledge that “my family is very happy that I’m fighting.”

It’s off to training at Gracie Barra The Woodlands, where Turcios trains, coaches, and teaches.

He explains that he was on the first season of Dana White’s Contender Series as highlights from his three-round scrap with Boston Salmon roll, with Turcios explaining that while things didn’t go his way, “you come back stronger for the next one.

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“Now I’m a smarter fighter,” he continues. “I’ve learned from my losses, and I’ve learned from my wins, and now I can stand here with confidence knowing that I’m more prepared than I’ve ever been before.

“I’m very, very ecstatic, and thankful, and blessed to be here for The Return of The Ultimate Fighter, and Lord willing, I’m going to get these big victories here, inside the UFC APEX, in this tournament.”

Four days ahead of the fight, the Team Ortega coaching staff conducts its traditional one-on-one with their charge that is readying to compete, giving Dan Argueta some insights on what Ricky brings to the table and pointers on what he needs to do in order to get the victory.

Bantamweight Daniel Argueta prepares for his fight against Ricky Turcios on The Return of The Ultimate Fighter. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Bantamweight Daniel Argueta prepares for his fight against Ricky Turcios on The Return of The Ultimate Fighter. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“Dan’s just a little tornado when he’s in there,” begins Ortega, breaking down his team’s latest bantamweight hopeful, as he’s shown working on combinations with Dan. “This guy is just a wrecking machine when he’s in there, but I want him to know that can be your downfall right now.

“I don’t want his mental mindset messing him up. Let’s make it a smart fight. Let’s make it chess, not checkers.”

“I truly believe that I’m the better fighter,” Dan offers in a confessional interview before highlights of his LFA 90 win over Jackson Filho play. “He may be the better martial artist; I’m the better fighter.

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“My record is currently 5-0,” continues the unbeaten bantamweight. “I think what it’s going to take for me is raw passion — go out there, be patient, pick him apart. Ricky, I like you, but you’re in my way.”

Back at the house, Dan soaks in the hot tub, talking with Tresean, who tells him things will get real when he puts on his gloves and sees the letters “UFC” emblazoned on them.

“I hate fighting,” Dan says in a matter-of-fact tone in a confessional interview, echoing sentiments shared by numerous UFC competitors over the years, including, most famously, former two-division champion Georges St-Pierre. “It’s terrifying, but I’m good at it.

“It’s getting there — that’s the terrifying part. Once I’m in, I’m in, and you’ve got to rip me out of there.”

Get To Know Daniel Argueta | The Return of The Ultimate Fighter
Get To Know Daniel Argueta | The Return of The Ultimate Fighter
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His home video is marked Los Angeles, California and begins with an introduction to his dog, a beautiful looking husky.

Originally from Orland Park, Illinois, the 27-year-old explains that he began training in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is where he met his girlfriend, Alejandra, who is now in dental school in Southern California, prompting him to split his time between the two locations.

He drops in for training at the Gracie Barra HQ and then gets in boxing rounds alongside UFC standout Cub Swanson, explaining that he told his father, whom he earlier called his best friend, that he would be in the UFC before he was 28, and that he’s got a couple months to keep his promise.

Inside the UFC APEX three days before the fight, Ricky goes through his preparations, meditating inside the boxing ring, speaking about the values and personal traits he believes martial arts teaches you in a confessional interview, describing himself as a “freestyle fighter.”

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“What kind of style is Ricky?” Volkanovski asks with a grin on his face. “It’s a kind of Ricky-style, man; that’s all I can tell you. Ricky’s Ricky. Tricky Ricky. Pretty Ricky. We’ve got plenty of names for the guy, man. He’s a character.”

“I believe this fight between me and Dan is going to produce fireworks,” Ricky offers. “Why do I believe this? I believe in my fighting style that I’ve created for myself and when me and Dan step into the Octagon, I’m freestyle, I’m going to flow all over the place on the feet, and on the ground.”

It’s time for the weigh-ins for the third bantamweight fight of the season.

Ricky is up first and calmly comes in at 134.5 pounds, while Dan comes in at a chiseled 135 on the dot.

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Fight Day arrives and both bantamweights go through their traditional pre-fight routines before heading to the UFC APEX to square off and determine who will move forward to the next round.

Chris Tognoni is the third man inside the cage with Ricky and Dan.

Round 1: No touch of gloves for the bantamweights, who get after it right away, with Ricky pressing forward in his awkward style, switching stances, throwing punches from unique angles. Dan backs out, resets, and gets aggressive, connecting with a right hand as he jumps in quickly, catching a kick on the exit.

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Dan lands a combination of punches in tight and Ricky waves them off. Ricky responds with kicks from both sides to all levels, attacking legs, body, and head, keeping Dan guessing, drawing praise from his corner. They meet in the center slinging shots, each man landing a few good blows in close quarters, neither one showing any interest in disengaging or avoiding a firefight.

Midway through the round, Dan collects Ricky in a front headlock position and looks to use it to bring the fight to the canvas, but Ricky shows good defensive grappling and balance, denying the takedown and landing hammerfists to the side of the head as Dan is forced to abandon the attempt and reset.

Daniel Argueta of Team Ortega kicks bantamweight Ricky Turcios during their fight on The Return of The Ultimate Fighter. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Daniel Argueta of Team Ortega kicks bantamweight Ricky Turcios during their fight on The Return of The Ultimate Fighter. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

They get back to meeting in the pocket in short bursts, each man landing solid blows in the flurry of exchanges before Ricky seems to catch Dan with a knee to the body as he changes levels near the fence. Dan secures a body lock and finally spins Ricky to his back with a minute remaining in the round. Ricky threatens with a triangle and Dan slams his way out of it, clamping onto a guillotine choke that he uses to roll into mount as they return to the canvas with 30 seconds remaining.

Ricky defends well and escapes, and the two slug it out to the horn. Really fun round from the bantamweight hopefuls!

Round 2: Ricky closes the distance to begin the round, landing knees in the clinch before Dan breaks free and they trade, working back to the center. Ricky lands a kick to the body, but Dan catches it, looking to turn it into a takedown. Ricky shows good balance, lands a borderline elbow or two, and reverses position off the fence, claiming the control position and working short knees to the thighs.

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Back in the middle, Dan telegraphs a takedown that Ricky stuffs easily and he’s starting to look tired. While he’s still landing single shots, Ricky is landing the cleaner, heavier blows at a higher rate as they hit the second half of the round.

They’re just slinging with each other now, neither man showing much in terms of defensive responsibilities, with Dan’s corner urging him to avoid the firefight and move as Ricky lands a few unanswered blows. Dan shoots and dumps Ricky to the canvas, but Ricky immediately attacks with a triangle. Dan escapes it quickly, but in the scramble, Ricky attacks a toehold from bottom, blood leaking into his eyes from a cut on the bridge of his nose.

The round ends and they’re likely headed to a sudden victory frame.

Round 3:  Dan comes forward to start, landing an outside low kick that Ricky counters with a right hand that lands clean. Dan shoots for a single, eating hammerfists to the side of the head as he looks to spin Ricky to the mat. Ricky limp-legs out and attacks a takedown of his own, prompting Dan to jump on a guillotine that isn’t there, allowing Ricky to end up in half guard.

Ricky Turcios of Team Volkanovski punches bantamweight Daniel Argueta during their fight on The Return of The Ultimate Fighter. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Ricky Turcios of Team Volkanovski punches bantamweight Daniel Argueta during their fight on The Return of The Ultimate Fighter. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Dan lets go of the choke and Ricky flattens him out. Ricky looks at an arm triangle, but Dan sniffs it out, defending well. Dan recovers full guard and looks to work to his knees, but Ricky takes his back in the process, staying sticky as Dan tries to reverse position halfway through the round.

Ricky rolls with Dan, switching the body triangle every time he changes sides. Dan defends well, going two-on-one, but Ricky is tight to his back. With a minute left in the round, Ricky works to get the arm under the neck, settling for a neck crank momentarily. With 30 seconds left, Dan reverses into top position, attacking guillotine twice in the transition, missing each time as they battle to the final horn.

“That was crazy. Why’d we do that?” Dan asks Ricky as they sit opposite one another on the canvas immediately following the bout.

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UFC President Dana White offers a round of applause and an excited Volkanovski hustles up the steps and into the Octagon to collect his fighter.

Official Result: Ricky Turcios def. Dan Argueta by unanimous decision

Ricky Turcios Post-Fight Interview | The Return of The Ultimate Fighter Episode 6
Ricky Turcios Post-Fight Interview | The Return of The Ultimate Fighter Episode 6
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“Dan and Ricky had a freakin’ war,” says Ortega, echoing Volkanovski’s statement that it was a “cracker of a fight” as they each take turns breaking down the action round-by-round.

“Ricky still had some gas left in his tank,” says Dana White, running back the action from the decisive third frame. “He was able to take Dan’s back and he finished the round letting his hands go. That had to impress the judges because I was definitely impressed.”

In the center of the Octagon following the decision and the customary hugs and pounds, Ricky breaks out his signature victory celebration, breakdancing into the Shinku Hadouken.

Back in the locker room, assistant coach Tiki Ghosn talks with Dan, telling him he did a lot of good things in the fight, but that they were rushed.

“I get so scared,” Dan says twice quietly, emotions washing over him. “I don’t get scared of the fight; it’s of losing and s*** after.”

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Alexander Volkanovski Fight Recap | The Return of The Ultimate Fighter Episode 6
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Team Volkanovski now has consecutive victories, and it feels like the momentum in the entire competition is shifting in their favor as we head into the next fight announcement in the bantamweight division.

Team Volkanovski calls upon Brady Hiestand to take on Team Ortega’s Josh Rettinghouse, with both men acknowledging it’s an awkward matchup because they’re friends and training partners outside of the competition.

On the next episode of The Return of The Ultimate Fighter…

Roommates and Spokane natives Brady Hiestead and Josh Rettinghouse have to put their friendship aside as they prepare to do battle inside the Octagon.

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