This week’s episode began with a recap of Manuel Rodriguez defeating Bola Omayele last week, earning another semifinalist for Team Australia.

Team Australia held control of the lightweight pick. Patrick Iodice is shown to be struggling and nervous, while other remaining lightweight Grant Blackler seems confident and ready to go.

The fight picks were announced by Coach George Sotiropolous. He chose Iodice to fight Team UK’s Brendan Loughnane, the replacement who came in for Michael Pastou early in the show.

It is then discovered that in the fight between Rodriguez and Omayele, Omayele fractured Rodriguez’s leg with a leg kick, effectively ending Rodriguez’s run in the tournament. This allows for a replacement, James Vainikolo, to enter the show and fight for his spot in the semifinals.

The weigh-ins went without incident, as both Iodice and Loughnane weighed in at 155.5 pounds.

Patrick Iodice vs. Brendan Loughnane

The first round is highlighted by Iodice controlling top position much of the time, scoring points, but not doing much damage. With a minute or so left in the round, Loughnane reversed position and ended the round on top, landing punches and elbows.

The second round is a pure grappling match. Both men are firing off submission attempts, but Loughnane holds the better position and more attempts to end the fight. He ends the round on top, which is enough to take a unanimous decision.

Official Result: Brendan Loughnane def. Patrick Iodice via unanimous decision

This win by Loughnane evens the score at 3-3. The difference is that all of the lightweights are from Team UK (Colin Fletcher, Norman Parke and Loughnane). Team Australia owns all of the welterweight wins (Ben Alloway, Robert Whittaker and Manuel Rodriguez, though he is now out to injury).

Photo: The TUF Smashes cast, including coaches Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos (UFC)

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Riley Kontek
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Riley Kontek is a Chicago-land native that has been an addict of mixed martial arts since the first Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz encounter. He has been writing on MMA for the last year and is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report MMA. In addition to that, he used to host a weekly radio show on MMA. Though he has no formal training in mixed martial arts, Riley is a master in the art of hockey fighting.