Two days prior to the live episode, the 32 fighters were introduced to Dana White and the two coaches. White explains that an elimination round will be held and only 16 of the fighters will move on to "The Ultimate Fighter House" to compete during the rest of the season. He further explains that the elimination fights will consist of a single five minute round.
The fighters and coaches are at the UFC training center with Dana White. White announces that he will flip a coin to pick a coach. The coach who wins the coin flip will have the option of picking the first fighter or the first fight. Urijah Faber wins the coin flip and decides to pick the first fight. Dominick Cruz makes the first fighter pick and the coaches alternate picking fighters for their teams.
Following the previous week's live episode there is discussion among both teams in regards to the hesitancy on the part of Team Faber to choose someone to face Justin Lawrence.
Myles Jury looks to keep Team Cruz unbeaten in a bout against Al Iaquinta of Team Faber. Jury is a former TUF participant who was injured early in Season 12.
After Team Faber's first victory of the season, Faber chooses Michael Chiesa of Team Faber to square off against Jeremy Larsen of Team Cruz. Can Faber keep control of the fight picks or will Dominick Cruz regain the momentum, and the choice of match ups.
Friday: It was discussed that Chris Tickle was drunk during the previous week's fight. In the locker room, Tickle was laughing and making jokes about his just announced fight with Joe Proctor. Dominick Cruz gets upset with Tickle's attitude and tells Tickle to keep his mouth shut for the next week.
Saturday 10:30am: Mike Rio complains of pains in one of his knees and having difficulties moving it. Rio and Jeremy Larsen have a discussion about the lifetime of a mixed martial arts figher.
Heading into tonight's TUF Live fight, Team Faber was up 3-2 with three more opening round fights to go. After losing the first two bouts, Team Faber has won the last three and will look to retain control.
Dominick Cruz and Team Cruz need a win bad as the losing is taking its toll on the bantamweight champion. "I'm here to win", said Cruz as he goes a little bit hard on Tickle following his loss, even going as far as implying Tickle has no heart.
Combatants Sam Sicilia and Chris Saunders duke it out.
The last quarterfinalist is determined as Team Cruz and Team Faber send out their final fighters.
James Vick fights Joe Proctor and Justin Lawrence takes on Mike Chiesa in the first two quarterfinal bouts.
The quarterfinals conclude with Vinc Pinchel vs Chris Saunders and Al Iaquinta vs Andy Ogle.
Semifinal bouts determine combatants for next week's finale. James Vick vs Michael Chiesa and Vinc Pichel vs Al Iaquinta.
The Season 15 champion is crowned as Michael Chiesa faces Al Iaquinta in an all Team Faber finale in Las Vegas. Also: Jake Ellenberger vs Martin Kampmann in a welterweight bout. Also: Max Holloway vs. Pat Schilling; Jonathan Brookins vs. Charles Oliveira; Justin Lawrence vs. John Cofer.