TUF 17 Results: Power Ranking the Fighters Following Episode 2
With another episode of The Ultimate Fighter down, the show is still clearly up for grabs with only one preliminary fight down. Fourteen men successfully earned their way into the house in last week's premiere, but now that they are split up and fighting to move on in the tournament, guys are beginning to stick out negatively and positively.
The teams, coached by Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, began training and prepared for a fight between Gilbert Smith of Team Jones and Luke Barnatt of Team Sonnen.
Here are the power rankings of the fighters on the show in the aftermath of the Smith-Barnatt fight.
14. Kelvin Gastelum
Team Sonnen (Seventh pick, 13th overall)
Opening-Round Result: Decision victory over Kito Andrews
The last pick of Team Sonnen is also the youngest fighter to compete in the American version of TUF. The young, inexperienced Arizonan has a lot to prove during the show.
He looked to have a solid overall game, but it doesn't look like he excels in one particular area. With some of the talent on this show already becoming apparent, he may be the fish out of water.
13. Adam Cella
Team Jones (Sixth pick, 12th overall)
Opening-Round Result: Armbar victory over Jake Heun
Adam Cella is the next chosen man for Team Jones, as he will meet the dangerous Uriah Hall in the next episode.
His submission win over Jake Heun to get in the house was a nice submission win, but his inexperience as a pro puts him at a disadvantage. Taking on a bull like Hall will really test his skills.
Could he be on the receiving end of "the most brutal knockout in TUF history?" Time will tell.
12. Dylan Andrews
Team Jones (Seventh pick, 14th overall)
Opening-Round Result: Decision victory over Tim Williams
Dylan Andrews' experience overseas is valuable, but will it translate over here in America?
That is just one of many questions we still have about Andrews. As the last overall pick on the show, it seems like the coaches aren't willing to test his overseas experience.
However, his battering of Tim Williams was impressive. That is the reason he is not at the bottom of the rankings right now.
11. Gilbert Smith
Team Jones (Fourth pick, eighth overall)
Opening-Round Result: Submission victory over Eric Wahlin
First-Round Result: Knockout loss to Luke Barnatt
Previously ranked at No. 9, Gilbert Smith has fallen a couple of spots due to his loss to Luke Barnatt in the first team vs. team fight.
Smith had concerns with his cardio going into the house, but his overall game looked questionable. His strength is a huge advantage, which allows him to score takedowns.
Beating Eric Wahlin in the first round did not prove much, as he didn't look show ready. His loss to Barnatt proves he wasn't one of the better guys on the cast.
10. Collin Hart
Team Jones (Fifth pick, 10th overall)
Opening-Round Result: Submission victory over Mike Jasper
Collin Hart is going to be a dark horse in the competition, especially considering how dominantly he beat Mike Jasper in the opening round.
Hart seems like one of those guys who will improve greatly over the show. He seems to be the type of guy with a good work ethic who will use newfound skills to score some upsets along the way.
We'll see if that vibe plays out.
9. Kevin Casey
Team Sonnen (Sixth pick, 11th overall)
Opening-Round Result: Submission victory over Eldon Sproat
Kevin Casey got called out by Bubba McDaniel at the end of the latest episode, but that fight was not chosen by Chael Sonnen. That is a matchup Casey likely doesn't want yet.
Casey is a very gifted grappler who has the skills to match any man on the ground. However, a skilled striker with takedown defense would likely give him trouble.
Casey has all the physical gifts and strength to be a tough matchup problem for most.
8. Tor Troeng
Team Sonnen (Fourth pick, seventh overall)
Opening-Round Result: Submission victory over Scott Rosa
The lone man from Sweden, Tor Troeng is a skilled fighter whose dominating performance over Scott Rosa in the opening round gives him the potential for a deep run in this tournament.
The experience Troeng has is an advantage he has over many fighters in this field. He is well-rounded, as well as a finisher, which could allow him to move far in the brackets.
7. Josh Samman
Team Jones (Second pick, fourth overall)
Opening-Round Result: Knockout victory over Leo Bercier
The opinionated Josh Samman has already dominated camera time with his negative outlook on Gilbert Smith's chances of winning and Jon Jones' bad coaching strategy.
Personality aside, Samman is a dangerous man. Wrestling and ground-and-pound are his forte, which could be effective in a striking heavy tournament.
He wants Jimmy Quinlan in the first round, so we will see if that's who he will get.
6. Jimmy Quinlan
Team Sonnen (Fifth pick, ninth overall)
Opening-Round Result: Knockout victory over Mike Persons
Jimmy Quinlan is another one of the top wrestlers on the show, if not the best wrestler. This was seen in his first-round drubbing of Mike Persons.
Not much is known of his striking, but with power wrestling and grappling like he has, he could be a real problem for many guys on the show.
Josh Samman wants Quinlan in the first round, and I would love to see that fight.
5. Luke Barnatt
Team Sonnen (First pick, first overall)
Opening-Round Result: Decision victory over Nicholas Kohring
First-Round Result: Knockout victory over Gilbert Smith
The tallest fighter on the show is officially in the quarterfinals, as Luke Barnatt was able to label Gilbert Smith was a nasty flying knee. He moves up from the eighth spot in the power rankings.
The lanky UK product is well-conditioned and crafty. He used solid takedown defense and switches to keep Smith from keeping him on the ground for long.
He now has a lot of time to rest up and heal before he fights again.
4. Zak Cummings
Team Sonnen (Third pick, fifth overall)
Opening-Round Result: Knockout victory over Nik Fekete
Zak Cummings is hard to judge because his opening-round fight required just one punch to get him into the house.
However, that knockout came against highly touted Nik Fekete, so Cummings is highly ranked here.
Cummings has solid wrestling and knockout power. His long wait to get on the show will make him even hungrier when he steps in the cage.
3. Bubba McDaniel
Team Jones (Third pick, sixth overall)
Opening-Round Result: Knockout victory over Ryan Bigler
Bubba McDaniel seems like he has some influence on Jon Jones as a coach, seeing as they are teammates at Greg Jackson's camp. This could be favorable when he makes matchups in the future.
McDaniel is the most experienced fighter on the show and possibly one of the most well-rounded. He has all the intangibles to make a deep run in the tourney.
He called out Kevin Casey at the end of the episode, but that fight was not made. If it is, that would be a good matchup for McDaniel.
2. Clint Hester
Team Jones (First pick, second overall)
Opening-Round Result: Decision victory over Fraser Opie
Possibly one of the best athletes on the show is Clint Hester. When adding that to the fact that he is a powerful puncher with good ground skills, he is one of the best as of right now.
Jon Jones was confident in Hester, taking him with his first pick. If I was on Team Sonnen, I would avoid Hester at all costs.
1. Uriah Hall
Team Sonnen (Second pick, third overall)
Opening-Round Result: Decision victory over Andy Enz
Uriah Hall's opening-round bout against Andy Enz saw him dominate the Alaskan and break his arm with a kick. Power, athleticism and explosiveness are just a couple words that describe the man atop the power ranking.
Chael Sonnen made it evident that Hall needs to advance to the next round. Sonnen is confident that Hall is the best guy they have, which is a great deal of confidence.
Hall meets Adam Cella on the next episode in a match which is said to provide the nastiest knockout in TUF history.