Featuring Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, The Ultimate Fighter returned to FX for its third episode of Season 17 on Tuesday, and the show delivered one of the most spectacular knockouts in series history.
Urjah Hall of Team Sonnen met Adam Cella of Team Jones in a stand-up bout that ended in the closing second of Round 1 with a brutal spinning hook kick. Cella laid unconscious for minutes, but he thankfully regained his bearings and made a full recovery.
Most of the episode focused on Hall and Cella preparing for their fight, but some other storylines also played out during the hourlong show. Let's take a look at the best and worst from Episode 3 of The Ultimate Fighter 17.
Chael Sonnen continues to impress as a TUF coach.
His 2-0 record thus far in the competition speaks for itself, but Sonnen is doing much more than leaving things up to the talent of his fighters.
They'll tell you failure is not an option. That is ridiculous. Failure is always an option. Failure is the most readily available option at all times, but it's a choice. You can choose to fail. You can choose to succeed.
That quote sounds like something you'd hear from a Super Bowl-winning coach, but it was spoken by none other than Sonnen on Tuesday's episode of The Ultimate Fighter. Known for using his mouth to pick fights outside of show, Sonnen's voice has been that of a master motivator on the reality series.
Though Jon Jones looked much more comfortable in his coaching position on Episode 3 than he did during Episode 2, the light heavyweight champion still failed to lead his fighter to victory.
Jones seemed to repair some dissension within his team by visiting his fighters at the TUF house, but the last thing the 205-pound titleholder wants is to give Sonnen ammunition by being swept in the competition.
One way or another, Jones needs to find a way to get his team to turn things around inside the cage.
Uriah Hall didn't dominate Adam Cella from start to finish, but he finished his fight in style, putting Cella away with a spinning hook kick.
Although Hall didn't look unbeatable against Cella, he made a huge statement to the rest of the TUF competitors that there is no room for error against him.
If you let your guard down for a second, Hall will make you pay and put you to sleep.
For the most part, Adam Cella did not look too bad against Uriah Hall, who has been pegged by many as the favorite to win The Ultimate Fighter 17.
Cella was able to pick his shots and avoid Hall's flashy kicks until the final 10 seconds of the opening round, when his right hand dropped and Hall's heel came over the top for one of the most devastating knockouts in The Ultimate Fighter history.
Despite the loss, Cella and the result of the TUF 17 cast will be receiving an opportunity to compete in an official UFC bout at the completion of the season (via MMAJunkie.com)
With all the hype surrounding the finish, this was one of the most highly anticipated episodes in The Ultimate Fighter history, and Uriah Hall did not let MMA fans down.
Since the UFC promoted the knockout heavily in the week leading up to the show, everyone had an idea of what was coming. However, when the 10-second clapper sounded, many fans probably let their guard down and expected the finish to come during the second frame.
Then, out of nowhere, Hall wound up for a spinning hook kick that turned Cella's light out. It was an amazing finish, but things took a turn quickly.
Immediately following Uriah Hall's knockout, there was cause for cheers and celebration. However, the mood quickly changed once attention turned to the unconscious Cella.
He was out for 4 mins! Got on the stool at 6 in the ambulance at 9!
— Dana White (@danawhite) February 6, 2013
When a fighter is laying on the canvas for that long, some scary thoughts start to creep into one's mind. Mercifully, Cella eventually came back to reality and ended up being fine.
At the end of Episode 2, Kevin Casey was provoked by Bubba McDaniel. Although Casey wanted to fight McDaniel, he had a cut that needed to heal.
Coach Chael Sonnen had Casey's best interest in mind, so he instead chose a fight between Uriah Hall and Adam Cella for Episode 3.
However, Casey was still being called out by McDaniel throughout Tuesday's show. In a show of self-restraint, Team Sonnen ended up matching Casey with Collin Hart for the Episode 4 fight.
After his calls for a fight with Kevin Casey went unanswered in the fight choice at the end of Episode 2, Bubba McDaniel was undeterred and spent almost all of Episode 3 campaigning for Casey to fight him in the show's next bout.
While you can't blame a guy for trying to pick a fight that he believes would give him a stylistic advantage, McDaniel's persistence became somewhat of an annoyance when there were five other opponents available for him to challenge.
If McDaniel does fight Casey, it won't happen before the quarterfinals, as Casey is now set to fight Collin Hart on Episode 4. Zak Cummings, Tor Troeng, Jimmy Quinlan and Kelvin Gastelum are the remaining potential foes for McDaniel in this round.