With another episode of The Ultimate Fighter down, the show has provided an early favorite and a knockout of the year nominee. Characters in the house are beginning to shape up and luckily there are no Julian Lane-types this season.
The teams, coached by Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, continued training and prepared for a fight between Adam Cella of Team Jones and Uriah Hall of Team Sonnen.
Here are the power rankings of the fighters on the show in the aftermath of the Cella-Hall scrap.
Team Sonnen (Seventh pick, 13th overall)
Opening-Round Result: Decision victory over Kito Andrews
The last pick for Team Sonnen remains at the bottom of the rankings for the third week in a row, despite beating a tough guy in Kito Andrew to get into the house.
The youngest guy in the house, Gastelum really needs to prove something to me in training or his eventual fight to leave the bottmo spot. In all, he was probably the least impressive in the preliminary fights,
Team Jones (Seventh pick, 14th overall)
Opening-Round Result: Decision victory over Tim Williams
Dylan Andrews was Team Jones's final pick, as well as the last pick in the competition. However, Andrews is flying under the radar and could be a surpriser in this competition.
Beating a rugged fighter like Tim Williams was a great start. Perhaps he was picked on his okay resume of fighting in Australia.
As seen in the show, Andrews carries a lot of emotional baggage from family experiences. We will see if that fuels him or hurts him when he finally re-enters the cage.
Team Jones (Fourth pick, eighth overall)
Opening-Round Result: Submission victory over Eric Wahlin
First-Round Result: Knockout loss to Luke Barnatt
The first man out of the competition must now look to impress the coaches enough to grab the wild card spot when discussions of that arise.
Gilbert Smith is a muscular, scaring looking guy, but his cardio is questionable, as is his striking. Takedows are the only way he has a chance of success, which he was unable to be consistent at in his loss to Luke Barnatt.
Team Jones (Sixth pick, 12th overall)
Opening-Round Result: Armbar victory over Jake Heun
First-Round Result: Knockout loss to Uriah Hall
How do you receive the most brutal knockout in Ultimate Fighter history and jump two spots in the rankings?
By being competitive against the best fighter in the rankings, that's how.
Adam Cella may have had been sent into a deep slumber from Uriah Hall's spinning hook kick, but he didn't back down from the scariest fighter in the house.
Dana White even praised Cella for his aggression and lack of fear. That type of praise could earn him a wild card birth, should he ever awake from that knockout.
Team Jones (Fifth pick, 10th overall)
Opening-Round Result: Submission victory over Mike Jasper
As heard on the show, the producers nicknamed Collin Hart "The Dick" when casting for the show, as he was trying to oversell his personality to make the cast.
Perhaps he actually is a bit of a...jerk, we will say.
In looking at the preview for next week, Hart disrespects future opponent Kevin Casey by flipping him the bird at the weigh in, which will lead to an intense staredown.
Let's see if Hart can back up that tough attitude with a win over "The King."
Team Sonnen (Sixth pick, 11th overall)
Opening-Round Result: Submission victory over Eldon Sproat
Kevin Casey could easily drop in the rankings due to his perceived "ducking" of Bubba McDaniel in the opening round, but just because he is taking this fight strategically doesn't mean he afraid or stupid.
Casey will meet Collin Hart in next week's episode, which will separate two men on the lower half of the power rankings. Casey has outstanding jiu-jitsu, as seen in his tapping out of Uriah Hall in practice.
Let's see if "The King" can live up to his moniker.
Team Sonnen (Fourth pick, seventh overall)
Opening-Round Result: Submission victory over Scott Rosa
Not much has been seen of Tor Troeng on the show so far, other than his win against Scott Rosa to get into the house, but perhaps some foreshadowing was seen during a segment in the house.
Uriah Hall got upset at what he perceived to be smack talking by Josh Samman against Troeng. Maybe this will lead to a fight in the first round between the Swedish powerhouse and Team Jones's unwanted mouthpiece in Samman.
Team Jones (Second pick, fourth overall)
Opening-Round Result: Knockout victory over Leo Bercier
Speaking of Josh Samman, aren't his wide-range of opinions already getting iritating despite the fact we are still very early in this season?
Though his mouth is annoying, there is no denying that Samman is a beast and could make a run on the show. His wrestling and ground striking were on display in the elimination round, which earned him a high pick from coach Jon Jones.
We will see if his bite matches his bark.
Team Sonnen (Fifth pick, ninth overall)
Opening-Round Result: Knockout victory over Mike Persons
Strategy doesn't appear to be a priority for Jimmy Quinlan, who said this week that he is here to fight whoever, not to find an easy way to the next round.
While one has to commend that type of warrior spirit, that may not be the wisest way to make the next round.
Despite all that, Quinlan is a grinder with great wrestling and overall grappling chops. That already gives him an advantage over any man unprepared to stop the takedown in this season.
Team Sonnen (First pick, first overall)
Opening-Round Result: Decision victory over Nicholas Kohring
First-Round Result: Knockout victory over Gilbert Smith
Not much needs to be said about Luke Barnatt, as he let his striking do the talking in the first match in the house.
Barnatt utilized a flying knee to subdue opponent Gilbert Smith and move on to the next round. The Brit has already looked like a possible favorite in winning that fight,
Team Sonnen (Third pick, fifth overall)
Opening-Round Result: Knockout victory over Nik Fekete
Another guy who has really yet to be seen in the house or in training, Zak Cummings is not a guy to sleep on in this competition.
The experienced, well-rounded Cummings used just one punch to get into the house after years of trying out for the show and not making the final cut. That type of pemped up aggression could lead to a lucrative run in this competition.
Team Jones (Third pick, sixth overall)
Opening-Round Result: Knockout victory over Ryan Bigler
Bubba McDaniel has been looking to pick a figth with Kevin Casey, but he will have to now wait for a later date, as Casey has been matched up with Bubba's teammate Collin Hart.
Possibly the most experieced fighter on the show, McDaniel is a training partner of Jon Jones at Greg Jackson's gym and very well-rounded.
I have a feeling he could make a deep run in the tournament.
Team Jones (First pick, second overall)
Opening-Round Result: Decision victory over Fraser Opie
Clint Hester looked amazing in his opening fight to get into the house, but the more I reflect upon it, the more I start to question it.
Hester beat Fraser Opie decisively, but I think Opie may have been the least talented fighter on the cast of 28. Hester didn't finish Opie, despite the fact he opened up a major can of whoop ass on him.
For now, I will keep Hester at the second spot, but would not be surprised if he makes an early exit.
Team Sonnen (Second pick, third overall)
Opening-Round Result: Decision victory over Andy Enz
First-Round Result: Knockout victory over Adam Cella
I think we found our season-favorite in Uriah Hall.
Hall broke opening round opponent Andy Enz's arm with a kick in their fight to get into the house. That was just the beginning of Hall's impressive striking.
Matched up with Adam Cella this week, Hall decapitated Cella with a picture-perfect spinning hook kick that sent Cella into oblivion and the rest of the house into silence.
It looks like we found the guy everyone is afraid of.