Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter continues Tuesday night at 9 p.m. PT/ET on FX with the middleweight tournament between Team Jon Jones and Team Chael Sonnen.
And at long last, Robert "Bubba" McDaniel is stepping up to bat.
Even though his preferred matchup against now-eliminated Kevin Casey didn't come to pass in Episode 4, McDaniel is now facing a relative unknown in Team Sonnen's Kelvin Gastelum.
Pointed out as the youngest fighter in TUF history, Gastelum has the unsavory job of challenging one of Team Jones' better fighters. Both on paper and on tape, McDaniel is the clear favorite here with a 22-fight professional experience advantage and a history of tougher opponents, not to mention the distinction of being a Greg Jackson MMA student.
In fact, most of the guys left on Team Jones are killers in the Octagon, so it looks like nothing but hard times may be ahead for "Team Dark Side" and Chael Sonnen if they can't retain control of the fight picks.
With Team Sonnen reeling from their first loss, can Jon Jones coach his crew to a winning streak?