After seven matches to whittle down the competition, we now have the full list of quarterfinals contenders for The Ultimate Fighter 17's next bracket.
Seven of the men listed here have registered at least two exhibition wins on the show, first qualifying for the TUF house and then winning their next bout to move on to the next rung of the season.
Only the wild card pick serves as an exception, as "Bubba" McDaniel earned a second-chance bout after losing a team fight pick made by coach Jon Jones.
Without further ado, here's the matchups for the rest of the season:
• Collin Hart (4-1-1)
• Kelvin Gastelum (5-0)
• Luke Barnatt (5-0)
• Dylan Andrews (16-4-1)
• Josh Samman (9-2)
• Jimmy Quinlan (3-0)
• Uriah Hall (7-2)
• "Bubba" McDaniel (20-6)**
Both Team Jones and Team Sonnen have each moved four members of their roster to the next round, with the highest seeded standouts being Luke Barnatt (No. 1 Pick, Team Sonnen), Uriah Hall (No. 2 Pick, Team Sonnen) and Josh Samman (No. 2 Pick, Team Jones).
Hall is widely considered the favorite to win Season 18, bolstered by a highlight reel spinning hook kick KO win against Adam Cella that rendered the Team Jones fighter unconcious for several minutes.
To boot, Hall has registered six stoppages on a 7-2 record in the regional MMA circuit, with his only losses coming against UFC middleweight contenders Chris Weidman and Costas Philippou.
As announced by the UFC and FX, Episode 10 and Episode 11 will feature two semifinals matches each, starting with Hart vs. Gastelum and Barnatt vs. Andrews, followed by Samman vs. Quinlan and Hall vs. McDaniel. Each winner in those four bouts will then move onto the TUF 17 semifinals, which will air during the show's last episode.
McKinley Noble is an MMA conspiracy theorist and tech writer. His work has appeared in GamePro, Macworld, PC World, 1UP, NVision, The Los Angeles Times, FightFans Radio, MMA Mania and Bleacher Report. Talk with him on Twitter.
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