TUF 17 Finale Live Reaction for Every Fight
The 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter has drawn to a close, and a new Ultimate Fighter has been crowned. Also, bantamweights Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen threw down in the night's main event.
Not lost in the shuffle, Cat Zingano scored a TKO win to earn a title shot and The Ultimate Fighter coaching slot opposite Ronda Rousey.
Urijah Faber defeats Scott Jorgensen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:16 of the fourth round
Kelvin Gastelum defeats Uriah Hall by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Cat Zingano defeats Miesha Tate by TKO at 2:55 of the third round
Travis Browne defeats Gabriel Gonzaga by knockout (elbows) at 1:11 of the first round
Bubba McDaniel defeats Gilbert Smith via submission (triangle armbar) at 2:49 of the third round
Josh Samman defeats Kevin Casey by TKO at 2:17 of the second round
Luke Barnatt defeats Collin Hart by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Dylan Andrews defeats Jimmy Quinlan by TKO at 3:22 of the first round
Clint Hester defeats Bristol Marunde by knockout (elbow) at 3:53 of the third round
Cole Miller defeats Bart Palaszewski via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:23 of the first round
Maximo Blanco defeats Sam Sicilia by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Daniel Pineda defeats Justin Lawrence via submission (Kimura) at 1:35 of the first round
Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen
Faber connects early. Jorgensen takes Faber down. Faber works back to his feet, and Jorgensen stays attached to his back. Faber with a sidewalk slam. The Big Bossman is happy from heaven. Faber gets Jorgensen's back, but Jorgensen stands and they separate. Faber with a big knee. Faber on top of Jorgensen and takes his back again. Jorgensen gets back to his feet, but Faber stays on top of him and grabs a hold of his head. Faber goes for the guillotine. A scramble, and Faber stays on top but cannot complete the choke. Faber has his back again. Jorgensen defends well, but Faber is always quick to stay in good position.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Faber
Jorgensen takes a shot to the nether-regions. Jorgensen is trying to keep the fight on the feet now. Faber comes forward with a knee and follow-up punches, but nothing lands. Faber's speed advantage is a key right now. Faber stops a takedown attempt from Jorgensen. Knee from Faber lands as Jorgensen throws. Nice left hook by Faber. Faber closes the distance and puts Jorgensen against the fence, but he backs away. Faber changes levels and takes Jorgensen down. Jorgensen threatening with a Kimura, but Faber is safe right now. Jorgensen uses the Kimura to get up. Jorgensen is starting to get more aggressive, but Faber counters well. Jorgensen has a bodylock on Faber against the fence. They separate as the round closes.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Faber
Jorgensen is upping the tempo in the third. Right hand from Jorgensen slips through. Jorgensen is winning this round early on, and Faber is having a much more difficult time finding his timing. Left hook grazes Jorgensen. Another left hook lands more cleanly from Faber. Jorgensen clinches with Faber against the fence. Faber gets away. Faber shoots low, but Jorgensen defends. Jorgensen has Faber's back. Nice elbow on the exit by Jorgensen. Good straight left by Jorgensen. This has not been a dominant round by Jorgensen, but he is definitely winning it. Nice uppercut by Jorgensen. Faber shoots in and gets the takedown, and has Jorgensen's back.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Jorgensen
They open the fourth with a good exchange. Good jab from Faber. Faber's speed advantage has faded. Jorgensen is landing more in the stand-up now. Faber with a solid knee. Faber takes Jorgensen down and takes his back. Faber looks for a rear-naked. He's got it!
Faber defeats Jorgensen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:16 of the fourth round
A solid fight, and a solid performance by both men. Eventually, skill won out and the better fighter took the fight down. If Cruz is ready to return in the coming months, another fight with Faber may be on tap. If not, Faber may have earned a title fight with whomever the interim champion will be.
The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Uriah Hall vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Hall looks massive in the cage. Gastelum puts Hall against the fence. Hall defending easily. Hall is off the fence. Hall with a quick low leg kick. Gastelum throwing and tags Hall. Gastelum shoots and puts Hall down, and he is in side control. Hall is calm on bottom. He has been very passive in this first round. Hall is to full guard. Hall stands. Gastelum is clearly winning this round so far. Nice jab from Hall. Hall with a quick takedown, but Gastelum is standing as the round ends.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Gastelum
Hall looks more active to start the round, but Gastelum is not backing down. Hall with a good jab. Hall goes high with a kick. Hall backs himself against the fence like Anderson Silva. Gastelum takes him down. Hall is not Silva. Big elbow from bottom by Hall. Hall sweeps Gastelum. Knee to the body from Hall. Gastelum tries another takedown, but Hall sprawls on that attempt. Hall trips Gastelum down. Gastelum is back to his feet, but Hall is on his back. Hall suplexes Gastelum!
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Hall
Hall nails Gastelum low with a knee. Gastelum doesn't take a lot of time before telling Herb Dean he's ready to get back to work. Hall opening up with more low leg kicks. Stinging jab by Hall. Gastelum storms forward and put Hall down. Hall takes him down and fires away with ground and pound! Gastelum escapes. Gastelum presses Hall against the fence. They get off the fence. Both men throwing, but neither landing. Gastelum changes levels and takes Hall down. One minute remains. Hall connects from the bottom with punches. Gastelum goes for an armbar, but Hall defends.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Hall, and the fight 29-28 Hall
Gastelum defeats Hall by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
The biggest takeaway from this fight is that Hall needs to burn his Anderson Silva tapes. It looked like he tried to emulate the world champion far too much instead of just sticking to his game. He was clearly the superior fighter in the cage, but he allowed Gastelum to have way too much offense. It was a poor performance from Hall that cost him the fight.
Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano
Tate immediately comes forward and takes Zingano down. They scramble, and Tate grabs a hold of Zingano's neck. Tate forces Zingano against the fence. Zingano locks in a tight guillotine, but she is calm while fighting it. Knee from Zingano. Tate tags Zingano! Tate gets a takedown. She goes right to side control. Zingano reverses and is in side control. They are back up, and Tate continues to catch Zingano with punches! Zingano with a front headlock. Zingano lands a knee. They swing away! Zingano lands a left, and Tate changes levels to take Zingano down. Good elbow from Tate. Excellent round!
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Tate
Zingano tries a flying knee out of the gate, but Tate avoids it. Tate takes Zingano down. Big ground and pound from Tate, and uses it to move to mount. Tate goes for an armbar, but Zingano is out. Tate has Zingano's back, and moves back to mount. Tate goes for the armbar again, but this time Zingano is wise. Tate goes to side control. A scramble results in Tate attacking a leg. Zingano spins out and is on top. Tate gets back to her feet. Tate dives for a takedown, but Zingano sprawls.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Tate
Zingano goes for a head kick but slips. Zingano takes Tate down. Tate is active from bottom, but Zingano is dominant from top. Zingano moving out of guard. Tate gets out, but Zingano retains a front headlock. Zingano in side control. Nice elbow from Zingano. Tate's nose is busted up. Tate eats a knee from Zingano. After more knees the referee stops the fight!
Zingano defeats Tate by TKO at 2:55 of the third round
Tate controlled the first two fun rounds with wrestling and position. Zingano was clearly effected by the moment in the first, but after that the nerves left her. The third round was all Zingano. Her athletic and strength advantage took over. Unfortunately, the stoppage came a shade too soon in my opinion. Tate was still actively defending, and dropped for a takedown. Both Jon Anik and Kenny Florian claimed the knee dropped her, but it was clear Tate was looking to survive with a desperate takedown.
Zingano earns the title shot and coaching slot opposite Rousey. If this moment got her nervous, how will she handled headlining a card against Rousey? That is a huge question that will be answered later this year.
Travis Browne vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Browne misses with a head kick and Gonzaga tries to capitalize with a takedown, but cannot grab a hold of Browne. Gonzaga presses Browne up against the fence. Gonzaga trying hard for the takedown. Browne knocks Gonzaga out with elbows as Gonzaga goes for the takedown! Wow!
Browne defeats Gonzaga by knockout at 1:11 of the first round
Browne is a powerful man. Period.
Bubba McDaniel vs. Gilbert Smith
McDaniel moves Smith to the fence. Combination backs Smith up. Smith catches a kick and puts MccDaniel down. McDaniel reverses and gets on top. Smith works up and takes McDaniel down. McDaniel works to the cage in order to stand, but Smith takes him back down. McDaniel grabs a guillotine and uses it to get on top. McDaniel in side control.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 McDaniel.
McDaniel lands a combination. Smith charges forward and puts McDaniel against the fence. Smith is working hard for the takedown, but McDaniel is defending well. They separate and McDaniel gets back to where he is most effective. McDaniel goes for a takedown, and Smith locks in a guillotine. McDaniel gets to Smith's opposite side and is out of danger. McDaniel gets Smith's back. Smith gets back to his feet and they are at range.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 McDaniel
McDaniel catches a front kick and counters with a left. McDaniel gets Smith down and passes guard. He briefly takes mount, but Smith gets half-guard back. Smith reverses, and McDaniel goes for a triangle. McDaniel switches to the straight armbar and forces the tap.
McDaniel defeats Smith via submission (triangle armbar) at 2:49 of the third round
This fight had no business being on the main card. It was ugly.
Josh Samman vs. Kevin Casey
Samman is in trouble immediately, and Casey has a triangle locked up. Casey switches to the armbar, and Samman slams his way out of it. Electric start. Casey sweeps Samman and is on top. Casey staying busy with ground and pound from top. Samman stands. Good knees to the body from Samman.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Casey
Samman goes right back to the Thai clinch. It worked well at the end of the first. Samman connects with a knee to the head, and Casey is hurt. Now he goes to the body. Casey cannot break out of the clinch. Samman drops him again and Herb Dean has seen enough.
Samman defeats Casey by TKO at 2:17 of the second round
Casey had his chance early, but Samman survived and took over. Casey had no answer for the clinch, and Samman took over. He knew he had a clear advantage there and finished.
Luke Barnatt vs. Collin Hart
Hart coming forward trying to close the distance. Hart is throwing a lot to get inside. Barnatt tosses Hart to the mat. They quickly stand and get back to trading. Barnatt catches a low blow and will take a minute to collect himself. They are mixing it up. Barnatt lands more, but Hart has the more significant shots. Hart takes Barnatt down, and has his back. Barnatt stands and gets him off his back. Good body work from Barnatt. Hart with big blows to the head. Both men are busted open. Hart goes for a takedown, and it is easily stopped by Barnatt. An exchange sees Hart get the better of Barnatt.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Hart
Hart right back to throwing haymakers. Hart lands a good right. Good knee from Barnatt. This is sloppy. Barnatt has ate a lot of shots, but he is still in this fight. Spinning elbow attempt from Barnatt fails, and Hart tries to take his back. Only half the round is gone. Barnatt went for a half-hearted standing arm-triangle, but quickly abandoned that submission. Nice leg kick from Hart. Barnatt rolls for a Kimura, and Hart defends. Barnatt trying for a guillotine, but Hart survives! Barnatt falls on a head kick attempt. He is tired.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Barnatt
Barnatt opens the round by working his jab. Nice jab snaps Hart's head back. Another jab stops Hart from coming forward. Hart comes forward and lands some sloppy punches as he forces Barnatt against the fence. Barnatt sneaks a right through. Hart keeps the pressure up, and takes Barnatt down. They are right back to their feet. Hart connects with a right. One minute to go, any man's fight. Barnatt lands a right. Hart trying to take Barnatt down, and gets one in the final 10 seconds.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Barnatt, and the fight 29-28 Barnatt.
Barnatt defeats Hart by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
This was sloppy. Barnatt scored with his jab more in the later rounds, and at least that had some sort of technique behind it. Both fighters left it all in the cage, but they clearly are not UFC caliber fighters. Way too sloppy and inefficient to be in the Octagon.
Dylan Andrews vs. Jimmy Quinlan
Quinlan rushes in for a takedown, but Andrews defends. Quinlan briefly puts him down and Andrews pops back up. Quinlan pressuring Andrews against the cage. Quinlan finally completes the takedown, and is right in to side control. Andrews gets up as he eats a few punches from Quinlan, and Quinlan is right back to pressuring him against the fence. Andrews is not able to create any distance. The referee separates them. Andrews clips him and finishes with a flurry on the ground!
Andrews defeats Quinlan by TKO at 3:22 of the first round
Quinlan controlled the action with his pressure and grappling. A poor referee decision put him back in range, and Andrews capitalized. He did what he needed to do, but it would have been nice to see him work off the fence instead of the referee gift-wrapping that for him.
Clint Hester vs. Bristol Marunde
The fighters are trying to find their range early on. Not a lot of action to speak of through two minutes. Marunde lands a nice uppercut. Solid jab from Hester. Marunde catches a leg kick and takes Hester down. Hester escapes and gets up. Hester drops Marunde, and Marunde takes Hester down as Hester tried to finish.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Hester
Hester working the jab early on in the second. Marunde misses with a big overhand right, and they clinch. Hester tries to work the Thai clinch, but loses it and they are back to striking from a distance. Marunde with a high kick. Marunde slips on a high kick, and Hester tries to pounce but is forced to sprawl as Marunde tries to take him down. Marunde takes Hester down but nearly lost position. Hester throws up a triangle attempt, and Marunde defends. Hester lands an upkick that rocks Marunde. Hester lands a left, and Marunde responds with an uppercut. Marunde tries to bring this back to the ground, but Hester sprawls. They are back up. Big overhand right from Hester! Marunde is in desperation mode.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Hester
Hester with a good leg kick to finish a combination. Hester throws a haymaker, but Marunde changes levels and goes for a takedown. Good sprawl from Hester. Marunde may have completed that if it were an earlier round, but his gas tank is starting to run low. Flying knee hits Marunde. A nice right over the top from Hester. Marunde working for the takedown, but Hester is doing an excellent job at sprawling in this round. Marunde clinches, but it is Hester that lands good shots from that position. Elbow drops and finishes Marunde! Wow!
Hester defeats Marunde by knockout (elbow) at 3:53 of the third round
Hester looked very good against a tough Marunde. He still has a lot to improve upon in the wrestling department, but he is a threat on the feet. He possesses a lot of power in his hands. Hester showed why he was Jon Jones' first pick of the season, and hopefully we can continue to see him develop in the UFC's middleweight division.
Cole Miller vs. Bart Palaszewski
Miller circling Palaszewski. Miller misses with a head kick. Quick head kick from Miller misses, and Palaszewski tries to land a combination. The two exchange low leg kicks. Palaszewski lands more solid low kicks. Palaszewski pressures Miller against the fence, but Miller circles away. Another good combination from Palaszewski. Miller goes for a takedown, and sits Palaszewski down. Miller gets his back. Miller locks in a rear-naked choke, and Palaszewski taps.
Miller defeats Palaszewski via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:23 of the first round
Palaszewski was finding his rhythm on the feet, but Miller was able to take the fight to his domain. One the mat he was outclassed, and Miller locked in the choke. This is the Miller we love to watch compete.
Sam Sicilia vs. Maximo Blanco
Blanco takes Sicilia down early, but he is not on his back and is working to his feet. Blanco holds on to the fence as Sicilia threatens with a standing Kimura. They get back to striking. Sicilia looks for an uppercut, but misses. Sicilia throwing punches in bunches. Solid leg kick from Blanco. Blanco is keeping Sicilia on the outside, and this is preventing Sicilia from landing strikes. Blanco's jab is not doing much damage, but it is keeping Sicilia out of range. More leg kicks from Blanco. Blanco lands a clean right at the end of the round.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Blanco.
Blanco right back to establishing his jab. Sicilia lands and drops Blanco. He's trying for a guillotine. Blanco survives, but Sicilia in control against the fence. They get back to striking at a distance and exchange. Blanco lands! Sicilia responds. Blanco takes Sicilia down and mounts! Blanco working for an arm-triangle, but abandons the attempt. Sicilia gets back to his feet, and Blanco is bleeding. Sicilia lands a good uppercut. Blanco comes in and Sicilia counters. Blanco lands a combination. Exciting round with 30 seconds still remaining.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Sicilia.
They immediately brawl! The Facebook stream has failed me in the third frame. I get it back with one minute to go in the final round, and Blanco is on top of Sicilia. Sicilia gets back to his feet, and Blanco lands a knee. That's where the round ends. Unfortunately, due to the technical failure of the stream I cannot score the final frame.
Blanco defeats Sicilia by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
This was a fun fight, and a good result for Blanco. Each fighter has significant improvements to make before they challenge the top guys in the division. All-in-all, a solid fight and result for Blanco.
Justin Lawrence vs. Daniel Pineda
Lawrence opens with a headkick, but it's blocked by Pineda. Pineda puts Lawrence on his back. Pineda moves to side control and is working on a Kimura. Lawrence is trapped against the fence, and Pineda makes quick work of him by getting the tap. Impressive.
Pineda defeats Lawrence via submission (Kimura) at 1:35 of the first round
Very impressive performance from Pineda. Got the quick takedown, and instantly worked for the submission. Lawrence was trapped and had nowhere to go, and could not defend the submission. Good win for Pineda.