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In The Neutral Zone:
I know. I’ve failed you guys. I completely missed UFC on FUEL TV 9. No tapology card, no pre-fight picks, no recap. Well, I’m here now and covering the card for April 13th’s show.
There was a lot on the line for tonight’s TUF 17 finale. The next coach for The Ultimate Fighter who gets to meet Ronda Rousey, potential title set up for Faber vs Jorgensen. The card is filled with talent and some fan less than favorites.
The night started off with Gabriel Smith squaring off against Bubba McDaniel. The two never saw eye to eye during their time in the TUF house. And as I was live tweeting the fight, I found not a lot of folks were McDaniel fans. Smith had a game plan to take McDaniel down and that’s pretty much all he looked to do. McDaniel was a more aggressive fighter in the striking game and showed superiority in experience as well. Smith achieved his goal, landing multiple takedowns but was still limited from there. Where Smith’s limits showed, McDaniel capitalized and secured a third round victory with a triangle submission.
The next fight was Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Travis Browne. This looked to be a chance for Gonzaga to get back into the conversation of rising talent. But as quickly as I typed that sentence, the fight was over. Gonzaga pressed Browne against the cage, looking for a double leg takedown and trying to avoid a striking battle with Browne. Browne countered with some heavy elbows and actually achieved a knockout. I contest that the elbows were to the back of the head but the commentators said they landed on the ear of Gonzaga. Gonzaga goes down and Browne may have secured a bonus with KO of the night.
My fight of the night was Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano. Absolutely wonderful to fight and a great show from the women’s division. Tate came out aggressive and took center of the ring. She took the fight to Zingano, but her aggression allowed opportunities for Zingano and she capitalized repeatedly. Tate was winning on my card the first two rounds. Both women had a variety of strikes land, numerous takedowns back and forth. It was an exciting, fast-paced, action-filled fight and we hadnt gotten through the first five minutes yet. But Tate got the better of the first two rounds. At the start of round 3, Zingano landed a takedown and proceeded to open up a can on Tate. When Tate got back to her feet, she ate a knee and went back down. Zingano continued with the ground and pound, only to allow Tate to her feet again. This is when she attacked mercilessly. Zingano landed at least 3 knees to the head and followed with an elbow and that was the end of Tate. Zingano will now go on to be the coach of the next Ultimate Fighter series against Ronda Rousey, setting up an eventual bout against Rousey. Absolutely wonderful fight, exciting from start to finish. The women’s division has failed to disappoint in two fights in the octagon.
The actual TUF finale was a battle between Uriah Hall and Kelvin Gastelum. Hall was a heavy betting and fan favorite at the start of the contest, and it was obvious he bought into his own hype. A talented fighter, Hall thought he was Anderson Silva last night. Constantly backing away and dropping his hands, the difference was Silva actually lands devastating strikes and submission attempts, Hall did not. Gastelum took the fight to Hall from the start through the end. The first round was all Gastelum, save for a landed takedown in the final seconds of the round from Hall. Round 2 was more of Gastelum’s aggression, but Hall showed up about half way through the round. Some say he stole the round and I can sympathize with those arguments, but in my mind he did very little to actually win the round. Round 3 was more of the same for Gastelum, in a dominating fashion took the fight to Hall, landing takedowns and nice combos. The decision went to Gastelum, rightfully so, but it was a split decision. Upon reflection this morning, I’m still scratching my head how that is. I know I’m not an expert judge but it was a clear victory for Kelvin and anyone giving the fight to Hall clearly had a favorite coming into the match(this coming from someone who picked Hall to win, see tapology card below). Ultimately Gastelum won the contest, the trophy and the six-figure deal but Hall will also get a contract as Dana White is very high on the talented fighter.
The last fight of the evening was between Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen. Jorgensen is a talented fighter with good hands but from the start of this contest it was obvious he was overmatched. Faber’s speed and experience were consistently too much for Jorgensen. The fight lasted for four rounds surprisingly as Faber ended it with a rear naked choke at the 3:16 mark of round 4. Faber constantly pressured, was the dominant fighter in the clinch and on the ground and save for a few exchanges was the better fighter standing as well. Faber continues to rise back up the standings looking to be in line for another title shot against Renan Barao.
It was an incredible night of fights, a talent filled card and full of bonuses for KOs, submissions and epic fights. This was a great example of how you never know just how exciting the card can be, whether it be PPV or cable broadcast, and the actual event is up to the talent and the performance of the fighters. My favorite fight was Tate vs. Zingano, full of action and skilled fighters showing off a high degree of talent. Of the TUF coaches battle, some are saying that Tate went to the ground looking to defend or looking for a shot. I stand by the assertion that she was damaged from the knees and the elbow. She wasnt defending herself and was taking damage, I think it was a justified stoppage(links below). You can take a look for yourself, and as always tell my why I’m wrong in the comments or on twitter.
TUF 17 Recap and Results
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The Ultimate Fighter Finale main card airs at 9 p.m. ET on FX Networks
Urijah Faber vs Scott Jorgensen
They fire off exchanges to start a crucial fourth round. Jorgensen lands a nice combo in short range and Faber has to respond. Faber throws Jorgensen to the ground for a moment but they're back up. Faber goes for a takedown but Jorgensen shakes it off. They continue...
For the second time in as many fights, former bantamweight top contender Urijah Faber (pictured) submitted his opponent via rear-naked choke.
Ivan Menjivar got caught in a standing RNC exactly seven weeks ago at UFC 157, and Scott Jorgensen was his latest victim on Saturday night at “The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.”
Faber started out fasting, constantly beating his buddy to the...
In the latest episode of the show, Scott Johnson of Kamikaze Overdrive MMA gives his predictions for the upcoming Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale card. This episode of the show covers predictions for the 4 fights on the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale main card. Also below the video you can see the predictions for the cards preliminary bouts. [...]
Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen
Though Jorgensen is a very talented fighter, Urijah is more experienced and just all around better. That being said this should be an awesome fight.
Uriah Hall vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Hall is a straight killer and it is impossible to pick against him. Both have bright futures in the UFC though.
Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano...
Urijah Faber talks to the media prior to his main event fight with friend Scott Jorgensen. Faber talks about fighting a friend, Team Alpha Male, Ludwig’s influence, and much more.
Urijah vs Uriah dance off
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From a sporting point of view last week’s event didn’t turn out too badly. Some excellent performances from some, Mousasi did what was expected, although it took a little longer to do. Ross Pearson once again pulled me out of a hole with a 3/1 winner, while Mitrione did as expected, but a little too early to make it profitable. I am still showing a profit on the year, although...
This is a big fight for Scott Jorgensen and I expect him to come out and put on an exciting performance like he always does. Friends or not only one man can win and both are looking to further their career.
Urijah Faber pre fight scrum
Intravid.com gives us their TUF Finale fight picks
“The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale” takes place tonight in Las Vegas. Does that get your blood pumping?
Well, the Gambling Gods have finally released the card’s complete list of investment options. How about now?
Urijah Faber (pictured) headlines the gig opposite bantamweight buddy Scott Jorgensen.
Faber checks in as a whopping 5-to-1 odds-on favorite to outgun “Young Guns.”...
“The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale” took place Saturday inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Former bantamweight top contender Urijah Faber (pictured) submitted buddy Scott Jorgensen in the show’s featured attraction.
In one of the biggest upsets of the year, Kelvin Gastelum took a split decision victory over Uriah Hall in the finals of “The Ultimate Fighter...
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Not only did Urijah Faber show that he is still one of the elite fighters in the world on Saturday night, he also walked away with an elite paycheck. The California Kid was the top earner of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs Team Sonnen Finale, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
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Zingano leaving the scene of her crime
There was no shortage of storylines heading into this past weekend's TUF 17 Finale in Las Vegas, Nevada. On a night that gave us nine finishes in all - here are the three that still remain at the forefront of my mind on a Monday.
1st Star - 'Alpha' Cat Zingano
From her emotional walk out to her relentless...
The UFC returned to action on Saturday night with the finale of The Ultimate Fighter season 17, which featured the majority of the TUF 17 cast as well as an outstanding women’s bantamweight bout between Cat Zingano and Miesha Tate and a headlining bout between Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen. While the card generally featured fights between cast members, there were still some...
From the Mandalay Bay Events Center comes a solid card that could shape the future of our MMA programming for quite a while. Here are the weigh-n results, with only Maximo Blanco having trouble making weight.
FX channel main card (9 p.m. ET):
Bantamweight Urijah Faber (136) vs. Scott Jorgensen (135)
Middleweight/TUF FinalUriah Hall (185) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (186)
The UFC returns to action tonight with another intriguing line-up for the Finale of The Ultimate Fighter Season 17. Headlined by a bantamweight showdown between Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen as well as the TUF 17 finals between Kelvin Gastelum and Uriah Hall and the second female fight in UFC history between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano.
Check back here at 5:30pm EST for updated...
“The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale” will be jumping off Saturday inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Facebook kicks off tonight’s festivities by streaming three preliminary bouts at approximately 5:30PM ET/2:30PM PT.
Fans simply have to “Like” the UFC’s Facebook page in order to watch the scraps live.
FUEL TV will then broadcast the remaining four prelims...