Chael Sonnen tells Kelvin Gatelum that he has to win this tournament to be in the UFC. Chael Sonnen has Ronda Rousey on the phone to wish him good luck for the fight. Gastelum is a big Rousey fan and she promises to come train the team if Gastelum wins.
Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen talk in the hallway of the Ultimate Fighter gym about the upcoming match-up. Jon Jones says he is confident in his Greg Jackson teammate Bubba McDaniel. Chael Sonnen says that he has told his team whoever fights McDaniel will get his vote for a wild card spot in the tournament. Sonnen says a lot of his team if afraid of McDaniel.
Chael Sonnen and the rest of the Team Sonnen coaches go to the Ultimate Fighter house to hang out with their team. Team Sonnen plays charades.
Bubba McDaniel says he had problems with the law in his past. McDaniel says he has struggled financially trying to survive as a professional mixed-martial artist.
Kelvin Gastelum is a bail bondsman during the day and trains MMA at night. Gastelum was raised by his mother and wants to make her proud. Gastelum wants to be in the UFC so he can afford to quit his job and train full time. Gastelum has a wrestling background but feels his boxing has “improved majorly”. Chael Sonnen says Gastelum is tough and does not get tired.
Coach Chael Sonnen gives a passionate speech to his team about overcoming their emotions and letting their actions work for them. Sonnen has delivered some brilliant advice to his team throughout the season.
Josh Samman (Team Jones) tells Jon Jones that he has injuries and wants to wait to fight. Team Jones’ coaches aren’t sure Samman is being completely honest about his injuries. The coaches feel like Samman is trying to wait as part of a strategy to survive in the tournament.
John Wood (Team Jones Assistant Coach) says he does not see any way Kelvin can beat Bubba other than a lucky punch or a mistake from McDaniel. Bubba McDaniel feels the coaches are right when they tell him he is much better than his opponent.
Chael Sonnen introduces Mickey Rourke to the fighters. Rourke gives a speech to the fighters about overcoming adversity and perseverance.
Adam Cella (Team Jones) says the fight is very one-sided because McDaniel has more experience than most in the house while McDaniel has the least. Josh Samman says Gastelum has the worst diet in the house.
Kelvin Gastelum’s Team Sonnen teammates believe in his ability to win and take the fight to McDaniel. Gastelum says his opponents may be better than him but they don’t work as hard.
Bubba McDaniel (20-6, Team Jones) versus (4-0, Team Sonnen)-TUF 17 Middleweight Tournament-Final 14
Round 1- Gsatelum and McDaniel exchange punches and Gastelum gets a takedown in the first 30 seconds. McDaniel gets to his feet but is taken down again by Gastelum in a scramble. Gastelum tries to secure a guillotine but mostly uses the hold as a way to keep position. McDaniel sweeps and gets to Gastelum’s back. McDaniel lands a solid punch and gets both hooks in to secure the back-mount. Gastelum escapes and gets to his feet and scores a nice takedown to put McDaniel on his back. McDaniel goes for an arm-bar from his back and uses the move to sweep Gastelum and land on top. McDaniel gets back-mount and works for a rear-naked choke while landing punches. Gastelum escapes and gets to his feet. Gastelum throws a superman punch but does not connect. McDaniel ducks the punch and Gastelum pushes on top of him on the ma. McDaniel sweeps again and lands a punch while on top but Gastelum reverses position and finishes the round landing punches from inside the guard. I would score Round 1 for Bubba McDaniel: 10-9
Round 2- Gastelum lands a solid leg kick and a knee to the body in the first 25 seconds. Gastelum scores a takedown and looks for a guillotine but McDaniel avoids the hold and gets on top in half-guard. McDaniel improves into back-mount but is shaken off by Gastelum. Kelvin Gastelum gets on top of McDaniel and lands punches. McDaniel looks for a kimura but Gastelum escapes and gets on top. Gastelum takes McDaniel’s back and scores punches before sinking in a rear-naked choke that forces McDaniel to tap.
Kelvin Gastelum def. Bubba McDaniel via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:38 in Round 1 to advance to TUF 17 MW Tournament Quarter-Finals
This is the only upset on TUF 17 so far according the draft selections. Kelvin Gastelum was selected 7th by Team Sonnen, 13th overall while McDaniel was picked 3rd by Team Jones, 5th overall in the draft.
Bubba McDaniel tells Jon Jones that he could not establish his punch and Gastelum just “never stopped”. Jon Jones says there is still a wild card spot that he is eligible for. McDaniel is crying and is very upset after the loss.
Chael Sonnen gets Ronda Rousey on the phone to congratulate Kelvin Gastelum. Rousey says she will now come to the Ultimate Fighter gym to do a training session.
Chael Sonnen selects Tor Troeng (15-4, Team Sonnen) to face Josh Samman (9-2, Team Jones) on next week’s TUF 17 MW Tournament Round of 14 bout. Troeng was selected 4th by Team Sonnen, 7th overall while Smman was selected 2nd by Team Jones, 4th overall in the draft.
Samman says he feels Troeng possesses the same skills he does but is not as athletic.
TUF 17 Quick Results
Episode 1- January 22, 2013- Preliminary bouts to enter TUF 17 house
Adam Cella def. Jake Heun via submission (arm-bar) Round 1
Zak Cummings def. Nik Fekete via TKO Round 1
Kevin Casey def. Eldon Sproat via submission (rear-naked choke) R1
Tor Troeng def. Scott Rosa via submission (rear-naked choke) R1
Clint Hester def. Fraser Opie via unanimous decision
Bubba McDaniel def. Ryan Bigler via TKO (strikes) in R2
Josh Samman def. Leo Bercier via TKO (elbows) in R1
Kelvin Gastelum def. Kito Andrews via decision
Jimmy Quinlan def. Mike Persons via TKO (punches) R1
Uriah Hall def. Andy Enz via unanimous decision
Gilbert Smith def. Eric Wahlin via submission (arm-triangle choke) in R1
Luke Barnatt def. Nicholas Kohring via decision
Dylan Andrews def. Tim Williams via decision
Collin Hart def. Mike Jasper via submission (rear-naked choke) R1
Episode 2- January 29, 2013- Luke Barnatt def. Gilbert Smith via KO (knee) at 3:14 in Round 2 to advance to TUF 17 MW Tournament Quarter-Finals
Episode 3- February 4, 2013- Uriah Hall def. Adam Cella via KO (spinning head kick) 4:55 in Round 1 to advance to TUF 17 MW Tournament Quarter-Finals
Episode 4- February 12, 2013- Collin Hart def. Kevin Casey via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18) to advance to TUF 17 MW Tournament Quarter-Finals
Episode 5- February 19, 2013- Kelvin Gastelum def. Bubba McDaniel via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:38 in Round 1 to advance to TUF 17 MW Tournament Quarter-Finals
TUF 17 teams and draft selections
Team Chael Sonnen: Luke Barnatt (5-0) 1st pick, 1st overall, Uriah Hall (7-2) 2nd pick, 3rd overall, Zak Cummings (15-3) 3rd pick, 5th overall, Tor Troeng (15-4) 4th pick, 7th overall, Jimmy Quinlan (3-0) 5th pick, 9th overall, Kevin Casey (5-2) 6th pick, 11th overall, Kelvin Gastelum (4-0) 7th pick, 13th overall
Team Jon Jones: Clint Hester (7-3) 1st pick, 2nd overall, Josh Samman (9-2) 2nd pick, 4th overall, Bubba McDaniel (20-6) 3rd pick, 5th overall, Gilbert Smith (5-1) 4th pick, 6th overall, Collin Hart (4-1) 5th pick, 10th overall, Adam Cella (4-0) 6th pick, 12th overall, Dylan Andrews (15-4) 7th pick, 14th overall
TUF 17 Quarter-Finalists: Luke Barnatt (5-0, Team Sonnen), Uriah Hall (7-2, Team Sonnen), Collin Hart (4-1, Team Jones), Kelvin Gastelum (4-1, Team Sonnen), TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD
TUF 17 Semi-Finalists: TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD
TUF 17 Finalists: TBD versus TBD