Kevin Casey is happy to get a wild card opportunity despite a poor performance in his last fight.
Bubba McDaniel says that he talks to his daughter on the phone but cannot visit her because he doesn’t have the money to travel to where she lives. McDaniel says he feels pressure to win this fight because he came into the house as a “top guy” and lost his first fight.
Jon Jones tells Bubba McDaniel that he is at his best when he is aggressive. McDaniel trains with Jones in New Mexico at Team Jackson/ Winklejohn. Jones tells McDaniel that he was a great training partner in preparation for Lyoto Machida.
Josh Samman (Team Jones) tells Jimmy Quinlan (Team Sonnen) that he would like to fight him in the quarter-finals.
Uriah Hall says he wants to fight Josh Samman. Jimmy Quinlan says he’d rather Uriah Hall fight Samman and Team Sonnen seems to decide that Hall would be fighting Samman.
Kevin Casey is shown training with a helmet and facemask to protect a cut and stitches from his last fight.
Team Sonnen and Team Jones get together at the Ultimate Fighter house for a Thanksgiving-day meal. Chael Sonnen gives a speech and tells the fighters that there can only be one Ultimate Fighter but he and Jones will do their best to make sure they are all UFC fighters. Sonnen tells Jones that he is disappointed to learn how good of a human being Jones is and their fight will be based purely on competition.
Bubba McDaniel is angry to see other people eat when he has to cut weight. McDaniel says his body is hurting all the time and is tired of constantly cutting weight.
Josh Samman says he is willing to fight Uriah Hall but was trying to avoid getting bumps and bruises in the tournament.
Kevin Casey (5-2, Team Sonnen) versus Bubba McDaniel (20-6, Team Jones)- TUF 17 MW Tournament- Wild Card to enter QF
Round 1- The fighters meet at the center of the octagon and exchange punches. McDaniel clinches and Casey jumps guard. Casey gets back to his feet and clinches McDaniel against the fence. Casey gets a trip takedown and lands in half-guard. Casey tries to pass but McDaniel keeps gets him back into guard. Casey passes into side-control but McDaniel gets him back into his guard. Casey lands a punch but McDaniel back to his feet. Casey holds on and clinches McDaniel against the fence but McDaniel reverses the position and scores a knee to the body. Casey reverses and pushes McDaniel against the fence but takes a knee to the body. McDaniel pushes away from the cage but Casey gets a body lock and takes McDaniel down. Casey mounts McDaniel but time expires in the round. I would score Round 1 for Kevin Casey: 10-9
Jon Jones tells McDaniel in between rounds to change to the fight from a jiu-jitsu match to a kickboxing match because they are losing the jiu-jitsu match.
Round 2- McDaniel scores a punch and clinches with Casey and pushes him against the fence. McDaniel scores punches to the body in the clinch and an uppercut and attempts a takedown. Casey grabs McDaniel’s head and jumps down to the mat in a guillotine attempt that McDaniel easily escapes. McDaniel scores punches to the body and elbows to the head from side-control. Casey puts him into his guard but McDaniel lands solid punches and elbows to the face. McDaniel lands heavy elbows and punches from inside the guard while Casey can do nothing but try and defend the attack. Casey was visibly exhausted after the round. I would score Round 2 for Bubba McDaniel 10-9
The judges score the fight a draw after two rounds and we are going to a third. Kevin Casey decides not to fight the final round due to exhaustion or being too beat up. Dana White is not impressed. Bubba McDaniel asks if he still gets credit for a finish bonus, White says yes.
Bubba McDaniel def. Kevin Casey via TKO (exhaustion) 5:00 Round 2 to advance into TUF 17 MW Tournament Quarter-Finals
Chael Sonnen is surprised and says Kevin Casey is not out of shape. Casey says he had kidney failure during a fight in 2010 and speculates that could be the problem. Casey goes to the hospital.
Bubba McDaniel says he feels great after the win.
Dana White brings coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen into an office to decide the quarter-final match-ups. Every fighter enters the office one at a time to tell them whom they’d like to fight.
Bubba McDaniel says he wants to fight Jimmy Quinlan or Luke Barnatt.
Jimmy Quinlan says he wants to fight Bubba McDaniel.
Dylan Andrews says he wants to fight Luke Barnatt.
Luke Barnatt says he wants to fight Bubba McDaniel or Dylan Andrews
Kelvin Gastelum says he wants to fight Collin Hart.
Collin Hart says he wants to fight Uriah Hall. Dana White is surprised and didn’t think any one would call out Hall. Dana says he likes it.
Uriah Hall says he wants to fight Josh Samman.
Josh Samman says he thinks Uriah Hall is trying to avoid a fight with Collin Hart. Samman says he wants to fight Jimmy Quinlan.
Chael Sonnen thinks Dylan Andrews should fight Luke Barnatt. Jon Jones agrees. Sonnen wants to see Uriah Hall fight Josh Samman. Jones says he wants Samman to fight Quinlan and Kelvin Gastelum versus Dylan Andrews. Dana White thanks them for their opinion.
Dana White announces: Collin Hart versus Kelvin Gastelum, Dylan Andrews v. Luke Barnatt, Josh Samman v. Jimmy Quinlan and Uriah Hall versus Bubba McDaniel.
Collin Hart versus Kelvin Gastelum and Dylan Andrews v. Luke Barnatt will take place on the next episode of TUF 17. Ronda Rousey will also appear on the program.
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
Episode 6- February 26, 2013- Josh Samman def. Tor Troeng via TKO (punches) at 4:02 in Round 1 to advance to TUF 17 MW Tournament Quarter-Finals
Episode 7- March 5, 2013- Jimmy Quinlan def. Clint Hester via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:43 in Round 2 to advance to TUF 17 MW tournament quarter-finals.
Episode 8- March 12, 2013- Dylan Andrews def. Zak Cummings via majority decision (20-18, 20-18, 19-19) to advance to TUF 17 MW Tournament Quarter-Finals
Episode 9- March 19, 2013- Bubba McDaniel def. Kevin Casey via TKO (exhaustion) 5:00 Round 2 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), Josh Samman (9-2, Team Jones), Jimmy Quinlan (3-0, Team Sonnen), Dylan Andrews (15-4, Team Jones), Bubba McDaniel (20-6, Team Jones)
TUF 17 Quarter-Final match-ups:
Collin Hart v. Kelvin Gastelum
Dylan Andrews v. Luke Barnatt
Josh Samman v. Jimmy Quinlan
Uriah Hall v. Bubba McDaniel
TUF 17 Semi-Finalists: TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD
TUF 17 Finalists: TBD versus TBD