Episode 8- March 12, 2013- Zak Cummings (15-3, Team Sonnen) will fight Dylan Andrews (15-4, Team Jones) on this episode in the final TUF 17 MW Tournament Round of 14 bout. Two Wild Card fighters will be selected to fight in the next round of the tournament to complete the eight-man bracket.
Bubba McDaniel (Team Jones) discusses his chance at a wild card spot with teammate Adam Cella. Cella believes Bubba McDaniel deserves the UFC contract more than anyone because of his work ethic.
Jon Jones says Dylan Andrews “has his hands full” but is up for the challenge.
Dylan Andrews says he got into MMA by finding a gym by chance while looking to rent UFC videos. Andrews says he grew up in a marijuana grow house. Andrews says he had problems in his past and uses his pain as fuel for his fights. Andrews tells Uriah Hall that he hates to fight but feels he must do it. Hall agrees and finds common ground with Andrews.
Zak Cummings says he is good at math and thought about becoming an engineer before entering MMA. Cummings says he’s never been in a street fight and sees MMA as a competition. Cummings says Dylan Andrews is the nicest guy he’s ever met. Chael Sonnen says Cummings finally made The Ultimate Fighter show after trying out seven times.
Dana White welcomes Team Jones and Team Sonnen for the Coaches’ Challenge. This season’s challenge features Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen doing three obstacles on excavators. The winning coach gets $10,000 and each team member gets $1,500.
The coaches must fill a 14 yard dumpster with dirt, build a large tire pyramid and scoop a basketball off a cone and dump it into a large tire.
Chael Sonnen fills his dumpster first but Jon Jones catches up when Sonnen struggles to build his tire pyramid. Chael Sonnen comes back when Jones struggles to dump his basketball in the large tire. Chael Sonnen wins the Coaches Challenge.
Dylan Andrews has a seven year-old son and a four year old daughter. Andrews says he puts his family through hell when he is not around but is willing to do so because he wants to succeed in MMA.
Jon Jones says he expects a striking battle between Andrews and Cummings.
Zak Cummings (15-3, Team Sonnen) versus Dylan Andrews (15-4, Team Jones)-TUF 17 MW Tournament Round of 14 bout.
Round 1- Cummings shoots for a single-leg takedown but Andrews defends. Andrews and Cummings exchange punches and Andrews shoot for a takedown. Cummings sprawls and lands on top of Andrews. Cummings lands elbows and passes into side-control. Cummings continues to land elbows but Andrews escapes the position and gets into Cummings’ guard. Andrews lands a solid elbow in the guard as it becomes apparent that he is cut on his head from an elbow and is bleeding profusely. Andrews continues to land heavy elbows from the guard of Cummings and passes into half-guard. Andrews lands several big punches and elbows. I would score Round 1 for Dylan Andrews: 10-9
Round 2- Cummings misses on a spin-kick and superman punch but connects on a left hook that staggers Andrews. Cummings tries to rush in on a backpedalling Andrews but gets taken down. Andrews tries to land strikes from half-guard but is held tightly by Cummings. Andrews lands some short elbows and punches and stays on top of Cummings. Andrews is unable to do any significant damage with his ground and pound but stays busy and stays on top. Cummings attempts a kimura but Andrews defends as time expires in the round. I would score Round 2 for Dylan Andrews: 10-9
Dylan Andrews def. Zak Cummings via majority decision (20-18, 20-18, 19-19) to advance to TUF 17 MW Tournament Quarter-Finals
Dana White gives Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones the decision on whom to bring back as the wild cards. Chael Sonnen decides to bring back Kevin Casey from his team. Jon Jones struggles on his decision to bring back Bubba McDaniel or Clint Hester.
Jon Jones decides to bring back Bubba McDaniel as a Wild Card for his team. Chael Sonnen brings back Kevin Casey as his Wild Card. Casey will fight McDaniel on the next episode for the final quarter-final slot.
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
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), TBD
TUF 17 Semi-Finalists: TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD
TUF 17 Finalists: TBD versus TBD