TUF 17: Episode 1 notes and results

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 Episode 1. January 22, 2013- For the first time in TUF history, fighters are allowed their families in the building to watch their elimination round bouts. This will be an all-middleweight (185 lbs.) season.

Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen are shown meeting and shaking hands. Dana White recounts the history between Jones and Sonnen and talks about their fight on April 27.

The fighters enter the TUF gym and are introduced to Dana White, Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen.

Adam Cella (4-0) v. Jake Heun (3-2)  

Round 1- Heun took a knee to the face but scored a takedown in the first minute of the bout. Cella locked in an arm-bar from his back. Heun tried to roll out of the hold but could not escape and was forced to submit.

Adam Cella def. Jake Heun via submission (arm-bar) Round 1 to advance to TUF 17 middleweight tournament Final 16

Nik Fekete (5-1) v. Zak Cummings (15-3)

Round 1- Cummings dropped Fekete in the opening seconds with a heavy right hand and finished him with hammer-fists to get the stoppage.

Zak Cummings def. Nik Fekete via TKO Round 1 to advance to TUF 17 middleweight tournament Final 16

Eldon Sproat (3-1) v. Kevin Casey (5-2)

Only highlights were shown from this bout. Jon Jones describes the fight as a dominant performance by Kevin Casey with superior grappling.

Kevin Casey def. Eldon Sproat via submission (rear-naked choke) to advance to TUF 17 middleweight tournament Final 16

Scott Rosa (5-1) v. Tor Troeng (15-4)

Only highlights were shown from this bout. Chael Sonnen describes it as a ground-fight dominated by Troeng.

Tor Troeng def. Scott Rosa via submission (rear-naked choke) to advance to TUF 17 middleweight tournament Final 16

Clint Hester (7-3) Fraser Opie (10-5)

Only highlights were shown from this bout. Hester dominates with great boxing and wrestling. Jon Jones says Hester will be a top pick after this performance.

Clint Hester def. Fraser Opie via unanimous decision to advance to TUF 17 middleweight tournament Final 16

Ryan Bigler (9-3) v. Robert “Bubba” McDaniel (20-6)

Only highlights are shown from this bout. After a close first round, McDaniel finishes Bigler with punches from the back-mount in the second round.

Bubba McDaniel def. Ryan Bigler via TKO (strikes) in R2 to advance to TUF 17 middleweight tournament Final 16

Josh Samman (9-2) v. Leo Bercier (7-2)

Round 1- Samman scores a takedown in he first 10 seconds and scores several big punches to the body. Samman improves to full-mount, Bercier gives up his back and takes big punches to the head. Samman unloads with heavy punches and elbows to force the referee stoppage.

Josh Samman def. Leo Bercier via TKO (elbows) in R1 to advance to TUF 17 middleweight tournament Final 16

Kito Andrews (9-2) v. Kelvin Gastelum (4-0)

Only highlights were shown from this bout. Kito Andrews was in-control in the first round but Kelvin Gastelum fought back in the second round. Chael Sonnen said it was a very close fight.

Kelvin Gastelum def. Kito Andrews via decision to advance to TUF 17 middleweight tournament Final 16

Jimmy Quinlan (3-0) v. Mike Persons (3-0)

Only highlights of this bout were shown. Jon Jones says Quinlan displayed the best wrestling that he’s seen on the show so far. Quinlan dominated the fight with effective wrestling and finished with ground and pound.

Jimmy Quinlan def. Mike Persons via TKO (punches) to advance to TUF 17 middleweight tournament Final 16

Uriah Hall (7-2) v. Andy Enz (6-1)

Only highlights were shown from this bout. Hall scored good strikes, scored takedowns and attempted submissions in a highly entertaining first round. Hall continues to impress in the second round and wins the decision.

Uriah Hall def. Andy Enz via unanimous decision to advance to TUF 17 middleweight tournament Final 16

Gilbert Smith (5-1) v. Eric Wahlin (4-2)

Round 1- Smith scores a takedown and passes into half-guard. Smith lands short elbows to Wahlin’s head and locks in a head-arm triangle to force the submission.

Gilbert Smith def. Eric Wahlin via submission (arm-triangle choke) in R1 to advance to TUF 17 middleweight tournament Final 16

Nicholas Kohring (3-0) v. Luke Barnatt (5-0)

Only highlights were shown from this bout. Luke Barnatt used his 6’6 frame to control the range and dominate Kohring.

Luke Barnatt def. Nicholas Kohring via decision to advance to TUF 17 middleweight tournament Final 16

Dylan Andrews (15-4) v. Tim Williams (7-1)

Only highlights were shown from this bout. Andrews scored with a hard right hand early in the fight but Williams fought back and the fight went to a close decision.

Dylan Andrews def. Tim Williams via decision to advance to TUF 17 middleweight tournament Final 16

Collin Hart (4-1) v. Mike Jasper (5-0)

Only highlights were shown from this bout. Jon Jones says it was a “pretty amazing fight,” where Collin dominated with dirty-boxing. Jones says Hart reminds him of Randy Couture.

Collin Hart def. Mike Jasper via submission (rear-naked choke) R1 to advance to TUF 17 middleweight tournament Final 16

Fourteen fighters have now advanced to the Round of 16. Two losing fighters from the Round of 16 will get a second opportunity to qualify for the quarter-finals in a Wild Card fight against each other.

Coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen now draft their teams. Chael Sonnen wins the coin toss and elects to choose the first fighter in the draft. Jon Jones gets to choose the first fight match-up by default.

Chael Sonnen selects Luke Barnatt (5-0) first for his team, first overall

Jon Jones selects Clint Hester (7-3) first for his team, second overall

Chael Sonnen selects Uriah Hall (7-2) second for his team, third overall

Jon Jones selects Josh Samman (9-2) second for his team, fourth overall

Chael Sonnen selects Zak Cummings (15-3) third for his team, fifth overall

Jon Jones selects Bubba McDaniel (20-6) third for his team, sixth overall

Chael Sonnen selects Tor Troeng (15-4) fourth for his team, seventh overall

Jon Jones selects Gilbert Smith (5-1) fourth for his team, eighth overall

Chael Sonnen selects Jimmy Quinlan (3-0) fifth for his team, ninth overall

Jon Jones selects Collin Hart (4-1) fifth for his team, tenth overall

Chael Sonnen selects Kevin Casey (5-2) sixth for his team, eleventh overall

Jon Jones selects Adam Cella (4-0) sixth for his team, twelfth overall

Chael Sonnen selects Kelvin Gastelum (4-0) seventh for his team, thirteenth overall

Jon Jones selects Dylan Andrews (15-4) seventh for his team, fourteenth overall

Jon Jones selects Gilbert Smith (5-1, Team Jones) to fight Luke Barnatt (5-0, Team Sonnen) in the first bout of the Round of 16.The fight will take place on Episode 2, next week.

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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

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

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