The Ultimate Fighter 17 returns to action tonight on FX. This week features the wildcard bout in The Ultimate Fighter house as Team Sonnen’s Kevin Casey takes on Team Jones’ Bubba McDaniel. Stay tuned to MMAFrenzy as we track fourteen middleweights, coached by UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, vying to become The Ultimate Fighter. [Spoilers Below]
Show starts off with Bubba McDaniel talking about his second chance on the show. The fighter is determined to win because he wants his kids to know his being away from them was worth it. Coach Jones works to correct mistakes that McDaniel made in his fight with Team Sonnen’s Kelvin Gastelum, insisting the biggest issue he has is just in his mentality. It seems to pay off, as he has a solid training session.
Back at the house, Kevin Casey is relaxing back at the house while Team Jones’ Josh Samman asks if he took it personally. Casey says no, and Josh half-jokingly calls out Jim Quinlan. Quinlan accepts, joking that it is because he is an expert fisherman, but Quinlan’s teammate Uriah Hall really wants to batter Josh.
At the gym, Hall, Quinlan, and Coach Sonnen discuss the possible matchup. With everyone agreeing that it would be better for Uriah to take on Samman. The training session begins and Casey is talking about having to perform better this time out, insisting it was a fluke in his first fight. Sonnen talks about how his main focus is just getting the best out of Casey, with the outcome being secondary.
Back at the house, both teams got together and celebrate Thanksgiving together. Sonnen toasts the fighters and Coach Jones, saying he was disappointed to find out that Jones is a nice guy. Jones says the same about Chael, but says he is still wanting to beat him badly when they face off.
While everyone is having a good time, Bubba McDaniel is clearly frustrated with the festivities since he cannot eat. On the way to weigh-ins, Samman talks about the possible fight with Quinlan but figures that it is Hall that is gunning for him. Samman says he is fine with that fight, but with his injuries he is trying to play it smart.
At the weigh-ins, both fighters weigh in at 186 pounds. The weigh-ins get a bit comical when Kevin Casey needs a towel to weigh in, but he makes it and the fight is set.
Kevin Casey vs. Bubba McDaniel
- Fight starts with BM in attack mode and he connects before landing a takedown on KC. KC tries a guillotine and BM is forced to back out and gets taken down soon after. KC locks up a cradle and uses it to pass to side control. BM recovers guard, but KC passes again. BM recovers guard again but cannot escape. KC stands up and passes to side control again but loses it and BM stands up. Big knee from BM and he lands a solid elbow. BM starts landing some good shots in the clinch but KC gets another takedown with only a few seconds left and gets to mount with a guillotine choke but time expires. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Casey.
- Jones implores McDaniel to keep it standing in the second. Big legkick by BM and it’s back to the clinch. Jones’ corner is telling him to back away but he is in control for now. Casey tries a standing guillotine but fails when he tries to pull guard. BM has half guard and is looking to land GNP. Elbows and punches by BM now and that continues for the rest of the round. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 McDaniel (19-19) and NSAC’s Keith Kizer motions that there will be a third round.
- Kevin Casey cannot go and that’s it.
Bubba McDaniel def. Kevin Casey via TKO (corner stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2
Casey has to be carried back to the lockerroom and reveals that he had this happen in 2010 when his kidneys failed and he is taken away in an ambulance (which uses the ambulance footage seen prior to the Hall fight).
All the fighters, and coaches, seem to know who they want to fight but Dana does a pull a small surprise on people and pairs Bubba McDaniel and Uriah Hall in the final quarter.
Colin Hart vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Dylan Andrews vs. Luke Barnatt
Josh Samman vs. Jimmy Quinlan
Uriah Hall vs. Bubba McDaniel