The Ultimate Fighter 17 returned to action tonight for the final episode of the season. This week featured the semifinal bouts of Season 17. 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]
Very little build up to our first semifinal tonight. Team Jones fighter, Josh Samman is focused on visualizing his possible victory. Team Sonnen fighter Kelvin Gastelum knows this is his big chance, so he is planning on leaving everything in the cafe.
Josh Samman (Team Jones) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (Team Sonnen)
- Pair of kicks by Samman open the frame. KG swarms but Samman evades. Samman with a bad rush of his own and gets taken down easily. Samman tries for a sub but gets passed briefly. Another sub attack by Samman but KG evades it. Samman works up and they’re in the clinch. Hard knee by Samman but he tries a terrible takedown attempt and is grounded. Elbows by KG on Samman, who is stuck in a deep half guard. Hard right by KG in Samman’s guard. KG takes Samman’s back in a scramble to stand and quickly locks up a choke to complete the upset. Kelvin Gastelum def. Josh Samman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1
At the Team Jones practice Coach Stonehorse works heavily on Dylan both mentally and physically. Jones talks to Dylan about establishing his striking by not engaging right off the bat and having Uriah come to him. Jones gives Andrews a great talk before the final fight in the house takes place.
Uriah Hall (Team Sonnen) vs. Dylan Andrews (Team Jones)
- Touch of gloves and we’re off. Dylan is playing distance and Hall is comfortable there too as he is the aggressor. Hall is very comfortable in the cage here, and is unconcerned with stopping Dylan’s takedowns. Wicked right by Dylan lands. Hall’s arsenal of kicks is a thing to watch, and while they’re not landing well (yet), they’re taking a lot out of Dylan’s arms and legs. Hall easily outpoints Dylan in Round 1. 10-9 Hall.
- Hall with a few nice strikes to open the round.Dylan’s nose is busted up and it’s clearly bugging him. Andrews tries a takedown but Hall throws him off easily. Andrews’s face is a mess. Hall is picking a part and easily evading every time Andrews comes forward. Andrews rushes and drops on a double leg to get hall to the floor. Hall cranks Kimura but Andrews is defending and landing strikes to the ribs and thigh. Hall is doing the arm movement of the hold correctly, but not using his legs to finish the hold. Andrews keeps peppering away. Hall recovers guard and lands huge strikes from the bottom that force Andrews to wilt and give up mount as the round ends. Uriah Hall def. Dylan Andrews via TKO (strikes) – Round 2
The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale Match-up:
With the fights over, our final is set with an all-Team Sonnen pairing between Uriah Hall and the show’s most improved fighter (maybe ever) Kelvin Gastelum. Dylan’s distraught over the loss and his face is destroyed. Jones and Sonnen part on good terms, with both coaches talking to each team about working with them in the future.
TUF 17 Final: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Uriah Hall