Great Season Ends with a Great Night (TUF 17 Finale Review)

Kelvin Gastelum vs Uriah HallNever before has a TUF Finale fight been so hyped than the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 17 and it was all because of one man. Uriah Hall is the best fight to come out of the reality show since it began as his time on the show put the middleweight division on notice. He would earn devastating KOs in every fight the type of KOs where you don’t really want to cheer. In three fights on the show Hall would send three fighters to the hospital with very heavy hands. As the finale approached everyone was looking to Hall as possibly the most complete fighter to come out of the show. As the show wrapped up Hall seemed like a fighter on his way to a title shot with only a few fights in between him and Anderson Silva. There was still one fight to go though as Uriah Hall was not the Ultimate Fighter Champion yet no matter how many people wanted to crown him. In his way would be Kelvin Gastelum who had been the underdog throughout the entire show. As the youngest competitor on the show everybody looked past Gastelum believing that he was just a middle of the road fighter. Then he would win and win again and again and with every fight would remain the underdog. That wouldn’t change at the finale either as Gastelum would go into the fight as a major underdog to Uriah Hall. It was almost predetermined that Hall would win this fight in spectacular fashion like he had done all season. To many Gastelum was just a stepping stone for Hall who would get the contract and begin his march up the middleweight ladder. It seemed as though even Uriah Hall believed this as he went into the fight with a lot of confidence. It seems though that someone forgot to tell Gastelum that he was not supposed to win this fight much like the fights on the show. Gastelum went into the fight relishing the underdog role with confidence that he could upset the much hyped Hall. It was a true underdog story for the finale and one of the most intriguing fights in The Ultimate Fighter history that would give the UFC a new fighter in a division in need of true challengers. It would be a matchup of a knockout artist against a well-rounded wrestler as Hall would be looking for the KO while Gastelum would be looking to take whatever advantage he can to get the win. The fight would begin with Gastelum doing exactly what he needed to do as he would charge towards Hall and put the knockout artist on his heels. Hall did not seem concerned though as he would go back to the fence and do his best Anderson Silva impression. Hall would drop his hands and beg Gastelum to come forward as he would back against the fence. It was Hall’s cockiness showing through and it made it seem like the hype had gotten to him having him believe his own hype. The fight would contine thios way as Hall would continue to show off and drop his hands. As he dropped his hands Gastelum would take full advantage landing his shots and earning takedowns. Hall would get his in too landing a few good takedowns and plenty of shots. It would be a close fight with both fighters getting their points in and making a case for the win. In the end Gastelum would not do the most damage with his shots but would get a lot more in than Hall. The underdog story would be complete as Uriah Hall would lose the fight to the perennial underdog Kelvin Gastelum. Gastelum would come out on top in one of the best seasons of The Ultimate Fighter making him a fighter to watch. The Ultimate Fighter 17 will produce plenty of great UFC fighters and Gastelum has come out as the best among them all.

The Ultimate Fighter Finale was not the only important fight of the night though as a number of fights would shape the future of UFC divisions. One such fight was the second women’s fight in UFC history between Meisha Tate and Cat Zingano would fight for a chance to be the next coach on The Ultimate Fighter. The winner will get to coach alongside Women’s champion Ronda Rousey and would get a shot at the Women’s Bantamweight title. Tate would be looking to get a rematch with Rousey who beat Tate in Strikeforce to earn the women’s belt. Zingano was just looking for a shot as the relative newcomer was looking to make an impact on the UFC. It would be a great fight full of action with the fight looking like it could be over multiple times. In the end it was Zingano who came out on top with a TKO that would earn her a coaching job and a shot at the title. In the main event the Bantamweight division would look to Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen it what could determine the next #1 contender. Faber was looking to keep is #2 ranking in the division that could earn him a shot at the title. Jorgensen was looking for a chance to move up in the rankings and get one step closer to a title shot. The matchup of two friends would be another good one and would go back and forth. In the fourth round it would come to an end when the more experienced Faber sunk in a Rear Naked Choke to earn the submission victory. The TUF 17 Finale had plenty to watch as a new fighter was introduced to the UFC and two divisions found their next contenders. It was a great end to another great season that left many just waiting for TUF 18 when Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano coach Men and Women in what is sure to be another great season.

 

Fight Bonuses

Submission of the Night
The undercard fights are used for up and coming fighters to make an impression and this time it was a UFC veteran who used it to make an impression as Daniel Pineda won the Submission of the Night for his Kimura win in the first fight of the night

Knockout of the Night
Travis Browne was looking to make an impression to get back into the title conversation against Gabriel Gonzaga and he did just that with a big first round KO that put him back on the map and earned him the KO bonus

Fight of the Night
The women’s division continues to make an impact as Meisha Tate and Cat Zingano put on a show for the fans as both went all out for three rounds with submission attempts and close KOs until Zingano finally put Tate away with a third round TKO while both earned some bonus money

 

Fight Results

Main Event:
“The California Kid” Urijah Faber def. Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen
(Submission; Rear Naked Choke, Rd. 4)

 

Main Card:
Kelvin Gastelum def. Uriah “Prime Time” Hall
(Split Decision)

“Alpha” Cat Zingano def. Meisha “Cupcake” Tate
(TKO; Rd. 3)

Travis “Hapa” Browne def. Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga
(KO, Rd. 1)

Bubba “The Menace” McDaniel def. Gilbert “Jamal” Smith
(Submisson; Triangle Choke, Rd. 2)

 

Undercard:
Josh Samman def. “King” Kevin Casey
(TKO; Rd. 2)

Luke “The Bigslow” Barnatt def. Collin Hart
(Unanimous Decision)

Dylan “The Villain” Andrews def. Jimmy “Crash” Quinlan
(TKO; Rd. 1)

Clint “Headbussa” Hester def. Bristol Marunde
(KO, Rd. 3)

Cole “Magrinho” Miller def. Bart “Bartimus” Palaszewski
(Submission; Rear Naked Choke, Rd. 1)

Maximo “Maxi” Blanco def. Sam Sicilia
(Unanimous Decision)

Daniel “The Pit” Pineda def. Justin “The American Kidd” Lawrence
(Submission; Kimura, Rd. 1)

 

Upcoming Events:

UFC on Fox 7: Henderson vs. Melendez (Saturday April 20th; 8:00 pm ET)
– San Jose, California (HP Pavilion)
Main Event: Benson “Smooth” Henderson vs. Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez [Lightweight Title]
Notable: Frank Mir vs. Daniel “DC” Cormier
Notable: Nate Diaz vs. Josh “The Punk” Thomson

UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen (Saturday April 27th; 10:00 pm ET)
– Newark, New Jersey (Prudential Center)
Main Event: Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Chael Sonnen [Light Heavyweight Title]
Notable: Michael “The Count” Bisping vs. Alan “The Talent” Belcher
Notable: Roy “Big Country” Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo

UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold (Saturday May 18th; 9:00 pm ET)
– Jaragua, Santa Carina (Arena Jaragua)
Main Event: “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold
Notable: Costa Philippou vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
Notable: Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham

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