TUF 17 Finale Fight Card and Semifinals Recap

The complete fight card has been officially announced for the TUF 17 Finale, which will see Urijah Faber take on Scott Jorgensen in the main event and will also feature a #1 contender and TUF coaching opportunity match featuring Miesha Tate vs Cat Zingano.

But the most anticipated fight everyone will most likely be looking forward to is the TUF final between stiking phenom Uriah Hall and the up until now unbeatable underdog Kelvin Gastelum.

This season in particular has offered an abundance of amazing finishes and some of the most competitive high level TUF fights in recent memory and possibly the shows history. Last night’s episode was no exception and saw some great action in both fights.

The baby-faced beast Kelvin Gastelum faced off against Captain confident Josh Samman (yes I made those up).

The two fought an exciting match that didn’t even get out of the first round. Samman came in throwing some feelers until Kelvin took it to the ground and used some very impressive and superior positioning to outwork and frustrate Samman.

Slamming him with elbows and hammerfists, Kelvin forced Samman to find a way out in frustration giving up his back in the process, where Kelvin saw an opening and instantly sunk in a very tight and slick rear naked choke shocking viewers, his team and himself yet again.

This kid seems to be the TUF version the little engine that could, and as Chael noted, he seems to be substantially proficient at nothing in particular, but very solid at everything. His greatest strengths however lie in his ground work, positioning, transitions and a striking power that I’m not sure even he truly knows he possesess just yet.

It’ll be interesting to see if he can keep this undefeated streak and upset the favorite yet again in the finals. Uriah Hall on the other hand was taken to the second round for the first time in the show. Dylan Andrews came in with his back against the wall knowing full well the challenge he had ahead of him.

However unlike Hall’s previous two opponents, the New Zealander didn’t break under the pressure or get caught in any flashy moves or counters. Andrews actually came in very impressive, with a solid gameplan of setting his own pace, distance and timing.

Aside from the fact that he wasn’t throwing anything and was possibly mezmerized by the movement and anticipation of Hall’s attacks, he was actually controlling the cage for most of the fight and walking Hall down, backing him up in the process.

Although it didn’t last very long, Andrews landed a solid takedown, giving himself and the team even more hope. Hall however grabbed a hold of a Kimura on the way down and held it for a while, allowing Andrews to score a few weak but valid body shots.

Hall however got sick of being in the position and shifted things into 5th gear when he reversed Andrews, took his back and reigned down Jamaican fury on his head and face, earning him the impressive TKO finish, while proving he’s got some ground game. Uriah Hall earns himself a spot against Kelvin Gastelum in the TUF finals on April 13th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Check out the complete fight card below and let us know what you thought of last night’s fights.

Main card (FX at 9 p.m. ET)
Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen
Uriah Hall vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano
Travis Browne vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Bubba McDaniel vs. Gilbert Smith

Undercard (FUEL at 7 p.m. ET)
Josh Samman vs. Kevin Casey
Luke Barnatt vs. Collin Hart
Dylan Andrews vs. Jimmy Quinlan
Clint Hester vs. Bristol Marunde

Undercard (Facebook)
Cole Miller vs. Bart Palaszewski
Sam Sicilia vs. Maximo Blanco
Justin Lawrence vs. Daniel Pineda



16 Comments

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    Mike Drahota

    April 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Good article. Think Gastelum has a legit shot at Hall or is everyone just too scared of him?

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      Bryan Fontez

      April 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Gastelum is one of those guys that I think has a legit shot at anyone with enough preparation and confidence.

      If he fights the right way he can win. Andrews took Hall down and he's not a prolific wrestler by any means. So Gastelum who has good takedowns and solid positioning could very realistically grind Hall out and win a Unanimous decision or even possibly a TKO.

      This is a really interesting match up. I think it's the best one that could have been made. Uriah vs anyone else would have been an easy pick, but this kid is a wild card in itself.

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        falcon4917

        April 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

        Agree, Wish also that Clint Hester was fighting either Josh or Bubba.

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        falcon4917

        April 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm

        And….WHAT THE HECK IS BUBBA DOING ON THE MAIN CARD!!!

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        diamond-mma2

        April 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm

        from the start of the show i told people i know, that Urijah and Kelvin will win this and go to the finals…ofcourse i never expected Urijah to come THAT! strong but i knew he had it in him after watching some of his Kick Boxing fights. That being said, Kelvin to me is the only fighter in the show who had a real chance against Urijah. I agree with Bryan, If Kenvil can grind Urijah out and do some take downs instead of trying to box a kick boxer he might be able to get the Decision. the hard thing will be taking Urijah down..Kenvil could also leg kick the hell out of Urijah, a bit more dangerous but that would slow Urijah down…they both will get a contract and Urijah wills by decision…..or brutal Knockout :/

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      TheRealDeal

      April 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Gastelum is scared you could see it in his eyes….

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      Baby Ads

      April 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      i think Gastelum will finish Hall, he is just so overrated, even josh samman is more legit than uriah, if he was to face uriah, i think it will be an easy fight for josh samman, uriah just got some lucky punches with his opponents.

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    kickassfast

    April 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    cant wait for this fight, im rooting for kelvin

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    G3ARHEAD

    April 10, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I told people three years ago, after seeing Hall in Bellator, if he can work on his ground game, this guy's going to be a killer in the UFC. He seems to have improved it enough for now, at least, so I have faith he can hold off Kelvin, especially with a full camp. That being said, I expect Kelvin to perform every bit as well as he has so far, I just see Uriah being that much too much for him. As we've seen, he doesn't necessarily have to defend the takedown to win.

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    TheRealDeal

    April 10, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    One question….How the "F" does Bubba McQuitter/McBigMouth get a fight on the MAIN CARD ?!?!?!?!?

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      G3ARHEAD

      April 10, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Bubba and Josh acted like they deserve to win the whole thing, though Josh at least backed up his talk somewhat. Bubba does the exact opposite of squeeze sympathy out of me with all his sob stories which seem to be all his fault anyway.

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      highkick12

      April 10, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      For real man Bubba has sucked since the first day he got in to the house. He was fully scared of Uriah so that tells you right there he doesnt have what it takes and knew from the beginning his only shot was to have all the easiest fights given to him in hopes that all the top guys would knock off eachother since he was very vocal about that.

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      UnderdogGreatness

      April 10, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Lol – I asked myself the exact question. Bubba must be a lucky guy.

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    highkick12

    April 10, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I feel like Kelvin vs Uriah is kind of like Weidmann vs Silva in that you have a guy whos only shot to win is to hold down the superior striker. Naturally Ill be cheering for the more exciting finish in a knockout by the striker for both matches.

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