100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Cat Zingano - 94.1
2. Travis Browne - 93.7
3. Bubba McDaniel - 93.0
4. Josh Samman - 92.3
5. Kelvin Gastelum - 92.0
6. Uriah Hall - 91.8
7. Miesha Tate - 91.6
8. Cole Miller - 91.5
9. Dylan Andrews - 91.4
10. Urijah Faber - 91.3
UFC The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
-Fight of the Night-
Cat Zingano vs. Miesha Tate
Fighters & Matches 90.2
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 91.3
     This fight was pretty quick & to the point. Justin Lawrence threw a head kick, and that was pretty much his only offense. Pineda then took him to the ground, locked on a kimura, and Justin tapped out. Not much else to say about this fight really.
      These guys started the first round like a light sparring match or something. Blanco scored some points at the start of the round, with a decent takedown, and then he kind of controlled the wrestling for a couple of minutes, but once the fight got back up, it was just a lot of dancing around & jabs from both guys. The second round, Sicilia looked a little more aggressive, but after a crazy flurry of bombs going both ways, Blanco ended up on top when they went to the ground. And the third round was pretty much Blanco kicking Sicilia's ass again. So I gave all 3 rounds to Blanco (even though I wanted Sicilia to win) and the judges agreed with me.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Bart Palaszewski looked good early in the fight, showing some strong boxing skills, but he wasn't really able to do much damage. Cole Miller eventually shot in for a double leg, took Bart to the ground, and then locked on a rear-naked choke fairly quickly. Good quick show by Cole Miller.
      This fight was kind of boring. Bristol Marunde spent the entire fight trying to bring Clint Hester to the ground, and Hester spent the entire fight throwing lazy strikes. He connected with a sharp elbow in the third round that knocked Marunde unconscious, which was pretty cool, but overall, a pretty lackluster fight.
      This fight was ok. Jimmy Quinlan shot in for a takedown, and took forever, but eventually slammed Andrews on the ground. Eventually they got back up, and Andrews was able to hit him a few times, while Quinlan randomly turtled up. I'm not sure if this is really a good sport for Quinlan, it seems his striking skills (including defense) are WAY below where they need to be for MMA, and his grappling isn't at a high enough level to compensate. Good finish by Dylan Andrews.
      This fight was fine, nothing really noteworthy at all though. Both guys looked exhausted by the end of the fight, they both scored similarly in my opinion, I gave the fight to Hart (just barely) and all 3 judges gave it to Barnatt. I don't really care enough to dispute it, so there you have it.
      This fight was pretty badass. Kevin Casey showed some amazing Jiu-Jitsu skills early in the first round, but Samman was able to defend against everything, and he slammed Casey on his head several times to escape an armbar / triangle combination. I still gave the first round to Casey, but Samman was looking better as the fight progressed. The entire second round went to Samman's muay thai clinch, where he was able to knee Casey until his body just gave out on him. Excellent comeback & finish by Josh Samman!
(Triangle Armbar)
      Finally! Bubba looked like shit on The Ultimate Fighter TV show, but now that he was actually able to focus on a single fight for a while, he looked pretty badass in this fight. He clearly won the first two rounds in my opinion, by showing better striking AND better grappling than Gilbert Smith. The third round was more of the same, and eventually, while on the ground, Gilbert managed to get on top, Bubba locked on a triangle choke, and turned it into an armbar, forcing Gilbert to submit. Pretty impressive UFC debut by Bubba McDaniel.
      This was kind of a silly fight. Gabriel Gonzaga shot in for a lazy takedown against the cage, and Travis Browne started raining down some HEAVY fuckin' elbows to the side of Gonzaga's head, knocking him unconscious. Travis Browne's elbows look painful. Excellent stoppage by Travis Browne, Gonzaga on the other hand, didn't seem to bring ANYTHING with him tonight.
(Knees & Elbow)
      Fuck yeah! To anybody that had issues with women coming to the UFC, this fight should hopefully prove that it was a foolish concern. So far, 2 out of 2 women's fights have been FUCKING INCREDIBLE. I gave the first round to Miesha Tate, because she looked to have clearly better wrestling & striking skills, and the second round started the same way, but by the end of that round, I gave Cat Zingano the second round. The third round was pretty much Zingano beating the shit out of Tate, until eventually she landed a series of HEAVY knees, followed by a big elbow, taking out Miesha Tate. Cat Zingano is legit, and I can't wait to see her fight Ronda Rousey for the championship!
      They said that if the fight went to a draw, they would have a 4th sudden victory round, and I really feel like this should have happened, because Kelvin destroyed Uriah in the first round, Uriah threw him around like a ragdoll in the second round, and the third round was an amazing round, but I scored them dead even. So to me, this fight was a draw, and the judges scored in in favor of Kelvin Gestelum via split-decision. SUCH a close fight, why wasn't there a 4th round!?!
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Uriah Faber used to be one of my favorite fighters in the world to watch, because he was explosive, and exciting. He still has the skills, but it seems to take him WAY longer to finish guys now, so I'm starting to get kind of bored with it. Similar to GSP, I thought this was going to be ANOTHER fight going to decision, but Uriah was able to finish Jorgensen in the fourth round via rear-naked choke, after winning on the scorecards in all 3 of the first 3 rounds. Good job Uriah, but I really wish he would start finishing people a little quicker.