On of the more stacked TUF finale cards promised quality action and delivered in spades, with nine finishes from the twelves matches on the card and a few notable upsets.
Kelvin Gastelum took Uriah Hall the distance and earned the nod from two out of three judges to win the tournament and the paperweight trophy. With an unbeaten pro record and taking four underdog victories en route to the title while being the youngest competitor in the show’s history, the future looks bright for Gastelum.
Urijah Faber beat longtime friend Scott Jorgensen in the main event with his patented takedown and submission in the fourth round, after using his quickness to earn the first three stanzas on the judges scorecard. Faber continues his run of never having lost a non-title match in his MMA career.
With the winner of the upcoming Barao-Wineland interim title match expecting a unification bout with Dominick Cruz next, Faber probably needs one more win in the mean time to keep his aim of facing Cruz in a rubber match. I think Brad Pickett is available… just saying.
The UFC’s second ever women’s bout had plenty riding on it, with the promise of a title shot and essentially a series of prime time promotional opportunities as a coach in the next season of the Ultimate Fighter up for grabs.
Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano showed why the girls are in the UFC to stay with a deserved fight of the night winner which went back and forth. Tate had the advantage in the opening frames, coming close with some submission attempts and leading the scorecards going into the third round. Zingano had to put a great round in, and she did seeming to gain strength as Tate faded and scoring a truly memorable TKO win with a series of brutal knees.
Seriously, if you didn’t see it you need to check the finish of this fight out as the very concept that ‘girls can’t fight’ is blown away like chaff in hot air by this match.
Travis Browne erased the memories of his leg injury assisted loss to Antonio Silva with an all business first round stoppage of Gabriel Gonzaga. Given Silva is now the no.1 contender, where does that leave Browne in the division?
MAIN (FX, 9 p.m. ET)
• Urijah Faber def. Scott Jorgensen via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 4, 3:16
• Kelvin Gastelum def. Uriah Hall via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) – wins “TUF 17” tournament
• Cat Zingano def. Miesha Tate via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:55
• Travis Browne def. Gabriel Gonzaga via knockout (elbows) – Round 1, 1:11
• Robert McDaniel def. Gilbert Smith via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 2:49
PRELIMINARY (FUEL TV, 7 p.m. ET)
• Josh Samman def. Kevin Casey via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:17
• Luke Barnatt def. Collin Hart via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
• Dylan Andrews def. Jimmy Quinlan via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:22
• Clint Hester def. Bristol Marunde via TKO (elbow) – Round 3, 3:53
PRELIMINARY (Facebook, 5:30 p.m. ET)
• Cole Miller def. Bart Palaszewski via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:23
• Maximo Blanco def. Sam Sicilia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
• Daniel Pineda def. Justin Lawrence via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 1:35