TUF 17 premier fight results and teams


The Ultimate Fighter 7: Jones vs. Sonnen premiered, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET on FX Channel. Opposing coaches are UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and Gangster from Oregon Chael Sonnen.

Formerly running on Fridays, the new TUF time slot will be Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. However, tonight's two hour debut will be at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The Ultimate Fighter Finale will be Sat. Apr. 13 at 9:00 p.m on FX.

Jones and Sonnen will fight for the title at UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen on Sat. Apr. 27 at 10:00 p.m. live on PPV.

The 28 athletes below, one of which is the "TUF Beast," fought to get into the house on tonight's episode. Fighters are all in the 185 lb light heavyweight division. Results are at bottom

Dylan Andrews, Gold Coast, Australia (Born in New Zealand)
Kito Andrews, Sacramento, Calif.
Luke Barnatt, Cambridge, England
Leo Bercier, Great Falls, Mont.
Ryan Bigler8, Yona, Guam
Kevin Casey, Hawthorne, Calif.
Adam Cella, Fenton, Mo.
Zak Cummings, Kansas City, Mo.
Andy Enz, Anchorage, Alaska
Nik Fekete, Las Vegas, Nev.
Kelvin Gastelumo, Yuma, Ariz.
Uriah Hall, New York City (Born in Jamaica)
Collin Hart, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Clint Hester (7-3), 25, Atlanta, Georgia
Jake Heun, Salt Lake City, Utah
Mike Jasper, Camarillo, Calif.
Nicholas Kohring, Valley Springs, Calif.
Robert "Bubba" McDaniel, Albuquerque, N.M.
Fraser Opie, Milton Keynes, England (Born in South Africa)
Mike Persons, Manteca, Calif.
Jimmy Quinlan, Metheun, Mass.
Scott Rosa, Sparks, Nev.
Joshua Samman, Tallahassee, Fla.
Gilbert Smith Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.
Eldon Sproat, Molokai, Hawa'
Tor Troeng, Umea, Sweden
Eric Wahlin, Taylorsville, Utah
Timothy Williams, Millville, N.J.

For the first time ever, the fighters hoping to earn their way into the house can also bring friends and family into the gym to show their support.

Adam Cella def. Jake Heun via submission (armbar) - Round 1
Zak Cummings def. Nik Fekete via TKO (punches) - Round 1
Kevin Casey def. Eldon Sproat via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1
Tor Troeng def. Scott Rosa via submission (rear-naked choke)
Clint Hester def. Fraser Opie via decision
Robert "Bubba" McDaniel def. Ryan Bigler via TKO (punches) - Round 2
Josh Samman def. Lou Bercier via TKO (punches) - Round 1
Kelvin Gastelum def. Kito Andrews via decision
Jimmy Quinlan def. Mike Persons via TKO (punches) - Round 1
Uriah Hall def. Andy Enz via decision
Gilbert Smith def. Eric Wahlin by submission (arm-triangle). Round 1
Luke Barnatt def. Nicholas Kohring via decision
Dylan Andrews def. Tim Williams via decision
Collin Hart def. Mike Jasper via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1

Team Sonnen
Luke Barnatt
Uriah Hall
Zak Cummings
Tor Troeng
Jimmy Quinlan
Kevin Casey
Kelvin Gastelum

Team Jones
Clint Hester
Josh Samman
Robert "Bubba" McDaniel
Gilbert Smith
Collin Hart
Adam Cella
Dylan Andrews

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The shows look and feel is notably different. The opening montage with its quick cuts feels more like NFL coverage, and coverage of families that was remarkably poignant.

In a stark reminder that half the people lose every fight, and what is at stake, Kito Andrews spoke movingly about what it would mean for his family if he won. He lost, and the loss was more painful , more real than it would have been in seasons past.

In the end, his son walked over and said he was still proud of him. It was beautiful.


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Pito Chueco site profile image  

1/24/13 7:10 AM by Pito Chueco

Don't really mind the back story stuff, but do wish they would show more of the fights.I guess my eyes are getting old, because the fight video format is hard to follow. It's filmed like a super 8 or something.

stonepony site profile image  

1/24/13 3:22 AM by stonepony

And, shit, there were several fighters who are shoe-ins for the UFC. I would be surprised if less than 5 of these guys make it to the UFC.

stonepony site profile image  

1/24/13 3:20 AM by stonepony

TUF is soooooo much better with the invited cheering sections, and the family members and back story... I wonder if this was Fox influence? They have a lot of smart people who know TV. Wouldn't be surprised if they suggested it. It really fills a huge void for TUF... I haven't enjoyed the show for a long time. I thought this first episode was a homerun though.I just hope the next episode isn't a bunch of drunk Jersey Shore retards fighting at a barbecue.

Argo site profile image  

1/24/13 2:21 AM by Argo

Very good episode. Best in a long time. Nice to see two smart coaches as well. (Not a GSP/Josh situation)Best part for me was ... when Chael and Jones were chatting and Chael goes on about how impressed he was with these guys who can have the fight of their lives on such short notice.

rowil site profile image  

1/23/13 2:55 PM by rowil

Looks like a decent bunch of fighters this time around, but nobody stood out to me as a "beast". Probably all hype, which isn't surprising.

mmavixen site profile image  

1/23/13 1:27 PM by mmavixen

Wow, awesome post.  Thanks for letting us know, already a hall fan. VTFU

Leck Brosnar site profile image  

1/23/13 12:51 PM by Leck Brosnar

Rooting for Uriah Hall this season. Looked beastly and the class he showed towards his opponent after the fight was awesome. Reminds me of GSP, a true martial artist.

UGCTT_El Pescadero site profile image  

1/23/13 12:49 PM by UGCTT_El Pescadero

Definitely only for initial fight... Still was super cool though!

Don_Dada site profile image  

1/23/13 12:44 PM by Don_Dada

Yeah forgot to mention that. It was MUCH better with a small crowd with friends and family allowed in to watch. I've got a bad feeling that was only for the fight to get into the house though.

UGCTT_El Pescadero site profile image  

1/23/13 12:42 PM by UGCTT_El Pescadero

Best Filming and Editing ever on TUF... Loved that they let there friends n Fam watch... Increased the level of intensity by a lot!! War Team Sonnen