UFC President Dana White recapped the TUF 17 Finale with FUEL TV's Heidi Androl, and touched on several topics uncluding Uriah Hall's unexpected loss, and the Cat Zingano vs. Miesha Tate fight of the night. Highlights from both fights appear at bottom.
"Kelvin Gastelum, with the big upset, he was the underdog, he was picked last," asked Androl. "You were really high on Uriah Hall - as was the rest of the universe - did this surprise you?"
White related that he felt the pressure got to Hall.
"The kid deserved the hype," said White. "The question becomes, can you handle the pressure? And what it looked like to me was... on the show when he came out he was a killer, trying to take everybody out. And tonight he looked like he folded under the pressure, like he didn't even want to be in there.
"He didn't even wake up until the second round… you saw hints, little pieces of Uriah Hall tonight, but that is about it.
"And Kelvin came out ready to take him out."
"The one thing that you never know, you can have a guy who is incredibly talented, but what's going to happen to him when he gets into that pressure cooker, that one moment where is all matters? That's where guys who become world champions shine. The Anderson Silvas, and the George St-Pierres, and the list goes on and on - the guys who really don't fold under the pressure."
White was then asked about the Cat Zingano vs. Miesha Tate fight of the night, and said he knew it would be awesome.
"After every weigh in, I go back and I talk to all the fighters," said White of his backstage exhortation to fight hard. "I say listen everybody - and this doesn't include the ladies, you're not part of this conversation, because I know exactly how this fight's going to go… The women, I don't know if it's because the women feel they have more to prove… The one thing, I believe it, is women are way meaner than men anyway, so when they go out there, they honestly always put on a show - awesome."
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