Hart defeats Casey; complete TUF 17, episode 4 recap

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TEAM SONNEN’S KEVIN CASEY (5-2) VS. TEAM JONES’ COLLIN HART (4-1-1)

Round 1 – Referee Herb Dean is in the cage. Collin rushes in immediately at the opening bell. He misses a flying knee, but it allows him to drive right in for a takedown that immediately nets him side control. Kevin does a good job of scrambling to guard underneath before absorbing any damage, but Collin is still on top. Jon calls frequently for Collin to unleash elbows. He does work in a few short punches, but Kevin threatens with a guillotine underneath. Kevin scrambles to safety, but the space allows Kevin to get back to his feet. They move into the clinch, and Kevin gets to the outside. However, Collin has underhooks and reverses the positioning. They continue to jockey for position in the clinch, but it’s generally Collin holding the better spot. He also sneaks in a few knees on occasion. Kevin turns things up in the final minute and lands a few solid strikes up top. But when he scores, he drops instead for another clinch. Chael begs for him to back away and flurry in the closing seconds, but Kevin stays in the clinch and looks to have dropped the opening round.

Round 2 – Kevin throws hands to open and finds some success. But as he racks up points he moves back into a clinch. Collin spins off the cage, and the blood starts to drop down Kevin’s face. It looks like a new cut and may have been caused by a head butt. Collin locks the body and scores another takedown. He settles into half-mount, and Jon again calls for elbows as he encourages his fighter to finish the contest. Collin stays tight and advances to mount. Kevin quickly regains half-guard, but he stuck on his back. Chael yells for Kevin to quit waiting and make something happen. However, Collin is unrelenting. He’s not doing a ton of damage, but he’s grinding away and dominating the positioning. Kevin briefly controls the wrist, but when he sends his legs up for the submission, Collin easily slips away. Time winds down, and it’s a clear Collin round, and it should be his fight, as well. When scores come back, it is.

Collin Hart def. Kevin Casey via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)

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