TUF 17, episode 2 fight recap
TEAM JONES’ GILBERT SMITH (5-1) VS. TEAM SONNEN’S LUKE BARNATT (5-0)
Round 1 – Referee Steve Mazzagatti oversees the fight. Luke lands an early low kick directly to the cup. There’s a brief timeout, but we fight on. Luke tries to keep distance and use his range, but Gilbert shoots inside and wraps the body. Luke initially defends before settling briefly on his back, but he gets back to his feet with little issue. Luke eventually works in a few short knees, but Gilbert isn’t offering any space at all. With two minutes remaining, they finally break apart. Gilbert shoots quickly back in, but Luke defends and tries to move to his opponent’s back. He can’t quite get there, and the fight returns to the feet. Gilbert continues to push forward for a takedown, but the round ends on the feet.
Round 2 – Between rounds, Jon asks Gilbert to get busy with his hands. Still, it takes him just 12 seconds to get inside on a takedown. It backfires, and Luke briefly holds top position before Gilbert crawls back to his feet and continues to push in from the outside. Barnatt tries to roll into a slick kimura but loses the position and is underneath his opponent. However, Luke climbs right back to his feet before Gilbert can capitalize. Luke then wraps the body and scores an outside trip that earns him half-mount. Gilbert alertly climbs back to his feet in hopes of turning the tide. When they reset on the feet, Gilbert shoots in for a takedown but dive right into a flying knee that sees him drop to the floor. Knockout finish.
Luke Barnatt def. Gilbert Smith via TKO (flying knee) – Round 2