TUF 17, episode 9 fight recap
TEAM SONNEN’S Kevin Casey (5-2) VS. TEAM JONES’ ROBERT “BUBBA” MCDANIEL (20-6)
Round 1 – Referee Steve Mazzagatti calls the fight. They move quickly into a clinch, and Kevin pulls guard. Bubba pushes him up to the cage and looks to find room to posture and punch. Kevin tries to grab the neck, but Bubba pulls it free and climbs to his feet. Kevin stays tight and moves into a clinch again, scoring with an outside trip. Bubba does a good job underneath of scrambling and staying out of submission attempts, but Kevin is controlling on top and transitioning well from dominant position to dominant position. Chael reminds Kevin to get strikes in, as well, to score more with the judges. Kevin backs away briefly, but Bubba doesn’t scramble up. He finally does crawl up with a little more than 90 seconds left in the round. Bubba circles off the cage, but Kevin has underhooks and immediately reverses. Kevin scores another takedown to close the round and finishes in top position for a clear 10-9 win.
Round 2 – Bubba tries to let his hands go to open the second, but Kevin is quickly back inside on him and into the clinch. Bubba’s coaches yell for him to push away and strike, but he continues to work in the clinch, first pummeling the body and then looking for a takedown. Kevin grabs the neck and tries for a guillotine, but Bubba pulls it free and takes top position. Kevin scrambles to full guard, but Bubba is scoring points with short punches and elbows from the top. Kevin appears stuck on the bottom, as he isn’t making much of an effort to scramble up. Bubba grinds away from the top. He’s not landing knockout blows, but he is scoring frequently to the head and body. It’s a clear Bubba round, and when the bell sounds, Kevin is very slow to rise. A third round is on tap, but Kevin looks like he might very well have broken.
Round 3 – As it turns out, there will be no third round. Kevin refuses to answer the bell.
Robert “Bubba” McDaniel def. Kevin Casey via TKO (retirement) – Round 2, 5:00