TUF 17 final episode fight(s) recap
TEAM JONES’ Josh Samman (9-2) VS. TEAM SONNEN’S Kelvin Gastelum (5-0)
Round 1 – Referee Herb Dean in the cage. Kelvin looks to jab from distance early and use his length to establish an advantage. Instead, Kelvin pushes insides and into a clinch, and Josh falls to his back. Josh quickly gains a full guard before turning for the armbar. Kelvin keeps his arms locked and defends the hold, eventually forcing Josh to give up on the attempt. Kelvin stays on top, and he’s forced to defend again when Josh turns for a kimura. He keeps his limb safe again, and Josh turns to his knees and scrambles up to the feet. They jockey for position against the cage, and Kelvin eventually locks the body and looks for a takedown. Instead, Kelvin deftly reverses and winds up on top. Elbows come down from the top, and Josh turns to his knees as he looks to escape. He settles back on the canvas, and Kelvin keeps the pressure high. Josh tries to bring his legs high, but Kelvin remains safe and pounds away when he can. Kelvin passes to side control, and when Josh tries to sit up, he winds up exposing his back. Kelvin immediately jumps on it and latches in the rear-naked choke. The finish comes quick when Josh is forced to tap.
Kelvin Gastelum def. Josh Samman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1
TEAM JONES’ Dylan Andrews (16-4-1) VS. TEAM SONNEN’S Uriah Hall (7-2)
Round 1 – Referee Steve Mazzagatti oversees the fight. Dylan takes the center, and the pair look to engage right away. Hall is the quicker fighter in the early going, and he flashes a few high kicks as the pair trades punches in the pockets. Uriah gives different looks in his stances. Dylan’s coaches call for the takedown as Uriah slows his offense a bit. Uriah circles on the outside and looks extremely comfortable and patient as he strikes. Dylan is standing in the center and pressing, but he’s having trouble finding any real openings. Uriah mixes up his strikes well in the latter stages as he starts to pick up the volume. Punches and kicks score at all levels. Dylan isn’t hurt, but he’s behind as the round ends.
Round 2 – Uriah presses forward to open, and it looks like he’s ready to pick up the pace. Dylan does take the center again, but he’s struggling to be first to the punch. Uriah flashes a crisp jab and impressive kicks at all levels. A front kick pushes Dylan to the floor, and he’s slow to rise. Uriah’s work seems to be adding up. Jon Jones begs for Dylan to explode, but he’s bleeding from the power of Uriah’s stiff jab. Halfway into the round, Dylan finally gets inside and scores a takedown. Uriah immediately turns to the side and tries to work in a kimura. Dylan defends well as Uriah stays latched to the arm. Uriah finally gets the limb out and extended as Dylan punches away with his other hand. Dylan gets his arm back inside briefly, and Uriah finally lets it go. Working from his back, Uriah tees off with punches. Dylan is hurt, and even though he’s on top, he basically covers up. Uriah feels it and rolls him over, unleashing a barrage of punches that ends the fight.
Uriah Hall def. Dylan Andrews via TKO (punches) – Round 2