Thursday, April 19, 2018

On Wednesday, April 19th, the twenty-seventh season of the Ultimate Fighter premiered on Fox Sports 1. This season will feature two eight-man brackets of previously undefeated fighters in two weight classes vying for the title of Ultimate Fighter and a guaranteed contract with the UFC.

This season will be coached by heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and lightheavyweight champion Daniel Cormier who will square off on July 7th for the undisputed heavyweight title.

The first episode introduced the fighters and the coaches, featured the picking of teams, and also the first bout in the lightweight division:

Team Miocic’s John Gunther (6-0) vs. Team Cormier’s Joe Giannetti (6-0)
Round 1 – Giannetti lands a left hand down the middle right at the beginning of the fight. He moves into the muay-Thai clinch and lands a knee to the body. Gunther shoots in for a sloppy takedown and Giannetti immediately ties up the neck with a guillotine choke. He has perfect hand position, locks in the submission and squeezes. Gunther goes out in a flash, and referee Herb Dean pulls Giannetti off his opponent for the lightning-fast win.

Official Result: Joe Giannetti def. John Gunther via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1

“Holy (expletive),” White says of the fight. “I didn’t expect the fight to go that way. I thought John was in Joe’s head, and Joe was nervous, but boy was I wrong. That might be the fastest finish in ‘TUF’ history!”