Cat Zingano and Miesha Tate stole the show at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, putting on a serious Fight of the Year candidate, while Kelvin Gastelum pulled off one of the biggest upsets in TUF history.
Here are the results of the TUF 17 Finale fight card held on April 13, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev:
Urijah Faber def. Scott Jorgensen
Faber went right after Jorgensen, dictating the pace of the fight while standing and on the ground. Jorgensen managed to turn things around in the third round, landing some hard shots of him own. Unfortunately for Scott, Urijah turned up the heat in the fourth round, bringing the contest to an end with a rear-naked choke at the 3:16 mark.
Kelvin Gastelum def. Uriah Hall
Gastelum clearly wasn’t intimidated by Urijah Hall at the TUF 17 Finale, putting a lot of pressure on the Jamaican during the first round, scoring with his takedowns. Hall turned things around in the second round, landing hard shots, getting back to his feet when taken down, and securing a few takedowns of his own (German-suplex included). The third round was very close, as both men had their moments.
All three judges scored the fight 29-28, with two giving Gastelum the nod. The last man picked by Chael Sonnen is now the youngest TUF champion in UFC history.
Cat Zingano def. Miesha Tate
Miesha got off to a good start at the TUF 17 Finale, repeatedly taking Zingano to the ground, threatening with submissions. However, Cat withstood Miesha’s initial onslaught, and she turned things around during the second round, landing some hard shots on the ground. Cat kept up the pressure in the final round, eventually finishing Tate with a vicious series of knees.
With the win, Zingano is now set to coach on the next season of the Ultimate Fighter opposite UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. The two undefeated MMA fighters will square off inside the Octagon afterwards.
Travis Browne def. Gabriel Gonzaga
Browne threw a vicious high-kick seconds into their TUF 17 Finale encounter, but Gonzaga ducked under and used the opportunity to grab a leg. The Brazilian worked Travis into the cage, trying to finish a single-leg takedown.
Browne defended well, and he fired off a series of elbows which made Gonzaga go limp, prompting referee Chris Tognoni to stop the contest at 1:11 of the first round.
Robert McDaniel def. Gilbert Smith
McDaniel put on a solid performance against Smith at the TUF 17 Finale, displaying his well-rounded skills. “Bubba” landed the cleaner, harder strikes when the two were separated, and he was just as dominant on the ground, stuffing multiple takedowns, pulling off sweeps when his back hit the canvas, before bringing the contest to an end with a triangle-armbar combo at 2:49 of round three.
Josh Samman def. Kevin Casey (TKO, round two)
Luke Barnatt def. Collin Hart (unanimous decision)
Dylan Andrews def. Jimmy Quinlan (TKO, round one)
Clint Hester def. Bristol Marunde (TKO, round three)
Cole Miller def. Bart Palaszewski (rear-naked choke, round one)
Maximo Blanco def. Sam Sicilia (unanimous decision)
Daniel Pineda def. Justin Lawrence (kimura, round one)