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TUF 17 Results: Debut kicks things off with style, substance, and stoppages

TUF 17 BannerThe Ultimate Fighter franchise got a jolt of energy this week with the debut of TUF 17, a season featuring two of the company’s biggest stars as opposing coaches in addition to some welcome tweaks making for a fresher product. Last night’s episode served as the show’s standard introductory piece, featuring a round of qualifying fights aimed at earning competitors a place in the house while also giving Jon JonesChael Sonnen an opportunity to scout talent. However, it was also very different thanks to the UFC’s decision to unveil a new documentary-style approach to filming instead of rinsing/repeating the standard format, as well as the welcome introduction of friends/family being allowed to attend their loved ones’ elimination efforts.

The entire approach resulted in intriguing television made even better by some slick stoppages and impressive outings from the attached Mixed Martial Artists. Amongst the evening’s biggest stand-outs were the likes of Kevin Casey, Tor Troeng, Josh Samman, Bubba McDaniel, Clint Hester, Luke Barnatt, and Uriah Hall.

Additionally, teams were picked with the first match-up was also made official. Sonnen won a coin flip, opting to take the 6’6” Barnatt with his first selection, with Jones deciding to put stocky scrapper Gilbert Smith up against the lanky Brit in hopes of delivering a crushing blow to Team Sonnen’s morale.

A “wild card” was also announced meaning two fighters who lose will be brought back for one last chance depending on how they perform.

Read below for the night’s full results including a breakdown of teams:

Collin Hart def. Mike Jaspar via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Dylan Andrews def. Tim Williams via Majority Decision
Luke Barnatt def. Nicholas Kohring via Unanimous Decision
Gilbert Smith def. Eric Wahlin via Submission Round 1 (Triangle Choke)
Uriah Hall def. Andy Enz via Unanimous Decision
Jimmy Quinlan def. Mike Persons via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Kelvin Gastelum def. Kito Andrews via Unanimous Decision
Josh Samman def. Leo Bercier via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Bubba McDaniel def. Ryan Bigler via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Clint Hester def. Frasier Opie via Unanimous Decision
Tor Troeng def. Scott Rosa via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Kevin Kasey def. Eldon Sproat via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Zak Cummings def. Nik Fekete via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Adam Cella def. Jake Heun via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)

TEAM SONNEN: Luke Barnatt, Uriah Hall, Zak Cummings, Tor Troeng, Jimmy Quinlan, Kevin Casey, Kelvin Gastelum

TEAM JONES: Clint Hester, Josh Samman, Bubba McDaniel, Gilbert Smith, Collin Hart, Adam Cella, Dylan Andrews


  • raker says:

    I agree! Great format… Looks like it could be a good year with some very promising fighters.

  • VENOM says:

    I loved the filmed vignettes shown in between fights. It gave us a nice look at the winners and also a rare glimpse into the non-winners’ lives. But I HATED the fact that the fights themselves were “filmed” at 24 FPS. MMA fighters are fast, too fast for 24 FPS. Did anyone else notice the sort of “strobing” effect that appeared when a fighter attempted a fast strike? It jarred me when I first saw it. I did start to get used to it towards the end, but I still hated it. PLEASE UFC, air the actual fights at the old 30 FPS video format. Your fighters are too fast for 24 FPS! Otherwise, Awesome Debut!

  • hindsightufuk says:

    personally i really dont care to see any of the family and friends bollocks, really doesnt interest me.
    also think the super slo mo is dire, especially when it doesnt show anything of interest.
    recognised a lot of these guys, first time in a long time, and it was enough to keep me watching for now.

  • Angry Mike says:


    Are you familiar with Luke Barnatt? Was he worth a first round pick?

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i’ve only seen him fight live once, he reminds me a bit of John Hathaway, but where Hathaway is better wrestling than striking, Barnatt is better striking than wrestling. decent grappler with good chokes, gets the RNC a bit. still young but a good prospect, i was pretty amazed he got picked first, but good luck to him

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    I like the new format as well.
    I always like watching TUF, even during the apparent bad seasons.
    To be fair, I don’t watch Bellator very much, except for when Alvarez is fighting, or Askren.
    Man I want someone to beat the shit out of Askren so bad, but nobody can…then he shows up on a UFC show….FUKk…sorry, getting distracted here.
    For me, this first episode was like a Bellator Event because there were a bunch of guys fighting that I don’t know about.
    But watching everything from the pre-fight vignettes to the fights themselves, to the icing of watching Sonnen and Jones and even Dana interact and react to each other was nothing but GOLD, Jerry, GOLD!


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