The match-up many fans expected to see in the Ultimate Fighter 17 final will take place, albeit four months after season winner Kelvin Gastelum hoisted the trophy above his head. Instead, runner-up Uriah Hall will face semifinalist Josh Samman at UFC on FS 1 rather than Nick Ring as originally expected.
According to MMAJunkie, Ring was forced to withdraw from the August 17 effort due to injury.
Hall scored a slew of fantastic stoppages on TUF 17 but came up short on the scorecards against Gastelum. He is 7-3 with all but one of his wins featuring a finish.
Like Hall, Samman’s hopes of being TUF 17 champ were ended by Gastelum. However, he picked up a knockout win over Kevin Casey at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale to improve his career mark to 10-2. Six of his victories have come by way of TKO.