As another season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) draws near, the UFC presents a card highlighting contestants from the reality show and some familiar fighters. The winner of TUF 17 will be crowned as five bouts make up the main card, which can be seen on FX.
TUF 17 Finale is tomorrow, Aril 13, from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Below is a breakdown of the main card. FightLine will be there with the play-by-play and news to follow.
Middleweight: Robert McDaniel vs. Gilbert Smith
The most experienced TUF contestant is easily Robert McDaniel with a 20-6 record. Before he joined the show, “Bubba” had six wins since 2010 with five of those being stopped. Gilbert Smith is one of the least experienced fighters at 5-1. If he lands the win, submission would be a good guess on the outcome.
Heavyweight: Travis Browne vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Travis Browne climbed the heavyweight ranks with 13 straight wins. A knee injury early in round one against Antonio “Big Foot” Silva ended that run and kept him out of the Octagon since October. Gabriel Gonzaga has made good after the UFC rehired him. He took a pair of submission wins in his previous encounters.
Women’s Bantamweight: Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano
A title shot and spot coaching on TUF mounts more pressure for this one. Miesha Tate comes in as a former Strikeforce bantamweight champion. Since losing the belt, she has earned a win. Cat Zingano is undefeated in her career with seven wins and knows how to end a fight if left standing. She submitted Raquel Pennington for Invicta FC in October.
Middleweight: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Uriah Hall
Kelvin Gastelum takes his 5-0 record against TUF standout Uriah Hall. Gastelum entered the house with a decision and followed that with three stoppages, including a 33 second knockout. Hall has had a highlight reel knockout, which was followed by a nine second knockout.
Bantamweight: Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen
When flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson went down with an injury, so did that proposed match. Friends and sparring partners, Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen step in with title implications possibly being decided. Most of Faber’s defeats have occurred when a title is up for grabs and Jorgensen snapped a two fight losing skid in December.