Two more Finishes close out TUF 17 — Kelvin & Uriah in the Finals

Posted: April 10, 2013 in The Ultimate Fighter

UriahHallKickLast night, one of the most entertaining seasons of The Ultimate Fighter came to a close. And like most episodes in the 17th edition of TUF, it featured some good fights—and two more finishes. Uriah Hall and Kelvin Gastelum will advance to the finals Saturday to determine the winner of the tournament.

Gastelum was Team Sonnen’s last pick, and the youngest fighter ever to appear on TUF. He beat Bubba and Collin before his fight with Josh Samman last night. Samman was undoubtedly the favorite going in, and the more well-rounded and experienced fighter. Kelvin was shockingly good. He was winning the round handily before finally sinking in a very tight RNC to make Samman tap. I was very impressed with Kelvin’s performance.

In the other semi-final, the beast of the house, Uriah made good on his reputation. With highlight reel knockouts of Adam Cella and Bubba, he had a lot of hype to live up to. Although this one almost—ALMOST—went the full two rounds, in a way, Uriah was even more impressive beating Dylan last night.

His jab made hamburger of Dylan’s face and reminded me of the methodical destruction GSP put on Koscheck. But Uriah’s finishing instincts kicked in just when you thought it was going the distance. Brutal ground and pound ended the fight just seconds before the final bell. This guy is legitimately good.

Overall I don’t think anyone would disagree that this was a superb season of TUF. Dana White will reward the fighters with numerous TUF Finale bouts, as he should. And let’s make a note to check back here a year from now and see where Hall is in the grand scheme of things. While participating in TUF is way different than beating established UFC fighters, I think we might have a star on our hands here.


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