The Ultimate Fighter 17 Episode 11 Recap: Semifinal Matchups Announced

April 2, 2013
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TUF 17 Team Jones vs Team Sonnen Ultimate Fighter LogoEpisode 11 of The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen featured the last two quarterfinal bouts and the announcement of the semifinal matchups.

Having to face Uriah Hall in the quarterfinal round didn’t sit well with Team Jones’ Bubba McDaniel from the moment it was announced.  Last week he was having trouble getting mentally prepared.  In this week’s episode, McDaniel’s concerns turned to his physical state.

“I’ve fought three times in a short time period now and I feel completely drained.  Like, I’m pretty much just wanting to be asleep, and then my back has been hurting again too around my kidney area,” said McDaniel.

“Bubba was having a lot of pain.  He wasn’t really sure if he would be able to go on.  Wasn’t actually sure if he wanted to go on,” said Coach Jon Jones.

Jones told team member Clint Hester to, “be ready, got to be ready when the time comes.”

Hester lobbied for the wild card slot.  It was between him and McDaniel.

“I wanted the wild card spot, and if I get called I’m going to be ready,” stated Hester.

McDaniel said he didn’t want to quit, so whether or not he’d fight came down to the doctors that performed blood tests and evaluated him.  He was cleared to complete, but before he and Hall met in the cage, Josh samman and Jimmy Quinlan fought in the third quarterfinal bout.

Josh Samman vs. Jimmy Quinlan

Stylistically, Samman and Quinlan couldn’t be different.  Quinlan specializes in grappling while Samman prefers to end bouts by technical knockout.

Quinlan utilized his takedown ability to get the fight where he wanted it early in the opening round.  He closed the distance, elevated Samman and slammed in in the center of the Octagon.  Samman stayed active off his back, landing elbows and punches from the bottom while looking for submission opportunities.

Quinlan was able to pass Samman’s guard a few times, but was unable to inflict any damage.

Samman scrambled to his feet late in the round and landed three knees to the head of Quinlan.  Quinlan immediately changed levels and worked to secure a takedown.  Samman transitioned and took Quinlan’s back.  Samman began hitting him with double punches to the side of the head.  Quinlan quickly tapped out.

“The way that I’m feeling right now is pretty hard to describe,” said Samman after the fight.  “I’m the only guy to have finished all of his fights.  I finished them all in the first round, so I think that I have made a statement and in the eyes of the coaches and competitors on the show probably the strongest seed in the tournament as I thought I was the whole time.”

“I had him down and won most of the round.  I don’t know, just getting tired out there and having trouble breathing,” said a dejected Quinlan following the loss.  “I lost motivation when he got on my back.  There’s a lot that goes into it, but it just basically came down to quitting, basically.”

Uriah Hall vs. Bubba McDaniel

If McDaniel was afraid to fight Hall, you couldn’t tell it by the way he went after him.  The two touched gloves and McDaniel began to move forward.  As he did, he was hit with a knee to the body and a right hand that dropped him.  Hall finished with hammer fists on the ground.  The fight was over less than ten seconds after it started.

McDaniel remained face down on the canvas for an extended period of time asking what was wrong and complaining that his eye hurt.

“You’re a contender Uriah, for the title,” said Coach Chael Sonnen after the fight.  “I spent five years in that weight class.  You’re a contender.”

“The way that this guy knocks people out, you don’t even want to clap.  You feel bad clapping,” said UFC president Dana White.  It’s vicious.  It’s quick.  It’s nasty.  This guy is the nastiest guy in Ultimate Fighter history.”

“I really don’t even know what happened at all,” said McDaniel after the loss.  “All I know is I was walking forward, next thing I know I’m on my (expletive) face and I can’t move.”

The coaches and fighters met with White to determine the semifinal matchups.  Each had two fighters advance to the semifinal round.

Samman requested to face Kelvin Gastelum.  Dylan Andrews said he didn’t care who he faced in the semifinals.  Hall asked to face Samman while Gastelum lobbied for a fight with Andrews.

Both coaches agreed on who they thought should square off in the next round.  They wanted Samman to face Hall while pitting Andrews against Gastelum.  Dana White had other plans.

Next week’s episode will feature both semifinal matchups.  First, Team Jones’ Josh Samman will face Team Sonnen’s Kelvin Gastelum.  Team Sonnen’s Uriah Hall takes on Team Jones’ Dylan Andrews to determine who’ll be in the finals.

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  • TheyCallMeBruce

    Fudge nut! Uriah Hall is scary. Only hope is get him on the ground. Kelvin would be his toughest match.

    • Maddawgmar

      I agree Kelvin is a sleeper in this tournament. He was supposed to lose all his fights. He was never supposed to make it this far. His style is a nightmare for Samman, he has the wrestling to take him down and actually do damage. Plus he has that scrappy knock you out power. Not pretty but still dangerous. I feel an upset next week.

  • Mike mckinney

    I thought it funny that there was a clip of josh saying he doesn’t want easy fights when he’s been the most vocal guy, maybe in tuf history, about trying to get the easiest fights for him as possiable.
    I doubt I’m the only one annoyed by josh. Hell, he had a guy tap to some of the dumbest ground and pound ever. Within about 30 seconds of a round he lost coming to an end. That’s the 2nd guy this season that will probably never see a UFC cage again. The first of course being the guy choosing to not get off the stool for the last round.

    • lessthan10

      I know Josh. I’ve trained with Josh. His ground and pound works. He finished all 3 of his opponents in the first round. We will see him in the UFC cage after the Ultimate Fighter. I don’t know if he gets past Kelvin Gastelum but he’s earned his spot in the UFC. Dana likes the fact that he fights the whole time. The fight with Quinlan, who says he was losing that one? Quinlan took him down. What did Quinlan do? Nothing. Meanwhile, Quinlan was bleeding all over Josh. Josh was funishing him with elbows and and punches from the bottom. Watch the fight again and you’ll see.

      • Mike mckinney

        I wasn’t saying josh won’t be in the UFC after tuf. I was talking about the guy he just fought. The guy who admitted he just decided to quit.
        Also I agree Quinlan didn’t do anything with the takedown, but its extremely rare for a guy to have top control the majority of the round and not be called the winner of the round. I personally don’t think it should be this way, but its the way it is. More then likely josh was loseing the round if Quinlan doesn’t quit.
        We’ve all seen guys way out fight guys from the bottom and still lose the rds because they were in fact, on the bottom. Not how I would want it judged, but its just how it is judged.

        • El Gvapo

          I think there’s something refreshing about Josh’s attitude. I don’t think he necessarily wanted the easy fights, more the fights that will cause the least damage. He knew Jimmy could beat him, but if he beat jimmy it was unlikely he’d get hurt doing it. If you fought someone like clint for example and won, you know you’d get a few bumps doing it. I’m not sure the timescales between each fight but you’re gonna be fighting several times in a short space of time if you want to reach the final.

          Plus lets be honest, who would really want to fight the hardest dude? Fight smart, get in the UFC, and then start facing the bigger challenges.

    • roblaw87

      I feel very annoyed by him I feel like he is trying to scheme his way into the finals. Then again can you really blame him? This is technically the best shot he will get at making the cut and he doesn’t want to blow it. But contrasted with Uriah’s all out I’ll take anyone approach it does make Josh look like a coward and a manipulator.

  • roblaw87

    Man Uriah impresses me simply by the way the veterans orient themselves around him and how they speak with him.Take a look at the way Chael stood next to him after the knockout and the way Vinny was pacing back and forth, then most telling was the look on Condits face he had his War face on and couldn’t take it off.They treat him like a dangerous animal.

  • JOE SHINE

    Bubba sucks and has no MMA future.

  • Hitman5000

    I wanted Uriah to win but noticed he absolutely thumbed Bubba in the left eye right before delivering the knockout blow also to the left eye. May not have been intentional but a shame anyway. Watch replay and you will definitely see it.