The Ultimate Fighter 17 Episode 4 Recap: Be Careful Whom You Pick

February 12, 2013
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TUF 17 Team Jones vs Team Sonnen Ultimate Fighter LogoEpisode 3 of The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen ended with a beautiful but devastating knockout.  Uriah Hall delivered a spinning kick that landed flush on the face of Adam Cella.  Cella was taken to the hospital for observation while the rest of the cast members were left wondering if he was okay.

Cella returned to the house in his hospital gown in good spirits.  He immediately sought out Hall to congratulate him.

“Don’t be sorry.  You did what you were supposed to,” said Cella to Hall.  “I think you’re going to get $25,000, though.”

“I’m healthy.  Everything is fine,” said Cella.

With the win, Team Sonnen remained in control of the matchmaking and Kevin “King” Casey got to pick his opponent.  Team Jones’ Bubba McDaniel called out Casey a few times, but Casey decided to fight Collin Hart instead.

Casey was concerned about a cut he received in his bout with Eldon Sproat to get into the house.

“In my first fight to get into the house, I got a cut and I knew that I was coming into the house already with somewhat of a weakness,” said Casey.  “Stylistically I’d rather not go against someone with great hands right now, somebody that can work the cut easier.

“My choice of Collin Hart as my next opponent was definitely based on style.  I think if I choose someone with a high level of striking, a guy like Bubba, than I would definitely take a lot more damage,” Casey said.

Hart felt that Casey picking him to fight next was a show of disrespect by Casey.

“The fact that King has a cut on his eye, I don’t want to win off that, but the fact that he has an injury and he’s calling me out, I take it as a sign of disrespect, like he’s still going to beat me even though he’s hurt,” said Hart.

During the weigh-in, Casey went to shake Hart’s hand, but Hart gave him the middle finger instead.  It didn’t set well with most of Team Sonnen.  They felt it was disrespectful, but Hart felt a prank by Casey a few nights before that disrupted his sleep warranted the middle finger.

Kevin Casey vs. Collin Hart

Hart quickly secured a takedown in the opening seconds of the first round.  Hart worked short punches to the body and head of Casey for the next two minutes.  Casey fought his way back to his feet and a clinch battle ensued, a battle that Hart won.

Casey came out aggressive in the second round.  He landed punches early but decided to clinch.  Hart got the fight to the ground and Casey spent the remainder of the round on his back taking punches to the body and head.  When the bell sounded signifying the end of the fight, there was no question who won.  All three judges scored the fight 20-18 for Hart.

“I hate letting it go to the judges.  I’m lucky I didn’t get robbed or anything.  I guess a win is a win, but I’m just depressed I didn’t finish him,” said Hart following the win.

“I was trying to wear him down to see if I could let him gas himself out, but he had a good pace.  He didn’t really leave any openings for me,” said Casey. “I’m going to do my best to get back on track and hopefully get a wildcard.  I also felt like I wasn’t physically all there for some reason.  This is a tough tournament for everyone.   He’s going through the same conditions as me so I can’t make any excuses.  He fought a great fight.”

With the win, Team Jones seized matchmaking control.

Coach Jon Jones announced the next match up.  Bubba McDaniel gets his opportunity to fight.  He takes on Team Sonnen’s last pick and the youngest fight to make it on The Ultimate Fighter, Kelvin Gastelum.

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  • J-Mac

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    • bmc92

      just get add block for your browser bro!!

      cant stand that bubba guys face really want him to get rocked.

  • Nosgoth1979

    Another great episode. Although I don’t understand why Hart felt like he was disrespected. TUF is the only contest-reality show that I like to keep so I can revisit past seasons every so often. That’s why I was so happy that my employer, DISH released the Hopper a while back. The Hopper is a whole-home DVR that has continuously impressed me. For one thing, it has this massive hard drive (holding 2,000 hours of my favorite shows), so I’ve been able to store a bunch of full seasons of my shows, and I haven’t even neared filling it up yet.

  • Milosc

    It’s “who” you morons

    (It isn’t ‘2 on 2 fights’; which is how you are unfortunately presenting MMA to the public, with this Idiocracy’esque journalism)

    I normally don’t complain about this, but it’s getting embarrassing. Right in the title? You’re hurting people’s heads

    You might claim it was implied rhetorically, to save face, but know it was just another screw up

    • Only because you brought it up

      Actually, “whom” is correct. Sorry.

      • Milosc

        How many people were picked?

        1: “who”

        2 or more: “whom”

        Thanks for coming out

        (Society is almost over, folks)

        • Timothy Malone

          You are making yourself look like the idiot. Using who and whom has absolutely nothing to do with whether it is singular or plural. Who is used as a subject and whom is used as an object. This sentence is correct because you are the subject and whom you pick is the object.

          • Milosc

            I just looked this up and you are correct. I should have picked one of the other dozen or so times to complain

            Thank you

      • Milosc

        I went from memory and mis-thought

        Thank you, I stand corrected