Season 17 of the Ultimate Fighter has come to a close. Uriah Hall proved that he's still dealing with the problems that he couldn't stop talking about, and Kelvin Gastelum proved that being methodical and gutsy can get you as far or further than raw talent. But lost in the night's excitement, the season bonus winners have been announced.
Samman firing knees to the body from the standing clinch but Gastelum takes it to the ground and starts throwing strikes. Samman is covering up but some punches are landing. Gastelum scores with some elbows from half guard. Samman gets it back into full guard. Gastelum lands a good left hand. Samman is warned for grabbing the fence with one minute left in the round. Gastelum takes the back, has both hooks in, locks in a rear-naked choke and Samman taps! Gastelum is through to the final. Official Result: Kelvin Gastelum def. Josh Samman by 1st round submission (RNC).
Fight of the Season went to Andrews vs. Barnatt in their episode 10, quarterfinal bout.
Andrews quickly scored a takedown in the opening seconds of the first round. He spent most of the round in top position landing shots to the body and head while Barnatt worked to find a submission. Barnett fought his way back to his feet and landed strikes only to be taken down again. Andrews clearly won the round.
The second round didn’t look anything like the first. They exchanged early with Andrews landing right hands while Barnatt worked knees to the body and utilized his jab. Barnatt secured a takedown and landed in the mount position midway through the round. Andrews reversed the position and was met with submission attempts. The round ended with Andrews taking Barnatt’s back and looking for a choke. It was a close round, but the judges would need a "sudden death" round to determine a winner.
Andrews’ corner showed him a photo of his family as motivation between rounds and it worked. He pressed forward landing his right hand. He turned up the pressure with combinations. He backed Barnatt against the cage and unloaded three right hands that sent the taller fighter crashing to the canvas. He followed up with a hammer fist that forced the referee to stop the action. (via Jeff Cain - MMAWeekly)
And finally, in a move that will shock only those people who watched him tonight and never before, Uriah Hall won Knockout of the Season for his immortalizing hook-kick KO of Adam Cella.
Gastelum, Andrews, Barnatt, and Hall will all get an additional $25,000 to go with their shiny new UFC contracts, and Gastelum's new Harley. Sounds like just about enough to make the whole process worth while.