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Beyond the Octagon: submission victory for UFC and TUF 17 alum

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Your weekly results featuring big-show vets on the regional circuit.

With UFC 189 on Saturday and The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale on Sunday (and with a UFC Fight Night looming in the near distance), it seems that regional shows for the most part decided to hold off on squeezing any name talent of their own into the proceedings. While next weekend has the likes of Mike Ricci, Pat Healy, Brock Larson, and Jacob Volkmann on the docket, for now, TUF 17's Bubba McDaniel alone reps big-show experience on the regionals.

McDaniel was coach Jon Jones's third pick on TUF 17, where he made it as far as a wildcard spot in the quarterfinals after having earned a TKO over Kevin Casey. He was subsequently brutalized by eventual finalist Uriah Hall. McDaniel, who in the elimination round had also lost to Kelvin Gastelum, is, I believe, the only TUF contestant to be tasked with both eventual finalists in the course of the show.

McDaniel was brought back for a three-fight stint in the UFC, submitting cast-mate Gilbert Smith before dropping two in a row. That (plus, perhaps, his very vocal displeasure with the UFC's business practices), was enough to send him packing. It's been a bit up and down since then, though more up than otherwise last Saturday. In the main event of Fury FC 7, out of Texas, McDaniel locked up a second-round rear-naked choke on opponent Edgar Verdin (6-6-0), thereby putting himself on a two-fight win streak. McDaniel moves to 4-2 in his post-UFC career, which includes a 1-1 stint in Bellator. He's 25-9-0 overall.