Calling The Shots of The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale


UFC has a great card assembled for Saturday night on FX featuring several fights with important stakes in the divisional landscape of the sport. A highly touted heavyweight prospect is on the rebound while the women look to steal the show, again, The 17th Ultimate Fighter trophy will be given to one fighter, and a Bantamweight great looks to prove he still has what it takes.


– Heavyweight Bout: Travis Browne vs. Gabriel Gonzaga

Travis Browne was having his way with Bigfoot Silva in his last fight. Then something happened. Travis Browne thought he was Jon Jones and started jumping around the octagon until he blew out his knee and was finished quickly. Now, Silva is fighting for the heavyweight title next month and Browne is back at square one. Browne is a younger and bigger version of Shane Carwin. Gonzaga is never one to take lightly but he is on the downslide of his career. As long as Browne fights smart, he should overwhelm the Brazilian with an accumulation of strikes and finish him in the second frame. Travis Brown via 2nd Round TKO


– Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano

There is a lot on the line in this fight. The winner will coach the next and first co-ed season of The Ultimate Fighter and headline against Ronda Rousey, for the title, in December. No matter if they beat Rousey or not when it is all said and done; this fight is truly a life changer for the winner. Miesha Tate is the favorite and rightfully so. Plus, her and Rousey and don’t like each other. Their feud leading into the first encounter is one of the biggest fights Strikeforce ever produced. Now, imagine this feud amplified by the UFC machine and it would be one of the biggest fights of the year. This is Cat Zingano’s debut in the big dance while Tate has fought on a main stage before and is grabbing all of the headlines. Zingano is extremely dangerous at close range but no so much at a distance.

Ronda Rousey is also extremely dangerous at close range but hasn’t been tested at a distance and submitted Tate to capture the title. This means Tate can be caught when trapped in close. Tate’s fight IQ has to be called into question after she gave her boyfriend and mixed martial artist, Bryan Caraway, some bad advice when cornering him in his last fight. After the second round, Tate told Caraway that he was easily up by two rounds and that he can take the third off. I was completely flabbergasted by that comment because both rounds were very close and you never tell a fighter to take a round off. Caraway heeded the advice, and took the third round off which resulted in a split decision loss to Takeya Mizugaki. 

Despite the possibility of a mental blunder by Tate, she is well rounded and effective no matter where the fight takes place. She will keep Zingano guessing the entire time which should allow her to land points enroute to a decision victory. Miesha Tate via unanimous decision.


– The Ultimate Fighter Middleweight Finale Bout: Uriah Hall vs. Kelvin Gastelum

It’s an all Team Sonnen final as Kelvin Gastelum and Uriah Hall vie for the six figure contract. Hall is the most impressive fighter ever on the TUF TV show but now he is fighting under the bright lights in front of a real audience. Hall’s impressive kickboxing has been a thing of legend. Gastelum has been kind of the upset kid this season but I believe Hall will be too much for him and fold under the pressure of a relentless pursuit. Uriah Hall via referee stoppage in the 1st Round.


– Main Event: Bantamweight Bout: Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen

This is an easy one for me. Everything Scott Jorgensen can do, Urijah Faber does much better. In fact, Jorgensen got into MMA because of Faber and was initially trained him. With the current state of the Bantamweight division, Faber will best anyone not named Barao or Cruz. Urijah Faber via 3RD Round Submission.


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