Saturday night we witnessed the derailing of a hype train, the creation of what will be the biggest fight in the UFC this year (unless the Anderson/Jones superfight happens), a lesson is legal elbows that might need to be illegal, and once again if Faber is not in a title fight he will win. Period.
The TUF 17 finale was supposed to be the coming out party of TUF 17 standout Uriah Hall who ran through the flock of fighters without much trouble at all. On the other side of the Octagon on Saturday stood Kelvin Gastlum who quietly played the part of underdog in every single fight he finished in the TUF house. This led him to be the underdog on Saturday night. However, much like his TUF house career, nobody told Kelvin he was supposed to lose. Kelvin outworked Uriah in just about every aspect of the fight and as for Uriah’s videogame striking – he apparently ran out of quarters as they all but disappeared in the bout on Saturday.
As promised Cat Zingano and Miesha Tate put on a wildly entertaining fight! Cat putting an end to a fight in which she lost the first two rounds with brutal knees to Tate. This sets up one of the biggest fights of the year between Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano. Don’t believe me? Remember when Ronday and unknown Liz Carmouche sold more PPVs than Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort? What do you think will happen when two undefeated fighters meet for only the second title fight in the newly formed division? Ken feels this might happen on FOX but for me I think it is headed to PPV.
Uriah Faber went four rounds with Scott Jorgensen in a battle that lived up to the hype with Uriah starting strong and Scott catching his stride by the 3rd round until Uriah finally catches Scott in a rear naked choke in the 4th round. With all the talk leading up to this fight you would have had no idea on Saturday night that these two were friends and occasional training partners. After the fight Faber would quip “I had some close calls in there, but this guy knows my stuff man.”
It was Faber’s second consecutive victory since failing to capture the interim UFC bantamweight championship when he fought current titleholder Renan Barão last summer.
The controversy of the night would belong to Travis Browne who stopped Gabe Gonzaga in the first with a flurry of elbows against the cage that have a lot of people questioning the legality of any of them. For Gabe’s part his team is going to challenge the fight and ultimately the elbows but for the sake of the understanding the rules here it is – Strikes with the point of the elbow in a 12 to 6 motion or strikes to the back of the head or spine are illegal. Check out the video and decide for yourself :
What did you think about this weekend? We go at it again this weekend on FOX for Benson vs Melendez.