411’s The Ultimate Fighter 17 Report 02.05.13
The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs Team Sonnen, Episode 3
Welcome back to 411 MMA’s coverage of the seventeenth season of The Ultimate Fighter. Last week, we got some more background on our first two combatants, Luke Barnatt and Gilbert Smith, Jr, as well as our first insight into the training programs of Jon Jones, Chael Sonnen, and their various assistant coaches. Team Jones didn’t think Gilbert’s head was in the competition, and while that seemed to fire him up, he still looked tentative against Luke, leading to flying knee knockout for the Team Sonnen fighter. This week’s episode is set to feature the most brutal knockout Dana White has ever seen in the fight between Uriah Hall and Adam Cella.
Meet the Cast:
Jon Jones, Head Coach
Stonehorse Goeman, Muay Thai coach
Bubba Jenkins, Wrestling coach
Frank Mir, Jiu Jitsu coach
Chael Sonnen, Head Coach
Vinny Magalhaes, Jiu Jitsu coach
Mike Dolce, Strength and conditioning coach/dietician
Clayton Hires, Striking coach
Jamie Huey, Striking coach
Gilbert Smith Jr
FADE IN: Luke and Adam are joking around in the hallway, and Uriah comes out and he and Adam banter a bit about the entertainment value of their fight. Adam gives Uriah props for his stand-up skills, but says he’s no slouch either and whoever wins will know they were in a fight. Adam talks to his teammates and Bubba hopes he smashes Uriah, and also says he wants to fight Kevin Casey, and it sucks that they don’t have control of the fights to pick it.
Kevin talks to his teammates in the van about Bubba calling him out. Kevin says he doesn’t take it personally, saying it was a weak move. He confronts Bubba in a friendly manner at the house and they do some minor jawing back and forth. Kevin says they’ll get down, even if they have to get down in the house, but then he says it wouldn’t be smart to fight in the house. Bubba thinks Kevin knows it’s a bad match-up.
Guys from both teams are around the fire, laughing and joking, and Uriah says something about Tor being a professional cooker. Josh sarcastically chimes in with “you mean a chef?” which sets Uriah off a bit because of the teasing he endured when moving from Jamaica to the US. Uriah talks about a particular kid who called him stupid and then slapped him so hard he saw lights, and he hated feeling powerless. Uriah says he’s trying to stay calm, but he can’t help his anger.
Team Sonnen training session, and Uriah talks about how martial arts gave him confidence, taught him to stand up for himself, and to stand up for what is right. He says he tries to do what’s right. Chael says Uriah is the best athlete here and he outworks everyone, but he can be his own worst enemy, because he puts so much heat on himself. Chael says he has to teach Uriah that he doesn’t always have to be the fastest or win every round. Kevin catches Uriah with an armbar and Uriah gets upset, and he tries to let it go, but it’s clear that it bothers him.
At the house, Adam says he’s never been the best at anything, but people look up to him because his fights never get out of the first round. He says he’s not going to drag a fight out to make fans happy. Adam says he went to college and he has a job in his family’s heating and cooling business. He says the other guys only know fighting and striving to win to make it into the UFC and that puts extra pressure on them. He says he wants to win it but he doesn’t have to. Team Jones training session and Jones tells Adam that Uriah broke his elimination opponent’s arm with a kick so Jones wants to make sure Adam is aggressive off of his blocks rather than letting Uriah kick him again and again. Jones calls everyone together with the heavy bag and he demonstrates a more efficient way to ground and pound. Jones says he knows what the human skull feels like like the back of his hand because he’s elbowed so many people. He says elbows end fights because they open cuts and a lot of guys haven’t seen their own blood before. They drill ground and pound elbows and then carry their heavy bags for twenty laps around the training mat. Jones says his job is to humanize Uriah and let Adam know he can win the fight. Jones says embrace the suffering, stand up straight, and take what you want.
Another Team Sonnen training session and Uriah is throwing hands. Chael says Uriah has to stay aggressive, which is what he does well. Chael says they aren’t defensive fighters and are focused solely on their offense (see: Silva/Sonnen I). Sonnen says a lot of the defensive techniques are unnecessary. Uriah says he has nothing to lose and he’s confident, but sometimes once you lose your confidence, it’s like a drop of poison that just eats away at you. Uriah talks to Chael about losing confidence, and Chael talks about losing fights to submission at the seven minute mark. Chael says he knew it wasn’t physical, he treated it like alcoholism, and he admitted he had a problem. Chael says he saw a sports psychologist and also talked to Randy Couture, and Randy told him you can’t get over the second guessing or self-doubt and you just have to deal with it. Chael says people who says failure is not an option are wrong – failure is the most common option, but you choose to fail or you choose to win. Chael tells Uriah that it’s hard for athletes, especially male athletes, to admit that they have doubts, but the most important thing is to recognize it and acknowledge it, and that’s what Uriah did.
Kevin says he wants to fight Bubba later in the competition because it’s hard to move forward with a cut over your eye. Uriah asks if anyone wants Bubba and two or three guys raise their hands. Jimmy says he’s not looking for second and he’ll fight Bubba if everyone else is scared. Kevin bristles at that, saying each guy has their own strategy and it’s not fear. Jimmy says fighting shouldn’t be a game and picking your opponents, you should be told who to fight and fight them.
Chael put Kevin’s picture up for the next fight, which seems to excite Kevin and Bubba, but Adam gets mad that Team Sonnen is overlooking him. Jimmy says Bubba is talking crap to get the fight that he wants, but Team Sonnen isn’t buying it. Weigh ins and Hall is up first and Dana says Uriah Hall is “the guy” on this season. Hall makes weight, and Bubba says it’s great that Adam isn’t afraid to fight Bubba. Josh says Uriah is more athletic, but he doesn’t think either guy is going to make it out unscathed. Luke says they’re both crazy good strikers so it should be a good fight.
Jones and his assistants come over (Jones with his dog) and they bring steaks, salmon, and chicken. They cook on the grill and Jones looks to learn more about his fighters. He has them sit around the fire and they talk about their motivations, and Adam talks about proving people wrong who think he couldn’t fight. Jon says Adam’s happiness is an advantage. Bubba talks about his path of self-destruction and he doesn’t want his kids to feel like that. Dylan Andrews talks about his older brothers could’ve been good (one in rugby and one in music) but they quit and he can’t. Jones says he’s tearing up and he has to walk away a little bit. Jones says his team is more than a team, they’re brothers.
Fight day and Adam says Uriah is a tough guy, he’s intimidating, and a lot of guys are afraid to fight him but Adam thinks he can beat him. Adam says you have to believe the guy can’t beat you and fight a way to win. Chael tells Uriah to visualize adversity and not just everything going smoothly. Uriah says he’d be afraid to fight himself too. Uriah says he’s not going to take any fight lightly and he wants to be comfortable and relaxed in the cage and look for his openings and maybe put on a show. Cella out first, followed by Hall. Adam says he’s the underdog, but every fight he’s had has been like that and no one’s made it out of the first round with him. Uriah says he thinks about nothing but that moment, about exchanging blows and he says when he’s himself, he doesn’t think anyone can beat him. Tale of the Tape, and Uriah is a year older with a five inch reach advantage.
Middleweight bout: Uriah Hall (Team Sonnen) vs Adam Cella (Team Jones)
Round 1: They touch gloves and Adam works the jab, but Uriah lands a leg kick. Uriah with a body kick and he’s avoiding Adam’s strikes. They clinch and Uriah lands knees to the body. Adam counters, but he eats a big knee every time he tries something. They separate and trade some punches, before Uriah catches a kick and slams Adam to the ground. Uriah lands an elbow and some punches, but Adam looks for a submission and Uriah stands up. Uriah ties Adam’s leg up and stands over him, landing a few shots. He lets Adam up, only to land a punch as soon as Adam tries to get up. Uriah continues to land punches pretty much at will, getting a knockdown, with Adam landing a few leg kicks. Adam whiffs on a spinning back fist and Uriah goes back to the jab. He knocks Adam down again. They clinch again for a moment, but neither guy really does any damage before they separate. Both guys hesitant to engage although Uriah does continue to work the jab. Uriah dropping his hands badly, but he manages to dance away every time Adam throws. Uriah keeps landing the jab and then he DESTROYS ADAM WITH A SPINNING BACK KICK! Holy cow – that connected with Adam’s windpipe and he’s laying on the ground having some SERIOUS difficulty breathing. Uriah apologizes and he’s clearly shaken up. I can’t even describe how vicious that kick was – all I’ll say is that Adam is lucky to be breathing at all, that could’ve easily crushed his windpipe.
Official Result – Winner: Uriah Hall, KO (spinning back kick, Round 1)
Adam manages to get up under his own power and Team Jones looks awestruck. In the replay, you can see it wasn’t as flush on the throat as I originally thought. Dana says that’s a knockout you want to celebrate, but on the other hand, it was so violent, you don’t. Dana says he knows who won the $25k for knockout, the other guys better be looking for submission or fight honors. Uriah says he feels terrible because he could’ve seriously hurt Adam, and he addressing Adam, saying he hopes Adam doesn’t hate him. Mazzagatti tells Team Jones’ coaches that Adam will be fine, he’s conscious and he should regain his memory within the hour, and that he’s going to get a CT scan for safety reasons. Time for the fight pick, and Chael picks Kevin Casey to take on Collin Hart, much to Bubba’s chagrin. Bubba talks smack to Kevin as the show ends.
NEXT WEEK ON THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: Kevin Casey takes on Collin Hart! Looks like there will be blood!
For your convenience, here are the teams as they stand now (color coded for easy reading):
Gilbert Smith Jr
KEY: Fighters with name crossed out have been eliminated from the competition