411’s The Ultimate Fighter 17 Report 02.12.13
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, everything revolved around what was touted as the most devastating KO Dana White had seen in his entire career, and Uriah Hall’s spinning back kick knockout of Adam Cella certainly fit the bill. We also saw Bubba McDaniel call out Kevin Casey and the two exchange words in an attempt by Bubba to secure a fight that the members of Team Jones believed to be advantageous to them. Instead, Chael Sonnen chose Collin Hart to face Casey, and that’s the fight we’ll see this week!
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: We pick up at the house, and Cella is wandering the house in his hospital gown and fight shorts. He says he doesn’t remember even fighting. Cella looks for Uriah, who is in the shower, and he jokingly says “Why’d you kick me in the face like that”, and when Uriah apologizes, Adam says not to worry about it, that he’s fine, and that he thinks he gave Uriah $25,000. Adam tells his teammates he remembered the ten-second buzzer going off, but he didn’t feel anything after that. Kevin is in the kitchen talking about how he got a cut in his fight to get into the house, and he says he chose Collin Hart for his opponent because of the style. He thinks Bubba’s striking would’ve posed more of a problem. Bubba says Collin should just keep slapping Kevin in the face until he tries to take Collin down, then slap him in the face some more until he gasses out in the second round. Bubba says he would’ve been nicer and beaten Kevin without going to the eye to show he was a better fighter, but Collin is nasty and he’s going to rip that eye open with his fingernails if he has to.
Team Jones training session and Collin is running on the treadmill and working his striking and submissions. Jones says Collin is one of the best fighters on the team, as he’s got a good ground game, good dirty boxing, and great cardio. Collin says he knew he was a pretty tough kid when he got beat up every day in grade school by multiple kids, and he’s glad that he did because it made him tougher. He talks about coming from a big family, only playing football for two years and wrestling for one, and he talks about how he never thought he’d be a pro athlete because of all of the trouble he got into. Collin says he had his first fight at 19, got a quick knockout, and he was in too deep to back out. Jones is training Collin to outlast Casey’s questionable cardio and strike for the injured eye to try to open up a cut. Collin says he doesn’t want to win because of the cut, but he also feels disrespected that Casey chose him, “like he thinks he can beat me even with an injury”.
Back at the house, guys from both teams are eating breakfast and talking about King having rap videos on line. Gilbert stands up and starts teasingly rapping at Casey, who responds with his freestyle and they end with everybody laughing and Clint does his bit. Cella says he didn’t want to show up King and Gilbert, so he didn’t join in.
Team Sonnen training session and Casey talks about befriending Rockson Gracie and becoming a part of the Gracie extending family. He says Rockson died during his sophomore year of junior college, which made him want to represent the family in mixed martial arts. The coaches drill with Kevin to make sure he is able to ensure that he isn’t sloppy on fight day. Chael says Kevin is so good on the ground that sometimes he forgets and gives up good positions, while Collin is very good at controlling who is on top when they go to the ground. Chael tells Kevin not to worry about the result, just to worry about what’s happening.
Collin was 194 after practice the day before, and he says that’s the only thing that he’s worried about. Bubba says he’s excited because he knows that he’s up next. Dylan says he’s tired of these guys talking about picking match-ups and that’s all they do. Tor says you can’t pick easy fights because that means someone else has a harder fight, and the Team Sonnen members think they should use the power outage to play a prank on Team Jones. Kelvin, Uriah, and Jimmy tried to toilet paper some Team Jones fighters including Collin, who says they have a rule that they don’t mess with each other during their sleep, so there will be retaliation.
Time for the weigh-ins, and Collin is up first. Josh says Team Sonnen will be surprised by Collin’s skill and he’d bet his house on Collin beating King. Zak says as long as Kevin doesn’t get clipped, he’s going to be fine, because no one in the house has the ground game of Casey. They both weigh in at 186 and go for the face-off, but Collin opts to flip Casey off rather than shaking hands, and Casey gets mad and puts his forehead up against Collin’s. Most of Team Sonnen seems upset by the gesture, while Team Jones thinks it accomplished what it was supposed to – getting under Casey’s skin.
Back at the house, Uriah confronts Collin about flipping Casey off, and Collin says it wasn’t about being on TV, it was because of Casey interrupting his sleep. Casey says he wasn’t upset by the finger, but he thinks they’re professionals and it gives them a certain look, which wasn’t right if Collin didn’t mean it. Casey says that Collin’s young and he did something very disrespectful and this is one of those occasions where an older guy has to show a younger guy an example, and this might be a tough lesson. Collin says he’s going to make an example out of Casey to show that it’s not okay to come into his room while he’s sleeping and he’s going to hurt Casey to show his teammates.
Fight day, and Jones is wanting a win badly. Casey says he takes this very seriously, he takes his entire life very seriously. Collin says he’s glad he was picked, it was hard to see two of his friends get knocked out. Jones says Collin is relaxed and ready, and Sonnen says Kevin is going to have to work for this win because their skill sets are very similar. Collin out first, followed by Kevin, they talk trash for the camera, and we get our Tale of the Tape: Kevin is nine years older, but Collin has a three inch height and one-half inch reach advantage. Dana breaks down the rules and we’re ready.
Middleweight bout: Kevin Casey (Team Sonnen) vs Collin Hart (Team Jones)
Round 1: Collin comes running across the cage into a kick, but he easily takes Kevin down and moves into side control. Collin tries for elbows but he doesn’t have a lot of success. Kevin manages to get Collin into full guard, locks his heels, and controls Collin’s posture. Collin throws some punches to the ribs and then he lands some punches to the head when Kevin tries to scramble. Kevin looks for the guillotine, but Collin passes into half-guard and tries for side control. Kevin hangs onto the guillotine until he can stand up and he presses Collin against the cage and lands some knees to the thigh. Kevin looks to drop for a takedown but Collin defends well. Collin with the double underhook and he presses Kevin against the cage and lands an elbow, but Kevin reverses position and presses him against the cage. They trade knees to the stomach, and then Collin lands a pair of unanswered knees to the side. Collin gets a hand free and lands a punch, then goes back to the knees. Kevin answers with a punch to the side and he pushes on Collin’s head. They trade punches to the ribs and Collin lands a knee to Kevin’s ribs. Kevin lands an elbow of his own, but Collin answers with a pair of punches. With twenty seconds left in the round, they separate and Kevin throws a flurry of punches that don’t really do damage, and he presses Collin into the cage. Collin reverses, lands more knees to the body, and the round ends.
Scorecard: 10-9 Hart (Casey could’ve stolen the round if he could’ve spent 15 of the last 20 seconds of the round punching, but he only managed 5 of those 20.)
Round 2: Kevin comes out swinging, but Collin answers with a pair of punches of his own. They continue to trade on the feet and Kevin clinches. He ends up pressed against the cage and Collin has opened the cut above his eye and he’s bleeding like a stuck pig. Kevin pushes back on Collin’s head and throws some short punches, but Collin looks for the takedown. Kevin defends well for nearly thirty seconds, but Collin gets the takedown and he starts throwing punches to Kevin’s head while using his entire body weight to hold Kevin down. Collin passes into side control and throws more punches and knees before nearly passing into mount. Kevin gets half-guard at literally the last second, but Collin is keeping himself heavy on Kevin and then he starts throwing shoulder strikes. Kevin looks for a half-hearted guillotine, but Collin tees off on his ribs and lands elbows to his head as well. Kevin manages to scramble back into guard, but he ends up eating more elbows and punches. Collin keeps working the punches until Kevin ties him up, but Kevin is doing nothing with it, and when he does try for an armbar or triangle, Collin easily avoids and deals some more punishment. With ten seconds left, Collin pours on the ground and pound until the round ends.
Scorecard: 10-9 Hart (This one wasn’t even close.)
Official Result – Winner: Collin Hart, Unanimous Decision (20-18×3)
Jones and Sonnen both think Collin did a great job of coming out and being relentless. Chael says when Collin got that initial takedown, that was their time to start fighting, but Kevin never did – he just kept waiting for Collin to give him openings and Collin never did. Dana says Kevin had some nice offense on the feet, but then he stopped, in both the first and second rounds, and that cost him the fight. Jones says he’s extremely happy that Collin listened so well to his corner, while Chael says he’s not sure who the better fighter is, because Kevin Casey never showed up to fight. He says they accept the result of the contest, and he talks about Collin apologizing for the disrespect at weigh-ins. Chael tells him not to apologize, because he thinks if you’re a fighter and you’re willing to let them shut the door behind you and fight, you can do whatever you want leading up to the fight. After the fight, Kevin is sitting in the locker room and he makes excuses about his cut and not feeling physically there, while Collin immediately gets on the treadmill and starts running.
And it’s time for our fight announcement. Jones picks Bubba McDaniels to fight Kelvin Gastelum. Jones says Bubba has the advantage everywhere but wrestling, but he thinks Bubba is a better overall grappler. Chael says Kelvin is the youngest guy in the tournament ever at 21, and he’s going to be the underdog, but he’s going to surprise people.
NEXT WEEK ON THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: Chael tries to rally the troops after their first loss, and he visits the house, apparently for some charades. Plus, Bubba and Kelvin step into the cage!
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