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411's The Ultimate Fighter 17 Report 03.05.13
Posted by Wyatt Beougher on 03.05.2013





The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs Team Sonnen, Episode 7

Welcome back to 411 MMA's coverage of the seventeenth season of The Ultimate Fighter. Last week, we saw Team Jones take control for only the second time this season (not counting their initial coin flip choice), as Josh Samman was able to overcome nagging injuries and knock out Tor Troeng. Uriah alienated members of both teams, and we also got to see the first bit of competition between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, as Sonnen challenged the light heavyweight champion to a three-frame bowl off, which the challenger was able to win. This week, it looks like Josh will be heading to the hospital, and Team Jones' first pick, Clint Hester, squares off against Jimmy Quinlan in a striker versus grappler contest!



Meet the Cast:

Coaches

TEAM JONES
Jon Jones, Head Coach
Stonehorse Goeman, Muay Thai coach
John Woods
Bubba Jenkins, Wrestling coach
Frank Mir, Jiu Jitsu coach


TEAM SONNEN
Chael Sonnen, Head Coach
Randy Couture
Vinny Magalhaes, Jiu Jitsu coach
Mike Dolce, Strength and conditioning coach/dietician
Clayton Hires, Striking coach
Scott McQuary
Jamie Huey, Striking coach
Dan Henderson


Fighters (Middleweights)

TEAM JONES
Clint Hester
Josh Samman
Bubba McDaniel
Gilbert Smith Jr
Collin Hart
Adam Cella
Dylan Andrews


TEAM SONNEN
Luke Barnatt
Uriah Hall
Zak Cummings
Tor Troeng
Jimmy Quinlan
Kevin Casey
Kelvin Gastelum


FADE IN: Post-fight, Luke turns around Tor's photo and Josh tells Bubba that he made sure that Bubba gets the Wild Card. Some of the Team Jones guys are talking about the Wild Card fight. Adam says he thinks it's going to be an all-Jones final fight because no one's scared to fight any Sonnen guys. Josh tells the whole story of Uriah calling Adam a bitch, and Collin says it was all he could do not to fight Uriah right there, and Josh says he thinks that'd be a great quarterfinal match-up to remove Team Sonnen's toughest fighter. Jimmy says he actually wanted to fight Clint because it's a good stylistic match-up. In the van, Team Jones is saying that Jimmy's going to be scared of Clint and Clint says this is a big fight for him because Jimmy is such an accomplished grappler, but he's going out to look for that bonus money.

Both teams head to Hooters and Chael says they're taking a break from the competition to raise everyone's spirits and that he hasn't seen so many smiles and high-fives since the competition began. The guys seem excited to get out of the house and actually see some girls, and everyone appears to be all smiles. Gilbert starts dancing and takes his shirt off to put a Hooters shirt on, and Kevin Casey seems unimpressed. Gilbert tears the shirt off as he screams and the whole cast gets together for a group photo, save for Uriah, who sits by himself and won't join in on the photo. This irritates Collin who says he hopes he gets a piece of Uriah.

Team Sonnen training session and Uriah receives counsel from Scott McQuary regarding the mental issues he's undergoing, as he says he's only sleeping three hours a night and that he has nothing in his head but fighting. Uriah says it's a constant battle, fighting yourself, and McQuary says that Uriah is constantly working and sometimes they have to remind him to slow down.

Back at the house, Josh wakes up in pretty severe pain and thinks he's pulled or strained his left leg. He says it's the same pain as when he pulled his quad and got a blood clot, and with his own history and family history, he can't be too careful. They head to the emergency room and Josh explains his situation to the doctor, who says they're going to give him an ultrasound to make sure he doesn't have a blood clot. Josh says the injuries are in the back of his mind, and that it would be devastating to have to pull out of the competition. Josh says he thinks that they did all the tests that they needed to do, and the doctor says that there was no evidence of a blood clot, that it's likely a pulled quad, and unless it gets any worse, he should go about his recovery as normal, but if he does notice a change for the worse, to get back

Back at the house, Jimmy and Uriah talk about Jimmy's job as a police officer, and Jimmy says he grew up in a small town, his parents kept a close eye on him, and he never got into trouble. He majored in criminal justice and jumped right into a police career. Uriah talks about getting pulled over once, and in Harlem, he likely fit the description and he got mad when asked to get out of the car and he kicked the door open and almost hit the cop. Jimmy says he's a nice guy and he's no different when he puts on his uniform than when he's out of it. Jimmy drills striking during the training session and talks about how transitioning from wrestling to MMA just made sense and that the police force in his hometown allows him to fight and be a part-time officer, so he's going to keep coming back to work for them. Chael says if Jimmy gets an opponent to the ground, he's a problem, and Clint looked so good during the elimination fight that both he and Jones wanted him, but they're focused on Jimmy wrapping up a limb and getting the submission. Jimmy says Clint is a scary dude, he's intimidating, and if he didn't know him, he'd say "oops". Chael talks to his team, tells them they had a great practice and they're awesome and it's time to get what they deserve. He says they say Jimmy's only going to lose if he gets tagged, and he thinks Jimmy's going to get tagged and it's going to hurt, so he asks Jimmy is he has a problem getting punched in the face in a fistfight or getting hurt in a fistfight, and he questions why people keep talking about it. Chael says he's never been around such a pool of talent, and he believes that a lot of his guys are going to have great careers, but he wants them to be ready for anything, so he's realistic in his pep talks.

Back at the house, Clint says he's staying humble and even if he wins, he'll be that same guy. He sits on the Harley and talks about being in the same town from sixth grade on and how it's a nice town. He says he has no complaints about growing up, he always knew where his next meal was coming from, but he liked to fight. He says he hung out with smaller guys and when they got picked on, he'd help them go beat up their bullies. He talks about wanting to box and 9 or 10 and when his boxing gym closed, he found an MMA gym and loved it. He says he had his first MMA fight ten months later. Clint trains with Jones (wearing his swank "Bones Knows" shirt), and they drill Bones' trademark knee kicks. Bones brags up Clint and says that he's one of the few guys who implement their techniques immediately and not many athletes can do that. Jones says that they're working on his takedown defense and that Clint is so well-rounded and while Jimmy's a good wrestler, he thinks Clint's a good enough grappler to win the fight. Jones says Clint's a hard working guy but thinks he needs more cardio but he thinks that's Clint's only weakness. Clint says he always like to fight other people's battles, but now he can do it legally, learn, and make a living at it and be one of the few people who actually love his job. Clint says he's going to have 10-15 minuts of fun and Jimmy says the question is if he can put Clint's back on the cage before Clint puts his fist on Jimmy's face.

Weigh-ins, and Clint is up first. Dylan says Jimmy isn't going to want to stand at all with Clint, that Jimmy's never been in the cage with an animal like Clint, and when Clint touches him, Jimmy's going to sleep. Clint weighs in at 185. Kevin says Clint's , but Jimmy's a good enough grappler that he's going to get Clint down and finish it in late in the first round or early in the second round. Jimmy weighs in at 185 and Bubba says Jimmy's such a one-dimensional fighter that no matter who faces him, it's going to be a tough fight, because you're going to be fighting off the takedown the entire time, but that Clint's bigger than Jimmy and that's going to show. Uriah says Jimmy can take down a horse, so he thinks he's going to take Clint down, but facing a striker is unpredictable and you have to watch out for knees.

Fight day, and Jimmy asks Clint if Clint ate the bowl with his name on it, and Clint looks slightly confused, and Jimmy says if he did, he's going to fight him today. They crack up, and Jimmy says he likes Clint and Clint says people say Jimmy's a prick, but he loves his sense of humor. They continue to crack up about the bowl and Clint says he's going to go out there and use what he already knows and if he gets past this round, he doesn't see anything stopping him from getting the contract. Jimmy says he ate six hard-boiled eggs, a bowl of oatmeal, and some coffee. Clint says he knows Jimmy's going to be looking to take him down, but if he gets past his hands, he's got to worry about his elbows. Jimmy says his strategy is put Clint against the cage and get the takedown. Clint out first and he says it's nothing personal - they get to let their hands go, then shake hands and take some shots or something. Jimmy says he has a career that he could be doing instead of going into the cage and getting the crap kicked out of him, so he does it just because he genuinely loves it. He says anything but getting his hand raised at the end of the fight is unsatisfactory. Tale of the Tape, and Jimmy is a year older, but Clint is an inch taller and enjoys a 6 ½" reach advantage.

Middleweight bout: Jimmy Quinlan (Team Sonnen) vs Clint Hester (Team Jones)

Round 1: Jimmy comes out swinging and looks for the takedown, but Clint avoids it. Jimmy pushes Clint against the cage and then picks him up and takes him down, ending up in side control. Clint manages to get back to his feet, but Jimmy keeps him pressed against the cage. Jimmy looks for another takedown, but Clint lands some big punches to the ribs. Jimmy continues working for the takedown and he picks Clint up and slams him again with a decent suplex, but Clint gets immediately to one knee and tries to get away, but Jimmy maintains his waistlock. Clint gets a wizzer and works it to get a front facelock and he knees Jimmy in the body and then presses him against the cage. Jimmy uses his leg to keep Clint from kneeing him, but Clint lands one anyone and then pummels Jimmy with punches. Jimmy drops for the takedown, but Clint keeps his balance. Jimmy keeps driving for it, but Clint makes him pay with punches to the head and body. Clint landing some BIG shots to the ribs, but Jimmy keeps coming. Clint lands some more shots to the head, but Jimmy drives for the double leg and holds Clint against the cage. Clint gets to his feet, but Jimmy picks him up and slams him down again. Clint pushes Jimmy's head up and lands an elbow and he continues swinging whenever Jimmy gives him an opportunity. Jimmy looks content to hold his position, but Clint drops an elbow on his head from a seated position. Jimmy flattens him out and does nothing with it as the round ends.

Scorecard: Hester, 10-9 (Jimmy got the takedowns, but did nothing with them, while Clint landed a lot of good punches)

Round 2: Clint feigns a punch then goes for a takedown, but Jimmy locks in a loose guillotine. Clint rolls back to his feet and presses Jimmy against the cage. Clint tries to pick Jimmy up by his leg, but Jimmy reverses and looks for the takedown. He controls Clint's legs against the cage. Clint tries to throw punches, but Jimmy takes his back and gets the hooks in. Before he can do much damage, Clint turns and Jimmy works from full mount. Clint bucks, but Jimmy hangs on and Clint rolls to his stomach again and Jimmy starts pounding away with both hands before locking in a choke. Clint has no choice but to tap!

Official Result - Winner: Jimmy Quinlan, Submission (Rear Naked Choke, Round 2)

Jones consoles Clint after the fight, but he quickly gets to his feet and hugs Jimmy. Jones tells Clint to keep his head up. Jones and Chael both talk about how Clint was able to generate a lot of power in his punches, even from odd positions. Chael says Jimmy was in grappling mode and you have to mix it up to win the round and he thought Clint won the first round. Chael walks through the second round, then says in the locker room that it's such a tough tournament and he's never seen so many tough guys. Jimmy says he still looks good, but everywhere you can't see, he's lumped up. Jimmy says Clint had a target being the first pick, and he's glad that he could take him out. A visibly emotional Clint says Jimmy was the better fighter that day, but he's going to keep working to get the Wild Card and get back into contention. Chael stops by the Team Jones locker room to drop off the Team Sonnen jersey

The final preliminary fight will feature Zak Cummings taking on Dylan Andrews. Chael says Dylan is a great fighter but he was the most unimpressive of the bunch, while Zak came into the house with an impressive knockout. Jones says Dylan is a great striker, he's got heart, and he works hard, so he believes he'll do well. Dylan says Zak is tough and he expects a tough fight, but he's going to do everything he can to win it. Zak says Dylan is the nicest guy he's ever met, and he'd never want to fight him, but it's a business, and they're just going into work that day. As they leave, Zak says he's got to fight the one guy he'd least like to punch in the face.

NEXT WEEK ON THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: We get our coaches' challenge, which features Chael and Bones competing in excavators, as well as the final preliminary fight. Dana throws a surprise curveball before the Wild Card fight announcement.

For your convenience, here are the teams as they stand now (color coded for easy reading):

TEAM JONES
Clint Hester
Josh Samman
Bubba McDaniel
Gilbert Smith Jr
Collin Hart
Adam Cella
Dylan Andrews


TEAM SONNEN
Luke Barnatt
Uriah Hall
Zak Cummings
Tor Troeng
Jimmy Quinlan
Kevin Casey
Kelvin Gastelum


KEY: Fighters with name crossed out have been eliminated from the competition





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