Ultimate Fighter 17 recap and analysis

Ultimate Fighter Finale Report Card: Cat Zingano Finishes Miesha Tate

4/14/13 in MMA   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

The Ultimate Fighter season 17, which featured Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen as coaches was a resounding success for the UFC, and has positioned the reality-show for another high-profile run this fall. The culmination of the season featured a great fight card with four stellar bouts, as well as the second ever women’s UFC fight. Let’s take a closer look at the fight card and pass out a few grades in this edition of UFC report card.

April 13, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Urijah Faber lands a punch against Scott Jorgensen during the TUF 17 Finale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Urijah Faber (black trunks) stopped friend and opponent Scott Jorgensen in the fourth round

Urijah Faber: A
Urijah Faber looked fantastic in his fourth-round stoppage of friend and former training partner Scott Jorgensen during the main-event of the TUF finale. Faber is a high-level fighter that hangs out on the outer edge of championship contention. Faber has recently lost fights to both the bantamweight champion and interim champ, and though he will probably receive a rematch against one of them soon, he is simply not a threat to beat either guy.

Travis Browne: A
Travis Browne has walked the line of prospect-in-training and full-blown contender recently, but after his 71-second finish of Gabriel Gonzaga, the heavyweight may be ready for another crack at a top-ten fighter. Browne’s last defeat can at the hands of Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva who will be fighting for the title in May.

April 13, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Cat Zingano hits Miesha Tate during the TUF 17 Finale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Cat Zingano earned a title bout against champion Ronda Rousey after her KO victory

Cat Zingano: B+
Cat Zingano look extremely impressive in her title-eliminator bout against Miesha Tate. Both women had a lot on the line, as the winner was not only promised a title fight against Ronda Rousey, but also a lucrative coaching spot on the Ultimate Fighter reality-show. Zingano showed her strength, speed and technique during her vicious finish of Tate during the final round of their fight.

April 13, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Miesha Tate reacts to defeat by Cat Zingano during the TUF 17 Finale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Miesha Tate suffered a brutal stoppage after multiple knees to the face from Zingano

Miesha Tate: B-
Miesha Tate may have lost her bout against Cat Zingano is the most brutal fashion possible, but she did look good in the process. Tate controled Zingano for the first two rounds and was able to put the newly crowned number-one contender in a few precarious spots throughout the fight. Tate will continue to be a threat in the women’s bantamweight division and will get her rematch with Ronda Rousey sooner-or-later.

Uriah Hall: D
The Ultimate Fighter finalist began receiving a lot of hype after his brutal spinning-kick knockout early in the season. Hall was a huge favorite to capture the Ultimate Fighter season 17 crown, and was expected to make waves in the UFC. However, Hall did a bit of showboating during the fight and seemed overconfident and cocky, which ultimately cost him the fight. Hall lost a split decision, and had his hype train derailed a bit.
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