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The Ultimate Fighter 17 – Episode 8 Recap

The Ultimate Fighter 17 returned to action tonight on FX. This week featured the final preliminary bout in The Ultimate Fighter house as Team Sonnen’s Zak Cummings took on Team Jones’ Dylan Andrews. Be sure to stay tuned to MMAFrenzy as we track fourteen middleweights, coached by UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, vying to become The Ultimate Fighter. [Spoilers Below]

FX_TUF_S3_FightersInfo_0000_Dylan-AndrewsEpisode kicks off in the house with Adam Cella and Bubba McDaniels talking about the wildcard spot. Cella believes the fighter certainly deserves the spot on the basis of how hard he works.

Cut to the gym, as Dylan Andrews prepares for the fight. Coach Jones believes that Cummings is a stern test for the Aussie, but believes he can prevail. Back at the house, Andrews talks about his introduction to MMA and about how his brothers threw away opportunities for drugs. Andrews bonds with Uriah Hall on the patio, Hall echoes the Aussie fighter’s feelings about needing to get away from fighting at times

Team Sonnen’s Cummings talks about how he was actually pushed away from fighting because he is smart. Cummings comes off as a very nice guy who just enjoys fighting for the competition. Aside from the team’s practice, Sonnen talks about Cummings as being a bit of an unknown but he loves the fact that despite being cut six times prior to making it onto TUF, the fighter kept showing up.

The camera cuts to a construction site for this season’s coaches’s challenge. UFC president Dana White breaks down a rather interesting competition involving backhoes and a modified obstacle course. Chael is talking crap after an early lead but Jones catches him and then passes him but misses the final basketball drop, and Sonnen manages to retake the lead and win the competition at he last second.

Back at the gym, both fighters make weight and the team’s agree both fighters are very talented and seem stoked for the fight. Cummings feels the extra time has allowed him to get more settled in and relaxed for the fight. Andrews talks about his family, and about how bad he wants the fight and it’s time to go.

Zak Cummings vs. Dylan Andrews

  1. Touch of gloves and we’re off. Cummings opens up early with some combos that do not land and then he drops in for a single leg but Andrews fends it off. Kicks by Andrews but Cummings clips him and Dylan tries for takedown of his own but gets caught in a D’arce set up and is forced to give it up with ZC starts landing hard shots. ZC uses the D’arce to mount but DA sweeps him. Big elbows from DA (who is a bloody mess now). Serious elbows from DA just like Jones taught him to do. Cummings is trying to sweep but DA with more damage. Big ground-and-pound from DA now but ZC is throwing off his back too now. Big elbows as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Andrews as his big rally wins the round.
  2. Touch of gloves here and we’re off. Cummings comes out swinging and throws a spinning wheel kick that misses but both fighters smile and touch gloves. DA gets knocked a bit off balance but regains it as ZC charges and scores a hard takedown. DA again listens to his corner and throws hard shots from the half-guard. More ground-and-pound from Dylan but ZC locks it down and Herb Dean threatens a stand up. DA breaks free and starts landing some solid shots here. Body-to-head combo by DA. ZC tries to sweep but cannot get it. He locks up a kimura but he cannot get it and Dylan starts throwing crazy stuff to try for a finish as the round ends. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-9 (20-18) for Andrews, but the first round was close enough to make it interesting.

Dylan Andrews def. Zak Cummings via majority decision (20-18,20-18,19-19)

The Ultimate Fighter 17 Results:

Team Sonnen
Luke Barnatt def. Gilbert Smith via knockout (flying knee) – Round 2
Uriah Hall def. Adam Cella via KO (spinning hook kick) – Round 1
Zak Cummings (lost to Dylan Andrews)
Tor Troéng (lost to Josh Samman)
Jimmy Quinlan def. Clint Hester via submission (RNC) – Round 2
Kevin Casey (lost to Colin Hart)
Kelvin Gastelum def. Robert “Bubba” McDaniel via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2

Team Jones
Clint Hester (lost to Jimmy Quinlan)
Josh Samman def. Tor Troéng via TKO (punches) – Round 1
Robert “Bubba” McDaniel (lost to Kelvin Gastelum)
Gilbert Smith (lost to Luke Barnatt)
Colin Hart def. Kevin Casey via unanimous decision (20-18,20-18,20-18)
Adam Cella (lost to Uriah Hall)
Dylan Andrews def. Zak Cummings via majority decision (20-18,20-18,19-19)

Fight Selection:

The preliminary round ends with Sonnen’s team at a 4-3 advantage. Dana White drops a surprise on the coaches and allows them to pick the wildcard fight, rather than White selecting it himself. This leaves the coaches with only two fighters apiece to pick from. Sonnen believes he has it easy and decides on Kevin Casey. Jones is in a tough spot as it’s between Bubba McDaniels and Clint Hester, and he is clearly languishing over the call. Jones finally settles on McDaniels, but he clearly hated making the choice. The wildcard is set as it is Kevin Casey vs. Bubba McDaniel

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