The Ultimate Fighter 17 champion was decided tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada as Kelvin Gastelum picked up the TUF 17 crown. Team Sonnen Teammates Uriah Hall and Kelvin Gastelum went to battle tonight in a bout that saw history made as Gastelum reigned victorious in exciting fashion.
Gastelum Bests Hall in Fantastic Fight to win TUF title
Kelvin Gastelum was tired of seeing Team Sonnen teammate Uriah Hall getting the all the attention and he earned his own attention tonight in Las Vegas. Gastelum showed no fear against Hall, and forced Hall to fight his fight. Hall would have several moments of brilliance, but his slow start and trouble stopping the takedown cost him dearly in the cage.
Gastelum would keep it up for all three rounds and managed to pull down a huge upset victory to win the UFC’s TUF 17 crown. “KG” also made history tonight as he became the youngest fighter to win The Ultimate Fighter crown. The Arizona native was arguably one of the most improved fighters in TUF history, as he took full advantage of his situation and transformed himself into formidable young fighter.
Meanwhile, Uriah Hall finds himself in a situation he never expected after all of the hype leading up to the UFC’s TUF 17 Finale. Hall still has a future, but has to work on his fight IQ and takedown defense if he is going to live up to the praise thrust upon him by UFC president Dana White and many media members.
Rd. 1- Touch of gloves and we’re off. Gastelum is stalking Hall early with Uriah in reverse to set up his counters. Hall does his best Ali/Silva impression as he backs up to the cage to strike. Gastelum uses the opportunity to look for a takedown and is rebuffed. Good clinch work by Kelvin but the fighter’s break. Leg kicks by Hall. Gastelum with a big legkick. Kelvin tags Hall and Hall is dazed. Gastelum continues to attack and lands a big takedown on Hall. Uriah works back to guard and the fighters exchange punches. Hall escapes and lands a nice straight right. Hall with a wild takedown attempt and Gastelum quickly bounces up as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Gastelum.
Rd. 2- Hall is much more focused to start round 2. Hall trying to emulate Silva again but gets taken down. GNP by Kelvin. Hall with a reversal against the fence. Big knee and left by Hall on the exit. Kelvin defends and nearly lands another takedown. Hall with an ugly trip of his own. Not a lot of work by Hall on top. Kelvin works up and gets suplexed (not very well mind you) but immediately scrambles back up. Nice shot by Kelvin as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Hall (19-19).
Rd. 3- Knee to the groin by Hall to start the round and there’s a brief break. Hall back at it. Legkick by Hall. Another big takedown by Hall. Hall bounces back with a huge reversal and lands some nice shots before Hall escapes. Huge strike by Gastelum lands and he clinches Hall against the cage. Fighters break and we’re centered. Headkick by Hall is blocked. Right by Kelvin glances off Hall. Legkick by Kelvin. Huge double leg with 1:15 left. Hall tries a bad kimura and almost gets caught in an armbar. Kelvin looks to posture up. Both fighters trading power shots on the ground with :10 left. Near armbar by Kelvin as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Gastelum.
Kelvin Gastelum def. Uriah Hall via split decision (29-28,28-29,29-28)