Episode 10 of The Ultimate Fighter gives us the first pair of quarterfinal bouts featuring Kelvin Gastelum vs. Collin Hart and Luke Barnatt vs. Dylan Andrews.
After the announcements of the match-ups were made, only Bubba McDaniel isn’t happy. He will have to take on knockout beast Uriah Hall next and the thought of it is agonizing. Jon Jones says he wants Bubba to believe in himself and that he’s getting ready to “elevate” his career. Bubba is still pissed and visible anxiety about the impending scrap is obvious.
Kelvin Gastelum talks about having to face Collin Hart of Team Jones and he’s prepared to prove he’s better than people think. Collin thinks Kelvin is a tough scrapper. Jon Jones think Collin has good jiu-jitsu, but adds that Collin’s grappling needs work. Collin explains he wants to let his hands go in this fight because he wasn’t satisfied in his performance.
Back at Team Sonnen, Chael declares he has complete faith in Kelvin because he has a great overall game. Chael also sees Kelvin as the “sleeper” of the tournament. Additionally, Chael adds that no one should underestimate Kelvin’s striking.
As promised to Kelvin, Coach Sonnen delivers UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey who will train the team for the day. Kelvin plays it cool when Ronda Rousey shows up, but he’s excited for the training session.
Rousey is showing the guys some Judo tosses and she is impressed by the team’s ability to learn on the fly. Chael tells her how much progress Kelvin has made and how impressed he is with the strides Kelvin’s made over the past 3 weeks. Ronda adds that Chael has a uniquely gifted squad.
After training, Ronda motivates the team with a speech full of her ‘Mom-isms” – one liners she learned from her mother. “Nobody has a right to beat you,” she states as one. Another one that shapes her mindset prior to anyone she faces is: “I refuse to lose and you don’t deserve to beat me.” Spoken like a true bad-ass.
Back at the weigh in Clint Hester thinks Collin can win on the ground, but thinks if Kelvin sticks and moves he can win. Zak thinks Kelvin can take it. Chael talks about what a worker Kelvin is. Jones thinks the game will go to the ground and that Hart can submit Kelvin.
In a brief moment with each fighter prior to the bout, Hart says he was a fan of Kung Fu movies growing up. Mix in rough housing with his brothers and a background in wrestling, Hart eventually got into MMA fighting.
Fighting out of Yuma, AZ, Kelvin’s looking to make his mom proud. He says he could’ve gone down the dark and troubled path, but instead he went on to fight professionally.
First Quarterfinal Kelvin Gastelum (5-0) vs. Collin Hart (4-1-1)
Round One: Collin comes in swinging. clinches up and breaks out right away. Kelvin backs up and lands a couple of heavy shots. Collin comes back trying to answer with some punches of his own. Kelvin lands a barrage of punches in the exchange. Then Kelvin swats a heavy left, followed by a right and another left and Hart falls to the mat. Kelvin rushes in to ground and pound strikes him a few more times and Collin is out. Kelvin stops himself from throwing one more strike as referee Steve Mazzagatti calls it.
Winner by TKO Kelvin Gastelum Rd, 1.
As Collin gets up he asks the ref “Did I get knocked out?” He’s obviously disappointed over the loss, but says he hopes Kelvin goes on to win it all.
In preparation for the next quarterfinal, we move over to Team Sonnen who is training his first pick of the competition, Luke Barnatt to face Dylan Andrews. It’s first pick vs the last overall pick of the competition, which Chael adds was an oversight on everyone’s part.
With Barnatt’s skill, Chael says Luke has a huge reach advantage and says the biggest part of the fight will be his mental focus. Dylan’s a southpaw with fast hands, but Luke says he can handle that. Luke also says his ground game is as good as his striking.
Jon Jones gives Dylan a more intimate training session with striking coach Stone Horse, who is a Native American who lived on a reservation in Buffalo, NY. Dylan’s excited not only for the privilege to work with Stone Horse, but also because he gets positive reinforcement from him which is something he says he’s never had in his life. Stone Horse grounds him as Dylan puts it.
On fight day, Mike Tyson shows up to the training center and the guys are psyched to see a boxing legend.
At a quick glimpse of each fighter, Barnatt has no possessions and feels he’s doing everything he can to win the tournament.
Dylan has a picture of his family he uses for motivation. For him, it’s all about fighting to give them a better life.
Second quarterfinal Dylan Andrews (16-4-1) vs. Luke Barnatt (5-0)
Round One: Luke comes into bang and Dylan plants him with a takedown. Luke works a modified triangle from bottom, but can’t latch it on right. They stand and clinch as Barnatt tries to toss Dylan, Dylan reverses it and takes him down again. Dylan gets Luke up against the cage and tries to crank a guillotine, but fails. They scramble and Barnatt is still looking for submissions. Dylan gets position on one scramble and takes Luke’s back and keeps working to sink in a rear naked choke. They stand. Luke jabs as they stand and cracks Dylan with a knees. Dylan goes for a takedown, but misses on his first attempt. He readjusts and scores a single leg takedown. On the ground he does score much offense as Barnatt works off his back answering with elbows.
Round Two: Luke comes out jabbing as Dylan answers with his own jabs and an overhand right. They clinch up against the cage and Luke lands a couple of crushing knees. Luke drops Andrews, fully mounts him and strikes him while he’s down. Despite the opportunity, Luke loses his window to finish Dylan. Luke tries to hit him with some more elbows and then goes for an omoplata attempt. Luke stands after the failed attempt and winds up back against the cage after another failed submission giving Dylan position. Dylan tries to nab a rear naked choke that he can’t finish. Dylan and Luke scramble around as the round closes and we’re going to a third round.
Prior to the start of the third, we hear Dana White shock the world when applauds the commission for “great judging”. Before the third round starts, Jones shows Andrews the picture of his family again to motivate him.
Round Three: Luke throws a sloppy elbow and Dylan puts him up against the cage. Luke reverses and starts kneeing Andrews. Dylan answers with some knees of his own. Dylan keeps his hands up during the combos Luke is trying to land. They clinch again and Luke gets some more knees in the exchange. Dylan then unloads with powerful strikes that clearly wobble Luke. Luke looks stunned and Dylan finishes him swinging with everything he has left. As soon as Luke drops, Andrews moves in to finish with hammerfists and the fight is called.
Dylan proves no one should underestimate the last pick in the house as he hands Luke the first loss of his career. Mike Tyson tells Luke not to get discouraged. After the fight, Stone Horse and Dylan bond for a moment.
Next week when The Ultimate Fighter returns we get treated to the last two quarterfinal bouts. Josh Samman vs. Jimmy Quinlan and Uriah Hall vs. Bubba McDaniel.
Results Through Episode 10:
Season at a glance:
Team Sonnen (5-5)
Luke Barnatt (1-1, TKO win over Gilbert Smith in episode 2, TKOd by Dylan Andrews in episode 10)
Uriah Hall (1-0, KOd Adam Cella in episode 3)
Zak Cummings (0-1, lost a UD to Dylan Andrews in episode 8)
Tor Troeng (0-1, TKOd by Josh Samman in episode 6)
Jimmy Quinlan (1-0, submitted Clint Hester in episode 7)
Kevin Casey (0-2, lost a UD to Collin Hart in episode 4, lost via TKO [failure to answer to bell] to Bubba McDaniel in episode 9)
Kelvin Gastelum (2-0, submitted Bubba McDaniel in episode 5, defeated Collin Hart by TKO in episode 10)
Team Jones (5-5)
Clint Hester (0-1, submitted by Jimmy Quinlan in episode 7)
Josh Samman (1-0, TKO win over Tor Troeng in episode 6)
Bubba McDaniel (1-1, submitted by Kelvin Gastelum in episode 5, defeated Kevin Casey by TKO [failure to answer to bell] in episode 9)
Gilbert Smith (0-1, TKOd by Luke Barnatt in episode 2)
Collin Hart (1-1, defeated Kevin Casey by UD in episode 4, TKOd by Kelvin Gastelum in episode 10)
Adam Cella (0-1, KOd by Uriah Hall in episode 3)
Dylan Andrews (2-0, defeated Zak Cummings by UD in episode 8, defeated Luke Barnatt by TKO in episode 10)