CageJunkies Exclusive: TUF 17 Recap Episode 6
The show opens with replays of last week’s episode, when underdog Team Sonnen’s Kelvin Gastelum upset Team Jones’ Bubba McDaniels. At the training center, Uriah Hall was sparring with Luke Barnatt, and Uriah throws a pretty stiff jab, which Luke complains about. “Why you going so hard?”, he asks. Hall responds with, “That was hard?, look at the size of you.” Seems like a bigger deal to Barnatt.
Team Sonnen’s Tor Troeng is getting ready for his fight against Team Jones’ Josh Samman. Josh Samman is annoying the hell out of everyone in the house. Saying he’s taking up a “leadership position” within his team. His teammates jokingly refer to him as “Dad” as he tries to teach them all how to do things, and give them tips on everything from dieting to training gear.
Samman talks about how he almost lost a leg due to an injury, and says if he could overcome that he can overcome anything, and he faces life and fighting with a new motivation now.
Things seem to be heating up between Team Sonnen teammates Uriah Hall and Kevin Casey. When talking about who they’d like to fight, (referring to Team Jones) Uriah says he’d like to fight his own teammate Casey. Seems way to early to do that since it’s just the prelims. Uriah seems to be distancing himself from the rest of his team, even hanging out with fighters from Team Jones. His team’s overall feeling is that if he wants to switch teams, let him.
Hall tells one of his teammates Josh, he’s “acting like a bitch” and even mentions his girlfriend as a bitch as well. His teammates say they should call him “the bully’ and “superstar”. Things are not looking good for him and Bubba McDaniels asks him what his problem is with everyone.
It’s a night of fun as the teams go bowling. Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones are surprisingly cordial and jovial with each other. Sonnen challenges Jones to a three-frame bowling game. Winner has to wear the other coaches Jersey during a coaching session. Sonnen beats Jones in a close game by only 2 points, 35-37.
Time for the weigh-ins, and both Josh Samman and Tor Troeng make weight! What a shocker. How long has it been since a fighter has not made weight on this show? Anyway, it’s almost fight time.
Tor says he’s very confident going into the fight. Samman says his plan is to be the better athlete, use his cardio and prove that he wants to win more.
Sonnen tells Tor he would like to see what the holes in his game are. He says if for some reason things don’t go their way today, they will wildcard him and bring him back in to work on his opportunities.
Fight time: Tor Troeng (Team Sonnen) vs Josh Samman (Team Jones)
They touch gloves and both fighters come out giving the other respect. Samman throws a low kick while Tor counters with a left hook. They clinch and Tor pushes Samman against the cage, works some dirty boxing and tries to create space for some punches. Samman reverses and has Tor’s back against the cage, landing knees to the thighs and body. Tor then reverses to gain position, and Samman goes for a trip but ends up on the bottom. Tor drops punches and elbows but only a few connect, and none of significance. They work back to their feet and Samman has Tor’s back standing, then they switch and clinch, Samman lands some pretty hard knees to Tor’s body. Tor breaks away and separates, then slips, and Samman moves in and capitalizes on the mistake. Tor drops his hands and lands a vicious straight right hand knocking Tor out cold.
Winner via KO: Josh Samman
Coach Sonnen tells his fighter it’s no consolation, but it was a really a good fight and he thought he did really well. Uriah Hall says he’d like to shut Josh Samman up for good. I personally would love to see that fight happen.
Team Jones gains control again, and picks Clint Hester to fight Jimmy Quinlan from Team Sonnen. Classic boxer vs grappler matchup. I’m really excited about this one. Only one man will prevail!
Who’s your pick to win this season of TUF? Let us know in the comments below! Until next week, CageJunkies!