The TUF 17 Finale is finito, so check out the top 10 facts coming out of Saturday night's amazing card!
1) Cat Zingano and Miesha Tate threw down!
From Ronda Rousey to the girls of Incivta FC, the ladies of MMA always put on a show. And Saturday night was no exception. Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano put on quite the display of aggressive striking and technical grappling. The women's showing even outdid the men by winning $50,000 each in Fight of the Night honors.
2) The Alpha Cat continues to finish
From the looks of those nasty knees to Tate's face, Zingano's recent trip to Thailand really paid off. The badass mom pushed her undefeated record to 8-0, while recording her 7th finish (4 by KO/TKO, 3 Subs). Next up for Zangano? A title fight and coaching gig on TUF 18 opposite Ronda Rousey.
3) Guard your neck around Urijah Faber
If you ever get the chance to do some grappling or sparring with Urijah Faber, do yourself a favor and protect your neck! Of Faber's 16 wins by submission, 14 have come by either the guillotine choke or the ol' Mata leão (Rear-nakd choke). It's also interesting to note that "The California Kid's" two other submissions have come by punches.
4) Faber proves he's still one of the best
The former WEC champion showed once again just how good he is on Saturday night, out-striking and taking down Scott Jorgensen almost at will. With his second win in a row, Faber has now defeated five of the eight fighters ranked below him in the top 10 of the official UFC bantamweight rankings.
5) A tale of two stats in TUF finals bout
It was the striking of Uriah Hall vs. the grappling and wrestling of Kelvin Gastelum, with the latter proving to be the more effective Saturday night. Hall out-landed the underdog 44-31. However, Gastelum was able to secure 3 takedowns while constantly working to pass for better positions on the TUF fan favorite.
6) Gastelum became the 28th winner of the "TUF" franchise
Griffin. Sanchez. Evans. Bisping. And now Gastelum. The last pick for team Sonnen proved that he was not to be taken lightly once again in becoming the 28th TUF champion. On the way there, the stocky Arizona native defeated not only the highly touted Hall, but finished Bubba McDaniel, Colin Hart, and Josh Samman during the season.
7) It was a short night of work for Travis Browne
The big Hawaiian made short work of submission artist Gabrielle Gonzaga Saturday night by ending it at 1:11 in the first round. Browne only needed to land 9 total significant strikes, 6 of which were some vicious KO inducing but questionable elbows towards the back of Gonzaga's skull while defending a takedown.
8) Cole Miller only needs one game plan
By tapping out Bart Palaszewski, Cole Miller snapped his 2-fight losing streak. The most impressive fact of this is that of his 8 UFC wins, the American Top Team BJJ black belt has submitted 6 opponents.
9) The TUF 17 alumni showed why this was the best season in years
From Clint Hester's nasty Chris Weidman-like standing elbow KO to Bubba McDaniel and his slick triangle armbar victory over Gilbert Smith, the fighters of the 17th instalment of The Ultimate Fighter put on one hell of a show all-around. If I were the UFC brass, I would pat myself on the bag for selecting the best group of talent since the early seasons of the show.
10)The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale drew an attendance of 5,549 for a live gate of $569,000.
If you need further proof that this TUF season was the best in years, look no further than the live gate and attendance numbers which drew much better than the TUF 16 Finale that only brought in 2,427 attendees and a live gate of $318,875.