Episode 2 of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 17 averaged 1.27 million
viewers during its Tuesday night broadcast on FX.
Sherdog.com recently confirmed the viewership figure with an
industry source. The figure marks a slight decrease from the 1.5
million viewers who tuned in for the season premiere last week,
which saw half the middleweight field sent home in the elimination
round. The episode closed with coaches Jon Jones and
Sonnen choosing their teams.
Episode two saw Team Sonnen’s Luke
Barnatt take out Team Jones’ Gilbert
Smith, despite Jones picking the matchup. Though the stocky
Smith managed to navigate the Brit’s huge reach advantage numerous
times, the Barnatt proved more than adequate in the wrestling
department throughout the bout’s opening stanza.
The same would hold true in the second frame, until Smith
telegraphed a shot and caught a flying knee that knocked him flat,
advancing Barnatt to the next round and granting Team Sonnen
control of the second fight pick. Next week’s episode will feature
a violent knockout, according to UFC President Dana White, as Team
Sonnen’s Uriah Hall
meets Team Jones’ Adam
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