Urijah Faber put away Scott Jorgensen in the fourth round. | Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images


Within the confines of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s famed Octagon, Urijah Faber does not differentiate friend from foe.

The former World Extreme Cagefighting champion coaxed a tapout from longtime friend Scott Jorgensen with a fourth-round rear-naked choke in “The Ultimate Fighter 17” Finale main event on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Jorgensen (14-7, 3-3 UFC) surrendered to the Team Alpha Male patriarch 3:16 into round four, as he was submitted for the first time in more than six years.

“I’ve known for a long time how tough Scott is, and I got to taste that firsthand just now,” Faber said. “He got me with some punches, and we were going back and forth. [It comes down to] incremental things at the highest level; he made a small mistake, and I was able to capitalize. He’ll be back, and hopefully we’ll fight for a belt someday.”

Still undefeated in non-title bouts, Faber seemed to be a step ahead. He attacked Jorgensen with a variety of strikes, well-timed takedowns and some superb topside grappling. However, “Young Guns” appeared to turn a corner in the third round, where the three-time Pac-10 Conference wrestling champion started to put combinations on Faber, scoring with everything from close-quarters elbows to lead uppercuts.

Faber shrugged off Jorgensen’s gains a round later, as he delivered a double-leg takedown, transitioned to Jorgensen’s back and cinched the choke for the finish.

“I had some close calls in there,” Faber said. “This guy knows my stuff, though. He was able to deflect a lot of my offense. It was one small mistake, and thank goodness I was able to capitalize, because that was one tough fight.”

Gastelum Stuns Hall in ‘Ultimate Fighter’ Final


Relentless aggression, capable standup and multiple takedowns carried Kelvin Gastelum to a split decision over former Ring of Combat champion Uriah Hall in “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 17 middleweight final. All three judges struck 29-28 scorecards, two of them siding with the 21-year-old Gastelum (6-0, 1-0 UFC).

Hall (7-3, 0-1 UFC) looked out of sorts at times, perhaps caught off guard by his opponent’s willingness to exchange and wade through his punches and kicks. The Team Tiger Schulmann representative did his best work in the second round, where he tagged Gastelum with jabs, delivered a takedown and scored with a beautiful belly-to-back suplex.

Gastelum was not deterred. He secured a pair of takedowns in the third round and, despite being reversed twice, spent enough time in top position to earn the split verdict.

“I can’t even put it in words,” Gastelum said. “I knew he was a good striker, but I was confident in my striking. I worked a lot on it in camp, and you see the results.”

Zingano Stops Tate in Title Eliminator


Former two-division Ring of Fire champion Cat Zingano stopped Miesha Tate with a series of second-round knee strikes, as she kept her unblemished professional record intact and secured a shot against reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

A bloody and weary Tate (13-4, 0-1 UFC) succumbed to the blows 2:55 into round three.

“To be honest, I’ve looked up to Miesha since I started in this sport,” said Zingano, who will coach opposite Rousey on the forthcoming co-ed season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series. “I was scared to death of her, [but] I had no time to show it. I only had time to focus on being my best and bringing everything I had in here and figuring out how to get a win.”

Zingano (8-0, 1-0 UFC) weathered a difficult start, as Tate had the Coloradan on her heels with punches, takedowns and ground-and-pound. The momentum began to shift late in the second round. There, Zingano escaped an attempted heel hook, settled in top position and unleashed elbows and punches from above.

In the third, Zingano struck for an immediate takedown, softened Tate with more ground-and-pound and then let loose with knees when the onetime Strikeforce champion rose to her feet. A final standing elbow dropped Tate to her knees and led referee Kim Winslow to intervene.

“I really appreciate this fight and the opportunities that come with it,” Zingano said. “This is a dream come true. Everything that has happened in my life has led me to this, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the good, the bad and the ugly. This is where I belong.”

Browne Elbows Wipe Out Gonzaga


Once-beaten Hawaiian Travis Browne put away Gabriel Gonzaga with a series of first-round elbows in the clinch in a featured heavyweight battle. Gonzaga (14-7, 10-6 UFC) met his end 71 seconds into round one, his three-fight winning streak halted by the most violent of volleys.

Gonzaga dodged a head kick, moved immediately to the clinch and pressed the Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative into the fence. However, in his haste to secure a takedown, the Brazilian left his head exposed, and Browne (14-1-1, 5-1-1 UFC) took advantage. A burst of elbows to the side of the head crumpled Gonzaga, who fell limp at Browne’s feet.

McDaniel Triangle Armbar Finishes Smith


Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative Bubba McDaniel submitted Gilbert Smith with a third-round triangle armbar in a middleweight showcase. Smith (5-1, 0-1 UFC) conceded defeat 2:49 into round three, his modest three-fight winning streak a thing of the past.

McDaniel (21-6, 1-0 UFC) countered Smith’s takedowns with some excellent work off his back. His efforts gradually wore down the muscular wrestler, as Smith left McDaniel an opening on which to capitalize in the third round. Smith answered a takedown with a reversal, only to be ensnared in a triangle choke by the experienced Texan. McDaniel calmly secured his hold and extended Smith’s arm for the takedown.

The 29-year-old McDaniel has won his last seven fights, six of them finishes.

“The Ultimate Fighter 17” Finale » ‘The Ultimate Fighter 17’ Finale Prelims: Miller Submits Palaszewski
“The Ultimate Fighter 17” Finale Play-by-Play
view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC names Conor McGregor, Urijah Faber as next The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) coaches

  • 17 days ago
  • 18 views

Shocker! Well that came out of nowhere. Or did it? Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White just announced that Urijah Faber will serve as one of the coaches for The Ultimate Fighter read news >>

TUF 21 Finale results: Kamaru Usman taps Hayder Hassan to win 'TUF 21' crown

  • 17 days ago
  • 13 views

LAS VEGAS – Hayder Hassan had a tough style matchup in front of him on Sunday, and Kamaru Usman did just what he was expected to do. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Urijah Faber chosen to coach TUF 22 vs. Conor McGregor because they're 'combustible', great for TV

  • 17 days ago
  • 29 views

The UFC explains the reason behind choosing Urijah Faber over other contenders such as Frankie Edgar to coach against Conor McGregor on the next Ultimate Fighter. It was recently announced that Conor read news >>

TUF 22 Coaches Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber Lead Europeans vs. Americans

  • 16 days ago
  • 10 views

Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber will coach a team of Europeans vs. a team of Americans on The Ultimate Fighter Season 22. read news >>

Video: Urijah Faber and Conor McGregor had another altercation at TUF gym

  • 9 days ago
  • 2216 views

Urijah Faber says he had another backstage altercation with Conor McGregor. Prior to his UFC 189 title win, Conor McGregor had a bit of a scuffle with Urijah Faber backstage. Both fighters have since read news >>

Morning Report: Urijah Faber talks second scuffle with Conor McGregor during TUF filming

  • 9 days ago
  • 207 views

Urijah Faber and interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor can't keep their hands off each other. The pair had their notorious backstage tickle fight prior to the weigh-ins at UFC 189 on July 10 read news >>

Video: Conor McGregor pissed off after getting manhandled by Urijah Faber during second scuffle at TUF 22 taping

  • 9 days ago
  • 1370 views

The first time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight (and part-time featherweight) contender Urijah Faber had an altercation with interim 145-pound champion Conor McGregor (video), which read news >>

Urijah Faber Claims Another Scuffle Happened with McGregor During TUF Filming

  • 9 days ago
  • 7 views

Urijah Faber and Conor McGregor were at it again. It isn’t like it wasn’t expected, especially after their odd dust-up outside of the ladies restroom at the UFC 189 weigh-ins over a week ago. A Fox S read news >>

Fans invited to this week's TUF 21 Finale, Invicta FC 13 media events

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

In addition to a slate of UFC 189 fight-week activities, fans are invited to some pre-fight events for Invicta FC 13 and The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale this week.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Video: Watch UFC 189 co-headliner Rory MacDonald secure his title shot

  • 25 days ago
  • 58 views

Next weekend, Rory MacDonald looks for his ninth win in 10 fights – and his first UFC belt.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>