UFC's TUF 17 Finale: Wrestling Observer Picks & Preview aka You Say Urijah, I Say Uriah Edition



TUF 17 Finale


By Josh Nason

Every weekend in April features a UFC event. Tonight's show completes the recent TUF 17 season where the fights on the show were a lot more heated than anything going on with coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen.

We have all kinds of coverage tonight with both Dave Meltzer covering the event from San Jose, while Mike Sawyer of Tough Talk MMA is cageside with his own blog. Dave & Bryan Alvarez will do a show late night recapping the event, talking any 'rasslin news and more.

Our panel:

- Dave Meltzer (23-15): Wrestling Observer founder & writer

- Todd Martin (26-12): Weekly FFD guest | LA Times | Sherdog

- Mike Sempervive (20-18): Wrestling Observer Live | Big Audio Nightmare

- Mike Sawyer (27-11) of ToughTalkMMA.com

- Josh Nason (28-10): Wrestling Observer web editor, social media guy

- Oliver Copp (22-16) of combat sports insider fame


Urijah Faber (27-6) vs. Scott Jorgensen (14-6)


Some of the chatter this week has surrounded Faber's legacy and his struggles in title fights. No matter how you slice it, the numbers are there. He is 0-5 in title fights since 2008 and regardless of the competition, he still hasn't won. Against everyone else in recent years, he's undefeated and usually looks great in those wins. He faces the traditionally overlooked Jorgensen, who is 3-2 since coming over from the UFC. He needs a win against a name value opponent and a 'W' Saturday would be just that.

Faber: Sawyer, Martin, Sempervive, Meltzer, Nason, Copp

Uriah Hall (7-2) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (5-0)

A scan of Hall's past before getting into the TUF house shows a pretty normal record with plenty of finishes, a few decisions and a couple losses. Those defeats? Against current UFC talents Chris Weidman and Costa Philippou. His run on TUF became that of legend thanks to Dana White's near orgasmic reactions to his brutal victories. While it's easy to assume Hall will have no problem dispatching Gastelum (who should be fighting at 170 pounds), KG was 5-0 with all finishes prior to getting into the house. This fight may be over quick, but could be better than what you may think.

Hall: Sawyer, Martin, Sempervive, Meltzer, Nason, Copp

Miesha Tate (13-3) vs. Cat Zingano (7-0)


If you know women's MMA, you know what Tate brings to the table: great submission game, tough fighter and a perfect foil to Ronda Rousey. Prior to her loss to Double-R, Tate had won six straight was the Strikeforce 135-pound champion. She's been on ice since a must-win third round submission win over Julie Kedzie last August. If you really, really know women's MMA's, you know the 30-year-old Zingano. While undefeated, she's only fought twice since the start of May 2011 due to injuries and event cancellations. She last competed in October. The winner gets a shot at Rousey and a coaching job on TUF.

Tate: Martin, Sempervive, Nason, Copp
Zingano: Sawyer, Meltzer

Travis Browne (13-1-1) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (14-6)


The 30-year-old Brown is looking to bounce back from the first defeat in his career, a 1st round beatdown from 'Bigfoot' Silva in October. He faces the resurgent 33-year-old Gonzaga, who has submitted both Ednaldo Oliveira and Ben Rothwell since his return to the Octagon. Browne's best chance is to lay some leather on Gonzaga as five of his six losses have come via T/KO.

Browne: Martin, Meltzer, Copp
Gonzaga: Sawyer, Sempervive, Nason

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