**SPOILERS** TUF 17 FINALE
Justin Lawrence vs. Daniel Pineda
Round 1: Crowd still filling into the Mandalay Bay Events Center as tonight's prelim opener kicks off. Touch of gloves and we're off. Pineda blocks an early hick kick. Wild punch misses but Pineda changes levels and dumps Lawrence on the mat. Lawrence slowly works to his feet, only to be muscled back down. Pineda working from a high half guard. Pineda advances into side control then seizes a kimura. Just like that it's over. Lawrence taps.
Daniel Pineda def. Justin Lawrence via submission (kimura) at 1:35 of round 1.
Sam Sicilia vs. Maximo Blanco
Round 1: Kim Winslow is our referee for this featherweight bout. Blanco slips off a high kick, then adjusts and hunts for a single. Sicilia scrambles out and nearly takes his back. Blanco fights through an armlock attempt to stand up. Stiff jab from Blanco. Sicilia cracks Blanco with a wild uppercut. Sicilia stalks forward, winging a right hand. Blanco slips a punch then fires back. Leg kick from Blanco, and another. Sicilia eats a jab. Sicilia connects with a left hook, then a right. Blanco answers with a big leg kick. High kick misses for Sicilia. Close round. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Blanco.
Round 2: Blanco comes out firing. Sicilia counters with a huge left hand. Another shot drops Blanco and the crowd explodes. Sicilia pounces, but Blanco recovers quickly to his feet. Sicilia ties up and trips Blanco down. Blanco again stands, but his back is against the fence. Sicilia looking for a trip but Blanco keeps grabbing the fence. Winslow warns Blanco not to do it again. Sicilia cracks Blanco with a right. Huge exchange from both fighters against the cage. Blanco changes levels and dumps Sicilia to the mat, landing in full mount. Sicilia waits, then squirms out to his feet. Both men are bloodied. Big uppercut lands for Sicilia. Blanco nearly walks into a massive right hand. Sicilia eats a right. Both guys are throwing bombs. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Sicilia.
Round 3: Huge swell of applause greets both fighters for the third and final round. Both men come out swinging. Blanco gets the better of it, smashing Sicilia with looping hooks. Damn good fight so far. Blanco storms forward with a left. Another salvo drops Sicilia to his knees. Blanco jumps onto his back, but Sicilia powers up, clinching Blanco against the fence. Blanco works to Sicilia's back and drags him down, but only briefly. Back on the feet, Blanco misses a wild spinning back kick. Short jab finds its mark for Blanco. Sicilia fires back. Sicilia throwing bombs, but nothing landing. Blanco sprawls away from a double leg then takes Sicilia's back. Sicilia muscles up, but Blanco has him in a front headlock and blasts him with knees to the head. One of those was illegal. Sicilia escapes but his face is a mess. Another wild exchange closes us out. Crazy fight. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Blanco, and the fight 29-28 for Blanco.
Maximo Blanco def. Sam Sicilia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cole Miller vs. Bart Palaszewski
Round 1: Referee Herb Dean oversees this featherweight bout. Front kick misses for Miller. Palaszewski checks a leg kick. Miller catches air with another wild high kick. Miller crushes Palaszewski's midsection with a left hook. Palaszewski answers with a leg kick, then a one-two. Strong leg kick from Palaszewski. Palaszewski slips a combination then cracks Miller with a left. Neither fighter willing to over-engage so far. Just as I type that, Palaszewski puts Miller on his heels with a salvo. Palaszewski connects again. Miller ducks down and plants Palaszewski on the mat. Palaszewski tries to stand, but Miller takes his back and sinks in one of his hooks. There's the second hook. Palaszewski is wearing Miller like a backpack. Miller slithers an arm under Palaszewski's neck, hunting for the rear-naked. Palaszewski falls backward. Miller locks it in. This one is over.
Cole Miller def. Bart Palaszewski via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:23 of round 1.
Clint Hester vs. Bristol Marunde
Round 1: Steve Mazzagatti is our referee for this middleweight bout. Both TUF alums making their UFC debuts. Hester pumps his jab. Slow going in the opening minute. Hester connects with a leg kick. The crowd is already growing restless. Marunde misses a straight left. More boos from the crowd. Marunde eats a right. Both fighters trade looping right hooks. Marunde catches a leg and dumps Hester on the mat, landing in full guard. Hester shrimps out, then drops Marunde with a huge left. Marunde weathers the storm to reverse back into top position. Marunde ends the round on top, but Hester scored the biggest shot. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Hester.
Round 2: Both fighters trade jabs. Hester ducks under a looping right then fires back. Hester seizes a thai plum and unloads some vicious knees. High kick misses for Marunde. Another high kick misses and Marunde slips to the mat. Hester pounces onto his back. Marunde powers up then plants Hester on the canvas, landing inside his guard. Hester throws up a leg for a triangle. He can't get it, but it's enough to make Marunde think twice. We're back to the feet and Hester smashes Marunde with a salvo of left hands. Marunde briefly takes it to the ground, but Hester stands and unloads, smelling blood. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Hester.
Round 3: Hester waves his arms and ignites the crowd. The right side of Marunde's face is battered. Big swing and miss from Hester. Marunde drops for a double. Hester sprawls and unloads. Marunde stands back up and eats another shot for his trouble. Hester stalks forward. Huge flying knee cracks the jaw of Marunde. He drops. Hester follows up but can't get anything going. Marunde closes the distance and looks for the takedown. Hester sprawls and again unloads on his downed opponent. Marunde stands and misses his mark with a high kick. 90 seconds left in the fight. Marunde finds his range with a jab. Hester floors Marunde with a massive standing elbow to the temple! Wow. Marunde is out. This one is over.
Clint Hester der. Bristol Marunde via knockout (standing elbow) at 3:53 of round 3.
Dylan Andrews vs. Jimmy Quinlan
Round 1: Our referee for this middleweight bout is Chris Tognoni. Touch off gloves and we're off. Early flurry from Andrews. Quinlan shoots for the double. He gets it, but only briefly. Quinlan switches to a single against the fence. Andrews with an underhook, defends valiantly. Quinlan switches to the left leg, then picks on Andrews and slams him onto the canvas, landing in side control. Andrews scrambles out, but Quinlan immediately shoots back in for a single. Andrews unloading strong elbows to Quinlan's temple while fighting him off. Tognoni warns Quinlan to stay busy, then separates the action. Andrews floors Quinlan! Andrews pounces and unloads. Quinlan is getting blasted. This needs to be stopped. Finally Tognoni mercifully steps in. Brutal debut for Dylan Andrews.
Dylan Andrews def. Jimmy Quinlan via TKO (strikes) at 3:22 of round 1.
Luke Barnatt vs. Collin Hart
Round 1: Referee Kim Winslow oversees this middleweight bout. Luke Barnatt was Chael Sonnen's No. 1 pick on TUF 17. No touch of gloves here. They come out swinging. Hart pressures Barnatt back against the fence. Barnatt looks for a trip and gets it. Hart pops back to his feet. Barnatt unloads a big knee from the clinch. Hart's face is already showing damage. Low kick finds its way into Barnatt's nether region. Ladies and gentlemen, we have our first groin shot of the night. Action resumes with another flurry. Hart storms forward and seizes Barnatt's back, then picks him up and slams him. Barnatt climbs up, but Hart is hanging off him like a backpack. Barnatt shakes him off then lands a knee to the midsection. Hart trudges forward with a flurry. Barnatt answers. Hart's nose is a bloody mess. Stiff jab from Barnatt. The right side of Barnatt's face is badly damaged. Hart closes in for a single, but can't get it. Hart unloads a salvo, Barnatt fires back. Another furious exchange closes us out. Good round. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Barnatt.
Round 2: This time there's a glove touch. Hart misses wildly with a spinning backfist. Barnatt responds with a wild jumping knee. It's sloppy, but non-stop action here. Hart misses him mark with a spinning back kick. Barnatt stalks forward, winging straight punches. Hart answers with his own flurry. Hart smiles as he eats a shot to the midsection. Hart briefly takes Barnatt's back but can't make anything of it. Hart blocks a high kick. Furious exchanges from both men. Barnatt pumps his jab. Hart presses forward with a combination. Big shot stumbles Barnatt. He recovers, but is muscled against the fence by Hart. Barnatt reverses a sweep and nearly takes Hart's back. Hart stands up but Barnatt has a tight front headlock locked up. Hart valiantly muscles out of it. Barnatt slips and Hart jumps into his guard, ending the round in top position. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Hart.
Round 3: Barnatt tries to re-establish his jab. Neither fighter willing to back down from an exchange. Barnatt finds his range with a front kick. Hart tags Barnatt with a right hand. Hart ties up, then unloads off the break. Barnatt grinding away with his jab. Hart eats a big straight right. Hart clinches. Barnatt reverses and releases back to the center of the cage. Hart Immediately closes the distance and muscles Barnatt to the canvas. Barnatt stands back up then eats a combination. Barnatt looks for a trip but can't get it. Barnatt slips a punch and fires back, cracking Hart with a looping right hook. Hart dumps Barnatt on the mat as the horn sounds. Close fight, could go either way. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Hart, and the fight 29-28 for Hart.
Luke Barnatt def. Collin Hart via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Josh Samman vs. Kevin Casey
Round 1: Herb Dean is our referee for this final preliminary bout on FUEL TV. Casey fought to an 0-2 record on TUF 17. Samman lost in the semifinals. No glove touch for this one. Big shot drops Casey early. Samman dives right into a triangle. Wow, this one is in deep. Samman picks Casey up and slams him down. Casey still holding on. Samman picks him back up and slams him down again, and again. The third one gets him free. Crazy start. Casey working from top position, dropping short elbows inside Samman's guard. Samman throws his legs up for a triangle. Casey avoids it, then drops a few more short punches. Samman hanging in there. Samman hunts for a sweep but can't get it. Casey advances into half guard. Samman finds some space and stands up, but Casey blasts him with a knee to the midsection in the process. Samman repays the favor with a series of knees from the clinch. More inside shots from Samman. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Casey.
Round 2: Samman bulldozes inside and goes back to knees from the clinch. Casey is just eating them. More knees, now to the midsection. Casey can't escape this thai plum. More knees drop Casey to a knee. Samman unloads. Casey just trying to stay alive. Somehow Casey regains his bearings, but he's still trapped in this clinch. More knees from Samman. A huge one crushes Casey's ribs and he drops. A few more punches from Samman and this one is over.
Josh Samman def. Kevin Casey via TKO (knees to the body and punches) at 2:17 of round 2.
Bubba McDaniel vs. Gilbert Smith
Round 1: Both fighters open southpaw. Against the fence McDaniel unloads with several hard punches and elbows. As Smith evades, McDaniel slips on his own kick. Smith now working from guard, but gets swept. Smith captures half guard, but McDaniel whizzering hard and landing hammerfists. Smith stands enough to secure a single leg dump. Smith working from McDaniel's butterfly guard. McDaniel inches his way to the fence and stands. McDaniel uses a high elbow guillotine to secure a sweep and is now again in Smith's half guard. Knees to Smith's body as Smith turtles. MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 McDaniel
Round 2: McDaniel scores with a one-two to begin the round. Smith tries for a takedown against the fence, but gets nowhere. McDaniel reverses and is now pressing Smith into the fence. Hard outside leg kick for McDaniel as they separate. McDaniel can't secure a single and Smith tries to sit for a guillotine, but McDaniel reverses. Now McDaniel takes the back. Smith tries to granby roll, but McDaniel stays on top. Overhand left scores for McDaniel after the two separate and stand. MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 McDaniel
Round 3: Both fighters trade lefts to start the round. Smith tries a shot from way outside and McDaniel stuffs it, now works from Smith's half guard. Smith tries to sit up with an underhook and McDaniel moves around to Smith's back, landing strikes. McDaniel misses with a back-take and Smith rolls McDaniel to his back. Just like that, however, McDaniel locks up a triangle choke and within seconds forces the tap.
Bubba McDaniel def. Gilbert Smith via submission (triangle choke) at 2:49 of round 3
Travis Browne vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Round 1: Browne throws a head kick and misses, but Gonzaga tries to grab a single. Browne avoids it, but Gonzaga presses him into the fence. As Gonzaga presses Browne into the fence and lowers his level for a takedown, Browne unloads with a series of hard elbows to Gonzaga's head, some of which land on the back of the head. Whatever the case, Gonzaga crumbles and the ref stops the fight.
Travis Browne def. Gabriel Gonzaga via TKO (strikes) at 1:11 of round