Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Faber Wins Headline Bout of the Ultimate Fighter 17; Gastelm Wins Tournament

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Faber Wins Headline Bout of the Ultimate Fighter 17; Gastelm Wins Tournament

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Faber wins bout at The Ultimate Fighter 17


LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Urijah Faber proved once again that he is one of the world's best bantamweight fighters with a fourth-round submission over Scott Jorgensen on Saturday in the headlining bout The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.

Faber and Jorgensen, who are both represented by the same management firm and count an 11-year friendship, didn't hesitate to engage. The pair traded punches in the pocket and engaged in rousing grappling scrambles from the opening bell. But Faber always seemed to be just a touch quicker getting in and out of the exchanges.

A few powerful knees punctuated the work, and Faber claimed the opening three rounds on all three judges' cards.

Faber sealed the win in the fourth round.

Shooting in for a takedown, Faber transitioned briskly to his opponent's back and locked in a rear-naked choke. Jorgensen tried desperately to outlast the hold, but the arm was firm on the neck, and he was forced to tap at the 3:16 mark of the frame.

"I've known for a long time how tough Scott is, but I got to taste that firsthand just now," Faber said after the win. "He got me with some good punches. We were going back and forth, and just incremental things at the highest level. He made a small mistake, and I was able to capitalize. He'll be back. Hopefully we'll fight for a belt some day."

In the night's co-feature, 21-year-old Kelvin Gastelum (5-0) became the youngest winner of "The Ultimate Fighter" in the series' 17-season history with a surprising split-decision win over heavy favorite Uriah Hall (7-2).

Hall insisted throughout the contest's pre-fight buildup that he was not buying into the hype created by his four devastating wins on The Ultimate Fighter 17 TV series, but that didn't seem to be the case as he repeatedly dropped his hands and shuffled his feet in showboating fashion.

Gastelum wasn't bothered by the antics, and he consistently worked a clinch game and wrestling attack to manoeuvre into dominant positions. …

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