Kelvin Gastelum denied Uriah Hall on two of the judges' scorecards. | Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
Two different spellings -- two very different results. While Urijah Faber continued to show why he is among the best bantamweights in the world at “The Ultimate Fighter 17” Finale on Saturday night, hyped prospect Uriah Hall demonstrated that he is still a work in progress.
Faber submitted Scott Jorgensen with a rear-naked choke 3:16 into the fourth round of the evening’s headliner at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas to remain a relevant figure in the 135-pound title scene. Meanwhile Hall, regarded by many as one of the most impressive competitors in “TUF” history, faltered in dropping a split decision to the unheralded Kelvin Gastelum in the reality show’s middleweight final.
It was also another significant night for women’s MMA, as Cat Zingano defeated Miesha Tate to become the next challenger to reigning female bantamweight ruler Ronda Rousey. A night with so many memorable moments comes with its share of interesting figures. Here is a by-the-numbers look at the “TUF 17” finale, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
93: Significant strikes landed by Faber, the second highest in his UFC and WEC career. Faber’s Zuffa high of 95 significant strikes came in a five-round verdict over Jens Pulver at WEC 34.
9: Victories via choke for Faber during his Zuffa tenure. Faber submitted Jorgensen with a rear-naked choke in the fourth round of their bantamweight bout.
7-0: Record for Faber in non-title bouts since he began competing for Zuffa in 2006. However, “The California Kid” has lost his last five championship fights.
81: Total strikes landed by both Uriah Hall and Kelvin Gastelum in Gastelum’s split-decision triumph. However, Hall outlanded Gastelum 44 to 31 in significant strikes, including 32 to 14 in rounds two and three combined.
3: Takedowns landed by Gastelum, one more than Hall. Gastelum went 1 for 2 on takedown attempts in all three rounds.
2,926: Days since Forrest Griffin and Diego Sanchez won the light heavyweight and middleweight tournaments at the inaugural “Ultimate Fighter” finale.
58: Total strikes by which Cat Zingano outlanded Tate in the third round of their bantamweight encounter. Zingano finished the fight with knees and elbows 2:55 into the frame.
.830: Significant striking accuracy for Zingano. The Colorado native landed 35 of 42 significant strikes attempted.
9: Combined guard passes for Tate (5) and Zingano (4) in their 135-pound tilt. In a back-and-forth battle on the mat, Tate landed three takedowns in seven attempts, while Zingano landed her one (and only) takedown attempt.
7.8: Average significant strikes landed by Travis Browne’s opponents in the Jackson’s MMA product’s five UFC victories. Gabriel Gonzaga landed one significant strike in a first round TKO loss to “Hapa” on Saturday night.
6-6: Record for Gonzaga since his spectacular head-kick knockout of Mirko Filipovic at UFC 70.
16: Career submission victories for Bubba McDaniel, who tapped Gilbert Smith with a triangle armbar in the third round. Only once in McDaniel’s 27 professional appearances has a fight gone the distance – a 2011 victory over Eric Schambari.
2: Submissions attempted by Kevin Casey in the first round of his loss to Josh Samman. “King” appeared to have Samman in danger with both a triangle choke and an armbar in round one, but was unable to finish and lost via technical knockout in the second frame.
21: Significant strikes by which Samman outlanded a tiring Casey in the second round. The Floridian sealed the victory with a knee to the head from the clinch.
223: Total combined strikes landed by Luke Barnatt and Collin Hart. Barnatt landed 119 of 238 total strikes, outlanding his foe in round two (46 to 29) and three (35 to 32) en route to earning a unanimous verdict. Hart, meanwhile, landed 104 of 223 total strikes and outlanded Barnatt 43 to 38 in the opening stanza.
10: Takedowns successfully defended by Barnatt, who forced Hart to trade with him for much of their middleweight bout. Hart went 1 for 5 on takedowns in round one, 0 for 2 in round two and 1 for 5 in round three.
45: Significant strikes by which Clint Hester outlanded Bristol Marunde. Hester, Jon Jones’s first pick on “TUF 17,” finished Marunde with a vicious standing elbow 3:53 into round three. Hester also landed 46 percent of his significant strikes overall (66 of 143), while Marunde landed just 26 percent (21 of 81).
21: Submissions attempted by Cole Miller in his UFC career, tying him with Martin Kampmann for No. 8 all-time in the promotion. His 21st attempt, a rear-naked choke, elicited a tapout from Bart Palaszewski 4:23 into the first round of their featherweight showdown. Miller’s last six victories in the Octagon have come by way of submission.
100: Finishing percentage for Daniel Pineda in 18 professional triumphs. “The Pit” submitted Justin Lawrence with a first-round kimura in the evening’s opening contest. All three of Pineda’s UFC wins have come via submission in the opening frame.