The Ultimate Fighter returned Tuesday night on FX with the second episode of the season – “Ambush.” In the first preliminary bout, Luke Barnatt, from Cambridge, England, dominated Colorado Spring’s Gilbert Smith when they squared off in the Octagon.
Using his significant height and reach advantage, Barnatt, 5-0 in mixed martial arts, dictated much of the fight before stopping the much smaller Smith (5-1) in the second round.
Before the bout, the fighters on Team Jones had voiced concerns about the match-up, but head coach Jon “Bones” Jones insisted on his selection and, ultimately, was proved wrong.
A full recap is available at ufc.com.
Results after second episode:
Team Sonnen – coached by UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen (1-0)
Luke Barnatt (1-0, defeated Gilbert Smith via TKO in episode 2)
Uriah Hall (0-0)
Zak Cummings (0-0)
Tor Troeng (0-0)
Jimmy Quinlan (0-0)
Kevin Casey (0-0)
Kelvin Gastelum (0-0)
Team Jones – coached by UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (0-1)
Clint Hester (0-0)
Josh Samman (0-0)
Bubba McDaniel (0-0)
Gilbert Smith (0-1, lost to Luke Barnatt via TKO in episode 2)
Collin Hart (0-0)
Adam Cella (0-0)
Dylan Andrews (0-0)
Following their first win, Team Sonnen gained control of the next fight pick and chose Uriah Hall to take on Team Jones’ Adam Cella.
The series resumes next Tuesday, February 5, on FX at 9 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings for Central and Mountain Time). In that episode – “Embrace the Suffering” – a fighter responds after being called out, coach Chael Sonnen gives advice to a fighter lacking confidence, coach Jones bonds with his team during a house visit and two fighters deliver explosive action in the Octagon.Tags: mma, MMA NEWS, TUF 17, ufc, ufc news