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Wednesday, 02/06/2013, 09:00 am

The Ultimate Knock Out; TUF’s Episode 3 Doesn’t Disappoint

This season of The Ultimate Fighter has been pretty great so far. The opening episode was fantastic and the first fight last week was just as great. It seemed that FX, the host channel of the program, was finally starting to work out all the kinks, starting with the new air date of Tuesdays rather than Fridays. Many elements, including new camera angles, different lighting, more in depth interviews, and obviously the choice of coaches, have helped escalate this season into a much more exciting show than the past two. This is a great sign for the UFC, its ratings, and the FOX Network (who owns FX).

Two of the things this season has been riding as its big selling points are that it is filled with several knock-outs that would drop you jaw and, more importantly, the talent level is as high as it has ever been. Well, this week’s episode was a fantastic display of both and it has hooked me as a believer that this season is going to be amazing all the way until the very end.

This week Team Sonnen’s #2 pick, Urijah Hall (7-2, Team Tiger Schulmann), took on the undefeated #6 pick from Team Jones, Adam Cella (4-0, Finney’s HIT Squad). The fight was being hyped as one of the nastiest knock-outs in the show’s 17-season history and it didn’t disappoint.

Hall came in to the fight as one of the favorites to win the entire show and he came out of it looking like a phenomenal striker destined to live out a great career in the UFC…if he can keep his mind steady and his progress on the rise.

The fight started out with the scrappy Cella bringing the heat, pressing the pace, initiating the clinch, but it was continually Hall that came out of the exchanges scoring the heavier shots. He displayed great foot work and speed, a quick jab that constantly scored, great knees from the clinch, and nasty kicks that eventually made the difference in the fight.

As the end of the first round approached it seemed that Hall had slowed down a bit and began drawing Cella in, throwing the occasional jab just to keep him at bay. His slowing of the pace seemed very calculated as it suddenly resulted in a perfectly timed, unbelievably fast spinning back kick that landed flush to the side of the head of Adam Cella. The fight, with just a couple seconds remaining in the first round, came to a screeching close.

It took a few minutes for Cella to regain consciousness after the brutal KO kick landed. During that time Hall came over to apologize for inflicting such damage. It was quite apparent that Hall sincerely felt bad for landing such a brutal kick but regained his smile when Dana White told him that he was clearly in the front-running for the 25K knock-out of the season bonus.

Urijah Hall, with an amazing one strike finish, advanced to the second round of the TUF competition via vicious KO (Head-Kick).

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