The Ultimate Figther 17 Predictions- Kamikaze Overdrive MMA

Josh Harper


The Ultimate Fighter 17 has been by far one of the most exciting seasons in TUF history. At the very beginning everyone thought coaches Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones would be the center of attention, but that has not been the case at all with the fighters themselves stealing the show.

Both coaches put aside any bad feeling towards the other and simply coached their teams to the best of their ability. With all the talent on this season’s roster it was a great decision to just train their fighters, sit back and enjoy the fights. The 4 semi-finalists include team Sonnen members Uriah Hall and last pick Kelvin Gastelum, while team Jones has Josh Samman and another last pick Dylan Andrews.

205lbs- C. Daniel Cormier (19-1-0) vs #1 Jon Jones (22-1-0)

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The number 1 seed in this tournament has to be Uriah Hall who has won both his fights in the house by vicious KO’s in the first round. Josh Samman isn’t far behind Hall though as he has also won both his fights in the house by 1st round TKO & KO. Kelvin Gastelum also finished both his opponents by 2nd round submission and 1st round KO. Dylan Andrews won a unanimous decision and a 3rd round KO over Team Sonnen’s 1st overall pick.

The final episode of the season will showcase the semi-final fights to see who will be matched-up in the finals. Uriah Hall will face Dylan Andrews and Josh Samman will face Kelvin Gastelum. Both Andrews and Gastelum were picked last on their teams and were never expected to make it this far, but they both bring heart and skill into the octagon so either fighter could win and advance. Hall and Samman were both picked second on their teams and have proven their coaches right as they’ve easily made their way through the tournament.

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The TUF 17 Finale will showcase the Middleweight Finals of this season as well as many other great fights. Travis Browne will take on Gabriel Gonzaga in a Heavyweight bout, Miesha Tate will make her UFC debut against Cat Zingano to see who Rhonda Rousey will face next and Urijah Faber will meet Scott Jorgensen in the main event. The preliminary card will have plenty of TUF alumni like Cole Miller, Justin Lawrence and Sam Sicilia as well as fighters from this season.

The latest edition of Kamikaze Overdrive MMA Predictions covers the main card along with the two TUF Semi-Finals for this Wednesday night and the link to the preliminary breakdowns is also posted below. is in full swing the MMA Prediction Panel, the Public Picks section, and the Kamikaze Overdrive Prediction Tournament all gearing up for a long push into the Summer! As always enjoy the fights and let’s make some money this weekend!

185lbs- Bubba McDaniel (20-6-0) vs Gilbert Smith (5-1-0)

What have they done recently?

McDaniel-  6 consecutive wins prior to TUF, TUF 2-2

Smith- 3 consecutive wins prior to TUF, TUF 1-1

Key Victories

McDaniel- TUF: Ryan Bigler & Kevin Casey

Smith- TUF: Eric Wahlin

Key Defeats

McDaniel- TUF: Kelvin Gastelum & Uriah Hall, Alexander Shlemenko- TKO, Gerald Harris- Sub

Smith- TUF: Eric Wahlin

Physical Comparison

McDaniel- 6″ height advantage


McDaniel- experience, submission skills (15 wins by sub), transitions/ reversals, height, striking, Jackson’s Camp,

Smith- physical power, power takedowns/ slams, wrestling, submission skills (8 of 10 Pro/Am wins by sub), power punches


McDaniel- submission defence (4 losses by sub + 1 TUF), durability,

Smith- experience, height, cardio (heavily muscled), striking technique, defensive grappling, TDD


One similarity that almost all of Bubba’s TUF fights have is his difficulty defending the takedowns. In the qualifier he was put on his back, again in his submission defeat against Gastelum, and even in his win over Kevin Casey he spent almost the entire first round grounded. He has won the majority of his pro fights by submission (15 of 20), but tapouts have also accounted for 4 of his 6 losses. Smith is a power grappler with a low center of gravity and big slams. His top game is solid, he pulled off a nice arm triangle choke to get into the house, and he has a combined 8 wins by submission over his amateur and pro career, but the major concern for him is his cardio. He is heavily muscled and against Barnatt he clearly slowed following the first round which lead to the finish. Bubba should have a technical striking advantage with Gilbert winging big power shots without setting them up, but if Bubba can’t stay vertical it’s a moot point. Bubba has an experience edge and I don’t expect to see much development on what we have seen out of him while Smith is relatively new to the MMA game and still making improvements which should be evident here. Bubba had no answer for the power wrestling/ slams of Gerald Harris in a fight earlier in his career and as long as Smith’s cardio holds up he should be able to find similar success so my prediction is Gilbert Smith to defeat Bubba McDaniel by submission.

145lbs- Cris Cyborg (16-1-0 1NC) vs Tonya Evinger (19-5-0)

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135lbs- Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen
185lbs- TUF 17 tournament finals
135lbs- Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano
265lbs- Travis Browne vs. Gabriel Gonzaga

145lbs- Cole Miller vs. Bart Palaszewski
145lbs- Justin Lawrence vs. Daniel Pineda
145lbs- Maximo Blanco vs. Sam Sicilia

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