In episode six of The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen, a quarterfinal match up between Team Sonnen’s Tor Troeng and Team Jones’ Josh Samman was set.
Before we got to the fight, Team Sonnen’s Uriah Hall rubbed teammate Luke Barnatt the wrong way when he went a little too hard for the Brit’s liking during sparring and hit him right down the pipe with a stiff jab. The rivalry continued back at the house when Hall said he would like to fight Barnatt in the next round of the tournament.
Hall tried to play it off as a joke, but the damage was already done.
After learning of Hamman’s previous injury issues and a friendly game of bowling between head coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen — which Sonnen won by two pins — we got down to business and saw the middleweights square off in the cage.
Action started off in the cage with Troeng getting Samman to the ground and doing some work from inside of his opponents guard. Hamman was able to scramble back to his feet and punish Troeng with some heavy punches up against the cage.
Samman used the punches to separate from Troeng before resetting and landing a devastating three-punch combination that sent his Team Sonnen opponent crashing to the canvas.
Referee Herb Dean called a stop to the action and Team Jones got another tally in the win column.
Here is Samman’s knockout that advanced him to the semifinals:
In next week’s episode, Team Jones’ top pick Clint Hester, who has professional boxing experience, will face off against Team Sonnen’s No. 5 selection, Jimmy Quinlan who’s incredible grappling credentials include a Pan Am World Championship.