According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, all competitors on Saturday’s event tested clean. The commission administered tests to all 24 fighters following their bouts on April 13th and all tests returned negative. It was reported by MMAFighting.com that Keith Kizer, Executive Director of the NSAC, released the results of the tests today.
The event, which took place in Las Vegas, NV at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, concluded the 17th installment of the UFC’s reality show The Ultimate Fighter. Attracting a live crowd of 5,549, it was broadcast in two parts for television audiences. Preliminary fights aired on Fuel TV in front of a record 269,00 fans and was followed by the live main card on FX in front of 1.71 million viewers.
TUF 17 Finale was headlined by a bantamweight scrap between friends and former training partners Urijah “The California Kid” Faber and Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen. Never one to disappoint, “The California Kid” finished Jorgensen by rear-naked choke after a very exciting back-and-forth war. On the undercard, the season 17 winner was crowned when heavy underdog Kelvin Gastelum earned an impressive split-decision victory over Uriah Hall.
Also on the undercard was a women’s bantamweight match between Cat “Alpha” Zingano and Meisha “Cupcake” Tate in which the winner would earn a title shot and coaching spot opposite women’s champion Ronda Rousey on the next edition of The Ultimate Fighter. “Alpha” Cat, in a gritty come-from-behind battle, battered Tate in the third round en route to a TKO victory.
The Ultimate Fighter 18, featuring both men and women, premiers in September on FOX Sports 1.
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