Gastelum wins TUF 17 finale as +270 underdog

Published on Sunday, 4/14/13, at 2:21 a.m. Eastern.

By Brian Edwards

Kevin Gastelum made a statement to mixed martial arts fans Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The 21-year-old brought a halt to the hype of Uriah Hall by capturing a split-decision victory as a +270 underdog (risk $100 to win $270).

Gastelum stole the show in the co-main event of the Ultimate Fighter finale, winning by scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 28-29. Brian had it 29-28 for Gastelum.

In the main event, Urijah Faber finished Scott Jorgensen with a fourth-round rear-naked choke to hook up his backers as an enormous favorite in the -450 range (risk $450 to win $100).

Travis Browne didn’t take long to dispense of Gabriel Gonzaga in the show’s only bout from the heavyweight division. Browne, coming off his first career loss to Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva only after he tore his hamstring early in the fight, landed a flurry of vicious elbows to Gonzaga’s ear from the fence as the Brazilian attempted to complete a takedown.

Browne got back into the win column as a -250ish ‘chalk.’ The ‘under’ (1.5 rounds) hit at a -130 price.

In the second women’s fight in UFC history, Cat Zingano and Miesha Tate put on a show. Zingano, who closed as a -130 favorite at most books, finished the fight with a third-round knockout thanks to a brutal flurry of knees.

Zingano will now be a coach on the next season of TUF (18) opposite of current women’s bantamweight champ, ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey. Both Zingano and Tate took home $50,000 bonuses for Fight of the Night honors.

Browne earned 50K for KO of the Night honors.


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