Article

TUF 17 Fantasy Preview: Troeng vs. Samman

Play TUF Fantasy at fantasy.ultimatefighter.com
The Ultimate Fighter 17It was the upset special during last week's episode of The Ultimate Fighter, as heavy underdog Kelvin Gastelum found a will and a way to finish off Team Jones' Bubba McDaniel to get a win and hand control back to the bad guys, aka Team Sonnen.

This week, the low key Tor Troeng takes on Team Jones' very vocal Josh Samman in the next elimination round matchup.

Troeng is not only a fighter; he also happens to be a mathematician in his spare time, so figuring out problems is just part of what he can do.

With 19 fights, plus another six on the amateur circuit, Troeng is another of the veteran competitors comprising this season's cast. A native of Sweden, Troeng is friends with current UFC light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson, and has trained alongside his fellow countryman at the Alliance Training Center in California, although most of his work stays in his homeland.

Troeng is a well rounded fighter who has faced some very stiff competition throughout his career, including former UFC middleweight title contender Thales Leites. The Swede possesses knockout power, slick ground skills, and a quiet demeanor that reminds everyone he is a mathematics research assistant until he unleashes the beast in the cage.

Facing Troeng will be Team Jones' Josh Samman, who looks to make the most of his time on The Ultimate Fighter after failing to make the cast in several past attempts.

Samman has not been shy this season in his efforts to not only get a fight, but tell everyone why he will win once he gets there. Along with teammate Bubba McDaniel, Samman has been accused of being a bit of an egomaniac, but with confidence many times comes success.

Throughout his 11 fight pro career, Samman has found victory by both way of knockout and submission, and has taken on two former cast members of The Ultimate Fighter as well, picking up a win over season 13's Chris Cope and dropping a decision to season 7's Dan Cramer.

The fight between Troeng and Samman is as evenly matched a bout as we've seen this season, and even coach Chael Sonnen admits this could have easily been the final fight on the show.

If there is even a minor edge to pay one of the fighters it leans towards Troeng, who has stayed a silent assassin this season, just biding his time to show what he can do inside the cage instead of out of it. Much like teammate Uriah Hall, he lets his fighting do the talking for him. Josh Samman will be no walkover, and while he may be brash and have a bit of an ego, he's also got the skill set to back it up.

Samman does have to back up a lot of talk and that can easily come back to bite someone come fight time. Just ask Bubba McDaniel about that one.


일요일, 2월 21
9PM/6PM
ETPT
Pittsburgh, PA

미디어

최근
UFC Minute 진행자 리사 호일스가 UFC 경기를 원하는 팬들을 위해 몇 가지를 제안한다. 타이런 우들리, 로렌 머피, 알 이아킨타, 샘 앨비 등 UFC 파이터들의 의견도 함께 들어본다.
2016. 2. 12
톰 라울러는 2012년 제이슨 맥도날드를 쓰러뜨리며 UFC에서 첫 KO승을 기록한다. 현재 2연승을 달리고 있는 라울러는 3월 5일 UFC 196 대회에서 헤비급 랭커 코리 앤더슨을 상대한다.
2016. 2. 11
발렌타인 데이가 낀 이번 주 주말에는 UFC 대회가 없다. 하지만 다음 주부터 대회가 연속으로 열린다. 내주 피츠버그 대회부터 시작이다. 피츠버그 대회는 금요일 공개훈련, 토요일 계체량 행사를 거친 후 일요일 열린다.
2016. 2. 11
세이지 노스컷는 너무 일찍 인기를 얻은 것일까? 가라데 출신의 동료 선수인 스테픈 톰슨의 말을 들어보자. 톰슨은 노스컷과 노스컷의 미래에 힘을 실어준다.
2016. 2. 10