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TUF 17 Live Blog: Bubba McDaniel vs. Gilbert Smith

Bubba McDaniel will square off against Gilbert Smith at TUF 17 on Saturday.
Bubba McDaniel will square off against Gilbert Smith at TUF 17 on Saturday.
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This is the TUF 17 live blog for Bubba McDaniel vs. Gilbert Smith, a middleweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

McDaniel, who is 20-6 in his career, will face Smith, who is 5-1 in his career, on the main card.

Check out the TUF 17 live blog below.


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Round 1: Both fighters open southpaw. Against the fence McDaniel unloads with several hard punches and elbows. As Smith evades, McDaniel slips on his own kick. Smith now working from guard, but gets swept. Smith captures half guard, but McDaniel whizzering hard and landing hammerfists. Smith stands enough to secure a single leg dump. Smith working from McDaniel's butterfly guard. McDaniel inches his way to the fence and stands. McDaniel uses a high elbow guillotine to secure a sweep and is now again in Smith's half guard. Knees to Smith's body as Smith turtles.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 McDaniel

Round 2: McDaniel scores with a one-two to begin the round. Smith tries for a takedown against the fence, but gets nowhere. McDaniel reverses and is now pressing Smith into the fence. Hard outside leg kick for McDaniel as they separate. McDaniel can't secure a single and Smith tries to sit for a guillotine, but McDaniel reverses. Now McDaniel takes the back. Smith tries to granby roll, but McDaniel stays on top. Overhand left scores for McDaniel after the two separate and stand.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 McDaniel

Round 3: Both fighters trade lefts to start the round. Smith tries a shot from way outside and McDaniel stuffs it, now works from Smith's half guard. Smith tries to sit up with an underhook and McDaniel moves around to Smith's back, landing strikes. McDaniel misses with a back-take and Smith rolls McDaniel to his back. Just like that, however, McDaniel locks up a triangle choke and within seconds forces the tap.

Bubba McDaniel def. Gilbert Smith via submission (triangle choke) at 2:49 of round 3

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