The Ultimate Fighter 17 episode 2 recap: Barnatt vs. Smith

With Coach Chael Sonnen getting the privilege of picking the first fighter for his team in episode 1, Jones got the privilege of being able to pick the first fight.

To represent his team, Jones selects 30-year-old Gilbert Smith (5-1) of Colorado Springs, Colo. to take on 24-year-old Luke Barnatt (5-0) of Cambridge, England.

It’s a bit of an odd match-up and weird pick from Coach Jones because of the significant height advantage the 6-foot-4-inch Barnatt has over the 5-foot-9-inch Smith.

The Ultimate Fighter 17 episode 1 recap and review

The first episode of season 17 of the UFC’s long-running reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” is in the books. The TUF 17 special two-hour premiere aired Tuesday night on FX and featured 28 fighters facing off for the opportunity to train under the tutelage of coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen and ultimately win a six-figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.