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The Ultimate Fighter 17 Preview: ELO Ratings

I’ve mentioned before that I’m working on a system that will give a rating to each man competing on The Ultimate Fighter. That system is still being worked on, and I’ll have ratings for the 14 fighters who win their preliminary fight to get into the house.

But since the first episode of the new season is tonight, I’ll go ahead and produce the ELO ratings of all 28 fighters we’re going to see. ELO ratings will eventually be one part of the overall formula.

  1. Tor Troeng – 2403 ELO rating
  2. Robert McDaniel – 2268
  3. Uriah Hall – 2160
  4. Kito Andrews – 2120
  5. Zak Cummings – 2110
  6. Joshua Samman – 2102
  7. Luke Barnatt – 2086
  8. Dylan Andrews – 2062
  9. Andy Enz – 2044
  10. Fraser Opie – 2031
  11. Kevin Casey – 2021
  12. Timothy Williams – 2016
  13. Nik Fekete – 2014
  14. Mike Jasper – 1991
  15. Scott Rosa – 1956
  16. Clint Hester – 1931
  17. Leo Bercier – 1927
  18. Gilbert Smith Jr. – 1917
  19. Eldon Sproat – 1892
  20. Eric Wahlin – 1839
  21. Kelvin Gastelum – 1833
  22. Nicholas Kohring – 1808
  23. Jake Heun – 1797
  24. Jimmy Quinlan – 1796
  25. Adam Cella – 1783
  26. Ryan Bigler – 1768
  27. Collin Hart – 1732
  28. Mike Persons – 1697

There’s been a lot of talk about Dana White’s statement that one of the fighters turned out to be the “terror” of the season. First of all, Dana White is a promoter. He says whatever he can to get people to watch his programming. For the last season, the best he could do was to say that coaches Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson hated each other. Then the season was aired, and Carwin and Nelson barely said anything about each other.

I also remember when White hyped up a mystery fighter in the eighth season, saying the fighter reminded him of Anderson Silva. Speculation ran rampant as to who it could be, and the name specifically mentioned was Joe Duarte. Not only did Duarte not turn out to be that mystery fighter, but Phillipe Nover, who White was talking about, turned out to be a bust in the UFC. We should know by now not to take what Dana White says seriously, especially when it comes to The Ultimate Fighter.

With that said, I’ve seen it speculated that Tor Troeng is the fighter White is talking about this time. That may or may not be the case, but it’s worth noting that Troeng enters this season with easily the highest ELO rating of the 28 fighters. We’ll see what happens in the first round of fights tonight.

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4 responses to “The Ultimate Fighter 17 Preview: ELO Ratings

  1. Nick January 23, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Uriah Hall looked great and I enjoyed bringing the familes into the hotel and fights.

    • David Williams January 24, 2013 at 12:17 am

      Yeah, I really liked the changes as well. It was a sorely needed makeover for TUF – less juvenile house drama, more focus on the stress and difficulty of fighting. And I think the fighters this time around are a lot better than they’ve been in a while.

  2. mcsteel31 January 26, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Any one what happens with that brutal knock out in EPs 2

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