Middleweight titan prospect Uriah Hall may have to wait just a little bit longer before he get his hands on rival TUF competitor Josh Samman.
All they have to do is win one more fight each.
Following four monster performances in the quarterfinals, Hall and Samman, along with Dylan Andrews and Kelvin Gastelum, have officially made it to the final four in Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter.
For simplicity's sake, here's how the bracket stands so far:
Semifinal Bout 1Whoever wins those bouts will be the fighters who get to compete at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale in Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center on April 13, where a six-figure UFC contract and a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle on the line.
Josh Samman (9-2, Team Jones) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (5-0, Team Sonnen)
Semifinal Bout 2
Uriah Hall (7-2, Team Sonnen) vs. Dylan Andrews (16-4-1, Team Jones)
That match will be part of a stacked main card headlined by former WEC champion Uriah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen, in addition to the second-ever female bout in the UFC starring Miesha Tate and Cat Zigano.
As noted in our Episode 11 recap of TUF 17, Uriah Hall stamped his ticket to the semifinals with a face-breaking knockout victory against Bubba McDaniel, who was rushed to the hospital with what looked like a fractured orbital bone.
Meanwhile, Josh Samman grounded out Jimmy Quinlan with an aggressive technical knockout, using his patented double-fisted punching tactics to get the stoppage.
Now, UFC president Dana White is betting on both of them to make it to the finals.
Fans will get find out if Hall and Samman manage to line up their heated rivalry in the season finale on FX, as The Ultimate Fighter 17 airs its final episode on Tuesday, April 9 with both semifinals bouts.
McKinley Noble is an MMA conspiracy theorist. His work has appeared in NVision, PC World, Macworld, GamePro, 1UP, MMA Mania & The LA Times.