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TUF 17 set for 'best fight since Forrest v Bonnar'

ESPN staff
March 26, 2013
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Luke Barnatt returns to ESPN screens on Tuesday as he enters the quarter-finals of TUF 17 against Dylan Andrews, in what has been dubbed "the best TUF fight since Forrest Griffin v Stephan Bonnar".

Barnatt is England's sole representative on the reality show, which sees fighters square off for a six-figure UFC contract.

The pre-recorded show will build towards the Finale on April 13, and Barnatt's quarter-final with Andrews will reveal whether the Brit moves within one win of booking his spot in that showpiece.

Barnatt cannot give away details on who wins out of he and Andrews, but he was prepared to discuss the fight itself when interviewed by Gareth A Davies for the ESPN UFC Podcast.

"If you check Chael [Sonnen's] twitter, in his opinion, my fight against Dylan Andrews is the fight of the season," Barnatt said.

"Adam Cella from the show wrote on my Facebook wall and said it is the best fight since the Finale of TUF 1 Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar.

"It's a great fight, good style. He's got a much bigger record than me, he's 16-4 and has been fighting professionally since 2005 and he's a pretty bad dude.

"There are some big exchanges in it and it is definitely worth watching."

Every fighter on the successful TUF 17 series is guaranteed at least one fight in the UFC, as a show of appreciation from president Dana White. Whether Barnatt's appearance is as a finalist remains to be seen.

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