‘The Ultimate Fighter 29’ rosters announced, season premiere date revealed
“The Ultimate Fighter” is formally back.
After years of UFC president Dana White consistently specifying the truth series would ultimately relaunch, the wheels are completely in movement. The 16 picked bantamweights and middleweights have actually made their method to Las Vegas for pre-season medicals.
With taping set to start quickly, the promo revealed the season’s complete lineup throughout the UFC on ESPN 22 broadcast Saturday. The very first episode is set to stream June 1 on ESPN+.
TUF 29 will be coached by UFC featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski (22-1 Mixed Martial Arts, 9-0 UFC) and his next title opposition, Brian Ortega (15-1 Mixed Martial Arts, 7-1 UFC). The 2 will square off following the conclusion of the season, in a rebooking of their canceled UFC 260 match.
Scroll listed below for the complete TUF 29 bantamweight and middleweight lineups:
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Age: 27 Record: 5-0 Birth Place: Chicago, Ill. Battling out of: Albuquerque, N.M. Group: Jackson Wink Mixed Martial Arts A protege of Cub Swanson, [autotag]Daniel Argueta[/autotag] trains at Jackson Wink Mixed Martial Arts amongst a few of the world’s leading fighters. In 5 professional battles, Argueta has 4 surfaces. He got his most prominent success to date in his latest trip, when he beat Jackson Filho at LFA 90 in September.
Age: 21 Record: 5-1 Birth Place: Spokane, Wash. Battling out of: Spokane, Wash. Group: Sik-Jitsu With 4 surfaces to his name, [autotag]Brady Hiestand[/autotag] trains under Rick Little, along with UFC notables Michael Chiesa, Julianna Pena, and others. A brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Hiestand works as a firemen and Emergency Medical Technician when he’s not combating. At 21 years of ages, Hiestand is the youngest rival on the “TUF 29” lineup.
Age: 26 Record: 5-0 Birth Place: Freeburg, Ill. Battling out of: Boca Raton, Fla. Group: Sanford Mixed Martial Arts A Shamrock FC standout, [autotag]Dustin Lampros[/autotag] has actually gone through all 5 of his challengers. Just one of his battles has actually made it to the 2nd round.
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Age: 30 Record: 12-4 Birth Place: Oakland County, Mich. Battling out of: Sacramento, Calif. Group: Group Alpha Male A cherished member of Group Alpha Male, [autotag]Vince Murdock[/autotag] made it to the UFC in 2019, just to be dealt with with dangerous misfortune. Identified with moyamoya, Murdock went through an uncommon brain treatment to repair prospective blood clot concerns. Recuperated from an effective surgical treatment, Murdock contended on “Dana White’s Contender Series” in 2020 and was beat by Luis Saldana.
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Age: 22 Record: 5-0 Birth Place: Fall River, Mass. Battling out of: Fall River, Mass. Group: Program Training Center [autotag]Mitch Raposo[/autotag] goes into “TUF 29” with the label of New England Mixed Martial Arts’s next huge thing. Having a hard time to discover prepared challengers, Raposo has actually reconciled each battle chance. He has 4 surfaces in 5 defend the Cage Titans and CES Mixed Martial Arts promos.
Age: 31 Record: 16-5 Birth Place: Spokane, Wash. Battling out of: Spokane, Wash. Group: Warrior Camp Mixed Martial Arts [autotag]Joshua Rettinghouse[/autotag] is the most experienced veteran on the “TUF 29” lineup. En path to the UFC’s truth series, Rettinghouse contended for many promos consisting of World Series of Battling, King of the Cage and M-1 International. He has actually contended versus present UFC fighters Marlon Moraes and Sergey Morozov.
Age: 30 Record: 9-1-1 Birth Place: Alaverdi, Armenia Battling out of: Kiev, Ukraine Groups: Aurum, KDMMA Battling out of Ukraine, [autotag]Liudvik Sholinian[/autotag] is among 2 non-American-born candidates on TUF 29. En path to the UFC truth series, Sholinian made drop in LFA, M-1 International and Bellator. Sholinian holds a win over previous UFC fighter Vince Cachero, however hasn’t contended given that November 2019.
Age: 27 Record: 10-2 Birth Place: Houston, Texas Battling out of: Houston, Texas Groups: Gracie Barra The Woodlands, Group Alpha Male A rival on the inaugural season of “Dana White’s Contender Series,” [autotag]Ricky Turcios[/autotag] has actually gone 2-1 given that his loss to Boston Salmon. In 10 triumphes, Turcios, a Fury FC standout, has actually collected 4 surfaces. He holds a win over UFC featherweight Steve Garcia.
Age: 26 Record: 5-1 Birth Place: Springfield, Md. Battling out of: Charlotte, N.C. Groups: Hayastan Mixed Martial Arts [autotag]Bryan Fight[/autotag] has actually just been an expert given that July 2019, yet he discovers himself on the doorstep of a UFC agreement. He goes into the truth series on a four-fight winning streak – all surfaces in the stretch. A graduate of Central Piedmont Neighborhood College, Fight works as a carpenter when he’s not combating.
Age: 26 Record: 3-0 Birth Place: Myrtle Beach, S.C. Battling out of: Coconut Creek, Fla. Groups: American Leading Group With just 3 expert battles, [autotag]Tresean Gore[/autotag] goes into the truth series as the least knowledgeable of the candidates. His entry marks a drop in weight, as Gore most just recently contended at light heavyweight. 2 of his 3 battles he’s ended inside the range.
Age: 30 Record: 7-0 Birth Place: Nampa, Idaho Battling out of: Las Vegas, Nev. Groups: Xtreme Couture Though he is among the older fighters in your home, [autotag]Miles Hunsinger[/autotag] goes into the competitors with among the most excellent records. A standout Idaho high school wrestler, Hunsinger contended for PFL, LFA, RFA and more en path to your home. Hunsinger has actually just combated two times given that 2019.
Age: 30 Record: 10-3 Birth Place: Uzbekistan Battling out of: West Springfield, Mass. Groups: Group Link Happily representing Turkey on the worldwide phase, [autotag]Kemran Lachinov[/autotag] made his existence understood completing for Bellator over the last few years. Though he never ever was a rostered fighter, he went 5-1 for the promo by often visiting the initial cards when Bellator would drop in Uncasville, Conn. His back-and-forth war with Shimal Nikaev was among Bellator’s finest battles of 2020. Lachinov holds a win over Kyle Crutchmer from a battle in which he went viral for letting the AKA wrestler punch him in the face.
Age: 26 Record: 3-1 Birth Place: Las Vegas, Nev. Battling out of: Las Vegas, Nev. Groups: Xtreme Couture Considering that he lost his expert launching in March 2019, [autotag]Ryder Newman[/autotag] has actually risen back. Riding a three-fight winning streak, Newman is the 2nd fighter to represent Xtreme Couture on “TUF 29.” He’s coming off back-to-back consentaneous choice wins over formerly unbeaten fighters.
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Age: 29 Record: 5-1 Birth Place: Chester, Penn. Battling out of: Glendora, N.J. Groups: Renzo Gracie Philly [autotag]Andre Petroski[/autotag] will seek to recuperate from his very first expert loss, suffered to Aaron Jeffery at LFA 93 in October. Prior to that defeat, Petroski, a previous University of North Carolina wrestler, had actually won all 5 of his Mixed Martial Arts battles, consisting of triumphes over Andre Hall and Shedrick Goodridge.
Age: 30 Record: 5-2 Birth Place: Kotzebue, Alaska Battling out of: N/A Groups: N/A Not to be puzzled with the presently rostered UFC fighter who fighter who bears the very same name, [autotag]Aaron Phillips[/autotag] goes into “TUF 29” off a loss to Collin Huckbody in December. Prior to that, nevertheless, Phillips had actually acquired 5 surfaces in 6 defend Alaska FC.
Age: 24 Record: 6-1 Birth Place: Archbold, Ohio Battling out of: Weslaco, Texas Groups: BMF Cattle Ranch [autotag]Gilbert Urbina[/autotag] will follow in the steps of his siblings Hector and Elias as the 3rd member of their household to take part in a season of “TUF.” A member of Donald Cerrone’s BMFC cattle ranch, Urbina has actually just lost when in his profession: a unanimous choice to present UFC welterweight standout Sean Brady.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.