The Ultimate Fighter is back! TUF 29 streams live on ESPN+ starting in June, years after promises for its relaunch from UFC President Dana White. On Saturday, ESPN+ released the roster for the upcoming season as the bantamweight and middleweight contenders made their way to Las Vegas for pre-season medicals. This season features 16 fighters.
TUF 29 Coaches
TUF 29 coaches will be UFC featherweight champions Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega. The two men will square off at the TUF season finale. The pair were originally slated to duke it out at UFC 260 but the bout was canceled due to COVID-19 test results.
The Ultimate Fighter 29 Roster
Dustin Lampros: Fighting out of Boca Raton, FL, the 26-year old has a 5-0 professional record. He’s knocked out all of his opponents, only one fight making it to the second round.
Daniel Argueta: The 27-Chicago native fighting out of Albuquerque, NM holds a 5-0 professional record with four finishes. His most recent won occurred at LFA 90 in September when he defeated Jackson Filho.
Vince Murdick: 30-year-old Vince Murdick is fighting out of Sacramento. Murdick joined the UFC in 2019, but facing a life-threatening blood clot in his brain, left the octagon to tend to his health. After a successful surgery, Murdick hopes to make it to the octagon after a 2020 defeat against Luis Saldana on “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
Joshua Rettinghouse: The Warrior Camp MMA fighter is 31-years old. He fights out of Spokane, WA, and is considered the most seasoned veteran on this season of TUF.
Brady Hiestand: The 5-1 Hiestand is fighting out of Spokane. He’s with the Sik-Jitsu team, has four finishes, and trains under notable names like Julianna Pena. The 21-year-old is the youngest TUF competitor on the roster.
Mitch Raposo: Fighting out of Fall River, MA, the 22-year-old is known as “New England MMA’s next best thing.” He enters TUF with a 5-0 record, four of those finishes.
Liudvik Sholinian: Fighting out of Kiev, Ukraine, the 30-year-old is one of two non-American-born TUF contestants this season. He holds a win over former UFC fighter Vince Cachero but hasn’t competed since November 2019.
Kemran Lachinov: Fighting out of Springfield, MA, Lachinov represents Turkey at TUF. He holds a 10-3 professional record. He has most recently competed in Bellator, with one of his best fights coming in 2020 against Shimal Nikaev.
Ricky Turcios: Fighting out of Houston, TX, Turcios holds a 10-2 professional record. He’s earned four finishes in his last 10 wins.
Tresean Gore: Fighting out of Coconut Creek, FL, 26-year-old Treseaon Gore enters TUF with only three professional fights. He is the least experienced fighter this season.
Andre Petroski: Fighting out of Glendora, NJ, the 29-year-old Petroski looks to bounce back after his first professional loss in October. That loss occurred at LFA 93 against Aaron Jeffrey. Prior, Petroski held a 5-0 record.
Bryan Battle: Battle began his professional fighting career in July 2019. He enters TUF with a 5-1 record on a four-fight winning streak. The 26-year old most recently competed as a light heavyweight.
Miles Hunsinger: Fighting out of Las Vegas, NV, 30-year-old Hunsinger holds a 7-0 professional record. He was a standout high school wrestler in Idaho and competed for RFA, LFA, and PFL.
Gilbert Urbina: Fighting out of Weslaco, TX, 24-year-old Urbina follows in his brothers’ footsteps as he enters TUF. Both brothers, Elias Urbina and Hector Urbina fight professionally. Urbina has only lost one fight his entire career.
Ryder Newman: The 26-year old Newman holds a 3-1 professional MMA record. Fighting out of Las Vegas, NV, he lost his professional debut in 2019 but comes to TUF on a three-fight win streak.
Aaron Phillips: Aaron Phillips holds a 5-2 MMA record. He comes into TUF 29 after a December loss to Collin Huckbody. Prior, Phillips had five finishes in his previous six fights.
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