Here is what we know about the returning, 29th season of The Ultimate Fighter, featuring Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega.
The pair were previously announced as coaches for the upcoming 29th season of The Ultimate Fighter, and during the interview, some information in regards to the show was announced.
The series will premiere on Tuesday, June 1, with the series streaming exclusively on ESPN+.
New episodes will air every Tuesday, leading up to the season finale, which is expected to take place in late summer 2021.
Which fighters have been confirmed to participate in The Ultimate Fighter season 29: Team Volkanovski vs. Team Ortega?
At the conclusion of the coaches’ interview, the following bantamweight and middleweight fighters were confirmed for the show’s 29th season, its first since 2018.
The Ultimate Fighter season 29 bantamweight fighters:
Daniel Argueta (5-0)Brady Hiestand (5-1)Dustin Lampros (5-0)Vince Murdock (12-4)Mitch Raposo (5-0)Joshua Rettinghouse (16-5)Liudvik Sholinian (9-1-1)Ricky Turcios (10-2)
The Ultimate Fighter season 29 middleweight fighters:
Aaron Phillips (5-1)Andre Petroski (5-1)Bryan Battle (4-1)Ryder Newman (3-1)Tresean Gore (3-0)Miles Hunsinger (7-0)Kemran Lachinov (10-3)Gilbert Urbina (6-1)
As per The Ultimate Fighter’s usual format, each coach is expected to have four middleweights and four bantamweights on their teams. Volkanovski and Ortega, and whichever assistant coaches they pick, will help the fighters get ready and progress through the tournaments.
The winner of the bantamweight and middleweight portions of the season each earns a six-figure UFC contract.
Sometime following the TUF Finale, the coaches are then expected to face off.
Volkanovski and Ortega were scheduled to compete with Volkanovski’s featherweight title on the line at UFC 260 in late March but the bout was postponed after Volkanovski tested positive for COVID-19.
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