Get to know Brady Hiestand, one of the bantamweights competing on season 29 of The Ultimate Fighter.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) is finally back, and in season 29, it’ll be eight bantamweights and eight middleweights each competing for the chance to earn a six-figure contract from the UFC. One of the bantamweight participants, and one of the youngest participants this season, will be Brady Hiestand.
Heistand’s amateur MMA career began in 2017 with a 35-second loss to Allen Messick, but he bounced back to win five straight before turning pro. Most of his amateur career came in King of the Cage and Conquest of the Cage.
Hiestand, who turns 22 on April 30, got right to work in being an active competitor with three bouts in the second half of 2018 to start his professional career.
Hiestand scored a first-round submission of Phillip Shriver before adding on wins over Corey Conway and Jesse Jacobsen, as well as a win over Jeff Coleman in May 2019.
Hiestand was finished by Chad Anheliger in Rise FC in November 2019 but bounced back with a 31-second submission of Shane Sargent in February 2020. Hiestand hasn’t fought since.
Brady Hiestand is one of the bantamweights who will be competing on season 29 of The Ultimate Fighter
Hiestand is a jiu-jitsu specialist and has dabbled in other areas of combat including karate, boxing and kickboxing while growing up in Washington.
Hiestand should have the youth factor and a possible speed edge, but his biggest challenge will come with the lack of experience. This is not just in terms of fights, age or time in the sport, but competitive history as well.
Hiestand hasn’t had the best of competition to face. Anheliger is the only opponent he’s had that sports a winning record. Hiestand’s other opponents entered bouts against him with a combined 1-24 record, and three of them haven’t competed since losing to Hiestand.
The other bantamweights competing alongside Hiestand will be Daniel Argueta, Dustin Lampros, Vince Murdock, Mitch Raposo, Joshua Rettinghouse, Liudvik Sholinian and Ricky Turcios.
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