Fri. Dec 9th, 2022

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) is a main staple of Mixed Martial Arts. 16 of the top MMA talent worldwide living under one roof and competing for a spot in the UFC and the title of The Ultimate Fighter.

Of course, just because a fighter doesn’t win TUF doesn’t mean it’s over for them. We’ve seen many fighters fail to win the coveted trophy but go on to have successful careers. Names such as Kenny Florian, Rose Namajunas, and Josh Koscheck.

It’s now been a year since Season 29 of TUF aired, so let’s check in to see how these fighters have faired.

***As a reminder, all fights on TUF except the finals are considered exhibition matches. Therefore a fighter can lose on TUF but still be considered undefeated.

Bantamweights

Ricky Turcios (10-2) –> (11-2)

The Bantamweight winner of TUF 29, Turcios beat Dan Argueta and Liudvik Sholinian by unanimous decision on the show and Brady Hiestand by split decision at the TUF Finals (UFC Vegas 35).

Turcios has recently been announced to face Aiemann Zahabi on July 9th.

Brady Hiestand (5-1) –> (5-2)

The Bantamweight runner-up of TUF 29, Hiestand defeated Josh Rettinghouse by unanimous decision and Vince Murdock by R1 KO/TKO on the show. As previously mentioned, he lost the split decision in the finals against Ricky Turcios.

While Hiestand has not taken a fight in the past year, he can be seen assisting Team Pena on season 30 of TUF.

Liudvik Sholinian (9-1-1) –> (9-2-1)

On TUF Sholinian edged out a unanimous decision victory over Mitch Raposo but then lost the unanimous decision against Ricky Turcios.

Despite being eliminated, the UFC had an interest in the fighter and booked him against Jack Shore at UFC Vegas 36, which Shaolinian lost by unanimous decision.

Later, Sholinain was scheduled to face Nathaniel Wood at UFC London 12 but withdrew due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Some sources say he was forced to withdraw due to issues with leaving the country while others say he withdrew to fight in the defense of Ukraine.

Vince Murdock (12-4) –> (12-5)

DWCS veteran Vince Murdock was looking at his second chance to get into the UFC at TUF 29. He had a strong start with a R1 KO/TKO of Dustin Lampros but was stopped by Brady Hiestand with a R1 KO/TKO in the semifinals.

Murdock’s next fight was against Usama Rahman at Total Warrior Combat: Unfinished Bussiness which ended in a loss for Murdock with a R1 rear-naked choke.

Shortly after this loss, Murdock was involved in a car accident which has sidelined him. There is currently no estimate on when he will be able to return to the cage,

Mitch Raposo (5-0) –> (6-1)

On TUF, Raposo lost a close decision to Liudvik Shaolinian. Following TUF, MMA Island has the opportunity to interview Mitch about his time on the show and his return to flyweight.

A few months after this interview, Raposo got his second chance at the UFC in Dana White’s Contender Series against Cage Warriors Flyweight champion Jake Hadley. Unfortunately, Raposo got caught in a rear naked choke and lost the bout.

After his first professional loss, Raposo returned to the New England regional scene. At Calvin Kattar’s Combat Zone 75, Mitch gave a dominant performance against Jay Viola and ended the fight in the 3rd round with a rear naked choke of his own.

Mitch Raposo is scheduled to face Heinrich Wassmer at CES 67 on June 17th. Mitch has said on his Instagram that after this fight, he wants another chance at the UFC.

Daniel Argueta (4-0) –> (8-0)

On TUF, Argueta lost in the Quarterfinals to eventual winner Ricky Turcios in the Quarterfinals.

After TUF, Argueta has returned to LFA where he had had great success. First, he faced Rodney Mondala at LFA 116 whom he ended in the first round with an armbar.

Next, he stood against Mairon Santos at LFA 123 which he again finished, this time with Ground & Pound. This fight earned him a shot at the vacant LFA title.

At LFA 131, Argueta was ready to earn gold. He defeated Diego Silva to claim the title of LFA Bantamweight Champion.

Argueta is now set to make his UFC debut against Damon Jackson at UFC Vegas 56 on June 4th.

Dustin Lampros (5-0) –> (7-0)

MMA Island’s sponsored fighter, Dustin Lampros was looking to make it big on TUF, but unfortunately fell short when he was on the losing end of a R1 KO/TKO against Vince Murdock.

Scrappy found success after TUF however at Shamrock FC.

Lampros got a R1 KO/TKO himself against Sergio Robles at Shamrock FC 333.

He then added another win to his undefeated resume with a unanimous decision against Ashton Caniglia at Shamrock FC 337.

Joshua Rettinghouse (16-5) –> (16-5)

On TUF, Joshua Rettinghouse lost to Brady Hiestand by unanimous decision in the quarterfinals.

Rettinghouse has not fought since then and has not made any fight announcements.

Middleweights

Bryan Battle (5-1) –> (7-1)

The TUF 29 Middleweight winner, Bryan Battle was ironically the 2nd to last pick. He faced last pick Kemran Lachinov in the quarterfinals and defeated him by decision. After that, he shocked the Combat Sports world by defeating Andre Petroski with what he called a Ninja Choke in R2.

Battle then faced replacement Gilbert Urbina at the TUF Finals *UFC Vegas 35) and defeated him with a R2 rear naked choke to win the trophy.

However, many did not consider him the true winner as he did not defeat Tresean Gore. Battle silenced the naysayers by defeating Gore at UFC Vegas 47 by unanimous decision.

Tresean Gore (3-0) –> (3-1)

On TUF, Gore defeated his roommate Ryder Newman in the Quarterfinals with a unanimous decision followed up by a R2 KO/TKO of Gilbert Urbina to secure himself a place in the TUF Finals against Bryan Battle. He was the only member of Team Ortega to make it to the finals.

Unfortunately, Gore was forced out of the finals with a knee injury and was replaced with Gilbert Urbina.

The bout with Battle was then rescheduled for UFC Vegas 75, which many saw as the real TUF finals. Gore would come up short in this bout, losing by unanimous decision.

Gore was originally scheduled to face Josh Fremd on July 9th, but Fremd pulled out and was replaced by Cody Brundage.

Gilbert Urbina (6-1) –> (6-2)

The younger siblings of two TUF veterans, Gilbert Urbina looked to become the first Urbina sibling to capture the TUF trophy. On the show, he landed a R1 rear naked choke on Michael Gilmore but was hit with a R2 KO/TKO from Tresean Gore.

When Gore was forced to pull out from the TUF finals, Urbina was given another chance. He faced Bryan Battle at UFC Vegas 35 for the TUF finals. There, Urbina was on the losing side of a R2 rear naked choke.

Urbina has confirmed he underwent surgery in early May 2022.

Andre Petroski (5-1) –> (8-1)

Andre Petroski was most remembered for his Guillotine choke of Aaron Phillips and his Hammer and Sickle tattoo. Petroski later explained in an interview with Sherdog that his family is from the Soviet Union and the tattoo pays homage to that (and the fact he isn’t a communist). Even though Petroski lost to eventual winner Bryan Battle in the Semifinals, Dana White did not want that to be the last time he saw Petroski.

On the same card that the TUF Finals took place (UFC Vegas 25), Andre faced off against fellow TUF competitor Michael Gillmore, whom he defeated by ground and pound in the second round.

Petroski then fought Yaozong Hu at UFC 267 and defeated him by Arm Triangle in the third round.

Andre then took a quick break from MMA to take a grappling match against Phil Hawes at Fury Pro Grappling 3 where he won by Unanimous Decision.

Just a few weeks ago, Petroski was paired with Contender Series winner Nick Maximov. Petroski made quick work of Maximov with an Anaconda choke in the very first round.

Aaron Phillips (5-2) –> (6-2)**

Aaron Phillips was a stand out from the first episode of TUF29. This man was in an area with no gyms and no coaches, but that didn’t stop him. He made a small personal gym and trained himself through YouTube videos.

However, his drive to succeed couldn’t overcome Andre Petroski, who finished him with a R1 guillotine choke during the TUF Quarterfinals.

After TUF, Phillips found victory at FirePower 3 against Trey Williams with a unanimous decision.

Phillips was then selected to fight at Urijah Faber’s A1 Combat 2 for the inaugural middleweight championship against Randall Wallace. Wallace finished this fight with a R2 Bulldog choke.

Kemran Lachinov (10-3) –> (10-3)

Kemran Lachinov pulled a Rodtang in his TUF quarterfinals bout against Bryan Battle but unfortunately was not able to replicate the rest of Rodtang’s strategy. Lachinov found himself on the losing end of a unanimous decision.

Lachinov has not fought or made any fight announcements since his time on TUF.

Ryder Newman (3-1) –> (5-1)

At TUF, Ryder Newman lost a decision to his friend Tresean Gore.

After TUF, he was scheduled against Jose Caceres at XMMA 3: Vice City, but due to undisclosed reasons, that fight was cancled.

Quickly after that fight was canceled, Newman got scheduled to face Cole Shafer at Fierce FC 17. Newman made quick work of his opponent with a 22-second finish due to strikes.

Later, Newman was proud to announce he was signed to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC and was slated to face Manny Walo in the prelim opener to Eagle FC 46. Newman edged out the victory with a split decision.

Following his victory, Newman faced Martin Sano in a grappling match at High Rollerz 14. The fighters were tied at the end of time and overtime, so the match went to sudden death, next takedown wins. Newman was the one to takedown his opponent, earning him the victory.

Miles Hunsinger (7-0) –> (7-1)

You may not remember Miles Hunsinger, and that’s because he did not fight on TUF 29. He was the fighter that was supposed to fight Gilbert Urbina in the quarterfinals but was forced to pull out due to injury.

Since TUF, Hunsinger was signed to Eagle FC where he faced Demarques Johnson at Eagle FC 44 and lost by questionable R1 TKO stoppage. After being blitzed and knocked down, the ref called the fight, but Hunsinger immediately got back up.

Michael Gillmore (6-3) –> (6-5)

When Miles Hunsinger was forced out of TUF, Dana White called on a man who quit his job to stay in Vegas as an alternate in case any of the middleweights had to pull out. That man was Michael Gillmore.

He faced Gilbert Urbina in steed of Hunsinger but found himself on the losing end of a R1 rear naked choke.

However, the UFC wouldn’t let Gillmore’s sacrifice and dedication be for naught. They gave him a place in the UFC against fellow TUF competitor Andre Petroski. Petroski finished the fight with ground & pound in the third round.

Gillmore was then matched with Jonny Parsons for UFC Vegas 49, but Parsons withdrew. In his place was Ramiz Brahimaj, who defeated Gillmore by another R1 rear naked choke.

By Andrew Mac

I'm a 20-year-old Kempo Karate practitioner from Massachusetts who also trains in Judo, BJJ, wrestling, Goju-ryu, and Japanese Jujutsu. Alongside being a journalist, I am a senior instructor at Cervizzi's Martial Arts Academy and a student at Merrimack College studying Criminology/Criminal Justice.