The Ultimate Fighter 29 featured middleweight and bantamweight prospects vying at a shot at a UFC contract. The show had several standouts and plenty of favorites. But in the end, it was an all-Team Volkanovski finale with their coach, Alexander Volkanovski winning as well weeks later.
Unfortunately (as one would expect) some of the contestants did not get signed to the UFC. Of course the winners Ricky Turcios and Bryan Battle got signed, and so did their opponents Brady Heistand and Gilbert Urbina. Liudvik Sholinian took a short notice opportunity which got him signed and the original finale fell through, which lead to Tresean Gore getting a contract. And of course, the fight between Andre Petroski and Michael Gilmore on the finale card certainly lead to both getting signed to the UFC.
Below is a list of upcoming appearances the remaining contestants of TUF 29 will be making.
Mitch Raposo will be featured on Week 7 off DWCS
Though it was rumored to have TUF 29 contestants on Season 5 of Contender Series, the only one to get the call was New England’s Mitch Raposo. Though he fought at bantamweight on the show, he makes his return to flyweight in arguably one of the best matchups this season.
Mitch will take on Cage Warriors title holder Jake Hadley on the Oct. 12 DWCS card.
Dan Argueta will make his LFA return
It’s been announced for a couple weeks now that Dan Argueta will make his LFA return. The bantamweight contestant put on one hell of a fight against TUF winner Ricky Turcios in the first round. Though he came up short, Argueta showed tremendous skill and heart. He now looks to make a statement at LFA 119 in hopes it does the trick for a much deserved call-up.
Dan takes on Rodney Mondala on Oct. 22nd in Vail, Colorado. Don’t miss it!
Aaron Phillips will make his FPC MMA debut
One of Season 5’s favorites makes his regional return in Sacramento, CA on Nov. 27th.
The Alaska FC prospects entered the show with 3 years of MMA training under his belt. Being able to kickstart his career surrounded by some of the best fighters and coaches in the world, it’ll be nice to see the improvements to his game. Now training with Ricky Turcios in Houston, TX, the sky is the limit for Aaron Phillips who hopes to get back in the win column next month.
Ryder Newman steps in on short notice for Fierce Fighting Championship
“Rhino” fans, circle your calendars for Oct. 29th.
TUF 29 middleweight, Ryder Newman makes his regional return right before Halloween in Salt Lake City, Utah. After falling short to Tresean Gore in the first round of the tournament, he looks to bounce back in a big way. Ryder was one of the few with smaller records, so fans will surely get to see him develop. He’s young and hungry; there is no doubt we’ll see him in the UFC eventually…
Andre Petroski gets to scrap on Fight Island for UFC 267
The UFC seems to be fond of the Team Ortega middleweight as he heads to Abu Dhabi for his second fight on his new UFC contract. After taking out Michael Gillmore on the TUF 29 finale card, Petroski was booked quick. He will look towards staying undefeated under the promotion.
Tune in on Oct. 30th to watch Philadelphia’s boy scrap once again.
There is no word yet on Kemran Lachinov, Josh Rettinghouse, Vince Murdock, Dustin Lampros, and Miles Hunsinger’s next moves. But we know Vince have been campaigning for some fight news. So we’ll certainly be on the lookout.
Which TUF 29 contestant are you looking forward to watching again?