“The Ultimate Fighter 31” will end in Boston.
After the final episode of the season on Tuesday night. The lightweight and bantamweight finals are set and will take place Saturday at UFC 292 from TD Garden, as first reported by MMA Junkie.
In the lightweight finals, UFC alumni Kurt Holobaugh and Austin Hubbard will battle it out for a six-figure UFC contract. The two are team members of Michael Chandler during the show.
A heated bout took place in the bantamweight finals when Team Chandler’s Cody Gibson faced Brad. Katona from Conor McGregor
Holobaugh (19-7 MMA, 0-4 UFC) enters his third UFC bout after consecutive wins on the reality show. His first tenure was a single fight (losing to Steven Siler in 2013) and was immediately followed by the Strikeforce merger. In 2018, Holobaugh returned after winning Dana White’s Contender Series and losing the fight. Three times in a row with Raoni Barcelos, Shane Burgos and Thiago Moises.
First, Holobaugh rallyed McGregor’s henchman Lee Hammond before he overcame teammate and friend Jason Knight’s brutal TKO to clinch the playoff victory. The match against the Knights is considered one of the best in series history.
Hubbard (15-6 MMA, 3-4 UFC) competed in the UFC seven times from May 2019 to August 2021. His wins include Kyle Prepolec, Max Rohskopf and Dakota Bush, though he alternated losing and winning throughout his UFC tenure. But Hubbard and the promotion split after losing to Vince Pichel.
During filming for “TUF 31,” Hubbard defeated LFA Lightweight Champion Aaron Mackenzie by unanimous decision and former UFC fighter Roosevelt Roberts by unanimous decision. decide to separate
While Holobaugh and Hubbard stayed true throughout the season, Gibson (19-8 MMA, 1-3 UFC) and Katona (12-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) weren’t.
Due to his loyalty to coach John Kavanagh as the opposing team’s coach, Katona left Team Chandler to join Team McGregor, a move that many in the House deemed overdue.
On the final episode of “TUF 31,” an argument between the two broke out after Gibson wrote “F*ck you, Brad” on a note in the kitchen.
Gibson returns to the UFC after nearly a decade of absence. He competed four times for the UFC from February 2014 to February 2015 and went 1-3, including a loss to future bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling, which made headlines on Saturday. On the way to the finals Gibson beat Mando Gutierrez by knockout Then sent Rico Dichullo.
Katona seeks a second “TUF” championship after defeating Carlos Vera (unanimous decision) and Timur Valiev (separate decision).
In 2018, Katona won “The Ultimate Fighter 27” in the bantamweight division. Although he won his next match against Matthew Lopez, Katona dropped the decisions of Merab Dvalishvili and Hunter Azure immediately after. And he was released. Katona has gone 4-0 in professional matches since then.
With the addition of UFC 292, the lineup includes:
Primary Card (pay-per-view, 10pm ET)
- Champ Aljamain Sterling vs. Sean O’Malley – for the bantamweight title
- Champion Zhang Weili vs. Amanda Lemos – Women’s Strawweight Title
- Ian Machado Garry vs Neil Magni
- Mario Bautista vs Mario Bautista Damon Blackshear
- Pedro Munjoz vs Pedro Munjoz Marlon Vera
Preliminary Card (ESPN/ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
- Brad Tavares and Chris Wideman
- Gregory Rodrigues and Denis Tiuliulin
- Kurt Holoboh vs. Austin Hubbard – “TUF” Lightweight 31 bout final
- Cody Gibson vs. Brad Katona – “TUF” Bantamweight Final 31
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)
- Gerald Meerchart vs Andrei Petrski
- Andrea Lee vs. Natalia Silva
- Marina Moroz vs Karine Silva
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