The last fight of The Ultimate Fighter 29 the middleweight quarter-finals didn’t go as planned, but that wasn’t a problem for Gilbert Urbina.
Urbina (6-1) * was set to face Miles Hunsinger (7-0) in this week’s episode of TUF 29, but disaster struck when Hunsinger injured his knee in combat training. Hunsinger underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with a grade 2 MCL tear, which left him with a conundrum. The diagnosis wasn’t severe enough to rule him out entirely, but it wasn’t trivial enough to ensure he didn’t risk further injury if he fought.
The decision whether or not to compete was left to Hunsinger, and after consulting with coach Brian Ortega and his team, he decided to retire from the fight.
Micheal Gillmore (6-3) replaced Hunsinger with just two days notice. Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Gillmore was part of the TUF 29 testing and he decided to stay in Las Vegas in case the show needed a replacement at 185 pounds. UFC President Dana White was overjoyed to hear that Gillmore was dedicated enough to quit his job to pursue his UFC dream and he called Gillmore, “my fucking type of guy.”
With little time to prepare for the fight, Gillmore didn’t have a chance to show much against Urbina, coach Alexander Volkanovski’s second pick at middleweight. Urbina rushed Gillmore off the opening bell, took her back and worked on the ground until Gillmore was left open to a bare back choke submission ending the fight.
Urbina’s victory puts him in the middleweight semifinals, which is further than his brothers did in their TUFF relay. Hector Urbina competed twice on TUFF, losing in the quarter-finals of TUF 19 to Cathal Pendred, then failing to make the weight for a fight with James Krause on the TUF 25 Season “Redemption”. However, between its TUFF appearances, Hector has competed three times for the UFC.
Their other brother Elias was a season 23 actor. He was knocked out in the quarterfinals by Eric Spicely. Elias is currently fighting for Combate Americas.
Team Volkanovski won their fourth consecutive fight on the show, tying the score at 4-4 and giving the two coaches two fighters each in the bantamweight and middleweight tournaments. The coaches then reunited with Dana White to decide the semi-final clashes for the two divisions.
Ortega suggested that Bryan Battle fights Andre Petroski and Urbina fights Tresean Gore, which Volkanovski agreed with. Volkanovski added that he believes Battle could go all the way in the middleweight bracket.
As bantamweight Ricky Turcios and Vince Murdock are teammates for Team Alpha Male, Ortega and Volkanovski agreed that they shouldn’t have to fight.
The semi-final matches were announced as follows:
Ricky Turcios (10-2) vs. Liudvik Sholinian (9-1-1)
Vince Murdock (12-4, 1 NC) vs. Brady Hiestand (5-1)
Bryan Battle (5-1) vs. Andre Petroski (5-1)
Gilbert Urbina (6-1) vs. Tresean Gore (3-0)
Here are the results of the first round so far:
André Petroski beat. Aaron Phillips via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – Round 1, 4:42
Liudvik Sholinian def. Mitch Raposo by decision
Tresean Gore def. Ryder Newman by decision
Vince Murdock beat. Dustin Lampros via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:40
Bryan Bataille defeated. Kemran Lachinov by decision
Ricky Turcios beat. Dan Argueta by decision
Brady Hiestand beat. Josh Rettinghouse via decision
Gilbert Urbina beat. Micheal Gillmore via Submission (Naked Rear Choke) – Round 1, time unknown
In next week’s episode, Ricky Turcios of Team Volkanovski will fight Liudvik Sholinian of Team Ortega in the first bantamweight semifinal match.
* TUF fights are considered as exhibitions and the results do not affect the official records of the fighters.
Season 29 of The Ultimate Fighter is coached by UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega. A title fight between the two is scheduled to take place at UFC 266 on September 25.
The finalists from the TUF 29 middleweight and bantamweight tournaments will face off for a six-figure UFC contract in a final event, the date of which has not yet been announced.
Here is the TUF 29 roster divided by team:
Miles Hunsinger *
* Micheal Gillmore (short-term replacement for Hunsinger)
Passage to Round 2: Petroski, Sholinian, Gore, Murdock, Battle, Turcios, Hiestand, Urbina
Eliminated: Phillips, Raposo, Newman, Lampros, Lachinov, Argueta, Rettinghouse, Hunsinger, Gillmore