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Best Moments From The Return Of The Ultimate Fighter

With the finale quickly approaching this weekend, look back at the best moments from The Return of The Ultimate Fighter.

After a nearly three-year hiatus, The Ultimate Fighter returned for its 29th season. 16 fighters, eight bantamweights and eight middleweights, competed in the UFC APEX for a shot at joining the UFC and making their dreams come true.

This season, the historic competition was led by UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and top featherweight contender Brian Ortega, who are scheduled to face each other at UFC 266 on September 25.

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Thanks to some crazy fights, hilarious pranks and plenty of high stakes, The Return of The Ultimate Fighter was a season we won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

With the finale quickly approaching this weekend, look back at the best moments from The Return of The Ultimate Fighter.

Episode 1

WE ARE BACK - Dana White Welcomes The TUF contestants

There is always something special when UFC President Dana White welcomes the UFC hopefuls to the competition. But there was something different about him walking through the halls of the UFC APEX and seeing all the jerseys from previous seasons. The smile on White’s face said it all - it was good to be back.

Episode 4

Back From The Brink - Vince Murdock Completes His Comeback

TUF 29 Episode 9: Murdock v Lampros

Vince Murdock tells his team and coaches about his journey in MMA, including how he was signed to the UFC prior to being diagnosed with moyamoya disease and having brain surgery. Murdock then goes on to knock out Dustin Lampros in the first round to move on to the semi-finals.

Vince Murdock Post-Fight Interview | The Return of The Ultimate Fighter Episode 4
Vince Murdock Post-Fight Interview | The Return of The Ultimate Fighter Episode 4
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Episode 5

The Zombie Walk – Kemran Lachinov Walks Bryan Battle Down

Episode 6

Bantamweight Beast Mode – Ricky Turcios and Dan Argueta Go To War

When the quarterfinal matchup between Ricky Turcios and Dan Argueta was announced, everyone knew it was going to be a banger. The two bantamweights didn’t disappoint, delivering 15 minutes of fast paced hard-nosed action. There was back and forth action on the feet, intense scrambles, and plenty of heart, making it one of the best fights of the season. In the end, it was Turcios who earned the final nod and moved on to the semifinals.

BONUS: Team Ortega steals the tires off Team Volkanovki’s car and leaves donkeys for them to use as transportation.

Get To Know Ricky Turcios

Episode 10

Battling His Way To The Finale – Bryan Battle Submits Andre Petroski To Move On

When we were first introduced to Bryan Battle, he told the cameras: “I’m world-class; people just don’t know it yet.” And he proved it yet again by defeating Andre Petroski by submission due to a guillotine choke in the second round of their semifinal bout. It was a surreal moment for the middleweight, who was picked second to last in the competition.

Get To Know Bryan Battle

Episode 11

Who Doesn’t Like A Good Prank? – Team Ortega Fills Team Volkanovski’s Locker Room With Snakes

The look on Brady Hiestand’s face when he opens the door to see giant snakes is priceless and definitely one of the best pranks of the season.

BONUS: Brian Ortega wins the $10,000 coaches challenge and then puts Dana White on the spot, asking him for $2,000 more. White agrees and then Ortega splits his winnings between the fighters on both teams.

Episode 12

One Punch KO – Tresean Gore Takes Out Gilbert Urbina With One Strike

Early in the second round of their semifinal bout, Tresean Gore connected with a beautiful left hook that put Gilbert Urbina to the canvas. The strike was perfectly timed and was exactly what Ortega thought Gore was capable of.

RECAP EVERY TUF EPISODE: Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5 | Episode 6 | Episode 7 | Episode 8 | Episode 9 | Episode 10 | Episode 11 | Episode 12

 

Honorable Mentions:

Team Volkanovski coming back from 0-4 to win seven straight fights, Volkanovski’s clock prank, Donald Cerrone joining Volkanovski’s training session, Ortega talking about his childhood, Ricky Turcios vs Liudvik Sholinian, Brady Hiestand vs Josh Rettinghouse.