Bryan Battle is the UFC’s Middleweight Ultimate Fighter

Tonight in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 35, we saw a winner crowned in the middleweight division for this season of The Ultimate Fighter. Two members of Team Volkanovski squared off as Bryan Battle (5-1) took on Gilbert Urbina (6-1).

Originally Urbina was not supposed to be fighting for a UFC contract tonight. Tresean Gore (3-0) of Team Ortega was meant to be taking on Battle in the finale. However, a knee injury forced Gore to pull out of the fight.

To get into the finals, Gore knocked Urbina out in the second round of their semifinal matchup. Urbina is a very tough competitor and he has UFC roots with his brother having competed with the promotion. Tonight, he got a second chance to try and become The Ultimate Fighter.

Standing in his way was Bryan Battle who’s been seen as a front runner to become the UFC‘s TUF winner at 185 pounds. Battle stormed through the competition on his way to the finals tonight. Overall, he’s also won four straight fights outside of the TUF house heading into UFC Vegas 35.

UFC Vegas 35 Recap

Round 1

The UFC TUF middleweight finale kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Battle opens with a lot of feints and Urbina steps in with a big kick. Nice leg kick lands for Urbina. Urbina lands a big combination and Battle is hurt.

Battle is slammed to the ground by Urbina. Battle looking overwhelmed here, but he gets back up. Urbina slams him back to the ground and he goes to work with vicious shots on the ground. Urbina gets to the mount and lands some nice shots.

However, Battle weathers the storm and he gets back up to this feet. Battle pushes off and the two are striking again. Another good shot lands for Urbina, but Battle is starting settle in here.

Good combination lands for Battle. Battle is definitely looking more comfortable here and he lands a couple of nice combinations. After he lands, Urbina shoots in for a takedown. Urbina pushes Battle against the fence as he tries to get the fight to the ground.

Battle reverses the position and lands some nice knees. They separate and Battle lands some really good shots before they clinch again. The round comes to a close and despite the strong close from battle, it’s 1-0 Urbina at UFC Vegas 35.

Round 2

While I had Urbina winning the first round, all the momentum appears to be with Battle heading into the second round at UFC Vegas 35. The second round starts with immediate pressure from Bryan Battle.

Battle opens with a nice combination and the strikes are flowing nicely from Battle here. Urbina is looking a little tired, but he does land a decent 1-2. Sloppy takedown attempt from Urbina, but he is able to get a body lock.

Urbina swings to the back and tries to get a takedown. However, Battle defends well. The two separate briefly and both land bombs. A good elbow from Urbina cuts Battle open. Battle is able to land a takedown of his own.

Battle swings immediately to the back of Urbina. Urbina is looking really tired here and Battle locks in a rear naked choke. Urbina is forced to tap and Bryan Battle is the UFC’s middleweight Ultimate Fighter.

Bryan Battle def. Gilbert Urbina by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 2

UFC Vegas 35 Preview: Bryan Battle – Gilbert Urbina

Tonight in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 35, we will see a winner crowned in the middleweight division for this season of The Ultimate Fighter. Two members of Team Volkanovski square off as Bryan Battle (5-1) takes on Gilbert Urbina (6-1).

Now, originally Urbina was not supposed to be fighting for UFC contract tonight. Tresean Gore (3-0) of Team Ortega was meant to be taking on Battle in the finale. However, a knee injury forced Gore to pull out of the fight.

To get into the finals, Gore knocked Urbina out in the second round of their semifinal matchup. Urbina is a very tough competitor and he has UFC roots with his brother having competed with the promotion. Tonight, he will get a second chance to try and become The Ultimate Fighter.

However, it’s not going to be easy. Standing in his way is Bryan Battle who’s been seen as a front runner to become the UFC‘s TUF winner at 185 pounds. Battle stormed through the competition on his way to the finals tonight. Overall, he’s also won four straight fights outside of the TUF house heading into UFC Vegas 35.

UFC Vegas 35 Prediction

When it comes to the UFC Vegas 35 co-main event, it’s going to come down to what Urbina is able to accomplish on the feet. I’ve seen stretches where Urbina does really well in striking range.

He does have some really nice kicks. However, he fails to tie things together a lot of the time and is usually outdone with volume. When he advances there are times he can be a bit sloppy. That will not play against Bryan Battle.

Battle looks like a UFC fighter already with his well-rounded skillset. There will not be an area of the fight tonight where he feels uncomfortable. There is a reason why he’s a pretty big favorite in the terms of the public.

I expect Urbina to land some shots particularly kicks from the outside, but I don’t see him winning this fight. I think Battle will get the better of the striking and if he needs to take things down, I believe he can do that. It’s Bryan Battle’s fight to lose tonight.

Prediction: Bryan Battle by Unanimous Decision

UFC: TUF 29 Middleweight Finale Set

Tonight on the UFC‘s Ultimate Fighter, we saw the final semifinal matchup of the season. The middleweights were featured as Gilbert Urbina (6-1) of Team Volkanovski was taking on Tresean Gore (3-0) of Team Ortega.

Last week saw the bantamweight finale booked. Team Volkanovski fighters Ricky Turcios and Brady Hiestand will be battling it out for the 135 pound TUF title. Bryan Battle (5-1) of Team Volkanovski already punched his ticket to the middleweight finale.

With that in mind, Gore was the final hope for Team Ortega. If Urbina was to take the semifinal matchup, Ortega would be shut out of the TUF 29 finale. However, Gore was not going to go down without a fight.

Throughout the entire season, Gore has really impressed. If I was Ortega, Gore is the one guy I’d want in this final spot. On tonight’s episode, both Gore and Urbina got to see their families through a FaceTime Call.

Both men used the calls as motivation as they turned their focus to competition for a spot in the UFC TUF 29 middleweight finals.

UFC TUF 29 Middleweight Finale Set

This fight was insane from the beginning and had a feel like a fight from Dana White’s Contender Series. As soon as the fight stared, Gore immediately started pressuring Urbina.

However, I was very impressed with Urbina’s striking from the outside. He was catching Gore early with jabs and he was landing powerful leg kicks. Halfway through the round, Gore really showed off his power.

A powerful left hand sat Urbina down briefly. However, Urbina was able to compose himself. When Gore looked like he was going in for the kill, Urbina rocked him with a powerful straight left. Both of these men really wanted that UFC contract.

In the second round, it was more of the same to start. Pressure from Gore and outside striking from Urbina. Urbina pushed forward with his own attack with his guard down and a massive left hook from Gore put him out cold. A stunning knockout from an incredible fight.

And just like that, the middleweight finale of TUF 29 is set. Unfortunately for the UFC featherweight champion, he will not have all four spots in the finale.

TUF 29 Middleweight Finale: Bryan Battle (Team Volkanovski) – Tresean Gore (Team Ortega)