Bryan Battle chokes out Gilbert Urbina for the TUF middleweight title
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Bryan Battle capped The Ultimate Fighter’s return with a victory over Gilbert Urbina to claim the middleweight title of the season.
It wasn’t always easy for Bryan Battle, but he worked his way to a submission win over Gilbert Urbina to win The Ultimate Fighter: Season 29 middleweight championship at UFC Vegas 35.
Urbina had the upper hand in the opening minutes of the fight, using her solid strikeouts to go with solid punching power to knock Battle off balance. Battle was able to bounce back a bit towards the end of the first round, reducing Urbina’s timing on the feet and landing the most damaging hits despite losing her mouthpiece halfway through.
Battle opened the second round with a big takedown, slipping past Urbina’s back and sinking into the bare back choke to win the fight.
Bryan Battle fulfills dream and lands UFC contract after grueling season of The Ultimate Fighter
Battle entered the fight with the intention of facing another opponent, Tresean Gore before retiring from the fight due to injury. Urbina stepped up and took the bout on short notice for a chance at the TUF middleweight title.
Urbina got a second chance after falling to Gore in the middleweight semifinals of the season. He is the third Urbina brother to appear on the show and has gone beyond one of his brothers; Hector and Elias. Before being invited to compete in an attempt to land a UFC contract, Urbina enjoyed successful stints in Legacy and Combate Americas, with a professional 6-1 record.
Battle was the final pick for Team Volkanovsky, competing with a chip on his shoulder from the first episode of the season. He dominated Andre Petroski and Kemran Lachinov for a place in the final.
With this victory, Battle not only wins a UFC contract, but also presents himself to MMA’s fan base as a potentially dangerous middleweight for years to come.
UFC Vegas 35 took place on August 28, live from UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Follow FanSided for all your live news and highlights.