UFC Vegas 35: Bryan Battle focusing on what’s next after winning TUF 29 (Video)
Bryan Battle is looking ahead to what’s next in his UFC career after winning The Ultimate Fighter: Season 29.
Bryan Battle went from the last pick to the last man standing after winning the middleweight crown on The Ultimate Fighter, capping off an improbable run during the season with a submission win over Team Volkanovski teammate Gilbert Urbina at UFC Vegas 35.
While Battle is elated with the win, he’s looking forward to developing his skills and moving forward in his young MMA career.
Battle earned wins over Andre Petroski, Kemran Lachinov before beating Urbina for the TUF middleweight title, after being picked last by Team Volkanovski at the beginning of the season. Battle has now won five straight bouts after competing in smaller promotions in North Carolina.
After earning a UFC contract with his win over Urbina at UFC Vegas 35, Battle re-iterated his desire to keep getting better ahead of what is expected to be a challenging journey in the middleweight division.
“I’d like to fight again before the end of the year. I don’t want to get complacent, I still want to get better,” Battle said during his UFC Vegas 35 post-fight press conference. “There’s still a lot of work to be done, the hard work is just beginning but I’m very excited.”
Bryan Battle brings a ton of potential to the UFC middleweight division
Battle and bantamweight Ricky Turcios earned the TUF titles this season, in the show’s return after a three-year hiatus. Battle was originally scheduled to face Team Ortega’s Tresean Gore before Urbina stepped up on short notice after Gore suffered a leg injury during camp.
While Battle is obviously thrilled with the life-changing victory, he’s handling the intense spotlight of competing in the UFC the right way and is hoping to make this the beginning of a long career with the promotion.
UFC Vegas 35 took place on Aug. 28, live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.
Published at Sun, 29 Aug 2021 22:49:48 +0000