SCHAUMBURG, IL APRIL 30, 2022

The Ultimate Fighter season 30 airs on ESPN + this Wednesday and while the show came back last season from a break from a few years, TUF has produced many stars that you watch today. TUF started it off with a showing that debatably saved the organization with Forest Griffin, Michael Bisping, Michael Chiesa, bantamweight champion Julianna Pena, Nate Diaz, Carla Esparza, Tony Ferguson, P4P #1 Kamaru Usman, and many others have been winners of the competition. Outside the winners of the show however, it has produced even bigger stars like champions Rose Namajunas and TJ Dillashaw. The show is excellent and while can feel like a tryout, gives you an inside look at what these fighters are really like outside the octagon on Saturday nights.

The show will be featuring heavyweight fighters and women’s featherweight fighters which should provide an interesting mix inside the house while being coached by two of the best fighters in all of women’s MMA in Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes. This should lead to an interesting dynamic as the women’s featherweight division can use a couple more contenders inside the division to eventually challenge for the belt but more interesting is how will Pena and Nunes (along with their teams) be able to help the heavyweight fighters that will hope to join the incredibly tough UFC heavyweight ranks. There is nearly 100 lbs of difference between the two and the skill sets will assumably be way different from each other with the bodies being so much different. This will be a major factor to watch for during the duration of the season.

Regardless of the coaches, the show is always a treat on Wednesday nights throughout the summer. Tune in on ESPN+ and I will have a recap article every Thursday for you. Enjoy the show, enjoy the coaches, and enjoy the fact we will get a rematch of Julianna Pena vs. Amanda Nunes hopefully this fall.



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