Hear from TUF 29 finalist, Brady Hiestand, ahead of his finale with Ricky Turcios.
Brady Hiestand finally gets the opportunity he has waited months for. After 16 weeks of participating in the 29th season of The Ultimate Fighter, Hiestead has worked his way to the finals of the bantamweight tournament while going through injuries and dealing with the struggle of essentially being isolated from his home life.
That isn’t to say that Hiestand, who is 6-1 as a professional, isn’t excited about a chance to earn a six-figure UFC contract, however. Hiestand is extremely humbled to have gone through the entire experience of living and training like a UFC fighter for an extended period of time. His final task — knocking off fellow teammate, Ricky Turcios, in a bantamweight encounter that serves as the third-to-last fight on the UFC Vegas 35 main card. The event is expected to be shown on ESPN and ESPN+, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
Hiestand spoke with the media about the biggest fight of his young career and has a bold prediction about how the fight may play out in the end.
“I just feel like my pressure [is better than his],” Hiestand said during his scrum. “I’m confident in what I’ve got. You know, I feel like my striking is great and it’s always improving. My grappling is strong. I feel like I’m super athletic, and you know, I wouldn’t go in there thinking that I’m gonna lose. So, I think I’m gonna go in there and I’m gonna win, and it’s going to be one-sided.”
Brady Hiestand has not lost in nearly two years
Hiestand has an impressive resume, including the fact that he hasn’t tasted defeat since Nov. 2019. He has defeated the likes of Jesse Jacobsen, Jeff Coleman, and most recently (prior to the reality show), Shane Sargent, in Feb. 2020.
Can Hiestand keep the momentum going or will Turcios be too much? The world will soon find out.