Who is Austin Hubbard?
The Ultimate Fighter is back for season 31 and will feature, among others, former UFC and Dana White's Contender Series fighters looking for a second chance with the promotion. The coaches for the season will be superstar Conor McGregor and former title challenger Michael Chandler, who will meet later this year in the Octagon. This season will consist of bantamweights and lightweights, one of those lightweights being the 15-6 Austin Hubbard, who fought for the UFC from 2019 to 2021.
Hubbard was a member of Miletich Fighting Systems when he started his MMA career in 2013 but moved to Elevation Fight Team in 2016, with notable training partners Drew Dober and Neil Magny. Hubbard went 8-2 before joining the Legacy Fighting Alliance promotion and winning the vacant lightweight championship with the organization. Hubbard got the call to the UFC after that, facing Davi Ramos in his debut at UFC Rochester.
Austin Hubbard is fighting for a chance to get back in the UFC
Hubbard went 3-4 with UFC, alternating wins and losses before being released. Hubbard is mostly known for the beatdown he put on Max Rohskopf at UFC Vegas 3, forcing the corner to throw in the towel after round 2, which would wind up being his only finish with the organization. Hubbard's losses were not easy fights, only being finished by BJJ black belt Joe Solecki and losing hard-fought decisions to heavy grapplers Ramos, Mark O. Madsen, and Vinc Pichel.
After Hubbard was released, he would go 2-0, beating former TUF contestant Julian Lane and winning smaller promotion's CAMMA lightweight championship in October. Hubbard had mixed feelings when this season came about but saw it as the perfect opportunity to get back to where he wanted to be.