“The Ultimate Fighter 29” bantamweight finalist Brady Hiestand is one battle away from feeling like he’s arrived.
On the principle card of UFC on ESPN 30, Hiestand (5-1) will tackle Ricky Turcios for a UFC contract and the best to be referred to as the bantamweight winner of “TUF 29.”
Fighting via a strained meniscus throughout the filming of “TUF” was an surprising inconvenience, however Hiestand discovered a solution to work via it with the assistance of the UFC Performance Institue, regardless of fears it could result in his removing from the present.
“It was just a small hiccup in the road,” Hiestand advised MMA Junkie and different reporters on the UFC Apex on Wednesday. “I didn’t put too much thought into it. I was just focusing on the fights and just winning the fights. …It took me a while to even say anything because I was worried it would get me kicked off the competition.”
Now totally wholesome, Hiestand is able to tackle Turcios (10-2) and present his full set of expertise on Saturday. “I think you guys saw a good portion of me, but I think there was a little of my game that wasn’t shown on the show,” Hiestand mentioned. “A lot of my kicks weren’t able to be used just because I couldn’t step on that leg weird and a few things like that. It doesn’t matter now, I’m ready to showcase what I got this Saturday.”
During “TUF 29,” Hiestand defeated Josh Rettinghouse by break up determination and Vince Murdock by first-round TKO to earn a spot within the finals.
Check out the total media interview with Hiestand within the video above.