Salvadoran-Filipino Ricky Turcios has finally secured a UFC contract after beating Brady Hiestand via split decision in The Ultimate Fighter 29 bantamweight finale at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday, August 28 (Sunday, August 29, Manila time).
As many people expected, Turcios, who is coming off two explosive victories in the 29th season of the reality show, went into a thrilling back-and-forth war against the aggressive Hiestand, who had a total of six takedowns and a ground control time of over five minutes in the fight.
The freestyle fighter Turcios, however, landed more significant strikes, including a solid right hand in the final round, which momentarily knocked the exhausted Hiestand down.
In the end, it was Turcios who was awarded the split decision, with the judges scoring 29-28, 29-28, 28-29 in his favor as he captured the title and the highly coveted UFC contract.
“It’s a dream come true. I wanna say salamat sa Diyos, thank God,” said Turcios, whose mother hails from the Philippines.
“I want to give a message to the children. Believe in yourself, don’t fear failure, work hard, stay positive, and enjoy the journey,” he added. –Rappler.com