The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption.
Compiled below is everything you need to know about the cast of the upcoming season of TUF. As it stands right now, season 25 is coached by Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw. The fighters will all be in the welterweight division.
Seth Baczynski– He has an overall record of 19-14 and 5-6 during his UFC campaign. Seth B lost in the season 11 TUF finale against Brad Tavares and was let go from the UFC. He won 2 fights in other promotions, then was brought back. After getting cut again by the UFC, he lost his last fight against Jesse Taylor this past August.
Mehdi Baghdad– Baghdad was a competitor on TUF 22 and lost in his fight to Julian Erosa. After the season, he was signed to the UFC and dropped his only two fights. He was scheduled to fight in October, but pulled out due to injury. He was released from the UFC shortly after.
Justin Edwards– Sitting at 8-5, ‘Fast Eddy’ hasn’t fought since 2015. He lost his last 3 fights in the UFC and his last two were at lightweight. The season 13 veteran enters this season with a giant question mark around what he’s been doing for the last two years.
Tom Gallicchio– The season 22 contestant has a record of 19-9. He wasn’t signed to the UFC after the ‘Faber vs McGregor’ season concluded. He fought one time outside of the UFC and lost that fight by strikes in April.
Eddie Gordon– ‘Truck’ was the winner of TUF 19. Gordon was a competitor at light heavyweight, before his stint on TUF. He dropped to middleweight for the show and managed to win the tournament. After his finale victory, he lost 3 straight fights in the UFC and was released. He won his last fight outside of the promotion in August. To the best of my knowledge, this will be the first time the former light heavyweight competes at welterweight. His overall record is 8-4.
Hayder Hassan– After losing in the TUF 21 finale to Kamaru Usman, Hassan was given one more fight in the UFC. Hassan lost and was cut. He had 3 fights scheduled in other promotions, but all were cancelled. The former finalist was never really in a TUF house per se, so it will be interesting to see how he handles the new environment.
James Krause– This one is still a mystery. Krause was never officially announced as ‘released’ by the UFC. In fact, he’s on a two fight win streak. At 23-7 he may actually still be under contract with the UFC. After season 15 wrapped, Krause was signed to the UFC and went 4-3 in the promotion. We’ve seen him coaching a plethora of rising fighters over the past year.
Julian Lane– You all know Julian Lane. “Let me bang, bro” became the new “Stand and Wang”. However, Lane did no banging and was let go after the season ended, bro. Lane stayed busy after TUF, going 7-7 outside the UFC. With a record of 11-7-1, we can’t wait to see the hotheaded Lane get drunk and break everything in the house.
Dhiego Lima– The season 19 finalist went 1-3 in the UFC after his season ended. Lima went 2-1 in Legacy and Titan after his unsuccessful run in the UFC. Lima sits on a 12-5 record, going into season 25.
Ramsey Nijem– Ramsey made it to the finals of season 13, but ran into Tony Ferguson there. Ramsey was signed to the promotion and went 5-5 in the UFC. He was let go in 2015 and hasn’t fought since. He signed with WSOF, but never competed for them.
Gilbert Smith– After season 17, Gilbert Smith fought and lost in the finale. He would go 7-4 in other organizations. He enters season 25 at 12-6.
Joe Stevenson– Joe “Daddy” goes all the way back to season 2, where he won the competition. With a 33-16 record, Stevenson is the most experienced of all the competitors entering season 25. However, he’s a natural lightweight that has even fought at featherweight. Despite fighting professionally since 1999, Joe is only 34 years old. He was the former #1 contender in the world, when he fought BJ Penn for the UFC lightweight title.
Jesse Taylor– Taylor made it all the way to the finals of TUF 7 and shot himself in the foot. Apparently after the show concluded, Taylor went out and partied like his name was Conor McGregor. He kicked out the window of a limo and was seen yelling at people that he was a UFC fighter. Dana White was sickened by his antics and gave JT Money the axe. He did however get another fight in the promotion, where CB Dolloway beat him. Since then, he has been up and down with his career. When he’s up, he’s beaten the likes of Kendall Grove, Murilo Bustamante, Drew Fickett, Denis Kang, Chris Camozzi, Elvis Mutapcic, and others. He is huge for 170 and has a ton of experience at 30-15.
Hector Urbina– Urbina last fought in September, which was his third fight in the UFC. he went 1-2 after TUF 19. The Bellator, KOTC, and UFC vet seems like he was just on the show with Dhiego Lima. Urbina brings a 17-10-1 career record into the ‘Redemption’ house.
Contestant names initially reported by Heidi Fang.