Jordan Heiderman outlasted the opposition to punch his ticket to the Ultimate Fighter 30 heavyweight semifinals.
In Episode 7’s featured fight, Heiderman (5-0) made the most of the “sudden victory” period to put Chandler Cole (8-3)* away with ground-and-pound. TUF 30 bouts are scheduled as two-round affairs, but the scorecards were tied after two, which meant the fighters were given five more minutes to compete.
Cole — who entered the bout with a UCL ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow — landed the most exciting strike of the bout in Round 1 when he caught Heiderman with a spinning kick to the head out of nowhere that sent Heiderman tumbling to the fence. Heiderman recovered, but had a lot of ground to make up in Round 2.
In the second round, Heiderman picked up the pace and found success with straight punches, though it was a closely fought period and Cole’s coach Amanda Nunes felt that he did enough to win the fight. However, the judges scored Round 2 for Heiderman, leading to the fateful third.
Team Nunes later questioned whether it should have gone to sudden win. UFC President Dana White also said that he felt Cole did enough to win the first two rounds and the fight.
Regardless, Team Julianna Pena improved to 5-2 in the competition, with three of her heavyweights (Heiderman, Zac Pauga, and Mohammed Usman) advancing to the next round. Eduardo Perez, Nunes’ only heavyweight, reached the semifinals.
For the final opening round flyweight fight of the season, Team Pena’s Hannah Guy (4-1) fights Team Nunes’ Brogan Walker (7-2).
Here’s the first round :
Zac Pauga def. Nyle Bartling via unanimous decision
Kaytlin Neil def. Helen Peralta via split decision
Mohammed Usman def. Mitchell Sipe via unanimous decision
Laura Gallardo def. Kathryn Paprocki via majority judgment
Eduardo Perez def. Bobby Maximus via TKO (strikes) (R1, 3:58)
Juliana Miller def. Claire Guthrie via unanimous decision
Jordan Heiderman def. Chandler Cole via TKO (strikes) (R1, time not announced)
On next week’s episode, Team Pena’s Hannah Guy fights Team Nunes’ Brogan Walker in a flyweight bout.
(*TUF bouts are considered exhibitions and fighters’ pro records are not affected by the results on the show)
Season 30 of The Ultimate Fighter is coached by UFC bantamweight champion Julianna Pena and UFC featherweight champion Amanda Nunes. Pena defends her title against Nunes in a rematch that serves as the main event of UFC 277 on July 30 in Dallas.
The TUF heavyweight, and flyweight finalist will be competing for a UFC contract worth six figures at the finale event. A date has yet to be determined.
Exclusively on ESPN+, every Monday at midnight new episodes air.
Here’s the TUF 30 roster broken down by team :
*replacement Chantel Coates
Advancing into semifinals: Neil, Pauga, Neil Perez, Miller and Heiderman
Eliminated: Bartling, Peralta, Sipe, Coates, Paprocki, Maximus, Guthrie, Cole