The return of The Final Fighter has hit an unexpected snag.
Tresean Gore is injured and out of the TUF middleweight closing at UFC Battle Evening on Aug. 28, UFC officers confirmed Wednesday with ESPN. Gilbert Urbina, whom Gore beat within the semifinals, will now struggle Bryan Battle within the championship bout.
The winner will change into event champion within the twenty ninth season of the fact present and earn a six-figure UFC contract.
UFC president Dana White advised TMZ that Gore suffered a meniscus harm and would nonetheless be given a chance within the UFC as soon as he’s healed up.
Gore would have been the one member of UFC featherweight contender Brian Ortega‘s crew in both of the 2 TUF finals. Battle and Urbina had been each on the crew coached by UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. Ricky Turcios and Brady Hiestand, who are also each from Volkanovski’s crew, will meet within the TUF bantamweight closing.
Battle (5-1) beat Kemran Lachinov within the quarterfinals and Andre Petroski within the semifinals on the fact present, which was filmed in June and July. Battle, a 26-year-old combating out of South Carolina, has gained 4 straight in official professional MMA fights.
Urbina (6-1) beat Micheal Gilmore within the quarterfinals earlier than falling by way of second-round knockout to Gore within the semis. Urbina, a 25-year-old Ohio native combating out of Texas, has just one profession loss, to UFC prime welterweight prospect Sean Brady.
Gore (3-0) beat Ryder Newman and Urbina to succeed in the ultimate. The 27-year-old South Carolina was wanting like one of many prime younger prospects coming off the present, which has returned for the primary time since 2018.
Volkanovski will defend his featherweight title in opposition to Ortega at UFC 266 on Sept. 25 in Las Vegas.