For the primary time ever, heavyweights and the ladies’s featherweight division will probably be on show collectively when The Final Fighter: Heavy Hitters debuts on FS1 on Wednesday evening, Aug. 29.

To assist this newest forged of fighters get to the following stage of their careers, middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and prime five-ranked contender Kelvin Gastelum will probably be teaching the 16 UFC hopefuls in the course of the 28th season of the lengthy working competitors sequence.

Each Whittaker and Gastelum will deliver loads of data about this format with them to the present contemplating they’ve every gained The Final Fighter prior to now.

Whittaker was a part of the worldwide model of the present referred to as The Final Fighter: The Smashes the place he represented Australia in a event showdown towards Nice Britain. Over the course of the present, Whittaker proved he was a vicious knockout artist after placing away each of his opponents earlier than profitable the present with a unanimous choice victory over Brad Scott.

In the meantime, Gastelum returns to the present that helped launch his profession after he was a part of the season coached by former mild heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen. Whereas he held a good 5-Zero report going onto the present, Gastelum one way or the other slipped underneath everyone’s radar and ended up because the final choose in the course of the staff choices. Gastelum rapidly modified everyone’s thoughts when he mauled three straight opponents — all by knockout or submission — earlier than then pulling off a win over Uriah Corridor to safe his place amongst Final Fighter royalty.

Contemplating the type of expertise they each share from the present, Whittaker and Gastelum are the right coaches to get their groups prepared for competitors this season.

The end result of this season may also see Gastelum lastly get his first crack at UFC gold when he takes on Whittaker on a date to be introduced.

As for the fighters this season, the heavyweights will return to the present for the primary time since season 10, when the coaches have been former champions Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. That season produced an extended record of fighters who made waves within the UFC, so this newest forged has their work reduce out for them as they appear to make the same influence.

It may very well be argued the heavyweight division has by no means been nearly as good as it’s proper now within the UFC, with two-division champion Daniel Cormier sitting on prime of the mountain. With fighters like former champion Stipe Miocic and prime contenders comparable to Derrick Lewis, Alexander Volkov and Curtis Blaydes all lurking round, this has been an actual renaissance for the heavyweights in recent times.

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The forged for The Final Fighter: Heavy Hitters options loads of prospects with the potential to go far within the UFC’s heavyweight division.

Josh Parisian is likely to be one identify that will probably be acquainted to UFC followers after he accepted a brief discover combat towards Greg Rebello on the latest season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night time Contender Sequence. Parisian made probably the most of his alternative with a shocking first-round knockout through spinning backfist. Afterwards, Parisian was provided a slot on the brand new season of The Final Fighter after he was initially scheduled to be an alternate for the forged.

Polish powerhouse Przemyslaw Mysiala will certainly have expertise on his aspect as he steps into the present with greater than 30 skilled fights on his resume, together with 5 straight wins, all by knockout or submission.

Maybe among the best prospects to observe this season will probably be 4-Zero fighter Michel Batista, who involves The Final Fighter after an extended profession within the sport of wrestling. Batista represented his dwelling nation of Cuba within the 2008 Olympics, which was the identical 12 months Daniel Cormier was additionally a member of the American staff. He additionally earned a gold medal within the 2007 Pan Am video games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Batista has all of the uncooked bodily expertise to be a power within the heavyweight division, however he may nonetheless be studying on the job when he steps into the hardest event in sports activities.

As for the ladies’s featherweight division, the eight fighters represented this season will all look to make an influence in a fledgling weight class the place Cris Cyborg guidelines with an iron fist. Cyborg has regarded unstoppable for greater than a decade, however the eight fighters becoming a member of the present this season will attempt to ultimately discover a method to problem her sooner or later.

Larissa Pacheco will return for The Final Fighter after struggling a few powerful losses in her earlier stint with the UFC whereas competing at 135 kilos. Now as she competes extra naturally as a featherweight, Pacheco will look to construct on a submission win in her final combat as she joins the forged this season.

7-1 prospect Katharina Lehner may also be a part of the present this season after making two previous appearances in Invicta Combating Championships. Lehner is seeking to bounce again from the primary lack of her profession when she fell to UFC veteran Sarah Kaufman and she’s going to undoubtedly be motivated to get the job performed when the present will get underway.

Leah Letson is one other identify to observe on the present this 12 months as she comes into the home with a 4-1 report, together with a thunderous head kick knockout in her final combat towards Octagon veteran Elizabeth Phillilps. Letson additionally amassed a really spectacular resume as an beginner, and with knockouts in three of her previous 4 fights, do not blink when she begins throwing leather-based together with her opponents on the present.

All instructed, The Final Fighter: Heavy Hitters will function 16 athletes representing eight completely different nations from across the globe. From Australia to Germany to Brazil and all over the place in between, the worldwide expertise will probably be on show because the heavyweights and girls’s featherweights all look to make an amazing first impression when the present will get underway on Aug. 29.

Do not miss a minute of the motion from The Final Fighter: Heavy Hitters when the season will get began this Wednesday at 10 pm ET on FS1.

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