UFC Bantamweight Champion Juliana Pena and Featherweight Champion Amanda Nunes to Coach Men’s Heavyweights and Women’s Flyweights on “The Ultimate Fighter Season 30: Pena vs. Nunes”

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UFC Bantamweight Champion Juliana Pena and Featherweight Champion Amanda Nunes to Coach Men’s Heavyweights and Women’s Flyweights on “The Ultimate Fighter Season 30: Pena vs. Nunes”

Premieres Tuesday, May 3, Exclusively on ESPN+ 

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The historic 30th season of The Ultimate Fighter will see UFC bantamweight champion Julianna Pena and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes go head-to-head as coaches for men’s heavyweights and women’s flyweights competing to make the UFC roster. Following the series, which exclusively debuts Tuesday, May 3, on ESPN+, the two coaches will prepare to square off for the bantamweight title at a date that will be determined in the near future.    

The Ultimate Fighter Season 30: Pena vs Nunes will feature a dynamic cast of 16 ascending athletes in the men’s heavyweight (265 lbs.) and women’s flyweight (125 lbs.) divisions, who have put everything else in their lives aside for the chance to pursue their UFC dreams.   

The entire 12-episode season of TUF 30 will be available exclusively on ESPN+, with one episode dropping each Tuesday beginning May 3. In addition, UFC fans can re-watch all 29 previous seasons of TUF on ESPN+, the industry-leading sports streaming service.   

The Ultimate Fighter is the iconic reality television series that has introduced millions of new and die-hard fans to future UFC champions and top contenders. Those whose careers have been shaped by their participation in The Ultimate Fighter include: Julianna Pena, Kamaru Usman, Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Rose Namajunas, Michael Bisping, Robert Whittaker, Nate Diaz, Tony Ferguson, T.J. Dillashaw, Matt Serra, Michael Chiesa, Al Iaquinta, Kelvin Gastelum, Uriah Hall and many others.   

Undisputed UFC bantamweight champion Pena (12-4, fighting out of Chicago) returns to The Ultimate Fighter as a coach after winning season 18 in dominant fashion. She will look to teach her team the lessons and skills from her impressive career that has seen her secure victories over Amanda Nunes, Cat Zingano, Nicco Montano and Sara McMann. Pena now aims to show that she can beat Nunes as a coach, as well as a competitor, and build momentum towards their inevitable rematch later this year.   

Nunes (21-5, fighting out of Miami by way of Pojuca, Brazil) is widely considered to be the greatest women’s mixed martial artist of all time. Despite her historic upset defeat to Pena late last year, Nunes remains confident that she will regain her lost title with a spectacular performance similar to those that earned her wins over Holly Holm, Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey. She now plans on adding a successful The Ultimate Fighter season to her renowned resume on the way to exacting revenge over Pena.   

Below is a full list of competitors scheduled to compete in The Ultimate Fighter 30: Team Pena vs. Team Nunes (name, age, professional record and fighting out of):    


Nyle Bartling | 29 | 6-0 | Unadilla, NE  

Chandler Cole | 27 | 8-3 | Coeburn, VA  

Jordan Heiderman | 30 | 5-0 | Norfolk, NE  

Bobby Maximus | 43 | 5-4 | Salt Lake City, UT  

Zac Pauga | 33 | 5-0 | Denver, CO 

Eduardo Perez | 27 | 4-1 | Berkeley, CA  

Mitchell Sipe | 25 | 5-2 | Bakersfield, CA  

Mohammed Usman | 32 | 7-2 | Denver, CO  


Chantel Coates | 34 | 2-1 | Leavenworth, KS  

Claire Guthrie | 26 | 3-1 | Denver, CO  

Juliana Miller | 25 | 2-1 | San Diego, CA  

Kaytlin Neil | 30 | 5-4 | Lindon, UT  

Kathryn Paprocki | 28 | 3-2 | Denver, CO  

Melissa Parker | 35 | 2-1 | Houston, TX  

Helen Peralta | 33 | 4-2 | Fairfield, IA  

Brogan Walker | 32 | 7-2 | Guam  

*All athletes are subject to change   

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Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the upcoming America’s Cup in Australia. I was told it would be for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, network-wide ratings (by month/quarter/year), and corporate communications documents, including fact sheets, chronologies, lists and nearly 35 of the Year in Review press releases. UPDATE EXACTLY ONE YEAR LATER: Today, November 11, 2022, I am retiring from ESPN -- 36 years to the day I began. As I ride off into the sunset – top down and E Street Radio blaring – I do so with so many wonderful memories, proud of my contributions and a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity. 
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