Chandler Cole is looking to land the biggest win of his career on TUF.
The Last Gladiator started 17 years ago and has helped introduce some of the most famous names to mixed martial arts. TUF 30 will kick off in the coming weeks, focusing on women’s heavyweight and flyweight classes like Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes lead two teams. Chandler Cole is one of the prospects looking to break his contract with the UFC and he comes with an interesting story of his own.
The Coeburn, Virginia native has a lot to be grateful for as he takes on another big stage in mixed martial arts, as it’s not the first time he’s gotten the chance to get big. Cole’s last game in the cage was against Ante Delija at PFL 6 in the 2021 season. He hit it in five days, losing in the first round by knockout.
That loss hasn’t stopped him from moving forward with his career, as the 27-year-old athlete is in a much better position than he is as a boxer.
“A few years ago, I had an illusion of where I was in my career,” Cole said in his pre-show interview. “I didn’t put the work to be done to be an elite. I will retire. I don’t have any passion for it. ”
Cole brings a breath of fresh air into the house of TUF
That was in 2018 and since then, Cole’s start in the sport has earned him a spot in the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. Since 2018, he’s put together a 4-2 record, including a three-game win for most of 2021. Though he’s on the verge of losing, Cole is looking to channel his optimism. into a win and contract with the UFC.
“I know I’m in a really good place and I’m lucky to be here. I can’t say enough,” Cole said. “I want to win that big. Why not Ultimate Fighter? ”
Not only does Cole look forward to bringing his fighting skills to life this season, but he also wants to showcase his big personality and hopefully inspire someone to take steps to improve their lives.
“Everybody will love me. Of course, I can fight, but people will love me,” Cole said with a bright smile. “If I can change a child’s life then I’m fine.”
Ultimate Fighter returns May 3 and can be watched on ESPN+ every Tuesday.
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