Bryan Battle secured a second-round submission win against Andre Petroski to advance into the middleweight finals of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Tuesday’s episode of the show.
Battle’s fight saw him capitalize on a takedown attempt from Petroski, denying a shot and applying the guillotine choke for the tap.
The fight was more successful for Petroski earlier on.
Petroski dominated most of the first round, taking the back of Battle and attempting a rear naked choke.
The fight had controversy in the opening round due to an alleged headbutt from Battle which Petroski claimed to cause a cut around his right eyebrow. Petroski was vocal about this and caused the fight to be paused, although a replay by the referee did not find a headbutt from Battle during the fight. Instead, they saw a knee cause the cut on Petroski.
The win on Tuesday’s episode is Battle’s second of the season. His previous victory aired in late June, where he fought two rounds against Kemran Lachinov for a unanimous decision victory.
Battle is now set to compete in the live grand finals of “The Ultimate Fighter.” His opponent for the final round will be determined on the August 17th episode of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Next week, Brady Hiestand and Vince Murdock will fight for a spot in the bantamweight finals. The winner will face Ricky Turcios, who advanced on last week’s episode.