18 Dec Reaping the Riches featuring UFC fighters Luis Pena and Emily Whitmire
Through 28 seasons of The Ultimate Fighter, numerous alumnus from the show have gone on to have successful stints with the UFC.
In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet two of the most recent alums from the show looking to reap the rewards with their own impressive set of skills.
A professional since September 2016 and representing American Kickboxing Academy, Luis Pena holds a 5-1 record in six career bouts as a professional comprised of four submissions and one knockout.
Pena appeared on The Ultimate Fighter season 27 as a member of team DC. He has earned a finish in all five of his victories as a professional.
In his MMA debut at Fight Hard MMA, he knocked out Chris Petty in the first round.
Then at Shamrock Fighting Championships 279, Pena submitted Brandon Schehl via rear naked choke in round two.
At Valor Fights 41, he tapped out Damir Ferhatbegovic via triangle choke in the second round.
Pena also submitted Kobe Wall in the third round via kimura at Valor Fights Worlds Collide.
In 2018, he was selected to be a part of The Ultimate Fighter season 27 cast and was the fourth selection of team DC.
In episode three Pena faced Jose Martinez Jr and defeated him via unanimous decision to advance to the semi-finals.
However, he was removed from the show in episode four due to a foot injury.
In his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 27 finale Pena faced Irish submission specialist Richie Smullen and tapped him out in the first round via guillotine choke.
The victory also earned him his fourth submission victory as a professional.
With all five of his pro wins ending in a finish, this lightweight eagle is set to soar!
A professional since September 2015 and representing Xtreme Couture, Emily Whitmire holds a 3-2 record in five career bouts as a professional with all three of those wins coming via decision.
Whitmire appeared on The Ultimate Fighter season 26 as a member of team Justin.
In her MMA debut at Freestyle Cage Fighting 50, she defeated Emily Ducote via unanimous decision. Whitmire also defeated Ronni Nanney via unanimous decision.
In 2017, she was chosen to be a part of the TUF 26 cast.
In episode eight she tapped out Christina Marks via armbar in the first round to advance to the semi-finals.
For her second appearance with the UFC at UFC 226, Whitmire defeated Jamie Moyle via unanimous decision to earn her first UFC win.
With a well-structured approach to the sport, this prospect will definitely be one on the rise in the coming years!