Appearing on The Ultimate Fighter can result in the fulfillment of the ultimate professional ambition for fighters that are seeking their big break regardless of their place in the pecking order or experience in the MMA world. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will be introduced to a paladin of the pines ready to go lumberjack on the opposition with the precision of his swift chop on the axe’s blade. A professional mixed martial artist since March 2011 and representing Warrior Camp, Josh Rettinghouse holds a 17-5 record in 22 bouts comprised of seven submissions, six knockouts, and four decisions. Rettinghouse has fought for various organizations over the course of his career as a professional MMA fighter including World Series of Fighting and Xtreme MMA in addition to M1 Challenge. He has finished 13 out of his 17 victories during his time in the professional ranks. Rettinghouse appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 29 as a member of Team Ortega in 2021.
In his MMA debut at Intense Cage Fighting 1, he submitted Brandon Stedman in the first round via armbar. Rettinghouse also defeated his next two opponents in Eliott Gilbert and Christian Ortiz. He defeated Gilbert for the second time via armbar in the first round at KOTC Breaking Point. Rettinghouse tapped out John Martinez via rear-naked choke in round three at Northwest fighting young guns 5. He defeated his next three opponents that included wins over Anthony Zender and Zach Skinner. Rettinghouse defeated Jeff Hatton via unanimous decision at Cagesport 26. He defeated Bellator MMA veteran Alexis Vila via unanimous decision at WSOF 6. Rettinghouse defeated Lupe Hudgens via TKO in the first round at KOTC Untamed. He defeated Rick James via unanimous decision at KOTC Explosive. At M1 Challenge 66, Rettinghouse defeated Vadim Zhlobich via TKO in round one. He knocked out Sergey Morozov in the first round at M1 Challenge 73. Rettinghouse submitted Bakhtiyar Toychbaev in the second round via rear-naked choke at M1 Challenge 79. Rettinghouse defeated Aleksandr Lunga via a split decision at M1 Challenge 85. In 2021, he was selected to be a part of The Ultimate Fighter season 29 cast at bantamweight and was the fifth selection of team Ortega.
At XMMA 5 Southern Heat, Rettinghouse knocked out The Ultimate Fighter season 18 alumni Chris Beal in the first round. The victory earned Rettinghouse the sixth knockout win of his professional career. With veteran savy and an abundance of finishing power, this keeper of the forest can chop even the toughest trees down to stumps!