A Finnish athlete gets into the Ultimate Fighter program!

Omran Chaaban gets a big chance.

Omran Chaaban gets into the legendary TV show. Illustration image. PDO

Finnish freestyle athlete Omran Chaaban has been chosen for UFC’s legendary program The Ultimate Fighter, UFC informs.

Chaaban will fight in the intermediate series. The winner of the program gets a UFC contract. In addition to Chaaban, seven other fighters are seeking a contract in that weight class.

Chaaban has fought seven matches as a professional, of which he has won six. Two of the wins have come by knockout.

The last time the Finn competed was in January, when he faced the UAE Warriors in the championship match of the intermediate series Wisem Hammam.

The Helsinki fighter defeated the reigning champion of the weight class in the fifth round with a side choke.

The welterweight title was significant for Chaaban’s career, as the UAE Warriors of the Emirates is one of the biggest promotions below the UFC.

Iltalehti’s combat sports expert Jaakko Dahlbacka said in January that the championship match was a big step.

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A legendary program

The 32nd production season starts in the Ultimate Fighter program. The program’s coaches are Alexa Grasso and Valentina Ševčenko.

Mexico’s Grasso is the reigning UFC flyweight champion with a record of 16–3–1. According to the UFC’s press release, Grasso made his debut as a trainer in the Ultimate Fighter program.

Shevchenko, who hails from Kyrgyzstan, is a former flyweight champion and has a record of 23–4–1.

16 contestants from 14 different countries participate in the program. In addition to the intermediate series, there are fighters in the featherweight category.

The Ultimate Fighter is an iconic television series that has brought millions of new fans to the UFC. Its first season was seen in 2005. Many of the fighters who participated in the program have won UFC titles in their careers.

Among others, Conor McGregor has been seen as a coach of the program.