Get to know Michigan’s Vince Murdock ahead of The Ultimate Fighter Season 29 premiere
Bantamweight Vince Murdock will fight in “The Ultimate Fighter” cage for the first time on Tuesday night’s episode of the program. He will be facing Dustin Lampros, and they will be competing for the second spot in the semi-finals of the bantamweight bracket. Murdock has previously appeared on “Dana White’s Contender Series” and hails from Lapeer, Michigan, USA. He currently trains out of notable gym Team Alpha Male, which is located in Sacramento, California.
Murdock is primarily a stand-up fighter with eight wins coming by KO/TKO. His last bout took place in Nov. 2020 as he looks to move one step closer to a UFC contract.
Murdock is 12-4 as a professional. He is joining the tournament coming off a loss, being stopped by Luis Saldana on the “Contender Series” last year. Before then, he won four of his last five, with the fifth bout being a no contest. Murdock’s last win came against Justin King via TKO in the opening round, which dates back to December 2018.
Vince Murdock overcame the odds to compete
Murdock’s absence from the cage in 2019 came due to having to undergo brain surgery. The 30-year-old was diagnosed with moyamoya disease, which causes the carotid artery in the brain to become “blocked or narrowed” causing blood flow to the brain to be slowed down, per Mayo Clinic.
After a successful surgery, Murdock miraculously was cleared to compete again in September 2020.
In an interview with MMAJunkie, Murdock discussed having to overcome brain surgery in order to get back to his fighting form once again.
“Since my brain surgery, I have spoken very little of my disease and just recently kinda started opening up about it,” Murdock said.
“For a long time, I thought I was gonna be judged, which that is gonna happen regardless. I didn’t want to be looked at as, you know, someone at risk. I didn’t want the UFC to be like, ‘this guy’s nuts.’ I just didn’t want people to know what it was that I have. And yeah, I also didn’t want to keep dwelling on the fact that I have a brain disease,” he said.
After overcoming brain surgery and returning to the cage, Murdock has his sights set on the UFC octagon. We’ll find out on Tuesday night if he can get one step closer to reaching that goal if he comes up successful against Lampros.