The Ultimate Fighter Season 30 Cast Breakdown: The Flyweights

Brogan Walker Sanchez Invicta FC
Brogan Walker-Sanchez Credit: Invicta FC

For the second time in the show’s history, The Ultimate Fighter is set to feature the women’s flyweight division. The weight class was originally introduced as part of The Ultimate Fighter 26, which crowned inaugural champion Nicco Montano. Now, TUF 30 will again feature the weight class, alongside the men’s heavyweight division.

With The Ultimate Fighter 30 launching in May, featuring coaches Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes at the helm, we’ve got you covered with a breakdown of the cast. If you missed it, be sure to check out our look at the heavyweights.

Chantel Coates Credit: Dave Mandel, Invicta FC

Chantel Coates, 34-years-old, 2-1


  • Good jab
  • Heavy hands
  • Good body kick
  • Primary right hand


  • Hands too wide/low
  • No head movement
  • Questionable TDD

Coates has a boxing background and that’s what she’s been so far in her MMA career: a boxer. At time she will get takedowns but if anything she definitely doesn’t want to be there.

Coates does have a good jab and has some real pop in her hands. Probably some opponents will be able to beat her on volume, but trading in the pocket, Coates is dangerous. Seems like the path to victory is to take her down. As soon as Caitlin Sammons took Coates down she immediately took the back and finished with the RNC. That is concerning if Coates hasn’t worked on her takedown defense.