UFC: Welcome to the 29th season of The Ultimate Fighter! How does it feel to be here and be a part of this season?
Petroski: I’m at a point in my career where it’s my shot. Not to say that I don’t have a lot to learn, but this is definitely my opportunity. Everything, I think, is tailor-made for me to be successful and I have been put in the perfect position to be successful. It all came together at the right time for me.
UFC: How do you plan to live in the house?
Petroski: I am sure there will be a drama; there are definitely some good personalities with the cast. We were certainly handpicked. There were like 900 candidates, and we are the last eight (at middleweight). It’s great to hear and I can see why. When we were all put in the same room [at the hotel]I was like, “Oh, this is going to be good.”
UFC: There have been quite a few stars that have come out of The Ultimate Fighter. Why do you think you have the potential to leave this show as the star of the season?
Petroski: I think my look is a big part of it. I adapt the mold of a fighter, and my style, man; All of my victories have been over. Five consecutive finishes in the first two rounds and that’s what people want to see; that’s why people are connecting.
I break guys with a good strike. I hit the body hard, get the guys down and put them in positions where they feel helpless. I think I just have that winning spirit and that competitive spirit that draws people in and people like to watch.
Be sure to tune in to Season 29 of The Ultimate Fighter, which premieres live on ESPN + on June 1 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.