The winners of the first three seasons of The Ultimate Fighter competition, and certain runners-up depending on their performance in their competition finals, receive the touted "six-figure" contract to fight in the UFC.
^ C. This season is the first to feature a gym vs. gym format as each team is composed of fighters from the same gym and their head coaches are also the teams' head coaches.  The Ultimate Fighter also drew record viewing figures for Spike TV when YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice participated in the tenth season. pin. Team UK season, Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson has shown a fighting spirit that has endeared him to fans on both sides of the ocean.
Unfortunately,  However, Sarafian was forced to withdraw from the finale, making him the first and (to-date) only finalist to ever withdraw through injury.
 Some TUF competitors who did not win the series were also offered UFC contracts, although not on as attractive terms.
Team Tate, The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Many current and past UFC fighters are alumni of the show, with some competitors going on to become coaches in future seasons.
Though rarely taking place at the live finales, the coaches' fights are an important part of each season of The Ultimate Fighter. Remembering the earlier seasons of The Ultimate Fighter.Thinking about the winner(s) of each season, and how they're doing. Team dos Santos", "TUF 13 Finale officially draws 2,053 attendance and $440k gate", "The Ultimate Fighter 14 cast unveiled with 32 bantamweights and featherweights", "TUF 14 fan voted $25k awards go to Dodson, Bermudez, Gaudinot and Pague", "TUF 14 finale ratings: Event average 2.5 million viewers, peaks with 3.4 million", "Mike Chiesa already setting goals for UFC career after winning TUF 15 crown", "With Mutante vs. Sarafian official, UFC 147s main card complete with five bouts", "UFC 147 results: Cezar Mutante Ferreira wins TUF Brazil middleweight tourney", "No Bull, El Matador shines at TUF Finale", "Grove tops Tanner, Sadollah crowned TUF champ", "TUF 8 Finale recap: Underdogs Escudero and Bader win TUF titles", "Sanchez proves nightmare to Guida; Pearson and Wilks capture TUF crown", "The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale recap: Nelson TUF 10 champ, Kimbo wins decision", "The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale recap: Court McGee crowned TUF 11 champion", "WEC: Kyle Disqualified, Sincade Wins Title - Lodune Sincaid (on back) vs. Dan Molina", "With WEC deal unresolved, ex-champ Doug Marshall focused on PFC 13", "Kenny Florian slated to fight at UFC 68", "Bobby Southworth defends title against "Babalu" at Sept. 20 Strikeforce", "Bobby Southworth copes with loss, eyes second shot at "Babalu, "Scary good: Silva dominates Griffin at UFC 101, Penn submits Florian to retain belt", "UFC 107 main card recap: Penn outclasses Sanchez; Mir destroys Kongo", "UFC 136 main card results: Champ Edgar storms back for stunning title defense", "UFC 80 Recap: B.J. These fights took his overall MMA record to 26-4. He has taken part in 32 bouts, winning 20, while knocking out five of his opponents. But he proved he could backup all the talk by submitting his way to the finale. SWTB: Albie Hecht Talks UFC  This format proved highly successful for middleweight fighter Kris McCray, who took part in season 11's wild card bout. Lutter was 1-2 coming into the house, and I hated him on the show. This season debuted on April 19, 2017 on Fox Sports 1. He is now 5-0 inside the octagon. 'The Ultimate Fighter' Winners: Where Are They Now? At this point, Diego Sanchez was seen as a legit title contender. He has since signed a contract with Bellator MMA and compiled a record of 1-5. Rashad Evans entered The Ultimate Fighter 2 as an underdog due to being the smallest heavyweight on the show, but he fought his way to the finals and secured the victory over Brad Imes.  His slot was taken by C.B. Unique lists featuring pop culture, entertainment and crazy facts. With his only losses coming from Lyoto Machida, Jon Jones, and Lil’ Nog, Evans has been able to exert his will on nearly every person he has faced.
Knockout wins over Stefan Struve and Matt Mitrione have earned Nelson the love of fans, but losses to Junior Dos Santos, Frank Mir, and an especially disheartening loss to Stipe Miocic have apparently relegated Nelson to gatekeeper status with the occasional novelty fight against the likes of Mark Hunt. The fraternity of Ultimate Fighter season winners lost another member this week as the season three winner Kendall Grove was released following his UFC 130 loss to Tim Boetsch. Since the release Escudero has gone 3-1 in four different promotions.  The season saw the continuation of the wildcard format and 14-man tournament bracket. He's now set to face Nick Cantone at UFN 17, we'll see how he does. title.
He TKO'd GSP in the first round, and you couldn't help but feel good for the guy. He made his middleweight debut at UFC 83, defeating Charles McCarthy in the first round. Like Sanchez, Forrest Griffin won The Ultimate Fighter's first season, albeit in a different weight class. Big Country then went on and became one of the promotion's biggest stars.  Season 16 was supposed to feature a fight between coaches Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin, though this was also cancelled after Carwin suffered a knee injury. Add that to wins over Shogun Rua and Rich Franklin and Griffin had a career that many young fighters hope to achieve. The first six seasons featured sixteen fighters, in either one or two weight categories. He made it two in a row four months later when he submitted Ryan Jenen and UFC 121. Remembering the earlier seasons of The Ultimate Fighter. Having back to back losses to Junior Dos Santos and Frank Mir, Nelson has come under heavy criticism for his weight and his future in the UFC is unknown. But Cote was able to knock him out in the first round. The historic Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar fight in the first season drew millions of viewers to the show and launched the sport into the mainstream.
He went on to win his next two fights but was halted by TUF Two winner Rashad Evans. Those that won would continue moving on until they reached the finale.
 It was also the first season to feature competitors from outside of North America, after the addition of Michael Bisping and Ross Pointon. We appreciate your understanding. Season 4 saw multiple guest coaches take the lead, differing from other seasons with two clearly designated coaches.
dollaway for the second time to become the season seven winner and holds wins over Phil Baroni, Brad Blackburn and Damarques Johnson.  2012 saw the cancellation of a bout between season 15 coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber, due to a torn ACL for Cruz.
Spike TV founder Albie Hecht began a search to find programming with broad appeal that the network could afford.
John Dodson, the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 14, defeated TJ Dillashaw in the finale by first-round TKO and started what has been a nine-year stint with the promotion. He lost by unanimous decision.
Now on the hot seat with a 3-5 record in his last eight fights, Diaz will return to the lightweight division for his next fight.
In the end, Spike narrowed its choices down to the UFC and K-1. The following fighters have competed for a UFC, Strikeforce or WEC championship: As part of season four, Travis Lutter and Matt Serra received automatic and immediate title shots, though non-winners can also compete for titles. Tim Elliott won the tournament and fought Johnson for the main event on the finale. New content will be added above the current area of focus upon selection
: Kendall Grove (12-9, 1nc, 7-6) – He started out 3-0 and then just could never find any consistency, while fighting mostly mid-level talent at middleweight. Team Ortiz", "Sherdog.com's Guide to The Ultimate Fighter", "Spike TV announces April 6 open tryout for TUF 10", "Episode No. However, some fighters have also had success in the sister promotions World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) or Strikeforce.
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Fighters once again had to compete to get into the house, but during the preliminary round, Dana White announced end-of-season bonuses for the best knockout, submission and fight. Ferguson most recently faced off with Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 with the goal of securing the interim lightweight belt. Griffin and Diego Sanchez are also regarded as the original Ultimate Fighters, after their wins at the finale. winners who have fought each other, Falzon, A. : Michael Bisping (21-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) – The pride of England went 4-1 as a light heavyweight before dropping down to middleweight, following his loss to Rashad Evans. The winners of each season have been a mixed bag of superstars and duds, with a few winning championships and others getting bounced out of the UFC. His first fight was against Eric Shafer at UFC 66, and he went on to throttle him, resulting in a first-round victory.
Promising to be back stronger than ever, he reeled of two very impressive wins. 1 recap: The Ultimate Fighter 13: Team Lesnar vs. , The seventh season saw another format change, as fighters had to compete to be official castmembers. Hecht credits Kevin Kay and his editorial collaboration with the UFC for highlighting the show's story lines, which he believes helped drive its ratings success. With each season effectively hyping the fight and the individuals for multiple weeks, the fights are usually the focal point of the pay-per-view event in which they are featured. This can include the right for their team to select the next matchup, in order to pick off fighters from the opposing team by selecting favourable matchups..
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