The Ultimate Fighter Series: An Apprenticeship That Pays Off

5661148704 426c7d23dd nIn 2005, The Ultimate Fighter 1 reality series premiered on Spike TV catapulting the UFC into an immediate ratings success story.  A lot of the credit for its later success was handed directly to Forrest Griffin and Stefan Bonnar who put on one of the best stand up battles ever witnessed inside the octagon during the finale. It was a fight that sent fans into a wild texting frenzy, mesmerised by the brutal exchanges that took place. 

Since 2005, more than 100 high profile UFC athletes have enjoyed success following their participation on the Ultimate Fighter Series. The most successful fighters to date have been Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, and Matt Serra.  These are the only fighters to have successfully won a title after competing as contestants on the TUF series. 

More than seven years have now passed since TUF first began and sadly many of our favourite fighters from TUF are getting closer and closer to retirement. We often forget that seven years is a very long time in this sport as evident by the number of TUF fighters who are now retired.

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It was just this week that fan favourite Forrest Griffin retired, who will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame alongside Stefan Bonnar. We have also witnessed the retirement of Shane Carwin and Stefan Bonnar this year as well, and many fighters below have now either retired or left the organization. 

This season on the Ultimate Fighter 18, Rhonda Rousey and Meisha Tate will face off as coaches and bitter rivals in a much anticipated rematch.  For anyone out of the loop, Meisha Tate was a late replacement to coach opposite Rhonda Rousey after Cat Zingano suffered a serious knee injury. The decision to promote the two female coaches on the series comes as a major victory for female fighters. 

Although the Ultimate Fighter Series has had some regrettable moments over the years, on the whole it has been a huge success and introduced some of the most spectacular moments as witnessed last season by Uriah Hall.

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Here’s a list of 100 contributions TUF has mde to the UFC. Let us hear your thoughts on any changes you would like to see on the TUF series!

1.Forrest Griffin

2.Stephan Bonnar

3.Josh Koscheck

4.Kenny Florian

5.Chris Leben

6.Diego Sanchez

7.Mike Swick

8.Nate Quarry

9.Rashad Evans

10.Melvin Guillard

11.Marcus Davis

12.Joe Stevenson

13.Michael Bisping

14.Matt Hamill

15.Ed Herman

16.Matt Serra

17.Chris Lytle

18.Patrick Cote

19.Travis Lutter

20.Rich Clementi

21.Gray Maynard

22.Matt Wiman

23.Joe Lauzon

24.Nate Diaz

25.Cole Miller

26.Rob Emerson

27.Manny Gamburyan

28.Mac Danzig

29.Ben Saunders

30.George Sotiropoulos

31.CB Dolloway

32.Matt Riddle

33.Tim Credeur

34.Amir Sadollah

35.Jesse Taylor

36.Matt Brown

37.Dante Rivera

38.Ryan Bader

39.Kyle Kingsbury

40.George Roop

41.Tom lawlor

42.Vinny Magalhaes

43.Eliot Marshall

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44.Krzysztof Soszynski

45.Shane Nelson

46.DaMarques Johnson

47.Ross Pearson

48.Che Mills

49.James Mc Sweeney

50.Brendan Schaub

51.Roy Nelson

52.Matt Mitrione

53.Kimbo Slice

54.Kyle Noke

55.Rich Attonito

56.Charles Blanchard

57.Brad Tavares

58.Court McGee

59.Joseph Henle

60.Nick Ring

61.Michael Johnson

62.Jonathan Brookins

63.Spencer Paige

64.Alex Caceres

65.Kyle Watson

66.Cody McKenzie

67.Nam Phan

68.Chris Cope

69.Tony Ferguson

70.Ramsey Nijem

71.Louis Gaudinot

72.T.J. Dillashaw

73.Josh Ferguson

74.Diego Brandão

75.Akira Corassani

76.Marcus Brimage

77.Stephen Bass

78.John Dodson

79.Johnny Bedford

80.Dustin Pague

81.Dennis Bermudez

82.Bryan Caraway

83.Steven Siler

84.Myles Jury

85.Jeremy Larsen

86.Justin Lawrence

87.Mike Rio

88.Sam Sicilia

89.Chris Tickle

90.Michael Chiesa

91.John Cofer

92.Al Iaquinta

93.Josh Samman

94.Andy Ogle

95.Joe Proctor

96.Chris Saunders

97.Colton smith

98.Mike Ricci

99.Uriah Hall

100.Kelvin Gastelum