Watch The Ultimate Fighter Online - Full Episodes
The Ultimate Fighter has run for several seasons now, helping to fuel the rise in popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA). The first season of The Ultimate Fighter premiered back on January 17, 2005. At the time MMA was a fringe sport that most people knew nothing about. The creation of The Ultimate Fighter was a desperation effort by the owners of the UFC to try and get some notice among the general public.
The show's format was simple. Two teams of fighters would compete against each other to try and win a six-figure, three-year contract with the UFC. The two teams would be coached by two of the most popular fighters in the UFC, and the show would serve to promote the fight between the two coaches in the next UFC pay-per -view event.
Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture served as the coaches of the two teams in the first season. The show steadily increased in ratings over the first season, and the season finale aired live. The finale featured live fights between the competitors to try and win an UFC contract.
The most famous of these bouts was the legendary battle between light heavyweights Stephen Bonnar and Forrest Griffin. This three-round battle between the fighters is today considered one of the most important fights in UFC history. The fight's incredible intensity showed MMA at its best, and many consider this the fight that launched the UFC into the mainstream consciousness of the sporting world.
The show kept growing in popularity from that point on. Every season the ratings continued to grow, and many of the UFC's most popular stars have gotten their starts on The Ultimate Fighter. The show's producers have constantly changed things up to keep the show fresh. The ninth season had a format in which the two teams were United States fighters versus fighters from the United Kingdom. Kimbo Slice, one of the most popular and polarizing fighters in MMA history, was brought in to spice up the tenth season, which was the first to have only heavyweight fighters on the show.
The most recent season is the first international season in the history of The Ultimate Fighter. It is being filmed in Brazil and is only the first of many international seasons. As the popularity of MMA and the UFC continues to grow, The Ultimate Fighter will continue to expand its reach around the world.
The Ultimate Fighter Full Episode Guide:
Season 17 (30 full episodes, 94 clips available)
Episode 13 - Finale
First Aired: April 13, 2013
Episode 12 - The Semis
First Aired: April 09, 2013
Episode 11 - Vicious
First Aired: April 02, 2013
Episode 10 - The Quarterfinals Begin
First Aired: March 26, 2013
- Episode 9 - The Wild Card
- Episode 8 - Bag of Tools
- Episode 7 - His Fist on My Face
- Episode 6 - Path to Greatness
- Episode 5 - The Reflection of Perfection
- Episode 4 - Sign of Disrespect
- Episode 3 - Embrace the Suffering
- Episode 2 - Ambush
- Episode 1 - Ener the Octagon
Season 16 (12 full episodes, 58 clips available)
- Episode 13 - The Ultimate Fighter 16 Team Carwin v...
- Episode 12 - Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson - Semifin...
- Episode 11 - Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson - Fight t...
- Episode 10 - Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson - Coming ...
- Episode 9 - Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson - Betraya...
- Episode 8 - Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson - Rock 'E...
- Episode 7 - Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson - Summer ...
- Episode 6 - Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson - One Mis...
- Episode 5 - Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson - Unleash...
- Episode 4 - Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson - Can't F...
- Episode 3 - Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson - We Have...
- Episode 2 - Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson - What We...
- Episode 1 - Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson - Bring I...
Season 15 (92 clips available)
Season 14 (20 full episodes)
Season 13 (24 full episodes)
Season 12 (33 full episodes, 2 clips available)
Season 11 (24 full episodes)
Season 10 (25 full episodes, 6 clips available)
Season 9 (25 full episodes)
Season 8 (26 full episodes)
Season 7 (25 full episodes)
Season 6 (26 full episodes)
Season 5 (25 full episodes)
Season 4 (13 full episodes)
Season 3 (13 full episodes)
Season 2 (13 full episodes)
Season 1 (13 full episodes)
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The Ultimate Fighter News
The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 season premiere aired on fox. Get the episode recap. It's former UFC Heavyweight champion Shane Carwin against The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 winner Roy "Big Country" Nelson.
Comcast/NBC Universal are looking to dump their controlling interest in their video game-oriented G4 Network. The first buyer in line might surprise you. Deadline and other outlets including the Wall Street Journal report today that cable giant Comcast is in talks with the Ultimate Fighting Championship to take a controlling stake in the network. On paper, it could indeed be a match made in Heaven.
So UFC superstar Brock Lesnar's debut coaching stint on "The Ultimate Fighter" has so far been a failure. From what ESPN The Magazine tells us, he won't have trouble drying his eyes. Just look for the nearest crisp, new Benjamin lying about. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion went 1-1 in 2010 and lost the championship he'd defended twice successfully. Still, pocketing a reported cool $5.3 million must make quite the consolation prize.