Watch The Ultimate Fighter

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.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on FX
27 Seasons, 350 Episodes
January 17, 2005
Reality, Sports
Cast: Dana White, Mike Rowe
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The Ultimate Fighter Full Episode Guide

  • Things get heated between the teams after an assistant coach discovers that one of the fighters on the opposing team is injured. Then, two lightweights face off in the fifth preliminary fight. Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier are coaches for Season 27.

  • Two fighters get into a heated argument in the team van; during his weight cut, an irritable fighter has choice words for the house loudmouth; and two lightweights face off in the third preliminary fight. Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier serve as coaches.

  • Stipe Miocic gets creative, redecorating the opposing team's locker room; a fighter has a heated exchange with Cormier during practice; and the two most well-rounded featherweights in the competition go head to head in the octagon.

  • Season 27 begins as MMA stars Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier captain teams of undefeated lightweight and featherweight fighters competing for a UFC contract.

  • The toughest tournament in sports comes to an end on December 1st as The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion holds its finale at Park Theatre in Las Vegas. Featuring a main event that will crown the first women's flyweight champion in UFC history, the card will also feature other standouts from an exciting season of The Ultimate Fighter that put the women's 125-pound weight class on the sport's biggest stage, and kicks off a new era in mixed martial arts.

  • The second semifinal fight is held for the women's flyweights, determining the matchup for the Season 26 finale in Las Vegas. Beforehand, one fighter turns to the UFC Performance Institute for help with her weight cut.

  • Semifinal bouts in the women's flyweight competition.

  • Quarterfinal bouts in the women's flyweight competition.

  • Before the quarterfinals kick off, both teams enjoy a night out on Lake Las Vegas. One fighter struggles with a difficult weight cut, putting her future in the competition in doubt. Then, it's the first two quarterfinal fights.

  • Lauren Murphy's strained relationship with Coach Alvarez reaches a tipping point. Eddie and Justin go head to head in the coaches challenge. Then, two flyweights face off in the eighth preliminary fight with the last quarterfinal spot on the line.

  • Dana pays a surprise visit to the house to hang out with the teams. One of the fighters puts together a personalized training regimen that throws off her coaching staff's plans. Then, two flyweights face off in the seventh preliminary fight of the competition.

  • Eddie Alvarez pulls out all the stops to give his team a competitive advantage; a fighter struggles with an old injury; and one of the most accomplished fighters in the tournament takes on a young rising star in the sixth preliminary fight.Watch Soon

  • After losing in the Octagon one of the fighters skips training, causing a rift between her and her coach. Then, two flyweights face off in the fifth preliminary fight.

  • Two top-seeded teammates discuss the possibility of having to face each other later in the tournament. A fighter shares the story of her lifelong battle with addiction. Then, a heavily favored veteran takes on an underdog in the fourth preliminary fight.

  • The teams step away from the TUF gym to train at the new UFC Performance Institute. One of the fighters has an emotional breakdown during practice. Then, it's the third preliminary fight with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line.

  • Justin Gaethje struggles to communicate with an international fighter. An injury during a training session puts a competitor's future in doubt. Then, an experienced flyweight takes on a dark horse in the second preliminary fight.

  • After an open-call tryout is held at Palace Station in Las Vegas, 16 of the best female flyweights from around the world are chosen to compete for the first-ever UFC women's flyweight belt. Upon arrival at the UFC Training Center in Las Vegas, the fighters are greeted by their coaches for the season, former UFC world champion Eddie Alvarez and UFC rising star Justin Gaethje. UFC President Dana White welcome the fighters, introduces the coaches, and explains that this season the winner of the tournament will become the first ever UFC women's flyweight world champion. As the coaches pick their teams the fighters' seeds are revealed, and the fight matchups are revealed. Then, the first preliminary fight is announced. After the fighters move into the TUF house, team training begins leading up to the first preliminary fight of the season.

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The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 Episode 1 - Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson - Recap

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.

UFC In Talks To Purchase Struggling G4 Network From Willing-To-Sell NBC Universal/Comcast

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.

'The Ultimate Fighter': UFC Star Brock Lesnar Is Losing at Reality TV, Crying All the Way to the Bank

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.

The Ultimate Fighter Video Clips & Extras

The women hit the water to take a break from fighting | The Ultimate Fighter Clip (01:08) Things get heated as Sijara Eubanks tries to make weight | The Ultimate Fighter Clip (01:59) Watch the highlights from Roxanne Modafferi vs Emily Whitmire | The Ultimate Fighter Clip (01:22) Watch the highlights from Sijara Eubanks vs DeAnna Bennett | The Ultimate Fighter Clip (01:54) Watch the announcement for the next TUF match-up | The Ultimate Fighter Clip (01:34) Dana White drops by the TUF house | The Ultimate Fighter Clip (05:23) Watch the highlights of Rachael Ostovich-Berdon vs Melinda Fabian | The Ultimate Fighter Clip (01:25) Barb 'The Little Warrior' Honchak finishes Gillian Robertson | THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Clip (03:22)