prior seasons
Season 17

"The Ultimate Fighter 17" (TUF 17) on FX is a mixed martial arts competition series featuring 28 of the most talented unsigned middleweight mixed martial artists in the world.

While most of the cast is made up of American talent, the series will also showcase a handful of international fighters, with seven of the middleweights entering the competition sporting undefeated records. The season will star reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones and former two-time middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen as coaches. The premiere will feature 14 fights from the competition's elimination round, cutting the tournament field in half while deciding who gains access to the infamous "TUF" house.

The TUF 17 fighters include Adam Cella, Andy Enz, Chael Sonnen, Clint Hester, Collin Hart, Dylan Andrews, Eldon Sproat, Eric Wahlin, Fraser Opie, Fredrich Persons, Gilbert Smith, Jake Heun, Jimmy Quinlan, Jon Jones, Josh Samman, Kelvin Gastelum, Kevin Casey, Kito Andrews, Leo Bercier, Luke Barnatt, Mike Jasper, Nicholas Kohring, Nik Fekete, Robert "Bubba" McDaniel, Ryan Lee Q. Bigler, Scott Rosa, Timothy Williams, Tor Troeng, Uriah Hall and Zak Cummings.

Launched in 2005 on Spike TV, "TUF" has introduced some of the UFC's best-known talents, including Chris Leben, Josh Koscheck, Kenny Florian, Rashad Evans, Gray Maynard, Michael Bisping and Forrest Griffin. The show ran for 14 seasons on Spike until the UFC's broadcast agreement with the Viacom-owned network expired, prompting the organization to sign a seven-year deal with Fox and move the series to FX in 2012.


Season 16

"The Ultimate Fighter 16" (TUF 16) on FX is a mixed martial arts competition series featuring 32 of the most talented unsigned mixed martial artists in the world. The season winner will receive a six-figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization.

Former interim UFC heavyweight champion Shane Carwin and top contender and previous TUF winner Roy Nelson serve as coaches this season. The bitter rivals — who have already taken their feud public — will also collide in the eagerly awaited main event of the Las Vegas finale.

The list of finalists who will now attempt to fight their way on the show was trimmed from more than 60 invited fighters; 29 of the 170 lbs welterweight fighters seeking to cash in on the opportunity of a lifetime are from the United States, two are from Canada while one is Brazilian.

The season will kick-off with 16 gripping elimination fights. The winners in the elimination round, or "Fight In," will become official cast members and earn their way into "The Ultimate Fighter" house in Las Vegas where cameras will document their activity before and after their training and fights. The 16 winners will be drafted into opposing teams of eight by Carwin and eight by Nelson.

Each team will train at the TUF gym and reside in the TUF house together for the duration of the season. Winners will advance in the tournament until ultimately, one man is crowned "The Ultimate Fighter."

The TUF 16 fighters include Bristol Marunde, Cameron Diffley, Colton Smith, Cortez Coleman, David Michaud, Diego Bautista, Dom Waters, Eddy Ellis, Frank Camacho, George Lockhart, Igor Araujo, James Chaney, Jason South, Jerel Clark, Jesse Barrett, Joey Rivera, Jon Manley, Julian Lane, Kevin Nowaczyk, Leo Kuntz, Lev Magen, Matt Secor, Max Griffin, Michael Hill, Mike Ricci, Neil Magny, Nic Herron-Webb, Ricky Legere Jr., Saad Awad, Sam Alvey, Tim Ruberg and Zane Kamaka.

Many of today's most recognizable names in MMA have emerged from the TUF series, including, among many others, Rashad Evans, Kenny Florian, Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar.


Season 15

"The Ultimate Fighter 15" (TUF 15) on FX is a mixed martial arts competition series featuring a talented international field of 32 confident, dedicated and determined fighters.

The list of finalists was trimmed from more than 500 prospective entrants from around the world. Those seeking to cash in on the opportunity of a lifetime include fighters in the lightweight (155 pounds) division from the United States, England, Northern Ireland and Brazil.

The competitors are Akbarh Arreloa, Al Iaquinta, Ali Maclean, Andy Ogle, Austin Lyons, Brendan Weafer, Chris Tickle, Cody Pfister, Cristiano Marcello,Chase Hackett, Chris Saunders, Dakota Cochrane, Daron Cruickshank, Drew Dober, Erin Beach, James Krause, James Vick, Jared Carlsten, Jeff Smith, Jeremy Larsen, Joe Proctor, John Cofer, Johnavan Vistante, Jon Tuck, Jordan Rinaldi, Justin Lawrence, Mark Glover, Michael Chiesa, Myles Jury, Mike Rio, Sam Sicilia and Vinc Pichel.

The coaches for the two teams are current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and former WEC featherweight champion and current top contender, Urijah Faber. Cruz and Faber are no strangers to each other. The popular UFC superstars and rivals have split two previous fights and will clash for a third time at UFC 148 on July 7, 2012, in Las Vegas.

Following the live fights during the series premiere episode, or "Fight In," the field will be halved. The 16 survivors will then be broken up into two teams of eight. Each team will train with each other and reside in a house together in Las Vegas for the duration of the season. One fighter from each team will be selected by their coach to fight at the end of each weekly installment on FX for the right to advance in the competition and, ultimately, perhaps, be crowned "The Ultimate Fighter Live" Champion and earn the life-changing contract with the UFC.

Many of today's most recognizable names in Mixed Martial Arts have emerged from the series' previous incarnation, "The Ultimate Fighter," including, among many others, Rashad Evans, Kenny Florian, Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar.


Season 14

"The Ultimate Fighter 14" (TUF 14) on Spike TV features 32 of the world's most promising mixed martial arts competitors as they begin their quest to advance into the The Ultimate Fighter house.

For the first time in franchise history, the bantamweight (145) and featherweight (135) weight classes will be showcased. Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Michael "The Count" Bisping will compete as coaches this season and will eventually meet in the Octagon at "The Ultimate Fighter 14" finale.

"The Ultimate Fighter: Team Miller vs. Team Bisping" contestants, whose hometowns range from Gothenburg, Sweden to Winnipeg, Manitoba to Glasgow, Scotland to Yonkers, New York, includes Bryan Caraway, Dennis Bermudez, Diego Brandao, Dustin Neace, Dustin Pague, Hamid "Akira" Corassani, John Albert, John Dodson, Johnny Bedford, Josh Ferguson, Louis Gaudinot, Marcus Brimage, Roland Delorme, Stephen Bass, Steven Siler and TJ Dillashaw.

Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Films and Television, Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White of Zuffa, LLC, and Kevin Kay of Spike TV are the executive producers. Brian J. Diamond, senior vice president, sports & specials, Spike TV is co-executive producer and Christopher Martello is executive in charge of production for Spike TV.


Season 11

"The Ultimate Fighter 11" (TUF 11) on Spike TV will feature Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz as coaches of teams competing against each other. In The Ultimate Fighting Championship, no feud has been more inspired than the one featuring light heavyweight legends Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. The long-standing rivalry between "The Iceman" and "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" has featured two, historic clashes inside the famed Octagon, each of which was filled with heated exchanges, intense bravado, and passionate displays of athleticism. What's more, each Liddell-Ortiz encounter left fans choosing sides in this epic rivalry.

In professional sports, fans live for rivalries. Whether it's Boston vs. New York in baseball, Toronto vs. Montreal in hockey, or Ohio State vs. Michigan in football, fans have a burning desire to see their favorite teams soundly defeat eternal adversaries. Regardless of standings, rankings, or championships on the line, fans believe wins over bitter rivals are of the utmost importance.

In 2010, MMA's biggest feud takes on a whole new meaning. In what will be one of the most hotly-contested seasons ever, Liddell and Ortiz have been selected to face off as coaches of Spike TV's most popular original series ever, "The Ultimate Fighter." Two of the sport's biggest icons will lead their respective teams in a season that will produce fireworks never-before-seen in the Liddell-Ortiz saga.

Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Films and Television, Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White of Zuffa, LLC, and Kevin Kay of Spike TV are the executive producers. Brian J. Diamond, senior vice president, sports & specials, Spike TV is co-executive producer and Christopher Martello is executive in charge of production for Spike TV.


Season 10

Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 10 will literally be the biggest season ever of the series, showcasing 16 of the best unsigned heavyweight mixed martial arts fighters in the world. Featuring former UFC light heavyweight champions "Suga" Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson as coaches, season 10 marks the only installment to include only the heavyweight weight class (206+ lbs).

"The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights" includes a list of notable athletes with impressive and diverse pedigrees including four former NFL players, UFC veterans, a former IFL heavyweight champ, and a highly-publicized former EliteXC fighter who gained prominence through his non-sanctioned bouts on YouTube.

The cast includes:

Zak Jensen – standout wrestler at Augsburg College.
Marcus Jones – former 1st round NFL draft pick who had a six-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Scott Junk – Division II All-American football player at Southwest Oklahoma State and fought in UFC 76.
James McSweeney – former international kickboxing and Muay Thai champion.
John Madsen – defeated Brock Lesnar in a high school wrestling match.
Matt Mitrione - played for New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings.
Roy Nelson – former IFL Heavyweight Champion.
Demico Rogers – high school football and wrestling star.
Brendan Schaub – played for Buffalo Bills and Arena Football's Utah Blaze.
Darrill Schoonover – decorated Army veteran.
Wes Shivers – former member of the Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons.
Wes Sims - fought two heated battles with former UFC champ Frank Mir at UFC 43 and UFC 46.
Kimbo Slice – former EliteXC heavyweight contender and YouTube sensation.
Abe Wagner – played linebacker at Michigan Tech and has a degree in mechanical engineering.
Mike Wessel – UFC veteran and former strength and conditioning coach at University of Arkansas.
Justin Wren – All-American high school wrestler.

During the six-week taping of "The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights," these 16 men endured a grueling regimen of jiu-jitsu, judo, Muay Thai, karate, boxing and wrestling. The intense competition among the fighters continues after they leave the gym – at the Ultimate Fighter House. These warriors must live together, knowing that any day they might be forced to fight each other in the famed UFC Octagon.

The two finalists will square off in a live finale Saturday, December 5 on Spike TV, when the winner will be declared "The Ultimate Fighter" and net the six-figure contract and a cash prize. UFC President Dana White will once again serve as host of the series.

Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Films and Television, Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White of Zuffa, LLC, and Kevin Kay of Spike TV are the show's executive producers. Brian J. Diamond, senior vice president, sports & specials, Spike TV is co-executive producer and Christopher Martello is executive in charge of production for Spike TV.


Season 5

Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter," the show where the greatest up and coming mixed martial arts fighters square off in the octagon, is back for another season. Two legendary UFC fighters, BJ Penn and Jens Pulver, who have an intense and bitter rivalry, are facing off against each other as coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter." Not only will they compete each week on "The Ultimate Fighter," but they will step into the octagon themselves and settle their unfinished business on the live season finale. This unprecedented first goes along with another first- having only one weight class of fighters on "The Ultimate Fighter." The newly restored and action-packed lightweight division (155 lbs) is back in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Sixteen lightweight fighters will compete to become The Ultimate Fighter.





Season 20