The BEST Episodes of The Ultimate Fighter

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 12, 2020

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Sixteen aspiring mixed martial artists live together, train together and compete against each other to become the Ultimate Fighter. They receive coaching from UFC champions and contenders in a variety of martial arts including wrestling, boxing, judo, Jiu-Jitsu, karate and kickboxing. The winner receives a six-figure contract from the UFC.

The Ultimate Fighter Finale Early Prelims: Johnson vs  Gaethje

#1 - The Ultimate Fighter Finale Early Prelims: Johnson vs Gaethje

Season 25 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 7, 2017

star 8.98
55 votes
I Against I

#2 - I Against I

Season 14 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 28, 2011

Coaches Michael Bisping and Jason Miller select their teams from the crop of victorious Featherweights and Bantamweights. The first matchup is chosen, and one fighter is forced to deal with his severe anxiety issues.

star 8.95
60 votes
Scrappers

#3 - Scrappers

Season 14 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 21, 2011

After Dana White greets the fighters and outlines a few exciting new twists for Season 14, 16 bantamweight and 16 featherweight hopefuls face off in a day of elimination fights at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Coaches Michael Bisping and Jason "Mayhem" Miller take in the action from the sidelines.

star 8.62
210 votes
Shocked and Awed

#4 - Shocked and Awed

Season 11 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 2, 2010

It's Jamie Yager versus Josh Bryant in the last quarterfinal fight, with an ending that leaves both teams in shock. Dana makes an unprecedented decision that turns the competition upside-down. After the smoke clears, the semifinal matchups are announced.

star 8.57
92 votes
Diego Brandao vs Dennis Bermudez TUF 14 Finale

#5 - Diego Brandao vs Dennis Bermudez TUF 14 Finale

Season 14 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 3, 2011

Agile, mobile, & hostile! The featherweight final was non-stop exciting from beginning to end as Team Miller’s Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez was shot out of a cannon at Team Bisping’s Diego Brandao who was launched from a catapult at the same time.

star 8.52
90 votes
A Will To Win/ Dogfight

#6 - A Will To Win/ Dogfight

Season 11 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 9, 2010

In a special 2-hour episode Rich Franklin takes over as the new coach of the red team, and several of the fighters have finally had it with Jamie Yager. All this plus two semifinal fights.

star 8.51
148 votes
The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Montano vs Modafferi

#7 - The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Montano vs Modafferi

Season 26 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 1, 2017

star 8.44
16 votes
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Uriah Hall TUF 17 Finale

#8 - Kelvin Gastelum vs. Uriah Hall TUF 17 Finale

Season 17 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 13, 2013

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Uriah Hall TUF 17 Finale

star 8.39
51 votes
Win or Die

#9 - Win or Die

Season 12 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 20, 2010

Following the team's first win Koscheck talks smack to Michael Johnson, but then gets a dose of the same medicine from Cody McKenzie. And the fates of four fighters are determined in two lightweight matchups.

star 8.36
227 votes
Spinning Tornado

#10 - Spinning Tornado

Season 12 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 17, 2010

In the last two Quarterfinal fights, Wild Card winner Aaron Wilkinson faces Team GSP elder statesman Kyle Watson. Then antagonistic teammates let their fists do the talking when Michael Johnson finally takes on Alex Caceres. And the Semifinal fights are announced.

star 8.27
200 votes
It Was A Brawl

#11 - It Was A Brawl

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired May 31, 2007

Guest Coach Randy “The Natural” Couture pays a visit to Team Penn to offer his expertise and to support one of his protégés’ Gray Maynard as he prepares to enter the quarterfinals against Brandon Melendez.

star 8.26
76 votes
Vicious

#12 - Vicious

Season 17 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 2, 2013

Showboating striker, Josh Samman, faces the aggressive takedowns of Jimmy Quinlan in the 3rd Quarterfinal. After 3 fights in one month, Bubba McDaniel worries that his body may not be up to the challenge of taking on Uriah Hall in the fourth Quarterfinal.

star 8.24
68 votes
Bag of Tools

#13 - Bag of Tools

Season 17 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 12, 2013

Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen face off in the most unique, and difficult, Coaches Challenge ever. After Dylan Andrews takes on Zak Cummings in the last preliminary fight, Dana forces the coaches to decide on the Wildcard matchup.

star 8.21
56 votes
Finale Preliminary Fights

#14 - Finale Preliminary Fights

Season 20 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 12, 2014

star 8.20
5 votes
Betrayal

#15 - Betrayal

Season 16 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 9, 2012

James Chaney owns up to his unsportsmanlike conduct. One fighter turns against his friend. Team Carwin’s Mike Ricci takes on Nelson number one pick Dom Waters in the final preliminary fight. Dana White announces the Quarterfinal match-ups.

star 8.19
100 votes
Finale Early Preliminary Fights

#16 - Finale Early Preliminary Fights

Season 20 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 12, 2014

star 8.17
18 votes
Bring It!

#17 - Bring It!

Season 16 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 14, 2012

UFC President Dana White greets 32 eager welterweights at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Opposing coaches Roy 'Big Country' Nelson and Shane Carwin watch with Dana as 16 fighters prevail in a full day of Elimination fights, then team picks.

star 8.14
101 votes
It's About to Get Real

#18 - It's About to Get Real

Season 20 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 10, 2014

Jessica Penne and Carla Esparza are up next in the semifinal followed by Randa Markos and Rose Namajunas.

star 8.13
45 votes
Team Benavidez vs. Team Cejudo: The Tournament Begins

#19 - Team Benavidez vs. Team Cejudo: The Tournament Begins

Season 24 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 31, 2016

star 8.13
225 votes
Embrace the War

#20 - Embrace the War

Season 15 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 16, 2012

Sixteen victorious lightweights move into the house & begin their quest for a 6-figure UFC contract. After coaches Urijah Faber & Dominick Cruz select their teams, training begins. Then, 2 warriors face off in the first two-round preliminary fight!

star 8.07
213 votes
Best Job in the World

#21 - Best Job in the World

Season 20 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 3, 2014

star 8.07
41 votes
The Semis

#22 - The Semis

Season 17 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 9, 2013

The coaches join the semifinalists on a visit to the Harley Davidson showroom. Then, the final four battle for a spot in the live finale. Josh Samman faces 21 year-old Kelvin Gastelum, and Uriah Hall guns for another knockout as he takes on Dylan Andrews.

star 8.06
71 votes
Blood, Sweat, Tears

#23 - Blood, Sweat, Tears

Season 27 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 4, 2018

With only one fight remaining in the competition before the live finale, Cormier surprises his team by hiring a private chef to cook a goodbye meal. Then, two warriors engage in an epic battle to determine who moves on to the featherweight final.

star 8.05
73 votes
The Reflection of Perfection

#24 - The Reflection of Perfection

Season 17 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 19, 2013

Actor Mickey Rourke visits Team Sonnen to share insights from his boxer days. Coach Jones wonders if Samman is ready to fight. Then the competition's youngest fighter, Gastelum of Team Sonnen, takes on Jones' highly experienced training partner, McDaniel.

star 8.02
84 votes
The Fight Gods

#25 - The Fight Gods

Season 26 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 8, 2017

star 8.02
88 votes