The Best Episodes of The Ultimate Fighter

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.


#1 - Finale

Season 17 - Episode 13

star 8.80
25 votes
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#2 - Vicious

Season 17 - Episode 11

Quarterfinals conclude with Josh Samman squaring off against Jimmy Quinlan and Uriah Hall facing Bubba McDaniel.

star 8.37
41 votes
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The Ultimate Fighter Finale

#3 - The Ultimate Fighter Finale

Season 1 - Episode 13

In a 2 1/2 hour extravaganza and for the first time on free broadcast television, the TUF finals will be live from Las Vegas on April 9th. In the middleweight division, Kenny Florian faces Diego Sanchez, and in the Light Heavyweight division, Forrest Griffin will take on Stephan Bonnar. Both of these final matchups will be undercards to the UFC matchup between Ken Shamrock and Rich Franklin.

star 8.34
29 votes
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#4 - Scrappers

Season 14 - Episode 1

Dana White welcomed the 32 fighters, consisting of 16 featherweights and 16 bantamweights, to the show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. He introduced them to the coaches, middleweights Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Michael Bisping.

star 8.29
24 votes
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The Semis

#5 - The Semis

Season 17 - Episode 12

The final four fighters along with both coaches visit the Harley Davidson Motorcycles showroom to customize their bikes as one of the prizes for being The Ultimate Fighter.

star 8.28
43 votes
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Thrown to the Lions

#6 - Thrown to the Lions

Season 14 - Episode 6

Two fights highlight this one, including a finish that shocks Dana White!

star 8.28
21 votes
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I Need You, Bro

#7 - I Need You, Bro

Season 6 - Episode 2

Following his defeat, Joey threatens to leave the show and Serra goes ballistic. Hughes passes out bibles to his team. And the second preliminary fight takes place.

star 8.27
11 votes
Embrace the Suffering

#8 - Embrace the Suffering

Season 17 - Episode 3

Before the second preliminary bout, Coach Jones bonds with his squad on a visit to the house, while Coach Sonnen instills confidence in a fighter.

star 8.25
36 votes
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Be The General

#9 - Be The General

Season 5 - Episode 7

After five humiliating losses, BJ shakes things up and kicks one of his fighters off his team and the next two fights marks the end of the preliminary round of the competition.

star 8.23
22 votes
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The Ultimate Finale

#10 - The Ultimate Finale

Season 14 - Episode 11

star 8.20
15 votes
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All Your Might

#11 - All Your Might

Season 5 - Episode 6

It’s two fights in one show. It’s Joe Lauzon vs. Brian Geraghty, followed by Rob Emerson vs. Corey Hill. Who will move on to the next round and gets a shot at the ultimate prize?

star 8.17
18 votes
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This Is My Zone

#12 - This Is My Zone

Season 5 - Episode 3

Team Pulver is 2-0 against Team Penn and BJ is not happy. Gabe continues to struggle with his weight making him a possible target for the next fight. And Team Pulver gets a surprise guest coach.

star 8.14
29 votes
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Hitting It Hard

#13 - Hitting It Hard

Season 3 - Episode 4

Team Shamrock is upset with their lack of training and take matters into their own hands. Fed up with Matt’s behavior at the gym, Bisping gets drunk and goes on a tirade. And two more light heavyweights compete for a spot in the semi-finals.

star 8.12
25 votes
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The Reflection of Perfection

#14 - The Reflection of Perfection

Season 17 - Episode 5

Actor Mickey Rourke visits Team Sonnen to share insights from his days as a boxer while coach Jones wonders if a competitor is ready to fight. Bubba McDaniel meets Kelvin Gastelum in the fourth preliminary fight.

star 8.10
31 votes
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I Humbly Apologize

#15 - I Humbly Apologize

Season 5 - Episode 11

Manny Gamburyan’s cousin and UFC veteran Karo Parisyan almost gets into a fist fight with Nate Diaz and the first semi-final fight takes place with the winner moving one step closer to becoming the next Ultimate Fighter.

star 8.09
22 votes
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Gave A Hundred

#16 - Gave A Hundred

Season 5 - Episode 12

It’s mayhem at The Ultimate Fighter® House as the fighters go stir crazy. And Gray Maynard faces Nate Diaz in the last semi-final match to determine who will move on to fight Manny Gamburyan in the live finale on June 23rd at the Palms Hotel.

star 8.08
25 votes
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First Time Ever

#17 - First Time Ever

Season 7 - Episode 12

In a special 90-minute episode, favorite CB Dollaway battles ironman Amir Sadollah in the second semifinal fight. And, after the most shocking event in Ultimate Fighter history, Dana is forced to make his toughest decision yet.

star 8.08
12 votes
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So Real It's Unreal

#18 - So Real It's Unreal

Season 15 - Episode 10

James Vick vs Joe Proctor and Justin Lawrence vs Michael Chiesa in the first two quarterfinal fights.

star 8.05
19 votes
Swagger Jacker

#19 - Swagger Jacker

Season 14 - Episode 5

After the previous fight, Diego Brandao calls out Steven Siler, wanting to fight him next. Miller devises a plan to throw off Team Bisping by postponing the predetermined matches to one week.

star 8.05
19 votes
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The Ultimate Fighter Finale Early Prelims: Johnson vs  Gaethje

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

Season 25 - Episode 13

star 8.04
27 votes
Path to Greatness

#21 - Path to Greatness

Season 17 - Episode 6

A fighter's attitude ignites a blowup at the house, causing a major rift in Team Sonnen; while the fighters battle it out in a night of bowling, Jon and Chael raise the stakes in a game of their own; two fighters meet in the fifth preliminary fight.

star 8.03
31 votes
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Embrace the War

#22 - Embrace the War

Season 15 - Episode 2

The fighters and coaches are at the UFC training center with Dana White. White announces that he will flip a coin to pick a coach. The coach who wins the coin flip will have the option of picking the first fighter or the first fight. Urijah Faber wins the coin flip and decides to pick the first fight. Dominick Cruz makes the first fighter pick and the coaches alternate picking fighters for their teams.

star 8.02
30 votes
Stick and Move

#23 - Stick and Move

Season 18 - Episode 3

Chris Holdsworth vs Chris Beal

star 8.02
58 votes
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Game On

#24 - Game On

Season 9 - Episode 4

Team USA grows tired of Bisping's cockiness and retaliate against the British team. After a clever strategy session and intense training it's finally time for the first US vs UK preliminary fight.

star 8.01
10 votes
Spinning Tornado

#25 - Spinning Tornado

Season 12 - Episode 10

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 8.01
18 votes