The BEST Episodes of The Ultimate Fighter
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2021
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 - The Ultimate Fighter Finale Early Prelims: Johnson vs Gaethje
Season 25 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 7, 2017
#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.
#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.
#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.
#5 - The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Montano vs Modafferi
Season 26 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 1, 2017
#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.
#7 - 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.
#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
#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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - Finale Early Preliminary Fights
Season 20 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 12, 2014
#13 - 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.
#14 - TEAM HUGHS VS TEAM SERRA
Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 8, 2007
#15 - 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.
#16 - 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.
#17 - Finale Preliminary Fights
Season 20 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 12, 2014
#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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - Team Benavidez vs. Team Cejudo: The Tournament Begins
Season 24 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 31, 2016
#21 - 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.
#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.
#23 - 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!