A definitive ranking of every ‘Ultimate Fighter’ contestant

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Updated: August 20, 2015
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As the 22nd season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ continues to film with UFC Interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber as coaches, we take a look back at the previous 21 seasons of the show that has been a weekly part of the lineups of Spike TV, FX and now Fox Sports 1.

The Ultimate Fighter has created 342 contestants thus far, not counting men and women who were given the opportunity to fight to get into the house and lost. These are only guys and girls who have actually moved into the Ultimate Fighter house to compete, although some of them never did.

This definitive ranking is based primarily on what the fighters did inside the show and also what they went on to do in their UFC careers after their season of TUF wrapped. However in some cases, their overall career is taken into consideration in a small way as well depending on the success they may have achieved outside of the octagon. The TUF records do not count prelim victories on the show that earned fighters a spot in the house as this has not been used on every season. Wins and losses in bouts for the season championship are recorded as part of UFC records and not part of TUF records. All records are as of August 18, 2015.

THE INCOMPLETES

These fighters may actually have a decent career on the independent circuit, but they have yet to show they could hack it in the UFC. Each of these fighters have made the show but never fought on the show nor in the UFC after their appearances.

342. Eli Joslin – Season 2
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 2-0
This guy was so bad that he quit a reality show because he couldn’t handle the cameras. His career never flew for a reason and the UFC must have dodged an early bullet.

341. Keon Caldwell – Season 13
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 10-3
Quit during training citing too intense of a training environment.

340. Anthony Gutierrez – Season 18
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 6-2
This guy was handed an opportunity on a silver platter. After winning his prelim fight, he automatically advanced to round two due to his first round opponent missing weight. Gutierrez then turned around and missed weight himself in the second round and was expelled from the show.

339. Kenny Stevens – Season 2
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 9-9
Another weight misser. Stevens forfeited the very first fight of the show’s second season.

338. Antwain Britt – Season 8
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 11-6
Britt was part of a trio of guys in season 8 to win their prelim, but get injured in the process and have to leave the show.

337. Brian McLaughlin – Season 8
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 6-2

336. Karn Grigoryan – Season 8
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 12-4

335. Jason Thacker – Season 1
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 0-1
Thacker jumps ahead a little as the only guy in this category to actually have fought a UFC fight. But he didn’t get that fight because he impressed UFC brass enough. The guy they called “Strange Brew” got the fight instead because Chris Leben peed on his bed on the show before he was sent home without ever fighting.

334. Jason Pierce – Season 9
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 10-2
Pierce was a tough guy and a good fighter. However when your attitude is so bad that Dana White thinks you have no interest in fighting and removes you from the competition himself, the rest of your career is probably an uphill battle.

333. Cody Bolinger – Season 18
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 17-5 (1)
This is the guy that missed weight when scheduled to fight Gutierrez. His placement is higher only because Bolinger has had a decent career outside of the show. But as far as being an Ultimate Fighter goes, he was a tad bloated.

332. Cristiano Souza – Season 21
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 7-1
Souza replaced the injured Steve Montgomery on American Top Team in the latest season of the show but never fought after coming in to train.

331. Alexandre Pimentel – Season 21
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 13-1
A replacement fighter for Andrews Nakahawa on Team Blackzilians after Nakahawa was injured in his first fight, a loss. Pimentel never was selected to fight for the team.

330. Justine Kish – Season 20
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 4-0
Had Kish gone on to compete in the UFC by this point, her spot on the list would be higher. She is a tough female fighter than could add excitement to the 115 pound division. However, a knee injury took her out of the title tournament on TUF before she ever fought.

THE UFC SAYS NO THANK YOU

These fighters did enough to impress the UFC brass to get onto the show. But getting an actual UFC fight on their record? Dana White is going to have to pass.

329. Noah Inhofer – Season 3
TUF Record: 1-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 4-5
I have to give the guy some credit. Yes, he is the poster boy for TUF crybabies. He quit in his season after getting a letter from his short term girlfriend accusing him of cheating. Few things have ever made Dana White as mad on the show. However, he gets the nod up a little because not only did he actually compete on the show, he won his only fight. Outside of that small promotion of his skill set, he is absolutely one of the worst cast members in show history.

328. Anthony Torres – Season 2
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 0-2

327. Blake Bowman – Season 6
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 2-5
Everyone on season 6, including teammate Mac Danzig thought Bowman’s attempt at a career was a joke. He proved it over and over again.

326. Mike Dolce – Season 7
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 4-5
Dolce has been a vital part of the MMA landscape for years thanks to his fitness and nutrition programs. But his fighting days were not some of his better days.

325. Marlon Sims – Season 5
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 3-4

324. Brandon Sene – Season 7
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 2-2

323. David Faulkner – Season 9
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 2-1

322. Zak Jensen – Season 10
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 10-10

321. Demico Rogers – Season 10
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 2-1

320. Nick Klein – Season 7
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 3-0

319. Len Bentley – Season 13
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 10-6
The absolute best part of Bentley’s career were his temper tantrums and vulgar tirades toward his TUF coach Brock Lesnar that he would have never actually said to Lesnar’s face. If his fists ran as fast as his mouth, Bentley would have had much more success.

318. Julian Lane – Season 16
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 9-3-1
“Let me bang bro!” That is the summation of Lane’s MMA career. His one liner on season 16 (the Carwin/Nelson season) helped him really establish himself as the worst character on the worst season in the show’s history. Lane does still fight, and last year became the Classic MMA Entertainment and Sports 155-pound champion, whatever that means for his life. His TUF life however will always only be remembered for his drunken tirade.

317. James Chaney – Season 16
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 9-6

316. Eddie Ellis
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 19-15-1 (1)

315. Joey Rivera – Season 16
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 9-1

314. Zachary Davis – Season 16
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 4-3

313. Mick Bowman – Season 16
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 8-3

312. Nordin Asrih – Season 16
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 20-10-1

311. Marcelo Alfaya – Season 21
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 16-7

310. Mark Miller – Season 9
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 9-7

309. Mike Stine – Season 3
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 3-0
Stine looked to be a possible breakout prospect, especially on his feet in the early season of TUF when nearly everyone was getting a shot in the octagon no matter their performance on the show. He came in 3-0, lost to a then tough Kalib Starnes and disappeared from MMA forever.

308. Todd Monaghan – Season 19
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 7-3

307. Richie Whitson – Season 9
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 12-6

306. Jeff Lawson – Season 9
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 15-5

305. Abe Wagner – Season 10
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 10-7 (1)

304. Scott Junk – Season 10
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 8-3

303. Wes Shivers – Season 10
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 7-1

302. Tait Fletcher – Season 3
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 4-2
Tait turned down a chance to get back into the competition in season 3 when Matt Hamill went down hurt and flat told Dana White he had no interest in fighting again on the show. He fought just two more times after TUF, going 1-1, before transitioning into a background actor that has been seen on ‘Breaking Bad’ and in ‘Jurassic World.’

301. Noah Thomas – Season 5
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 14-7

300. Javier Torres – Season 13
TUF Record: 0-2; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 6-3 (1)

299. Kyacey Uscola – Season 11
TUF Record: 0-2; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 23-25
Uscola really has fought a lot of guys. Count Chael Sonnen, Josh Burkman and Gegard Mousasi among the numbers in his loss column. His stint on TUF gave hope that he could turn his career around. He didn’t do that or turn his life around. He is currently serving a 10 year jail sentence for domestic violence.

298. Roger Zapata – Season 19
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 4-1

297. Chris Fields – Season 19
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 10-6-1

296. Mikey Burnett – Season 4
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 5-2
Burnett was a cast member of the “comeback” season of TUF. Not only was he getting another shot in the UFC, he was coming back to MMA after a near 7 year absence. He did go 1-1 in his UFC career however, challenging Pat Miletich for a UFC belt in 1998, long before his stint on TUF.

295. Joe Scarola – Season 6
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 4-0
Matt Serra’s top pick and one of his best friends, Scarola looked pretty rough in his one TUF bout despite being one of the better unsigned prospects long before Serra/Longo was one of the “it” camps in the sport. He bailed on the show after the loss and it actually ended his friendship with Serra, who didn’t allow Scarola back into his gym.

294. Charles Blanchard – Season 11
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 10-3

293. Dean Amasinger – Season 9
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 10-6

292. Jeremy May – Season 7
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 12-8

291. Andy Main – Season 12
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 10-2-1 (1)

290. Sevak Magakian – Season 12
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 13-6

289. Ian Stephens – Season 19
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 3-0

288. Cameron Diffley – Season 16
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 4-0
Diffley is a world class coach but his time in the octagon never came despite no blemishes on his record outside of the house.

287. Nic Herron-Webb – Season 16
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 18-6

286. Jeff Lentz – Season 12
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 11-4-1

285. Dane Sayers – Season 12
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 12-3

284. Anton Berzin – Season 19
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 3-1

283. Spencer Paige – Season 12
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 7-2

282. Patrick Schultz – Season 7
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 8-3

281. Joseph Henle – Season 11
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 9-2-1

280. Tim Williams – Season 19
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 10-3

279. Matt Secor – Season 16
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 6-2

278. Wes Sims – Season 10
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 24-14

277. Marc Stevens – Season 12
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 19-9

276. Josh Clark – Season 19
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 9-2

275. Wayne Weems – Season 5
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 12-2

274. Sabah Homasi – Season 21
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 8-4

273. Andrews Nakahara – Season 21
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 4-2-2

272. Charlie Rader – Season 13
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 18-8

271. Santino DeFranco – Season 9
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 13-4

270. Louis Fisette – Season 18
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 7-1

269. Uros Jurisic – Season 21
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 4-0

268. Felipe Portela – Season 21
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 8-2

267. Valdir Araujo – Season 21
TUF Record: 1-2; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 14-5

266. Josh Hill – Season 18
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 11-1

265. Jason Jackson – Season 21
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 4-2

264. Steve Carl – Season 21
TUF Record: 0-2; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 21-4
Carl makes it this far on the list because his stellar career outside of the UFC has to come into play somewhat. He was the first World Series of Fighting welterweight champion and really is a above average fighter. His TUF exploits however were rough to watch and hardly predictable knowing what he can do in a MMA match.

263. Luiz Firmino – Season 21
TUF Record: 1-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 18-6

262. Carrington Banks – Season 21
TUF Record: 1-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 3-0

261. Michael Wooten – Season 18
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 9-0
Wooten continues to make waves on the European scene after his tough stint where he lost to eventual champion Chris Holdsworth. On his current path, it is likely that Wooten will see his shot in the UFC eventually.

260. Martin Stapleton – Season 9
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 16-4
Stapleton is one of the hotter prospects in BAMMA right now. Though his age isn’t on his side, it is very possible that he finds himself inside the octagon with another big win or two overseas. He is a tough fighter and was vicious in his TUF prelim win before a dumb mistake cost him in a fluke loss to Cameron Dollar.

259. Nathan Coy – Season 21
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-0
Overall Record: 14-5

BLEW THAT CHANCE

A step above the fighters in the previous section, all of these guys stepped into the octagon, in an arena somewhere. They just struck out swinging for their chance at stardom.

258. Gabe Ruediger – Season 5
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-3
Overall Record: 18-8
This guy was kicked off the show for not making weight, then proceeded to get bounced around the octagon three straight times. His upside, he was good enough to get multiple shots inside the UFC.

257. Ross Pointon – Season 3
TUF Record: 0-2; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 6-17

256. Paul Bradley – Season 7
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 22-6 (2)
Bradley’s skills were something that got him his UFC fights after not fighting in the house due to a contagious skin condition. And while he’s fought a lot of everyone and has looked skilled in career wins, he never could settle in at home in the octagon.

255. Jeremy Jackson – Season 4
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 9-5
Jackson was expelled from the show after hoping the fence to meet a girl. Despite that, he got another shot in the octagon (where he lost to Nick Diaz in 2003 before his stint on the “comeback” season). He lost and today is serving a 25 years to life prison sentence for sexual assault.

254. Chris Sanford – Season 1
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 5-1
Sanford was sent home in the first season of the show when coaches eliminated a fighter from their own team, whoever they believed to be below someone else. He still got a UFC fight anyway and after that loss (the only of his career), he only fought one more time anywhere.

253. Danny Abbadi – Season 3
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 4-6

252. Steve Montgomery – Season 21
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 8-3
An injury in training cost Montgomery his spot on the most recent season of TUF. He still got a shot in the octagon and even with that loss may still see another opportunity.

251. Kerry Schall – Season 2
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 24-13 (1)
Schall left season 2 with a knee injury before getting to compete on the show.

250. Tim Gorman – Season 18
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 9-4

249. Seth Petruzelli – Season 2
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-4
Overall Record: 14-8
“The Kimbo Killer,” Petruzelli may have the biggest name of unsuccessful MMA fighters. That name got him chance after chance around the globe, including in the UFC where he was a huge failure.

248. Jesse Forbes – Season 3
TUF Record: 0-2; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-3
Overall Record: 15-5

247. Jeremy Larsen – Season 15
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-3
Overall Record: 8-5

246. Sammy Morgan – Season 2
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 18-12

245. Josh Ferguson – Season 14
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 10-5

244. John Cofer – Season 15
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 8-4

243. Dave Kaplan – Season 8
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 3-4

242. Jules Bruchez – Season 8
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 1-2

241. Andy Wang – Season 5
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 7-8
Wang will go down as probably the biggest whiner in the history of the show, despite having some skill. He seemed to be his own worst enemy on the show and in real life.

239. Kristian Rothaermel – Season 3
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 4-3

238. Lisa Ellis – Season 20
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 15-10

237. Brandon Melendez – Season 5
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 25-25

236. Allen Berube – Season 5
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 4-3

235. Solomon Hutcherson – Season 3
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 11-7
Hutcherson’s one fight UFC stint was absolutely a wrong place, wrong time entry. With everyone else from season 3 fighter other cast members at the show’s finale, Hutcherson’s rumored bout with Mike Stine never came to fruition. Instead he drew veteran Luigi Fioravanti and was absolutely starched from the opening bell.

234. John Polakowski – Season 8
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 2-2

233. Alex Schoenauer – Season 1
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 15-10

232. Billy Miles – Season 6
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 2-2

231. Adam Cella – Season 17
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 6-4
Chances are, Adam Cella will never recover (physically, emotionally, mentally, you name it) from his loss on TUF. His head kick knockout loss to Uriah Hall is probably the sickest knockout you have ever seen.

230. Jamie Yager – Season 11
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 6-4

229. Darrill Schoonover – Season 10
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 11-7

228. Jimmy Quinlan – Season 17
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 3-1

227. Peggy Morgan – Season 18
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 3-3

226. Shane Primm – Season 8
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 5-5

225. Emily Kagan – Season 20
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 3-2

224. Clayton McKinney – Season 11
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 5-3

223. Mike King – Season 19
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 5-1

222. Brian Geraghty – Season 5
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 26-18

221. Dan Barrera – Season 6
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 3-1

220. Josh Rafferty – Season 1
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 9-8

219. Chris Saunders – Season 15
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 13-7

218. James Hammortree – Season 11
TUF Record: 0-2; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 6-3

217. Roxanne Modafferri – Season 18
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 17-12

216. Cameron Dollar – Season 9
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 10-2

215. Dom Waters – Season 16
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 9-3

214. Dorian Price – Season 6
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 8-5

213. Paul Georgieff – Season 6
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 6-2

212. Richie Hightower – Season 6
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 8-4 (1)

211. Heather Jo Clark – Season 20
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 7-4

210. Chris Tickle – Season 14
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 9-7

209. Gilbert Smith – Season 17
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 11-4

208. Lodune Sincaid – Season 1
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 15-9

207. Frank Lester – Season 9
TUF Record: 1-2; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 11-5
Lester was, if nothing else, tough as nails. Fighting for ‘Team US’ in season 9, the man had his teeth knocked out in one of his fights, though they did stay attached to his mouth guard. If this was the all-time TUF tough guys list, he’d be much, much higher. However, not many get the chance to earn two losses in the tough house and he did.

206. Mike Whitehead – Season 2
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 27-7

205. Gideon Ray – Season 4
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 17-15-1

204. Edwin DeWeese – Season 4
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 38-18 (1)

203. Stephen Bass – Season 14
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 11-2

202. Jared Rollins – Season 6
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 8-4
Rollins’ was a career that was probably snuffed out earlier than it needed to be. He was a bulky, strong fighter who took part in an absolute war with Jon Koppenhaver at the season 6 finale. But nothing else materialized for “J-Rock” after that fight.

201. John Kolosci – Season 6
TUF Record: 1-2; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 15-9
Kolosci was everything about Frank Lester, but three seasons prior. Kolosci was tough as nails and would fight anyone, but his UFC career was equally flat, losing twice to eventual season 6 winner Mac Danzig while in the house.

200. Dustin Neace – Season 14
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 25-11 (1)

199. Aaron Wilkinson – Season 12
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 11-7

198. Ryan McGllivray – Season 13
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 16-6-1

197. Justin Wren – Season 10
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 10-2

196. Shayna Bazler – Season 18
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 15-10

195. Dante Rivera – Season 7
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 16-7

194. Sako Chivitchian – Season 12
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 8-1

193. Marcus Jones – Season 10
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 4-2

192. Collin Hart – Season 17
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 11-4

191. Michael Hill – Season 16
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 8-3

190. Jon Manley – Season 16
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 9-2

189. Cale Yarbrough – Season 7
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 16-7

188. Daniel Spohn – Season 19
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 11-4

187. Bristol Marunde – Season 16
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 16-9

186. Shonie Carter – Season 4
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 51-30-7 (1)

185. Davey Grant – Season 18
TUF Record: 1-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 9-2
Grant is the first of a group here who are in a weird spot. Grant only fought once on the show and advanced to the finals where he lost his only UFC bout. Injuries have kept him sidelined since that fight almost 2 full years ago.

184. Vicente Luque – Season 21
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 7-5

183. Josh Bryant – Season 11
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 15-4

182. Jessica Rakoczy – Season 18
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 1-5 (1)
What can you say about the season 18 runner up? She looked like a boxing fed world beater on her season. She rallied off three wins, counting her prelim fight and earned a shot to win the show. Since then, she’s lost both of her UFC appearances and despite three exhibition wins on the show, she’s only ever won one single MMA fight.

181. Bobby Southworth – Season 1
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 10-6 (1)
Southworth is destined to always be remembered more for calling Chris Leben a “fatherless bastard” than his skills. Yet, he did have some skills and used them in his post-TUF career outside the UFC.

180. Brad Imes – Season 2
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-3
Overall Record: 13-7
A finalist on season 2, Imes was probably just too big to be beat on the show. But after a much smalled Rashad Evans took him to task in the finale, he was never able to dominate again.

179. Josh Haynes – Season 3
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-3
Overall Record: 14-11
Haynes was the runner up on season 3, but like Imes with Evans, he was dominated by Michael Bisping in the finale and went on to struggle for the rest of his career. He’s now a police officer on the Las Vegas strip.

178. Matt Van Buren – Season 19
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 6-4
There is still time to right the ship if you are Van Buren, a season 19 finalist. The entire cast of this season, including winner Eddie Gordon, have all struggled in the UFC.

177. Tommy Speer – Season 6
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 21-7

176. Chuck O’Neil – Season 13
TUF Record: 2-2; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 15-7

175. Kris McCray – Season 11
TUF Record: 3-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-3
Overall Record: 8-5
McCray lost his first TUF fight, but the wild card rejuvenated him to a nice 3 win run to the finals where he lost to Court McGee.

MIDDLE OF THE ROAD

174. Mike Wessel – Season 10
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 5-2

173. Cristiano Marcello – Season 15
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-3
Overall Record: 13-6

172. Mike Rio – Season 15
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-3
Overall Record: 10-5

171. Corey Hill – Season 5
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 6-9
Hill will be long remembered for a grotesque leg injury suffered inside the octagon that left have of his leg dangling with a fracture similar to what Anderson Silva would suffer years later. Hill died in 2015.

170. Rob McDonald – Season 2
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 5-4

169. Alex Chambers – Season 20
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 5-2

168. Alex Karalexis – Season 1
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 10-6

167. Pete Spratt
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 25-23

166. Dustin Pague – Season 14
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-5
Overall Record: 12-10

165. John Albert – Season 14
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-4
Overall Record: 7-5

164. Sarah Moras – Season 18
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 4-2

163. Mike Nickels – Season 3
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 9-5

162. Andy Ogle – Season 15
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-5
Overall Record: 9-6
Ogle was the victim of a lot of close decisions inside the octagon. Anyone, including the previously listed Albert and Pague, who can get 4 or 5 shots inside the octagon with minimal success in their win/loss column obviously has talent and put on good shows. Both of those can be said for the Brit, he just never did enough to be on the right side of the win column outside of one appearance.

161. Justin Edwards – Season 13
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-5
Overall Record: 8-5

160. Rolando Delgado – Season 8
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 11-6

159. Justin Lawrence – Season 15
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 8-2

158. Patrick Walsh – Season 19
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 5-2

157. Tor Troeng – Season 17
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-3
Overall Record: 16-7

156. Kimbo Slice – Season 10
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 5-2
Even though Dana White once viewed Slice as a huge joke, a street fighter that was given an easy path to MMA financial and commercial success, the UFC gave him every shot to succeed. Yes, White was right by making him fight through The Ultimate Fighter where he showed that he could actually have what it takes through his on the show training. Unfortunately for him, he was immediately paired up to face Roy Nelson, the show’s eventual winner, a former IFL champion and by far the best guy on the show. Had Kimbo drawn a different opponent, his success on the show would have been different. Had he been the slugger he was known for against his UFC opponents, Houston Alexander and Matt Mitrione, his stay would have been longer in the sport’s biggest company.

155. Roman Mitichyan – Season 6
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 8-3
Mitichyan never fought on the show, injuring his arm in training for Team Serra. But he showed great heart and desire to be a fighter no matter what, which is why he got his UFC opportunity. He has since become a bit-part action actor.

154. Jessamyn Duke – Season 18
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-3
Overall Record: 3-3 (1)

153. Angela Hill – Season 20
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 2-1

152. Troy Mandaloniz – Season 6
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 3-2

151. Luke Zachrich – Season 7
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 14-4

150. Shamar Bailey – Season 13
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 16-11

149. Bubba McDaniel – Season 17
TUF Record: 1-2; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 24-9
If his on-show coach and off-show teammate Jon Jones had his druthers, McDaniel would have been the run away favorite on the show. But the fact that Jones didn’t even pick him until 6th overall, probably killed any mental edge McDaniel had long before running into Uriah Hall’s fists.

148. Nam Phan – Season 12
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-6
Overall Record: 21-14
Phan never had much luck in the UFC as he was always put up against quality opponents, but his time did see him split two Fight of the Night performances against Leonard Garcia with many believing that Phan won both. Every single fight of his in the UFC ended in a decision.

147. Charles McCarthy – Season 4
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 10-5

146. Vinny Magalhaes – Season 8
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-4
Overall Record: 12-7
On the show, Magalhaes looked unstoppable, but once he fell to Ryan Bader in the finals, he was never the same again. His weak chin and mouth slowed his career significantly.

145. Dan Christison – Season 2
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 20-7

144. Pete Sell – Season 4
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-4
Overall Record: 10-6
Sell didn’t fair too well in his UFC comeback bid after the “Comeback” season of TUF, but he will long be known for his war with Scott Smith that resulted in one of the best one-punch comeback knockouts the sport will ever see. Sadly for Sell, he was on the wrong end of it.

143. Sam Hoger – Season 1
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-3
Overall Record: 10-4

142. Dan Cramer – Season 7
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 11-4

141. Jason Von Flue – Season 2
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 14-12 (1)

140. Jason Dent – Season 9
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 22-13

139. Jorge Gurgel – Season 2
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 3-4
Overall Record: 14-10

138. Kalib Starnes – Season 3
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-3
Overall Record: 16-10
Ok, ok. So Kalib Starnes is perhaps the biggest joke in the history of MMA. His “running man” performance against Nate Quarry at UFC 83 was perhaps the most embarrassing thing we have ever seen. Outside of that, he called it in against Kendall Grove in the semi-finals of his season due to an alleged broken rib. But he has had a decent career overall and did beat Chris Leben inside the octagon.

137. Bec Rawlings – Season 20
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 6-4

136. Andre Winner – Season 9
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-4
Overall Record: 20-8-1

135. Kevin Casey – Season 17
TUF Record: 0-2; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-0 (1)
Overall Record: 9-3 (1)

134. Clay Harvison – Season 13
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 13-5

133. Louis Gaudinot – Season 14
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-3 (1)
Overall Record: 6-4 (1)

132. Scott Smith – Season 4
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 18-10 (1)
Smith’s post “Comeback” season UFC stint wasn’t the most amazing thing in the world, he did have a strong career going forward and put on electrifying performances in Strikeforce, even if most of them were on the losing end to Strikeforce greats like Nick Diaz, Paul Daley, Tarec Saffedine and Cung Le (who Smith also beat in the organization).

131. Hector Urbina – Season 19
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-0
Overall Record: 17-8-1

130. Chris Cope – Season 13
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 8-4

129. Junie Browning – Season 8
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 4-6
What Browning lacked in talent or wins, he sure made up for in crazy. He will likely go down as one of the most memorable fighters in the history of the show, whether that is good or bad. He was Chris Leben without the talent level or iron chin, but he was memorable and impactful at the very least.

128. Cody McKenzie – Season 12
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 3-4
Overall Record: 15-8
The master of the guillotine choke will be more remembered for wearing a pair of Walmart basketball shorts with the tag still on them into the cage than he will for how masterful and slick his neck finding abilities really were.

127. Matt Arroyo – Season 6
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 3-3
Arroyo will always be one of those “great white buffalo” of MMA. He looked like a possible favorite to win season 6 of the show before an injury and proceeded to struggle in the UFC before disappearing from the sport all together following a split decision loss at UFC 94 in 2009.

126. James McSweeney – Season 10
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 14-12

125. Jon Koppenhaver – Season 6
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 14-5
So here we go. Koppenhaver has made a career out of being an incarcerated slimeball. Anyone who follows MMA knows that he is currently locked up on attempted muder (among other charges) for the alleged attack on his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack. But with so many others in the sport and on this list, let’s take the criminal career of “War Machine” out of the equation. On the show, he fell to eventual runner up Tommy Speer despite cutting the hulking farm boy badly and having him almost finished with a rear naked choke (that Speer was able to slip out of with the aid of the blood). After the show, Koppenhaver put up the 88th greatest fight in UFC history (according the company itself) against Jared Rollins, where Koppenhaver was victorious.

124. Shane Nelson – Season 8
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-2
Overall Record: 15-7

123. Luke Cummo – Season 2
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 3-4
Overall Record: 6-6
Cummo was like that kid picked last in dodge ball on the second season of TUF, storming his way to the show’s finals where he lost to Joe Stevenson. Still, it was a bold testament for future coaches to not trust someone’s demeanor and outward appearance when picking for fighting skills. Cummo is long gone from the UFC but still in the game in other ways and is a strong advocate for uropathy.

122. Rory Singer – Season 3
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-2
Overall Record: 11-9

121. Rob Emerson – Season 5
TUF Record: 0-2; Post TUF UFC Record: 3-3 (1)
Overall Record: 16-11 (1)

120. Johnny Bedford – Season 14
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-3 (1)
Overall Record: 19-12 (1)

119. Dhiego Lima – Season 19
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-3
Overall Record: 10-4

118. Igor Araujo – Season 16
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-2
Overall Record: 25-8

117. Nick Osipczak – Season 9
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-3
Overall Record: 6-3

116. Tim Credeur – Season 7
TUF Record: 2-2; Post TUF UFC Record: 3-2
Overall Record: 12-4

115. Elliot Marshall – Season 8
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 3-3
Overall Record: 10-4

114. Rich Attonito – Season 11
TUF Record: 1-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 3-2
Overall Record: 10-5
Attonito was injured in his opening round win and unable to continue on TUF.

113. Roland Delorme – Season 14
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 3-3 (1)
Overall Record: 9-4 (1)

112. Din Thomas – Season 4
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 3-2
Overall Record: 26-9 (1)

111. Steven Siler – Season 14
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 5-4
Overall Record: 25-14

110. Eddie Gordon – Season 19 Middleweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-3
Overall Record: 7-4
A high school friend of UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, Gordon is the lowest ranked winner of the show ranked simply because he has yet to look even mediocre inside the octagon after looking devastating on the show. That alone shows how weak season 19 was overall. His only UFC win was against Dhiego Lima to win the competition and his vicious knockout loss to Josh Samman makes us wonder if he will ever be the same again.

109. Jon Madsen – Season 10
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 4-1
Overall Record: 8-2

108. Akira Corassani – Season 14
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 4-5
Overall Record: 11-6

107. Kyle Kingsbury – Season 8
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: TBD
Overall Record: TBD

106. Michael Graves – Season 21
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-0
Overall Record: 5-0
One of the best fighters to come off of the American Top Team vs. Blackzilians season, Graves could have a bright future in the octagon. Although he his undefeated both overall and in the UFC, he is one of the two newest guys from the show and did falter on the show and showed some weaknesses in his UFC debut.

105. Kyle Watson – Season 12
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-1
Overall Record: 13-8

104. Marcus Brimage – Season 14
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 4-4
Overall Record: 7-5

103. Damarques Johnson – Season 9
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 4-6
Overall Record: 15-14

102. James Wilks – Season 9 Welterweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-2
Overall Record: 7-4
An early retirement due to fractured vertebra kept us from ever truly finding out what Wilks had to offer or if he had what it took to be a contender in the UFC.

101. Luke Barnatt – Season 17
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 3-3
Overall Record: 8-3

100. Nick Ring – Season 11
TUF Record: 1-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 3-3
Overall Record: 14-4
Ring was injured in his first round win and forced to leave the show.

199. Randa Markos – Seaosn 20
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 5-2

98. Rich Clementi – Season 4
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 5-4
Overall Record: 45-23-1

97. Daron Cruickshank – Season 15
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 6-5 (1)
Overall Record: 16-7 (1)

96. Aisling Daly – Season 20
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 15-6

95. Cathal Pendred – Season 19
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 4-1
Overall Record: 17-3
Pendred has not been as advertised since he was gifted a spot in the TUF 19 house basically by having hype and being Conor McGregor’s friend. With that said, his uninteresting decision wins have been wins and other than his loss in his last fight, had one of the better winning streaks in the sport with eight straight victories.

94. Raquel Pennington – Season 18
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-2
Overall Record: 5-5

93. Chris Beal – Season 18
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-1
Overall Record: 20-1

92. Phillipe Nover – Season 8
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-3
Overall Record: 11-5
Nover was far from “the next Anderson Silva” as he was referred to by Dana White for his TUF 8 performances. After falling in the finals of the show, he really fell off in the UFC but recently returned years later after independent success.

91. Travis Lutter – Season 4 Middleweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 10-6
Lutter won his division of the “comeback” season in impressive fashion, rattling through all of his challengers including Patrick Cote. He then proceeded to miss weight for his UFC title fight opposite Anderson Silva and the fight went on to be an embarrassment, basically ending any shot at a positive UFC career for Lutter.

90. Dylan Andrews – Season 17
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-3
Overall Record: 17-7

89. Joe Proctor – Season 15
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 4-2
Overall Record: 11-3

88. Jonathan Brookins – Season 12 Lightweight Winner
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-3
Overall Record: 15-7
Brookins used his wrestling to win his season, but never showed the same prowess upon his immediate return to featherweight after topping Michael Johnson to win the show.

87. Kyle Noke – Season 11
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 5-3
Overall Record: 21-7

86. Sam Sicilia – Season 15
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 5-4
Overall Record: 15-5

85. Efrain Escudero – Season 8 Lightweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 5-5
Overall Record: 24-9

84. Vinc Pichel – Season 15
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-1
Overall Record: 9-1

83. Alex Cacares – Season 12
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 5-6 (1)
Overall Record: 10-8 (1)

82. Felice Herrig – Season 20
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 10-6

81. Tom Lawlor – Season 8
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 6-4
Overall Record: 10-5 (1)

80. Jorge Rivera – Season 4
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 6-4
Overall Record: 20-9
Despite not having much success in the house, Rivera went on to have one of the best careers for the “comeback” cast after the show, sporting a winning record and talking himself into a co-main event fight with Michael Bisping on a pay per view.

79. Keith Jardine – Season 2
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 6-7
Overall Record: 17-11-2

78. George Roop – Season 8
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 6-7
Overall Record: 15-11

77. Ramsey Nijem – Season 13
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 5-5
Overall Record: 9-6

76. Colton Smith – Season 16 Welterweight Winner
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-3
Overall Record: 5-4
Smith’s personality was brash but his style sure was boring. He decisioned his way through the entire competition on what is widely regarded as the worst season of the show. In the finale fight, his lone UFC win, he played lay and pray for three rounds to top Mike Ricci. Needless to say, without wins and with a sleep inducing style, his UFC tenure wasn’t very long.

75. George Sotiropoulos – Season 6
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 7-4
Overall Record: 14-7
The Aussie was well on his way to becoming one of the best to ever have appeared on the show when he rallied off wins in his first seven UFC contests, but four losses in a row later he was out the door. He has not fought in a year since last losing to fellow former TUF competitor Mike Ricci in Titan FC.

74. Seth Baczynski – Season 11
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 5-6
Overall Record: 19-13

73. Josh Burkman – Season 2
TUF Record: 1-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 5-6 (1)
Overall Record: 27-11 (1)

72. Chris Camozzi – Season 11
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 8-7
Overall Record: 22-10
An injury in his prelim victory kept Camozzi from his place on Team Ortiz during season 11, but he came back strong, compiling 15 fights so far between two UFC stints. While cast mate Brad Tavares has equaled Camozzi in UFC wins, no other competitor from season 11 has fought as many times in the octagon, with Tavares’ 12 being the closest.

71. Matt Riddle – Season 7
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 7-3 (2)
Overall Record: 8-3 (2)

70. Krzstof Soszynski – Season 8
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 6-3
Overall Record: 26-12-1

69. Marcus Davis – Season 2
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 9-5
Overall Record: 22-11

68. Kendall Grove – Season 3 Middleweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 7-6
Overall Record: 21-15

67. Clint Hester – Season 17
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 4-2
Overall Record: 11-5

66. Gerald Harris – Season 7
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 3-1
Overall Record: 22-5
Harris was stunningly vicious in his post-TUF run, finishing all three wins including the most highlight reel slam of David Branch at UFC 116. But after his first UFC loss, he was tossed from the organization in one of the most head scratching moves ever.

65. Tom Murphy – Season 2
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-0
Overall Record: 8-0

64. Zak Cummings – Season 17
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 3-1
Overall Record: 18-4

63. Sam Alvey – Season 16
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 3-2
Overall Record: 26-7 (1)

62. Mac Danzig – Season 6 Welterweight Winner
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 5-8
Overall Record: 12-12

61. Nate Quarry – Season 1
TUF Record: 0-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 7-3
Overall Record: 12-4
Quarry never fought on the show due to an injury suffered in training, but was one of the most beloved figures from the first season. He also went on to become the first TUF competitor to challenge for a UFC title when he unsuccessfully did so opposite Rich Franklin.

60. Manny Gamburyan – Season 5
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 6-6 (1)
Overall Record: 15-8 (1)

59. Joanna Calderwood – Season 20
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-1
Overall Record: 10-1

58. Brad Tavares – Season 11
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 8-4
Overall Record: 13-4

57. Diego Brandao – Season 14 Featherweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 5-3
Overall Record: 10-10

56. Mike Ricci – Season 16
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 10-4
Ricci’s three-fight UFC run was less than compelling, though he was about the only interesting fighter to watch on the lagging season 16. Ricci outworked and outclassed everyone on the show and you never quite knew how he was going to win his fight even if winning was the expected outcome. He recently signed with the World Series of Fighting, is 2-0 since leaving the UFC and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him make his way back someday.

55. Hayder Hassan – Season 21
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 6-2
Hassan is still young and raw, but climbs this list because it is hard to pick many guys, if any, who have been so reliable and clutch on the show than Hassan, who almost single handedly lead American Top Team to a team victory during the 12 fight course of the show. He has a ton of power, a crazy motor and if you want someone on your team, he’s almost the ideal fighter.

54. Jessica Penne – Season 20
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 12-3

53. Corey Anderson – Season 19 Light Heavyweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-1
Overall Record: 5-1

52. Jesse Taylor – Season 7
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 27-12
Taylor has carved out a pretty good niche for himself in the world of mixed martial arts, but it came far too late. He made the finals of season 7 but a drunken rampage cost him his shot at winning the season. Dana White gave him one shot in the UFC but a loss was all the company needed to boot him for good.

51. Rose Namajunas – Season 20
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 2-2

50. Matt Wiman – Season 5
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 10-5
Overall Record: 16-7

49. Cole Miller – Season 5
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 10-7
Overall Record: 21-9

48. Amir Sadollah – Season 7 Middleweight Winner
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 6-5
Overall Record: 6-5
While his UFC track record has been back and forth, Sadollah’s effort to win season 7 was amazing. He had never had a professional fight before the show, only amateur fights, yet rallied by the competition including two wins over now UFC veteran CB Dollaway to take the crown.

47. Ben Saunders – Season 6
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 6-3
Overall Record: 18-6
Normally, you wouldn’t consider a guy who was on the show 15 seasons ago as a wait and see fighter. But after a long successful stint outside the octagon, including in Bellator, Saunders has gone 3-0 in the UFC since returning in the summer of 2014.

46. Joe Stevenson – Season 2 Welterweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 8-8
Overall Record: 31-16

45. Brendan Schaub – Season 10
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 6-5
Overall Record: 10-5

44. Court McGee – Season 11 Middleweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-1 ; Post TUF UFC Record: 5-3
Overall Record: 16-4

43. Kamaru Usman – Season 21 Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-0
Overall Record: 6-1
It is still too early to tell where Usman may fall in the long run, but his wins on the American Top Team vs. Blackzilians season were nearly picture perfect. He was always calm, cool and collected but unleashed a monster in the cage. His excellent takedown ability led the way, but he was equally strong on his feet on the show.

42. Ed Herman – Season 3
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 9-7 (1)
Overall Record: 21-11

41. Matt Hamill – Season 3
TUF Record: 1-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 10-5
Overall Record: 11-5
Hamill’s injury on season 3 derailed hopes of the best teammate/teammate rivalry fight the show would ever see. We did eventually see a showdown with Michael Bisping, with a controversial finish. Hamill’s overall game would never catch up with his wrestling and that stopped him from getting any upper echelon wins, but he is the only man (with it’s own controversy) to hold an official win over Jon Jones.

40. Chris Leben – Season 1
TUF Record: 0-2; Post TUF UFC Record: 12-10
Overall Record: 22-11
Nobody else gets to lose two fights on the show and be ranked anywhere near here, but Leben’s career was an impactful one for the UFC. His brash style, colorful hair and outspoken verbiage were all catalysts for the launch of the UFC in an era where you could get to know the personality of your favorite fighter. He is the man who stepped up to welcome eventual company kingpin Anderson Silva to the octagon and later defeated his hero in the sport, Wanderlei Silva.

39. Mike Swick – Season 1
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 10-5
Overall Record: 15-6

38. James Vick – Season 15
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 4-0
Overall Record: 8-0

37. Bryan Caraway – Season 14
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 5-2
Overall Record: 20-7

36. Michael Chiesa – Season 15 Lightweight Winner
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 5-2
Overall Record: 12-2
Chiesa did a nice job in winner the “live” season of the show with the signature win of his career against Al Iaquinta in the finals. But since that fight, Iaquinta has grown by leaps and bounds, while Chiesa is basically the same fighter, even though that isn’t bad thing.

35. Roy Nelson – Season 10 Heavyweight Winner
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 7-7
Overall Record: 20-11
Nelson was the only bright spot of the wash that was the all-heavyweight season featuring Kimbo Slice. He demolished Slice in the first fight and knocked Brendan Schaub out cold in the finals. His UFC career has been a mixed mark, topping mediocre competition while falling against the top tier guys. Nelson has stayed entertaining, but only with some success.

34. Matt Mitrione – Season 10
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 9-4
Overall Record: 9-4
Despite losing in his career to Roy Nelson, Mitrione gets the nod higher because he’s just been more successful overall, more consistent and has grown more since the heavyweight season wrapped. While Nelson has stayed Nelson, Mitrione has altered his game to the point that he would likely win his season easily if it were to take place today.

33. Chris Holdsworth – Season 18 Bantamweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 6-0

32. Chris Lytle – Season 4
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 9-6
Overall Record: 31-18-5

31. Dennis Bermudez – Season 14
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 7-3
Overall Record: 14-5

30. Al Iaquinta – Season 15
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 7-2
Overall Record: 12-3

29. Josh Samman – Season 17
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 3-0
Overall Record: 12-2

28. Myles Jury – Seasons 13 and 15
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 6-1
Overall Record: 15-1
An interesting case study in the history of The Ultimate Fighter, Jury was injured during season 13 as part of Brock Lesnar’s team and forced to leave, brought back two seasons later for season 15 and lost to Al Iaquinta in the opening round, then proceeded to start his UFC career like a machine. Jury’s TUF days were not good to him, but he was probably one fight (his only career loss to Donald Cerrone) from getting a shot at the UFC lightweight title.

27. Melvin Guillard – Season 2
TUF Record: 0-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 13-9 (1)
Overall Record: 34-14-2 (2)

26. Patrick Cote – Season 4
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 8-6
Overall Record: 21-9
Cote lost to Travis Lutter on the “comeback” season in hopes of fighting Anderson Silva for the middleweight title, but did eventually get his shot. He went 4-4 after the show before a two year absence from the UFC. He is currently 4-2 since his return, winner of four of his last five inside the octagon.

25. Tecia Torres – Season 20
TUF Record: 1-2; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 6-0

24. Julianna Pena – Season 18 Women’s Bantamweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 6-2
Pena was not supposed to win her season, upsetting Ronda Rousey mate Shayna Bazler in the opening round and coasting to the end with her strong footwork and sturdy frame. An injury long delayed her return to the octagon, but she remains on track to be a title contender with another win or two in a division where Rousey has all but demolished everyone else.

23. Uriah Hall – Season 17
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 4-3
Overall Record: 11-5
What is there to say about Hall? Although just 4-3 in his UFC run including losing the finals of season 17 to Kelvin Gastelum and his high high-five fest with John Howard on the UFC’s debut on Fox Sports 1, who has had a bigger impact in recent years than Hall. His style is unique; his strikes come from all different places, in ways like Jon Jones. On the show, his head kick knock out of Adam Cella stands to this day and probably always will, as the best knockout in the history of the show and one of the best ever in combat sports. But behind that, he decimated Bubba McDaniel and Dylan Andrews. In his UFC career, he literally beat Chris Leben, a man known for having an iron chin, into retirement after one round. Hall’s record doesn’t scream success, but he sure is today one of the most must-see fighters in the UFC because if he comes out with killer instinct, he is going to plow through most men in front of him.

22. Carla Esparza – Season 20 Women’s Flyweight Winner
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 10-3

21. C.B. Dollaway – Season 7
TUF Record: 3-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 9-7
Overall Record: 15-7

THE TOP 20

The cream of the Ultimate Fighter crop. Not only did these guys have good runs on the show, they have had impactful and sustainable careers since they left the confines of the Ultimate Fighter’s Las Vegas gym.

20. Ross Pearson – Season 9 Lightweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 9-6 (1)
Overall Record: 17-9 (1)
The silent star of season 9, Pearson was less brash than most of his Team UK coaches and teammates, but slickly worked his way past his opponents and eventually teammate Andre Winner to take the crown. Since then, luck has rarely been on his side when he needed it most. He won his first three UFC fights before losing to Cole Miller and had back to back wins negated by a no-contest against Melvin Guillard and the robbery decision of all robbery decisions in a loss to Diego Sanchez. Still, Pearson has been consistent and always delivers knock down, drag out fights against the middle tier of the 155-pound division.

19. Neil Magny – Season 16
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 8-3
Overall Record: 15-4
A surprising star from the bad season 16 cast, Magny has risen in the welterweight division on the heels of seven straight wins. He recently lost to Demian Maia after a bump up in competition, but has still shown his ability to outwork opponents, and at 28, still has the years left to improve for those higher tier fights.

18. Michael Johnson – Season 12
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 8-5
Overall Record: 16-9
It has been no surprise that Johnson emerged as the top fighter from season 12. His loss to Jonathan Brookins in the show’s finale really catapulted him back in the right direction. He has beaten some high level opponents and was well on his way to a title shot before a recent robbery loss to Beneil Dariush. That said, he is still a top-10 fighter in the UFC’s most competitive division at 155 pounds.

17. Matt Brown – Season 7
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 13-7
Overall Record: 20-13
As Brown has made a name for himself in recent years, most people probably don’t even remember that he is a TUF alum. He was a victim of the Cinderella run by Amir Sadollah, but he has come out as the best fighter from season 7. His heavy hands have helped him dismantle welterweight opponents and he is one of the few TUF alums that can be considered top 5 in their UFC weight class in 2015.

16. Stephan Bonnar – Season 1
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 8-7
Overall Record: 15-9
I even gasped a little myself that one of the pioneers of The Ultimate Fighter in Bonnar is left out of the top 15. But consider his record and see that outside of his war with Forrest Griffin to determine one of the first TUF winners, Bonnar’s UFC career was mostly mediocre with wins over OK talent and losses to that same middle of the road type of guys, with the exception of Jon Jones and Anderson Silva. Bonnar’s war with Griffin made him a Hall of Famer and one of the most impactful fighters in the history of the show.

15. Joe Lauzon – Season 5
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 11-7
Overall Record: 25-10
Mr. Fight Night Bonus, Lauzon has churned out a sub .500 record but is almost always involved in the most interesting fight on the card on any given night. He has 13 bonuses since 2006 in the UFC and has topped former TUF champions Mac Danzig and Michael Chiesa, former UFC champion Jens Pulver and most recently stopped legendary Takanori Gomi in devastating fashion almost nine years after he made his UFC debut.

14. Tony Ferguson – Season 13 Welterweight Winner
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 9-1
Overall Record: 19-3
Somehow, quietly and without many people noticing, Ferguson has become one of the most dangerous TUF alums. He’s had two straight Fight of the Nights and recently topped former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson. He sits one win away from a who’s who list of guys who have won 7 or more fights in a row in the UFC where he would match (among others) Chuck Liddell, Jose Aldo, Cain Velasquez, Randy Couture and Pat Miletich.

13. Matt Serra – Season 4 Welterweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 3-3
Overall Record: 11-7
His win/loss record is mediocre, but it is hard to quantify the impact that Serra had on the history of the show when he won the “comeback” season of mostly washed up UFC veterans and proceeded to take his earned title shot to TKO perhaps the greatest of all time in Georges St. Pierre. It was the biggest upset in the history of the UFC, perhaps all of combat sports and it made Serra, thanks to the show, the UFC Middleweight Champion. His reign didn’t last and his career went out with a whimper, but Serra’s impact on the sport will outlast that of most.

12. Ryan Bader – Season 8 Light Heavyweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 12-4
Overall Record: 19-4
Bader slugged his way to the TUF crown and looked unstoppable winning his first five UFC fights and first 12 overall before falling to Jon Jones in a number one contender bout. He followed that up with a loss to Tito Ortiz that killed all momentum he had. Bader traded wins and losses for a while but has now won four straight and will fight Rashad Evans before the end of the year in a fight that has him back potentially one win from challenging for gold.

11. Kelvin Gastelum – Season 17 Middleweight Winner
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 6-1
Overall Record: 11-1
To this point, nobody has really proven that they can beat Gastelum. His lone loss to Tyron Woodley came mostly at the hands of Gastelum himself after missing weight badly and staying on the card for a fight he should have never have fought after going to the hospital during that weight cut. His demolition of Josh Samman on the show, title clinching win over the vicious Uriah Hall and his recent return to middleweight to stop former high level contender Nate Marquardt have all been fascinating to watch.

10. John Dodson – Season 14 Bantamweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 6-1
Overall Record: 17-6
Perhaps the most exciting fighter in the history of the show, Dodson has credibly established himself as the best flyweight fighter in the world not named Demetrious Johnson. The show was a great avenue for the smaller weight class fighters and Dodson has taken that to another level. He will get a chance to redeem his one UFC loss when he gets another shot at Johnson on September 5. A win would really shoot Dodson up this list and cement him as one of the very, very best to ever come from the show.

9. Gray Maynard – Season 5
TUF Record: 2-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 9-5-1 (1)
Overall Record: 11-5-1 (1)
Maynard has fallen off, there is no doubt about that. But not many guys from TUF can have claimed to get a title shot, in fact only three other than Maynard have done it from season 5 or later. Maynard got two chances and both times was a hair away from winning the lightweight title from Frankie Edgar. Maynard bullied guys around the octagon for years and was a pioneer of top level wrestlers in the UFC becoming heavy handed boxers.

8. Josh Koscheck – Season 1
TUF Record: 1-1; Post TUF UFC Record: 15-10
Overall Record: 17-10
Only one other former TUF competitor has more UFC wins that Koscheck, who has rode his big mouth and wrestling prowess to the top 10 of this list. His TUF 1 in-house rift with Chris Leben was all of the reality TV drama that you could ask for and his career was equally drama filled but also filled with big victories. When he knocked off former housemate Diego Sanchez, handing his first career loss, Koscheck’s stock went through the roof. By the time his during the fight trash talking pushed Paul Daley to sucker punch him post fight, Koscheck was the poster child bad boy of MMA. He was thoroughly trounced during his title opportunity against George St. Pierre, but he will always have a place as the biggest bad guy in the history of The Ultimate Fighter.

7. Nate Diaz – Season 5 Lightweight Winner
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 12-8
Overall Record: 17-10
The name Diaz equals must-see television and season 5 was a great launching pad for the worldwide audience who wasn’t familiar with his brother Nick, to see that Stockton-slap mentality. Diaz has twelve post-fight bonuses including Fight of the Night or Submission of the night in each of his first seven UFC fights and has fought for the UFC lightweight title while picking up wins at 155 and 170 pounds as well as at catch weight.

6. Diego Sanchez – Season 1 Middleweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 14-7
Overall Record: 25-7
For all of the hype that Bonnar and Griffin get, Sanchez is the original Ultimate Fighter, winning the first season’s middleweight title before the historic brawl took place. Sanchez’ crazy personality was a reality TV angle draw to the opening season and he continued that inside and outside of the cage his entire career whether it was as “The Nightmare” or “The Dream.” He has dished out and received tons of abuse inside the cage, including a bloody beat down at the hands of BJ Penn in Sanchez’ only title shot. But he has also won Fight of the Year on three occasions, most notably his 2009 split decision win over Clay Guida. Sanchez will soon become just the second man in UFC history to fight in four weight classes when he drops down to featherweight. With a win, he will become the first fighter to ever win in four divisions.

5. Kenny Florian – Season 1
TUF Record: 1-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 12-5
Overall Record: 14-6
Florian’s slick submission skills were always the highlight of his career. His ground prowess was so good that he got his first UFC title shot just four fights into his career, losing his opportunity at the lightweight title with a loss to Sean Sherk in just his second lightweight fight. He picked up six straight wins before losing a tough contest to BJ Penn for the lightweight belt and also lost a bid for Jose Aldo’s featherweight title making him 0-3 in title opportunities, but 12-2 in the UFC when gold wasn’t on the line. When Florian fought Diego Nunes in June 2011 in the 145-pound division, he became the first (and for the time being) only fighter to have ever competed in four different UFC weight classes. Florian has turned his successful in-cage career into being one of the most well known MMA television personalities.

4. Forrest Griffin – Season 1 Light Heavyweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 10-5
Overall Record: 19-7
If there is a face of The Ultimate Fighter, it is the bruised, bloody and beaten visage of Forrest Griffin, the man often referred to as “the original Ultimate Fighter.” http://sidelinesportsreport.com/10-years-ago-griffinbonnar-changed-the-world/ at the first TUF Finale was perhaps the biggest turning point moment for any sport ever. Griffin’s personality made him an attraction as much as his tendency to brawl did. His hairy chest and lack of a hulking over muscular build made him look more like the everyday working man than so many pro athletes do. When he captured the UFC Light Heavyweight title from Rampage Jackson, it catapulted him into a different stratosphere than almost every single TUF contestant ever, even if his overall career numbers in the UFC aren’t the best.

3. Michael Bisping – Season 3 Light Heavyweight Winner
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 17-7
Overall Record: 27-7
Partly because of his boisterous personality and partly because people just like to chant “U-S-A,” Bisping has caught a lot of flack in his lengthy UFC career. Bu the numbers don’t lie. Not only does he have the most wins of any Ultimate Fighter competitor in the show’s history, he sits third all-time in wins inside the UFC period. He has 17 of the 47 combined wins the cast of TUF 3 have had in the octagon since the show. The narrative of failing to win “the big one,” is well discussed with Bisping, but it pays no justice to all of the marvelous wins he does have, his technical striking or his virtually unrivaled gas tank and cardio. Bisping is a bona fide future Hall of Fame candidate, has found success often and likely will for some time to come.

2. TJ Dillashaw – Season 14
TUF Record: 2-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 8-2
Overall Record: 12-2
With eight career UFC wins already, he sits 25th in all-time wins post show for TUF contestants. But what Dillashaw has done in that time is as impressive as anyone. On the show he looked dominant before being clipped by John Dodson at the finale in his UFC debut. Since that fight, he is 8-1 with his only blemish being one of the company’s most contentious decisions in its history. After that, Dillashaw’s insane footwork and dangerous everywhere style saw him topple high ranked pound-for-pound fighter Renan Barao for the UFC bantamweight title weeks after Dana White referred to Barao as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He followed that up by toppling Joe Soto and then demolishing Barao in the rematch. Dillashaw has already established himself as one of the best fighters in the game and is one win, a “unification” with Dominick Cruz, away from being called the best bantamweight fighter in the history of the sport. And at 29, he has years and years to build of that sensational reputation.

1. Rashad Evans – Season 2 Heavyweight Winner
TUF Record: 3-0; Post TUF UFC Record: 14-3-1
Overall Record: 19-3-1
On the show, Evan’s personality shined through the brightest for the season as he ran through a field of heavyweights much taller than him as he walked around with too much weight. At the finale, he was outweighed by around 50 pounds and gave up an eight-inch height advantage to Brad Imes, yet still picked up the win. His career has been highlight reel knockout after highlight reel knockout, busting the chins of Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin, Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen. As his years are piling up, people look at Evans today like he has fallen off despite only having three blemishes on his record. Evans, a former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, has done something that nobody else can claim from the history of TUF and that is longevity in the rankings. While fighters like Michael Bisping are always in the liner notes to contender discussion, Evans has been the discussion for his entire UFC career. Today, going on ten years since he claimed his TUF prize, Evans is the #5 ranked light heavyweight contender in the UFC and a win in an upcoming bout with Ryan Bader could realistically earn him a title shot against either Daniel Cormier or Alexander Gustafsson.

Dan Vance

Dan Vance

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  2. Mike

    August 26, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Bubba McDaniel was choked out by Kelvin Gastelum, not KOed by Uriah Hall as mentioned twice in this

  3. Dan Vance

    Dan Vance

    August 26, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    McDaniel was in fact KO’d by Hall after winning the wild card matchup, but yes was too submitted by Gastelum. Ultimately it was the KO loss to Hall that eliminated him.

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