The UFC's Ultimate Fighter series returns later tonight with a new format and a much-needed revamping of the series that brought the sport to a whole new level seven years ago. To add to the new look and live drama, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will coach opposite former WEC champ Urijah Faber.
To kick off TUF 15, which airs live on FX at 9 p.m. ET, UFC commentator Joe Rogan looks back at some of his most memorable moments of the series in this special UFC video.
Rogan speaks for all of us when he talks about the significance of Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar from the debut season.
After an intense season featuring future top contenders like Josh Koscheck, Kenny Florian, Chris Leben and Diego Sanchez, Griffin and Bonnar fought in one of the more entertaining scraps ever in the history of the UFC.
Also covered is season five, which featured lightweight rivals B.J. Penn and Jens Pulver. It had been five years since Pulver defeated Penn to win the UFC lightweight belt, and the future pound-for-pound star was seeking redemption to put the rivalry to rest.
Penn did so by defeating Pulver at the TUF 5 finale and would go on to capture the lightweight championship by defeating Joe Stevenson at UFC 80.
In one of the more memorable seasons, former UFC light heavyweight champions Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson coached heavyweights before their much-anticipated fight at UFC 114. Evans would be the one to back up the trash-talk by winning a unanimous decision.
For this season, notable changes include the fights being broadcast live over 13 weeks. The season premiere will be a 2.5 hour episode featuring 16 bouts.