Winning The Ultimate Fighter is never easy. Even when a guy doesn't win it, he's never the same. Success takes a true mix of grit, skill, determination and perhaps even a little luck.
Coaching is also a key element in the success of many fighters who appear on the show. Bad coaching can end a guy's run before it starts, while good coaches can make a man more than he ever thought he could be in the cage.
TUF: The Smashes coach Ross Pearson is one of six men who won the show and went on to become a coach himself. Here's a look at guys who have made the jump.