UFC Free Fights: TUF Preview Gives Fans Every Finale Fight in First 15 Seasons
The month of January 2013 is likely going to go down as the most free MMA in television history. Showtime offered a free preview weekend for the final Strikeforce event. Bellator will give us two incredible cards on SPIKE this month, and the UFC has events airing on FX and Fox.
In addition to the live events, the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 22. With coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, this is the most anticipated season of the show since Kimbo Slice brought some mainstream attention to Season 10.
In preparation for next week's debut, the official Ultimate Fighter YouTube page is offering the first 15 seasons full of tournament finals for free.
Scroll through this slideshow to see the full fight videos for each finale, including appearances from some of the biggest names in the sport, like Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin and Michael Bisping.
TUF 1 Finale: Kenny Florian vs. Diego Sanchez
Season 1 ended with a bang for the middleweights. Neither Diego Sanchez nor Kenny Florian stayed in this division for another fight, but they did a great job to get to the final against larger opponents.
In the semifinals, Sanchez bested Josh Koscheck while Florian earned a TKO stoppage against Chris Leben due to cuts.
TUF 1 Finale: Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar
This fight has been available to fans for some time, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable to watch. Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar at the TUF 1 finale remains one of the most epic battles in MMA history.
TUF 2 Finale: Joe Stevenson vs. Luke Cummo
Welterweights Joe Stevenson and Luke Cummo continued the tradition of epic TUF finales in this war of attrition. Their grappling in this fight is absolutely breathtaking and deserving of another watch.
If you are a first time viewer, it's hard to believe that neither of these fighters remain in the UFC.
TUF 2 Finale: Rashad Evans vs. Brad Imes
Rashad Evans has made his career as a light heavyweight, but it was the heavyweight tournament of Season 2 where he entered the UFC.
Evans and Imes went to war and ultimately Rashad pulled down a decision victory in this stellar affair.
TUF 3 Finale: Ed Herman vs. Kendall Grove
Not picking middleweight Ed Herman would certainly eat at Tito Ortiz throughout Season 3, so there was no surprise when "Short Fuse" made it to the tournament finale.
Herman met Kendall Grove in this bout that displays superb striking and some near-submissions.
TUF 3 Finale: Michael Bisping vs. Josh Haynes
Although Michael Bisping was expected to meet Matt Hamill in the tournament final, Josh Haynes would have to do as an opponent.
"The Count" did a great job of shutting down his blue-haired opponent, who was completely outclassed in this bout.
TUF 4 Finale: Matt Serra vs. Chris Lytle
Not every fight can be spectacular. Despite three seasons of incredible finale fights, Matt Serra and Chris Lytle put on a snoozer to end Season 4 of TUF.
Thankfully, at UFC 119, the duo squared off once again and put on a much more entertaining fight that will hopefully erase the memory of this sleeper.
TUF 4 Finale: Patrick Cote vs. Travis Lutter
Remember that guy who missed weight for his title fight against Anderson Silva? He got that opportunity by winning Season 4 of TUF.
Travis Lutter was the only member of his team to win in the first round of this tournament, and he went through Scott Smith, Pete Sell and Patrick Cote to win the whole tournament. Ironically, all three of the men he defeated ended up having more successful UFC careers than he.
TUF 5 Finale: Nate Diaz vs. Manny Gamburyan
When the UFC reinstated the lightweight division, a 155-pound season of TUF was in store. This was the first season that would produce only one winner, and the star power that emerged from Season 5 was incredible.
Nate Diaz and Manny Gamburyan met in the tournament final, although the season also brought us stars like Gray Maynard, Joe Lauzon, Matt Wiman, Cole Miller and Rob Emerson.
TUF 6 Finale: Mac Danzig vs. Tommy Speer
Mac Danzig and Tommy Speer met in the finals of Season 6 of TUF. It was a quick fight that displayed the grappling superiority of Danzig over a farm boy with freakish strength.
Few stars made their way from this season, with only George Sotiropoulos, War Machine and Ben Saunders making names for themselves after the event concluded.
TUF 7 Finale: Amir Sadollah vs. CB Dollaway
The seventh season of TUF was the first time in history where a finalist was removed. When Jesse Taylor went on a drunken rampage in Las Vegas prior to his scheduled fight with Amir Sadollah, the UFC was quick to replace him.
Sadollah quickly defeated his semifinal opponent, CB Dollaway, once again to claim the Season 7 crown.
TUF 8 Finale: Efrain Escudero vs. Philippe Nover
TUF 8 Finale: Ryan Bader vs. Vinny Magalhaes
Incredible wrestling vs. incredible submissions. That was the story heading into the Season 8 finale between Ryan Bader and Vinny Magalhaes.
Ironically, an enormous knockout would end this fight and give Bader the tournament crown and six-figure contract that hung in the balance.
TUF 9 Finale: Ross Pearson vs. Andre Winner
In the first ever country vs. country edition of TUF, two British stars would make it to the lightweight tournament finale.
Ross Pearson took on countryman Andre Winner in a battle that went the distance and saw Pearson take home the night's biggest prize.
TUF 9 Finale: James Wilks vs. DaMarques Johnson
In a battle between fighters who no longer fight for the UFC, the welterweight tournament finale saw James Wilks meet USA representative DaMarques Johnson.
Wilks came out on top and game the Brits a clean sweep in Season 9.
TUF 10 Finale: Roy Nelson vs. Brendan Schaub
For the first time since Season 2, the heavyweights came back into play during Season 10 of TUF. In the finale, former NFL player Brendan Schaub took on former IFL champion Roy "Big Country" Nelson.
In a display of his now-signature punching power, Nelson brutally knocked out Schaub in the first round.
TUF 11 Finale: Court McGee vs. Kris McCray
Season 11 of TUF gave Dana White and company the power to bring back someone who was eliminated in the first round. Ironically, finalists Kris McCray and Court McGee were both eliminated in their first fight after joining the house, but came back to do battle in the finals.
McCray won the wild-card round to return, and McGee was selected by Dana White to replace an injured Rich Attonito.
TUF 12 Finale: Michael Johnson vs. Jonathan Brookins
Georges St-Pierre doesn't know how to lose, even by proxy. In Season 12 of TUF, two fighters from Team GSP made their way to the finals and ensured that the UFC welterweight champion would coach the tournament champion.
Michael Johnson hurt Jonathan Brookins early and looked as if he was going to earn the stoppage, however, Brookins was able to survive and then control the final two rounds to win it all.
TUF 13 Finale: Tony Ferguson vs. Ramsey Nijem
Season 13 was the most recent season of TUF to have big-name coaches. With Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos at the helm, fans tuned in to see their favorite heavyweights training a quality crop of welterweight hopefuls.
Tournament winner Tony Ferguson is a monster. In the Season 13 tournament, he impressively knocked out all four of his opponents, including finalist Ramsey Nijem.
TUF 14 Finale: John Dodson vs. TJ Dillashaw
The 14th season of TUF returned to the dual-division format. In the bantamweight bracket, John Dodson met Team Alpha Male's TJ Dillashaw.
Dodson knocked out his opponent to claim the tournament championship and he will become the fourth TUF winner in history to challenge for UFC gold at UFC on Fox 6.
TUF 14 Finale: Diego Brandao vs. Dennis Bermudez
The featherweights of Season 14 refused to be outdone by their 135-pound counterparts. So when Diego Brandao met Dennis Bermudez in the tournament finals, it was a thrilling one-round affair that won both Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night honors.
Brandao came out on top with an armbar with only nine seconds left on the clock.
TUF 15 Finale: Al Iaquinta vs. Mike Chiesa
Coaches Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz weren't destined to fight after coaching Season 15 of TUF, although the mark was made on the lightweight cast.
Team Faber had two fighters in the finale as Al Iaquinta and Michael Chiesa battled for the tournament title.
Despite coming in as the underdog, Chiesa needed less than three minutes to choke out Iaquinta.