The Ultimate Fighter: Where Are They Now? Season One (Part Two)
The First season of TUF featured the Light Heavyweights (186-205) and Middleweights (171-185) and was coached by Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture.
Part two looks into the Middleweights featured in the show.
- Diego Sanchez: Diego is the Middleweight season one winner. Since defeating Kenny Florian in the finale, he has moved down to his natural weight class at 170 pounds. He is currently sporting an 18-2 record, was undefeated until his rematch with Josh Koscheck and lost his next bout against Jon Fitch. Recently, he has defeated Pride and Shooto veteran David Bielkheden. His next fight will be against Luigi Fioravanti at the Ultimate Fighter Season 7 Finale.
- Kenny Florian: Since loosing to Diego Sanchez in the Finale, Florian has amassed a record of 7-1 inside the octagon, his only loss coming from a decision in his title fight against Sean Sherk. Florian has been on a four-fight win streak, recently defeating up-and-coming Joe Lauzon at Ultimate Fight Night 13. Look for Florian to be in line for the title in a short while.
- Josh Koscheck: After the show, Koscheck dropped to 170 to fight at Welterweight. He is sporting a 7-2 record following the shows finale, losing by submission to Drew Fickett and a unanimous decision to Georges St. Pierre. His next bout will be against Season 4 finalist and seasoned veteran Chris Lytle. With an ever-improving standup game and strong wrestling background, expect Koscheck to be a force to be reckoned with in years to come.
- Josh Rafferty: After being eliminated in the first round by Diego Sanchez, Rafferty has gone 3-1 in his career bouncing between a few organizations, but finding a home in the Xtreme Fighting Organization (XFO). His most recent fight was a first round TKO loss in February. Expect to see him again, probably not in the UFC, but in XFO.
- Nathan Quarry: Nate was forced to withdraw from the competition due to injury, but made a successful comeback in the finale defeating Lodune Sincaid by first round TKO. Following two more successful victories, both by first round (T)KO’s, He was given a title shot against then champion Rich Franklin, only to lose via devastating first round knockout. Following the bout, he had to go through numerous surgeries to correct chronic back problems. Nathan has since successfully returned by defeating Pete Sell via third round knockout. His next scheduled bout is against Season 3 cast member Kalib Starnes.
- Chris Leben: Leben has been busy since defeating Jason Thacker in the season’s finale. Sporting a 7-3 record following the show, Leben has lost to Jason MacDonald (submission), Kalib Starnes (decision), and current Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva (Knockout (non-title)). Following his most recent loss, Leben is 2-0 defeating Terry Martin and Alessio Sakara, both by (T)KO.
- Alex Karalexis: Karalexis is sporting a 4-3 record following the season’s end, finding a new home in the WEC. He was 4-0 follow back to back losses in the UFC and most recently lost via second round TKO in December of last year. Expect him to make a comeback.
- Chris Sanford: Chris has only had one fight following the finale, a first round submission victory in the WEC. However, that fight was in August of 2005.
Season two analysis will follow in the next couple of days.
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