The Ultimate Fighter: Where Are They Now? Season Three

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The Ultimate Fighter: Where Are They Now? Season Three

The third season of TUF featured the Light Heavyweights (186-205) and Middleweights (171-185) and was coached by Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz.

 

Middleweights

Mike Stine has not been seen since the show's end. No news to report.

Kendall Grove, the Middleweight winner, has gone 2-2 since defeating Ed Herman in the finale.  He is currently on a two-loss streak, dropping both fights via first round knockout. 

His next bout will be against former champion in Evan Tanner in the Season Seven finale.

Rory Singer is currently 2-3 following the finale.  After going 1-2 in the UFC, he is floating between organizations. 

His last two fights have been losses both by submission and TKO, and the most recent fight was in March.  He should be seen again but with another organization.

Danny Abbadi has not had a very successful career.  He lost his first two professional fights in the UFC, found a victory in World Extreme Fighting, and then suffered two more losses. 

His overall record is 1-4, and his most recent fight ended in a decision loss in October. It is unknown if he’ll be seen again.  My guess is not.

Kalib Starnes’ career has been back-and-forth since the finale.  After defeating Danny Abbadi in the finale, he has lost to Yushin Okami (TKO), beat Season One cast member Chris Leben (unanimous decision), and lost to Alan Belcher (TKO-Cut). 

Following this pattern, he may win his next bout.  However, that fight is against Season One alum Nathan Quarry on the upcoming UFC 83 card.

After losing to Luigi Fioravanti in the finale’s undercard, Solomon Hutcherson has gone 3-0 in his career, bouncing between as many organizations as well. 

His last fight was a first round TKO in March.  Expect to see him again.

Ed Herman lost in the finale to the Middleweight winner Kendall Grove, and he was also awarded a contract. 

His first appearance following the show was a submission loss to Jason MacDonald.   After that particular fight, he has won his last three by finishing with knockout or submission. 

Herman’s next fight will be against undefeated (6-0) Damian Maia at UFC 83 coming up on the 19th of this month.

Ross Pointon has been struggling since the show ended.  He is 1-3 between two organizations, Cage Rage and the UFC. 

His most recent bout was a TKO loss (cut) in Cage Rage in December.  He will have his next fight for the Cage Rage organization in May.

 

Light Heavyweights

After becoming the Light Heavyweight winner of Season Three, Michael Bisping went undefeated until his bout with Rashad Evans (losing via split decision). 

This was his second split decision in as many fights, the previous against Matt Hamill, which ended in the controversial decision.

After his loss to Rashad, Bisping announced his drop in weight to the Middleweight division. He makes his Middleweight debut against Ultimate Fighter Season Four participant, Charles McCarthy.

Noah Inhofer willingly left the show in Episode Six after receiving a letter saying his girlfriend was cheating on him. 

Following this event, he has had two fights in the cage with one win and one loss.  The loss was the last fight and took place in June of last year.  A return is unknown at this time.

Josh Haynes, the Light Heavyweight finalist, has struggled a little since losing to Michael Bisping.  He was given two shots in the UFC, losing both by decision and Knockout. 

He has then bounced between organizations since these losses.  His last fight was a decision win in the International Fight League (IFL) in February of this year.  Chances are he will be seen again.

Matt Hamill had to withdraw from the competition due to injury but has since made a successful career in the UFC.  After winning three straight, he was given a chance to fight the man he should have faced in the show’s finale: Michael Bisping. 

The fight ended in a controversial decision loss for Hamill, who has since returned to defeat Tim Boetsch with a second round TKO earlier this month.  We will see Matt Hamill again.

After losing to Matt Hamill in the show’s finale, Jessie Forbes has not had a fight inside the UFC.  However, he has amassed a 5-1 record in six different organizations. 

He will be around the fight game for awhile to come, whether or not it’s the UFC is to be seen.

Kristian Rothaermel turned down a chance to come back to the show and compete in the semi-finals against Michael Bisping. 

He was given another shot against Season Two participant Rob MacDonald, a fight he lost. This was his last recorded fight (June 2006) and with a 4-3 record, a return appears unlikely.

Also giving up a chance to come back to the show is Tait Fletcher, who has not had a fight in the UFC.

His only fight following the show was in August of last year, which ended in a victorious split decision.  Whether or not a comeback is in progress is up for debate.

Mike Nickels has had mixed results following his stay in The Ultimate Fighter House. 

After defeating Wes Combs in the show’s finale, he went on to win in a Ring of Fire event then make it back to the UFC against Stephan Bonnar (his first fight back from suspension). 

This fight ended in a first round submission loss for Nickels.  The next time we’ll see Nickels is unknown at this time.

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