Season(s): TUF 6
Notable Proteges: George Sotiropoulos, War Machine, Ben Saunders
Season Winners: None
Analyzing Matt Serra's time on The Ultimate Fighter is quite difficult.
On one hand, his team dominated the opening round, amassing a 6-2 record. On the other hand, in a genuinely strange turn of events, none of his fighters made it to the finals.
On one hand, just one of his fighters from the season remains with the UFC. On the other hand, Ben Saunders and Jon Koppenhaver (now known as War Machine) are both stars in Bellator. Meanwhile, George Sotiropoulos, at least for now, remains with the UFC, and, as you know, he coached The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes.
We know Serra is an amazing coach. He is the "Serra" in the Serra-Longo Fight Team, which is home to UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, as well as Al Iaquinta and (previously) Costa Philippou. His passionate shouting has made him one of the most identifiable cornermen in modern MMA.
Taking everything into account, Serra finds himself near the top of the pack based on the fact he's great at mentoring and developing fighters. However, he is away from the top spot due to his limited success on the series. TUF 6 was a relatively odd season, and "The Terror" could have found himself higher up if things had played out differently.