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Nate Diaz and the 10 Most Colorful Characters in Ultimate Fighter History

Jonathan SnowdenCombat Sports Senior WriterNovember 26, 2013

Nate Diaz and the 10 Most Colorful Characters in Ultimate Fighter History

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    There have been a lot of crazy people and wild characters on the set of The Ultimate Fighter.

    Shocked?

    Probably not. Considering it's a reality-television show designed to locate and publicize the best young cage fighters in the world, that likely doesn't come as much of a surprise.

    More than that, the UFC and the show's producers have actually encouraged antisocial and reckless behavior. After all, the bigger the hijinks and the louder the trash talk, the more camera time you get.

    And, in the reality-television business, camera time is the name of the game.

    Of course, the craziest of them all is a little too raw to care about those kinds of games. Nate Diaz's anger, aggression and "only in California" cool were all too real. Perhaps that's why fans seemed to love him so much?

    Diaz, who takes on fellow TUF veteran Gray Maynard in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale this Saturday on Fox Sports 1, had his ultimate reality television moment opposite Karo Parisyan in the show's fifth season.

    It was a certified "bro off."

    Diaz tried to keep his head. But there is only so much tough talk and play slapping a man can take. Especially when that man's last name is Diaz.

    "Do you know who I am?" Parisyan asked as the situation escalated, his self-regard both perplexing and comical.

    Diaz, in fact, knew exactly who Parisyan was. Karo had fought his brother Nick three years earlier. Diaz just didn't care, putting his mean mug on and pacing back and forth.

    "I'm going to pop him if he gets near me," Diaz said to no one in particular. "How about that? I'm not trying to have no conversation with that dude. I don't even like him, bro."

    Cooler heads prevailed. It was the one time in human history that cooler heads prevailing was the worst thing possible. Instead of a giant brawl, Parisyan eventually just got bored and left.

    Luckily, since it was his show, Diaz got the last word.

    "Learn how to act," Diaz said. "You don't come up grabbing people. Everybody knows that...F@ck that guy."

    It was the greatest moment in the show's history, courtesy of its most colorful character. But Diaz is not alone. Here are 10 other standouts who helped make The Ultimate Fighter both beloved and reviled.

    Have some to add to the list? Let me know in the comments.

Josh Koscheck

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    Season

    The Ultimate Fighter 1

     

    Finish

    Lost in the middleweight semifinals to Diego Sanchez.

     

    Highlight

    A season's worth of trash talk finally turned ugly after a night of drinking. Koscheck turned a water hose on a passed out Chris Leben, instigating chaos and leaving the house in ruins.

Diego Sanchez

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    Season

    The Ultimate Fighter 1 

     

    Finish

    Middleweight tournament winner and the first Ultimate Fighter.

     

    Highlight

    Sanchez stood apart from the typical meathead fighter, incorporating eastern mysticism into his routine. At one point he practiced yoga in the middle of a thunderstorm in order to harness the power of the storm.

Chris Leben

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    Season

    The Ultimate Fighter 1 

     

    Finish

    Lost to Kenny Florian in the middleweight tournament semifinals.

     

    Highlight

    Chris Leben was The Ultimate Fighter's first breakout star. An unrepentant trash talker, he had something to say to everyone in the house. Sometimes, however, actions spoke louder than words—like the time he "spritzed" on Jason Thacker's pillow.

     

Rashad Evans

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    Season

    The Ultimate Fighter 2

     

    Finish

    Won the Season 2 heavyweight tournament.

     

    Highlight

    The otherwise likeable Evans courted controversy with his demeanor in the cage. His unanimous-decision win over Tom Murphy infuriated opposing coach Matt Hughes who didn't like Evans' dancing and horse play during the fight, calling it "showboating."

Michael Bisping

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    Season

    The Ultimate Fighter 3

     

    Finish

    Won the season three light heavyweight tournament.

     

    Highlight

    Bisping, smarting from coach Tito Ortiz's perceived favoritism towards fellow wrestler Matt Hamill, lets his frustration get the better of him during training and in a subsequent drunken tirade.

Kendall Grove/Solomon Hutcherson

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    Season

    The Ultimate Fighter 3

     

    Finish

    Hutcherson lost in the elimination round to Rory Singer.

    Grove won the Season 3 middleweight tournament.

     

    Highlight

    The two middleweights blurred the line between Team Ortiz and Team Shamrock by creating their own entity—Team Dagger. The two, particularly the very funny Hutcherson, helped liven up the house during one of the show's most contentious seasons.

Shonie Carter

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    Season

    The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback

     

    Finish

    Carter lost to Matt Serra in the welterweight tournament semifinals.

     

    Highlight

    Carter attempted to push buttons throughout the season, but the apex, or nadir, depending on your perspective, was his various art projects. Although filling the pool with plastic bottles was among his ultimate triumphs, his promise that "there will be blingdom in my kingdom" was his greatest moment.

Jesse Taylor

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    Dana discusses Taylor's antics with the coaches
    Dana discusses Taylor's antics with the coachesscreen cap

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    The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest

     

    Finish

    Taylor was eliminated from the show after beating Tim Credeur in the semifinals when he went on a drunken Las Vegas tirade after the show finished taping.

     

    Highlight

    Did you read the above? "I just kept drinking and drinking," is how Taylor explained it, never a good way to begin a description of a night gone wrong, one that included kicking out the window of a limo. Dana White was not amused."

    This is my town, bro," he told a crestfallen Taylor before kicking him off the show. "I know f*cking everything that goes on."

Junie Browning

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    Season

    The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir

     

    Finish

    Browning lost to eventual winner lightweight tournament winner Efrain Escudero in the semifinals.

     

    Highlight

    Kind of a "lesser Leben," Browning's schtick seemed a little calculated to me. But he most definitely spent the season wilding out. His low point came when an argument with Shane Primm got physical. Browning threw a coffee cup at Primm, then punched him, but Dana White gave Browning yet another chance, one he promptly blew by getting choked out by Escudero.

     

Kimbo Slice

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    Season

    The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights

     

    Finish

    Slice lost to eventual winner Roy Nelson in the preliminary round.

     

    Highlight

    Kimbo Slice wasn't part of the cast of The Ultimate Fighter. Not really. From Day 1, when he was introduced to the rest of the fighters like he was Caesar returning triumphant from Gaul, he was different. A star.

    Slice, the street-fighting legend, brought an unprecedented audience to the show. He also brought a sensitive side few had seen before, perhaps best demonstrated by his "Inner me/Enemy" monologue.

     

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