How Past TUF Winners Are Faring in Today's MMA

Tim McTiernan@tmt2393Correspondent IMay 20, 2014

How Past TUF Winners Are Faring in Today's MMA

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    In 2005, the UFC had its first season of its reality show, The Ultimate Fighter. In the nine years since, there have been 23 iterations of the show, with the 24th currently on TV.

    In those nine years and 23 seasons, there have been countless fighters who have made it to the UFC and 34 fighters who can say they are TUF winners.

    Some of the past winners are retired, some are in other organizations and some are still with the UFC.

    Let's take a look at how past winners are doing these days.

Retired

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    Forrest Griffin won the first season of The Ultimate Fighter in the light heavyweight division. Griffin went 10-5 in his UFC career and also won the light heavyweight title. Throughout his career, Griffin earned four Fight of the Night awards, three Fight of the Year awards, one Submission of the Night and one Upset of the Year. Griffin's final fight came against Tito Ortiz at UFC 148, a fight Griffin won by unanimous decision.

    Travis Lutter won the fourth season of TUF in the middleweight division. Winners of Season 4 were granted immediate title shots, and Lutter was set to fight Anderson Silva for the belt. Then he missed weight, was submitted, lost his next fight to Rich Franklin and was cut. Outside the UFC he would fight Jason MacDonald and Rafael Natal and then retire.

    Matt Serra was the second winner from Season 4, this time in the welterweight division. Serra had an immediate title shot against Georges St-Pierre, which almost every MMA fan knows he won, in a tremendous upset. Serra only fought four more times over the next four years, losing a rematch to GSP, a decision to Matt Hughes, knocking out Frank Trigg and then losing a decision to Chris Lytle in 2010. Serra did not offically retire until May 2013.

    Mac Danzig won the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter in the welterweight division. He returned to lightweight immediately following that victory. He went 5-8 in his career, with three Fight of the Night awards and one Knockout of the Night. He lost three straight to end his career, retiring three months after his last fight, in March 2014.

    James Wilks won Season 9 of TUF in the welterweight division. He fought twice in 2009 and twice in 2010. His record was 2-2. He retired in May 2012.

Other Organizations

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    Jonathan Brookins won Season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter as a lightweight. He went 2-3 in his UFC career, and he retired following a loss to Dustin Poirier in 2012. He un-retired in March 2014 and earned a submission victory in his flyweight debut with Legacy FC.

    Joe Stevenson won Season 2 of TUF as a welterweight. Stevenson went 8-8 with the UFC, although he lost his last four fights while with the organization. Following a decision loss in his featherweight debut, he was cut. He would go on to sign with Resurrection Fighting Alliance and lose in his debut. That was in 2012.

    Kendall Grove won the third season of The Ultimate Fighter as a middleweight. Grove went 7-6 with the UFC, with two Fight of the Night awards. Grove was cut in 2011 following losses to Demian Maia and Tim Boetsch. Grove has fought in several organizations, but he is now with Bellator.

    Efrain Escudero won the eighth season of TUF but did not stick around very long. Escudero had five fights, going 3-2. He lost his last one to Charles Oliveira, and he also missed weight. Following that, he was cut. He was re-signed in 2011 to face Jacob Volkmann, and he lost. He had one more shot in the UFC against Mac Danzig and also lost. Following that, he was cut a second time.

Seasons 1 Through 5

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    Diego Sanchez won the first season of The Ultimate Fighter in the middleweight division. His record since then is 13-7, with seven Fight of the Night awards. He is 2-3 in his last five fights, having lost his last two in a row. He is currently unranked.

    Rashad Evans won Season 2 of TUF as a heavyweight. His UFC record is 14-3-1, with two Knockout of the Nights and one Fight of the Night awards. Evans won the light heavyweight title in 2008 and failed to defend it. He had a second title shot in 2012 and lost to Jon Jones. He is 3-2 in his last five fights, with two wins in a row. He is currently ranked No. 2.

    Michael Bisping won Season 3 of The Ultimate Fighter as a light heavyweight. He is 14-6 in the UFC, with three Fight of the Night awards. Bisping has had two middleweight title eliminators, losing to Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen. He is 2-3 in his last five fights, having alternated losses and wins. He is currently ranked eighth.

    Nate Diaz won the fifth season of TUF as a lightweight. Diaz is 12-7 in his UFC career, with six Submission of the Nights, five Fight of the Nights and one Knockout of the Night. Diaz had a title shot in 2012 and lost via a unanimous decision to Benson Henderson. He is 3-2 in his last five, rebounding most recently with a win following two straight losses. He is currently unranked due to inactivity.

Seasons 6 Through 10

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    Amir Sadollah won Season 7 of The Ultimate Fighter as a lightweight. Sadollah has had every professional fight in the UFC and holds a record of 6-4. Sadollah now fights as a welterweight, and his record in his last five is 3-2, having lost most recently to Dan Hardy. He has been inactive since September 2012.

    Ryan Bader won the eighth season of TUF as a light heavyweight. Bader has gone 9-4 since winning the show, with one Submission of the Night over Vladimir Matyushenko. Bader has gone 3-2 in his last five, alternating wins and losses. He is ranked 10th in the light heavyweight division.

    Ross Pearson won Season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter as a lightweight. He is 7-3 [1 NC] in the UFC with two Fight of the Night awards. Pearson is 3-1 [1 NC] in his last five. He is unranked.

    Roy Nelson won the 10th season of TUF in the heavyweight division. Nelson has gone 7-5 since winning the show, with four Knockout of the Nights, one Fight of the Night and one Performance of the Night. All seven of his wins have come by (T)KO, and all five of his losses have been by decision. He is currently ranked ninth.

Seasons 11 Through 15

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    Court McGee won Season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter as a middleweight. McGee has gone 5-3 during his time in the UFC, with two finishes and one Submission of the Night. He is 2-3 in his last five, suffering a loss in his most recent outing following two decision wins.

    Tony Ferguson won Season 13 of TUF as a welterweight. Ferguson returned to lightweight after winning the show and is 4-1 in his UFC career, with three finishes and one Submission of the Night and Knockout of the Night. He is scheduled to fight this weekend.

    John Dodson won the 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter as a bantamweight. Dodson returned to flyweight immediately after winning the show. Overall, he is 4-1 in the UFC, with three finishes, two Knockout of the Nights, one Fight of the Night and one failed title shot. He is ranked No. 1.

    Diego Brandao was the second winner from Season 14 of TUF, although Brandao won in the featherweight division. Brandao is 4-2 in his UFC career, with two finishes and one Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night. He is currently ranked No. 15.

    Michael Chiesa won Season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter as a lightweight. Chiesa is 3-1 in the UFC, with three submission finishes and two Submission of the Night awards.

Brazil Through Brazil 2

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    Rony Jason won the first international edition of The Ultimate Fighter, as he won TUF Brazil in the featherweight division. He has gone 4-1 in the UFC, with three finishes and one Knockout of the Night. His only loss came against Jeremy Stephens. He is scheduled to fight at the end of this month.

    Cezar Ferreira was the second winner from TUF: Brazil, this one from the middleweight division. Ferreira has gone 3-1 with one finish. His most recent fight was a TKO loss to C.B. Dollaway.

    Colton Smith won Season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter in the welterweight division. Smith beat Mike Ricci to win Season 16, then he lost his next fight to Robert Whittaker. Smith then dropped to lightweight and lost by submission to Chiesa.

    Norman Parke was a winner in the lightweight division from The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes, featuring Team Australia vs. Team UK. Parke has gone 3-0-1 in the UFC, with three decision wins. His most recent fight was a draw in which he was deducted one point for grabbing the shorts of Leonardo Santos.

    Robert Whittaker is the second winner from The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes, in the welterweight division. Whittaker is 2-2 in the UFC, having lost two straight to Court McGee and Stephen Thompson.

    Kelvin Gastelum won Season 17 of TUF as a middleweight, with a decision over Uriah Hall. Since then, Gastelum has won two more, over Brian Melancon in Gastelum's welterweight debut and over Rick Story at UFC 171.

    Leonardo Santos won the second season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, in the welterweight division. Santos has fought once since then, a majority draw with Norman Parke.