For many MMA fans, the Ultimate Fighter represents not only a look into the lives and mentalities of mixed martial artists, but also an opportunity to see fighters burst into the spotlight after six weeks of seclusion in a Las Vegas House.
Drama and chaos have come to epitomize the show and it has culminated in a rematch between semi-finalists. Of course, that all would come in due time.
First, a few fights of the people not good enough (who decided that, I have no idea) to warrant a main event, or even the main card:
Rob Kimmons (7-1) defeated Rob Yundt (6-2) by submission due to gullotine choke at 3:52 in the first round.
Dean Lister (10-5) defeated Jeremy Horn (88-17-5) via submission due to guillotine choke at 3:58 in the first round.
Matt Brown (9-6) defeated Matt Arroyo (3-1) via TKO at 3:30 in the second round.
Drew McFedries (6-3) defeated Marvin Eastman (15-7-1) via TKO at 1:08 in the first round.
Dustin Hazelett (12-5) defeated Josh Burkman (20-5) via submission due to arm bar at 4:46 in the second round.
And on the main card:
Matt Riddle (0-0) defeated Dante Rivera (10-2) by unanimous decision, proving once and for all that a fighter saying that they would retire if they lost (Rivera) just sounds dumb.
Spencer Fisher (22-3) defeated Jeremy Stephens (13-2) via unanimous decision, proving once and for all that if Fisher bleeds during the fight, it is going to be a fight worth watching.
Diego Sanchez (20-2) defeated Luigi Fioravanti (12-3) via TKO at 4:07 in the third round, proving that grapplers can knock people out, but should probably stick to what they do best.
Amir Sadollah (1-0) defeated CB Dollaway (7-1) via arm bar in the first round, proving that sometimes, nice guys win it all. Congratulations to Amir who has shown more heart that perhaps any other fighter ever to appear on The Ultimate Fighter.
And in the main event:
Kendall Grove (10-5) defeated Evan Tanner (34-7) via split decision (30-26, 29-28, 30-26), proving that a former middleweight champion working on sobriety and coming off a loss to Yushim Okami might not be ready for a main event fight.