The Ultimate Fighter: Where Are They Now?
The Ultimate Fighter has revolutionized the MMA world and it's still a very interesting show after 11 seasons. Fighters like Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping, and Roy Nelson have won the show and went on to become huge stars.
Others like Kenny Florian, Gray Maynard, Josh Koscheck, and Ben Saunders became stars even without winning the show. Then, there's the others, the ones who were eliminated from the show in early episodes, the ones who quit, and the ones that Dana simply kicked off.
What happened to those guys after the season?
Here is a list of fighters who have all competed in past seasons of The Ultimate Fighter and, as you will see, some have continued in the right path in search of greatness and others...well you'll see.
We all remember the guy who called Chris Leben a fatherless bastard and basically acted like a jerk on the first season of TUF. On the season finale, he lost a unanimous decision to Sam Hoger and never fought in the UFC again.
He transfered to Strikeforce and had his first fight against James Irvin, which ended in a no contest when both fighters fell out of the cage due to the door being unlocked. In his second Strikeforce fight, he captured the Heavyweight championship with a win over Vernon White. Southworth held the title from December 2006 to November 2008, when he lost to Renato Sobral.
Bobby hasn't fought since, he even tried out for season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter, but was left out.
After defeating Josh Rafferty at the finale of TUF 1, Alex Karalexis lost two straight fights in the UFC and was released. Luckily for him, a win five months later in a smaller organization got him a contract with the WEC as a lightweight fighter.
Since arriving in the WEC, he has won four of his six fights and is now training hard as he will meet Anthony Pettis at WEC 48: Aldo vs Faber.
Lodune ''The Vanilla Gorilla'' Sincaid came up short in the first season of TUF, losing to Bobby Southworth and Nate Quarry. After his loss to Quarry at the finale, he fought current season 11 fighter Kyacey Uscola and lost in a TKO in the second round.
Since leaving the UFC, Sincaid has a 7-8 record with notable fights against James Irvin and Jason ''Mayhem'' Miller. He also became the WEC Light-Heavyweight champion in 2006, a title he was never able to defend.
After his finale loss to Rashad Evans, Brad Imes was one of the fighters that stuck around in the UFC for a couple of fights. He was released in 2007 after a loss to Heath Herring at UFC 69.
He won five fights in a row after his release from the UFC, all by stoppage in the first round. In his next six fights, he wasn't as lucky, as he lost four of his six fights including one to Roy Nelson in 2008. In 2007 he was featured in a movie featuring Dolph Lundgren.
Petruzelli fought his last fight in the UFC against Wilson Gouveia at UFC Fight Night 9. After he was released, he became well-known as the man who knocked out Kimbo Slice at EliteXC Heat in 2008, sending the organization in a downward spiral.
He has only fought three times since his last UFC fight and has won all three of them by TKO in the first round.
Jason Von Flue
Von Flue remained active as a fighter even after his release from the UFC. He fought a total of nine times since his last UFC fight in 2006, but only won three of those nine fights.
Among his opponents were Cung Le and Pete Spratt—Von Flue loss to both of them.
Three straight losses in the UFC forced Josh Haynes to be released from the biggest MMA organization in the world. Following that, he picked up five wins in seven fights since leaving the UFC and actually defeated Sean Salmon by submission.
He was a contestant on Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge in 2007.
The beloved Brit Ross Pointon was never known for his impressive record, instead he was known for leaving it all in the octagon and fighting his heart out. He had his last UFC fight in 2007 and won two of his next four fights, including one to Marius Zaromskis.
Some will remember him better as the guy who tried to run straight through the wall in season four of TUF, but others might remember him as a legend who actually challenged Pat Miletich for the welterweight title at one point in his career.
At the end of the show, Burnett was announced that he needed major neck surgery before he could ever fight again. Mikey did undergo the surgery and never stepped foot in an octagon or a ring for that matter. He also filed suit against the UFC for the injuries he sustained during the show.
In 2008, he opened his own MMA gym in Oklahoma.
Jeremy Jackson was thrown off the show after jumping the fence just to get with a girl before actually fighting on the show. Sex proved to be a huge problem for Mr. Jackson as he was taken into custody in 2008 and charged with several counts of aggravated rape.
He is currently being held on $1 million bail.
At 37 years old, Mr. International Shonie Carter is still kicking ass and taking names. After a 2006 decision loss to Marcus Davis that sent him out of the UFC, Shonie has fought a impressive 16 times, losing only six of those fights.
He fought Carlos Newton in 2009, which was originally supposed to be for the W-1 welterweight championship, but since Newton failed to make weight, the title was not on the line. Carter ended up losing that fight anyway.
After a loss to Josh Neer in 2008, Din Thomas was cut from the UFC. His next three fights were decisive wins for Thomas, who was able to finish off his opponents before the third round.
He is set to fight former pro boxer Ricardo Mayorga on May 15 for the Shine Fights promotion.
I think everybody remembers Gabe, the guy who was begging for a colonic to make weight in his first fight?
Since being cut from the show because of a failed attempt of making weight, Gabe Ruediger has done a great job in smaller organizations. He has now won six of his last eight fights, all by submission in the first or second rounds.
Being a black belt in BJJ, Andy Wang never listened to his corner during the show and therefore was KO'd twice. After his finale loss to Cole Miller, he took two years off of MMA and finally returned to action in 2009 with two TKO wins and a draw.
Dan Barrera had only two fights on The Ultimate Fighter, but he made them exciting. Losing both times to Ben Saunders, once by split decision and the other by unanimous decision, Dan has continued his training in MMA.
He is also pursuing his master's degree in fire science and training full time with former UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn in Hawaii. He has won two of his last three fights since TUF.
After a heart-breaking loss to Mac Danzig in the finale of TUF 6, it took only 51 seconds for Speer to get KO'd by Anthony Johnson. With those two back to back losses, he was cut from the UFC.
Since then, he won three of his last five fights. Most recently, he lost a fight against Canada's Ryan Ford by first round rear naked choke.
Jon ''Warmachine'' Koppenhaver
Most of you already know that after being released from the UFC, Koppenhaver legally changed his name to War Machine and became a pornstar in 2009. After performing his first scene with Riley Steele, he attended another pornstar's birthday party and attacked several people.
He has since then been arrested twice and it seems his porn days are over. He recently stated he had some huge fights coming in June and that he was out of his depression...let's hope.
On season seven of The Ultimate Fighter, Cale Yarbrough was probably the least experienced. After the show, he lost by first round TKO to Tim Credeur at Ultimate Fights Night 14.
He has fought a total of seven times since his release from the UFC. He has won all of those fights with only one going to the decision.
Never before had a fighter been kicked off the show after actually making it to the finale. Well that's exactly what happened in season seven to Jesse Taylor. Since his release from the UFC, ''JT Money'' has been a busy man.
He won his next seven fights against such names as Drew Fickett and Chris Camozzi, from season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter. He then suffered two straight losses; one to Jay Hieron at Strikeforce Carano vs Cyborg and then another to Luke Rockhold. He bounced back with a win over former UFC fighter Jason Day in the first round.
He is set to fight former UFC fighter Thales Leites in Canada the day before UFC 113.
Browning is another fighter that hasn't seemed to be able to put the pieces together since leaving the show. On October 6th, 2009, he was arrested for the assault of three nurses at St-Rose Dominican Hospital. He tried to commit suicide while in the hospital and is currently wanted by the Las Vegas Police department.
He is scheduled to fight in Sweden on April 24, 2010.
Dollar's last UFC fight was at the finale when he lost to Jason Dent. Since the loss, he bounced back with a first round submission win over UFC fighter Kit Cope at Ring of Fire 36.
He has now decided to drop down to 145 pounds and is expecting a fight against Ian Stonehouse in May.
Wren dropped a razor close split decision to Jon Madsen on the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 10, therefore getting him cut from the UFC.
He fought at Ring of Fire 37 and picked up a first round TKO win over Josh Henry.
The crazy character that is Wes Sims was cut from the UFC after a poor performance on the show. His next fight came at Strikeforce: Miami against former pro wrestler Bobby Lashley. Lashley crushed Sims by TKO in the first round.
On June 4th, Sims will finally meet the man he has been wanting to fight since his first run in the UFC, fellow giant Tim Sylvia. They will fight for the IFC organization and it's heavyweight championship.
As all of you can see, some fighters took The Ultimate Fighter show and improved leaps and bounds since then. As for others, they hit rock bottom and are hoping for a second shot at glory.
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