Greatest T.U.F.'ers ... so far
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The lack of the obligatory moniker aside, Griffin (16-5-0) is as tough as they come. He is the original Ultimate Fighter and the poster boy for the popular series. His fantastic duel with
Griffin was also the second fighter from the show to win a title, when he defeated then-champion
Griffin will return after a string of in-fight injuries at UFC 101, where he'll face his toughest opponent to date: UFC kingpin
Evans (18-1-1) became the third fighter from the show to capture UFC gold when he beat Griffin at UFC 92. While you could make the argument that Evans should be ranked first because of that title victory, he does not possess the appeal of Griffin.
Still, "Sugar" has been relevant. After winning the second season of
Evans will make a return to show, only this time he'll be coaching, opposite Quinton Jackson. A win over Rampage in the Season 10 Finale could give Evans the chance to get back in title contention, and it may also allow the reserved Evans to better connect with fans.
Florian (13-3-0) is another original cast member. Competing as a middleweight, he defeated
For starters, Florian will be the second Ultimate Fighter graduate, after
Much like Griffin, Florian has been able to transcend the sport and find an appeal outside the Octagon. If he can pull off an upset at UFC 101, his stock will skyrocket and he would be favored to win a potential rematch with Sanchez.
Diego was a proud 17-0 fighter, before conceding back-to-back split decisions to
Having defeated Season 2 winner
Should Sanchez end up facing Florian, fans will be treated to a rematch of their first Ultimate Fighter Finale bout, and Diego would have a chance to, later, become one of only four Ultimate Fighter contestants to taste UFC gold.
This polarizing fighter was the light heavyweight division winner of Season 3. Bisping's popularity has since sky-rocketed, and he is a coach on Season 9. He will battle opposing coach, and MMA legend,
A win over Henderson would be the tipping point Bisping (18-1-0) needs to be considered a great fighter, and could propel him to the front of a crowded middleweight line vying for Anderson Silva's belt. If that is the case, the UFC will surely look to fill a British soccer stadium.
Bisping's only loss is a split decision to former light heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans.
Swick is coming off a UFC 99 win over Season 6 alumnus
Koscheck (14-4-0) has been the busiest of all, having fought 14 times since his stint on the show's first season. He lost in the semifinals to Diego Sanchez only to exact revenge at UFC 69.
The win earned him a fight with
Having suffered an upset in his latest outing, Koscheck will take on MMA veteran
Maynard (8-0-1) lost to Season 5 winner
"The Bully" is a solid contender in the lightweight division. His undefeated UFC run lands him in this spot, instead of Nate Diaz, even though they both have a promising career with the promotion.
Thought he sustained injuries that prematurely sidelined him at an early stage of the competition, Hamill earned a crack at Bisping at UFC 75, narrowly losing in one of the more controversial decisions in UFC history. A rematch was in order for UFC 78, but Hamill withdrew due to knee surgery.
Hamill's other loss is to friend, and former training partner,
Every list needs a dark horse and, as such, Cote will be mentioned in lieu of graduates such as Diaz,
Cote (14-5-0) was on Season 4, which involved fighters who had previously enjoyed limited success in the UFC. Coming into the show with a 0-3 record, he made it to the finals, but lost to season's winner
With a less-than-stellar 0-4 record, the Canadian diligently bounced back to compile four consecutive wins, including a victory over Season 3 victor, Grove. The run earned Cote the shot at Anderson Silva's title that had previously eluded him.
At UFC 90, a tough Cote fought Anderson Silva to an unprecedented third round from the UFC champion. Unfortunately, he suffered a serious knee injury that brought his title dreams to a screeching halt.
Cote is currently recovering and eyes an October return to the Octagon. Look for the heavy handed striker to be back in the middleweight mix, possibly in a stand-up war against
And there you have it: the top 10 Ultimate Fighters to date.
The potential for these prospects are seemingly endless, and with another season already in the works, the top 10 could be jumbled soon.