To date, there have been twenty seasons of the show, two per calendar year. Archived from on December 14, 2009. Former winner returned to the show in the sixth season to coach alongside and oversaw a group of welterweight fighters. Archived from on November 27, 2010. Archived from on November 27, 2010.
The historic Forrest Griffin vs. The second season saw welterweights and heavyweights compete, featuring coaches and. The entry fights consisted of just one round, as opposed to the usual two with the possibility of a sudden death victory. The show's number one pick was Marc Stevens, who would go on to lose in one of the quickest submissions via guillotine choke in the show's history. Archived from on November 23, 2010. Archived from on November 27, 2010. Archived from on October 28, 2011.
Archived from on November 27, 2010. The historic fight in the first season drew millions of viewers to the show and launched the sport into the mainstream. The live season aired at the same time as , which was the first regional version of the show. Archived from on November 27, 2010. Archived from on June 6, 2012.
Archived from on November 23, 2010. Slice's fight against veteran attracted viewers to the sport, drawing an audience of 6. Archived from on November 27, 2010. Archived from on November 27, 2010. Archived from on November 27, 2010. The third season highlighted the long-standing rivalry between and.
The first two seasons, however, were very different from each following season. Archived from on November 27, 2010. They will combine old school training techniques with tests of brute strength. This new rule introduced a preliminary fight, in order to get into the house, which gave the coaches an early evaluation. Each season features either one or two weight classes in the tournament. The for the first season saw the historic bout of.
As such, these seasons did not feature their respective coaches in competition. His slot was taken by who defeated for the right, but Sadollah won in the final to become The Ultimate Fighter. In order to garner more attention for the sport, The Ultimate Fighter utilizes gimmicks: one notable example, in the ninth season, employed a country vs. In the first two seasons, fighters would also leave the house for good upon losing and this often resulted in odd numbers for teams, which forced the moving of fighters to opposing teams. Archived from on November 27, 2010. Additionally, the season was occasionally criticised after the cardio of the heavyweights came into question. Tito Ortiz was replaced in the final episode by.
The awards went to , and vs. Archived from on November 7, 2010. The show has undergone multiple format changes since its inception, including the introduction of the wildcard bout. The cast was considered to be one of the most notable in several seasons of the Ultimate Fighter, perhaps owing to this season being the first for the weight classes. Archived from on July 15, 2009. The show was dominated by Josh Koscheck's attempts to annoy Georges St-Pierre, with St-Pierre's paramedic getting involved in the arguments with Koscheck. In addition to the seasons which did not feature post-season fights between the coaches, several seasons have been impacted, forcing postponements.
The final fights saw become the first non-American winner, defeating and defeat. Archived from on November 22, 2010. Archived from on November 27, 2010. Seasons five to seven and ten to twelve have featured fighters from just one weight class each, with the other seasons focusing on two weight classes. Weeks later, Hecht met with Lorenzo Fertitta in Las Vegas.