The Ultimate Fighter

The Ultimate Fighter

Jan. 17, 2005
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Creator

Frank Fertitta III

Cast

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Synopsis

The Ultimate Fighter is an American reality television series and mixed martial arts competition produced by the FX Network and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It previously aired for fourteen seasons on Spike TV. The show features professional MMA fighters living together in Las Vegas, Nevada, and follows them as they train and compete against each other for a prized contract with the UFC. The series debuted on January 17, 2006, with its first episode, “The Quest Begins”. To date, there have been twenty seasons of the show, two per calendar year. Each season features either one or two weight classes in the tournament.

The historic Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar fight in the first season drew millions of viewers to the show and launched the sport into the mainstream. Because of this success, The Ultimate Fighter was regarded as instrumental to the survival and expansion of the UFC and mixed martial arts into the mainstream. Many current and past UFC fighters are alumni of the show, with some competitors going on to become coaches in future seasons. The show has undergone multiple format changes since its inception, including the introduction of the wildcard bout. Many winners have gone on to compete for UFC championships with some becoming UFC champions.

Original title The Ultimate Fighter
Firt air date Jan. 17, 2005
Last air date Sep. 20, 2017
Seasons 26
Episodes 390
Status Returning Series

Seasons and episodes

1 Season 1 Jan. 17, 2005
2 Season 2 Aug. 22, 2005
3 Season 3 Apr. 06, 2006
4 Season 4 Aug. 17, 2006
5 Season 5 Apr. 05, 2007
6 Season 6 Sep. 19, 2007
7 Season 7 Apr. 02, 2008
8 Season 8 Sep. 17, 2008
9 Season 9 Apr. 01, 2009
10 Season 10 Sep. 16, 2009
11 Season 11 Mar. 31, 2010
12 Season 12 Sep. 15, 2010
13 Season 13 Mar. 30, 2011
14 Season 14 Sep. 21, 2011
15 Season 15 Mar. 09, 2012
16 Season 16 Sep. 14, 2012
17 Season 17 Jan. 22, 2013
18 Season 18 Sep. 04, 2013
19 Season 19