On Saturday night, Spike will air "The Ultimate Fighter" for the final time. After 14 seasons, the show that helped jump start the UFC's popularity will move to the Fox family of networks. MMA Fighting broke the show down by the numbers, pointing out that three TUF alumni won championships, two left the show during tapings because of their girlfriends, and one competed in four different weight classes. The show has created countless memories, which Kevin Iole wrote about here, and you so kindly shared on your Facebook page.
Both Jason Moles and Larry Morgan mentioned the season one incident when much of the cast was drunk, and Josh Koscheck sprayed Chris Leben with a hose as he slept outside. Morgan also liked the run-ins between coaches Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz, as well as Matt Riddle's devastating knockout to get into the house.
Nick Thompson's favorite moments involved season five's Andy Wang. "To BJ giving him the boot, to him getting destroyed on the finale, and the uncontrollable crying following each of those events, Andy "Waaaaaaaaahhhhhh"ng!" Dan Burjooly's favorite also came from season five, when Nate Diaz and Karo Parisyan argued and argued and argued.
Two memories came from the 14th season. Morgan offered Johnny Bedford's knockout and confusion as to where he was after the bout, and James Guerino liked the the trash talk that Akira Corassani offered.
For me, I loved all the coaches' challenges, Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans' many shouting matches, and Josh Koscheck's heel attitude from day one. But my very favorite was a quiet moment between Jens Pulver and Nate Diaz from the fifth season. As Pulver prepared Diaz for a fight, Diaz, who is known for having a mouth, showed his appreciation to Pulver. "I'm really glad you're my coach," Diaz said.
That short moment gave a great glimpse into the relationship between a coach and fighter. It was sweet, and still sticks out in mind years after the show aired.
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