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  1. Default A Brief History of 'Ultimate Fighter' Winners and Their First Post-TUF Fights

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    MMA Junkie reported yesterday that TUF 11 winner Court McGee will return to the Octagon at UFC 121 (October 23rd, Anaheim) against Ryan Jensen. In doing so, the well-bearded Utah native follows a proud tradition of Ultimate Fighter winners who take on middling veterans directly after winning their six-figure contracts, and beat them (most of the time) before eventually dropping in weight (some of the time). As a helpful reference, we decided to put together a timeline of those first post-TUF fights, as well as some relevant statistics. Starting at the beginning...

    Season 1 light-heavyweight winner: Forrest Griffin
    First post-TUF opponent: Bill Mahood (0-0 in the UFC at the time)
    Result: Griffin via submission (rear-naked choke), round 1
    Is Mahood still in the UFC? No, the fight against Griffin was Mahood's only Octagon appearance.
    Does Griffin still compete at light-heavyweight? Yes

    Season 1 middleweight winner: Diego Sanchez
    First post-TUF opponent: Brian Gassaway (0-0 in the UFC at the time)
    Result: Sanchez via submission (strikes), round 2
    Is Gassaway still in the UFC? No, the fight against Sanchez was Gassaway's only Octagon appearance.
    Does Sanchez still compete at middleweight? No. Sanchez immediately dropped to welterweight after the show, and has spent the majority of his UFC career there.

    Season 2 heavyweight winner: Rashad Evans
    First post-TUF opponent: Sam Hoger (2-1 in the UFC at the time)
    Result: Evans via split decision
    Is Hoger still in the UFC? No, he was cut after a subsequent loss to Lyoto Machida.
    Does Evans still compete at heavyweight? No. Evans immediately dropped to light-heavyweight after the show.

    Season 2 welterweight winner: Joe Stevenson
    First post-TUF opponent: Josh Neer (1-1 in the UFC at the time)
    Result: Neer via unanimous decision
    Is Neer still in the UFC? No, he was cut (for the second time) last year, following back-to-back losses against Kurt Pellegrino and Gleison Tibau.
    Does Stevenson still compete at welterweight? No. Stevenson dropped to lightweight following his loss to Neer.

    Season 3 light-heavyweight winner: Michael Bisping
    First post-TUF opponent: Eric Schafer (1-0 in the UFC at the time)
    Result: Bisping via TKO, round 1
    Is Schafer still in the UFC? No, he was cut (for the second time) earlier this year, following back-to-back losses against Ryan Bader and Jason Brilz.
    Does Bisping still compete at light-heavyweight? No. Bisping dropped to middleweight after three more fights at 205 pounds.

    Season 3 middleweight winner: Kendall Grove
    First post-TUF opponent: Chris Price (0-0 in the UFC at the time)
    Result: Grove via submission (strikes), round 1
    Is Price still in the UFC? No, he was cut after a subsequent loss to Ed Herman.
    Does Grove still compete at middleweight? Yes

    *Season 4 middleweight winner: Travis Lutter
    First post-TUF opponent: Anderson Silva (2-0 in the UFC at the time)
    Result: Silva via submission (elbows), round 2
    Is Silva still in the UFC? Yes, and he's still the middleweight champion.
    Does Lutter still compete at middleweight? Yes, but not in the UFC. Lutter holds the distinction of being the only Ultimate Fighter winner to ever be released from his contract.

    *Season 4 welterweight winner: Matt Serra
    First post-TUF opponent: Georges St. Pierre (8-1 in the UFC at the time)
    Result: Serra via TKO, round 1
    Is St. Pierre still in the UFC? Yes, and he's been the undisputed welterweight champion since defeating Serra in a rematch the following year.
    Does Serra still compete at welterweight? Yes

    Season 5 lightweight winner: Nate Diaz
    First post-TUF opponent: Junior Assuncao (1-1 in the UFC at the time)
    Result: Diaz via submission (guillotine choke), round 1
    Is Assuncao still in the UFC? No, he was cut directly after his fight with Diaz.
    Does Diaz still compete at lightweight? No. The crazy S.O.B. actually moved up to welterweight earlier this year, and will meet Marcus Davis at UFC 118.

    Season 6 welterweight winner: Mac Danzig
    First post-TUF opponent: Mark Bocek (1-1 in the UFC at the time)
    Result: Danzig via submission (rear-naked choke), round 3
    Is Bocek still in the UFC? Yes
    Does Danzig still compete at welterweight? No. Danzig immediately dropped to lightweight after the show.

    Season 7 middleweight winner: Amir Sadollah
    First post-TUF opponent: Johny Hendricks (0-0 in the UFC at the time)
    Result: Hendricks via TKO, round 1
    Is Hendricks still in the UFC? Yes, and he's still undefeated.
    Does Sadollah still compete at middleweight? No. Sadollah immediately dropped to welterweight after the show.

    Season 8 light-heavyweight winner: Ryan Bader
    First post-TUF opponent: Carmelo Marrero (1-2 UFC record at the time, but hadn't competed in the Octagon in two years)
    Result: Bader via unanimous decision
    Is Marrero still in the UFC? No, he was cut (for the second time) directly after his fight with Bader.
    Does Bader still compete at light-heavyweight? Yes

    Season 8 lightweight winner: Efrain Escudero
    First post-TUF opponent: Cole Miller (4-1 in the UFC at the time)
    Result: Escudero via KO, round 1
    Is Miller still in the UFC? Yes
    Does Escudero still compete at lightweight? Yes

    Season 9 welterweight winner: James Wilks
    First post-TUF opponent: Matt Brown (3-1 in the UFC at the time)
    Result: Brown via TKO, round 3
    Is Brown still in the UFC? Yes
    Does Wilks still compete at welterweight? Yes

    Season 9 lightweight winner: Ross Pearson
    First post-TUF opponent: Aaron Riley (2-3 in the UFC at the time)
    Result: Pearson via TKO, round 2
    Is Riley still in the UFC? Yes
    Does Pearson still compete at lightweight? Yes

    Season 10 heavyweight winner: Roy Nelson
    First post-TUF opponent: Stefan Struve (3-1 in the UFC at the time)
    Result: Nelson via TKO, round 1
    Is Struve still in the UFC? Yes
    Does Nelson still compete at heavyweight? Yes

    **Season 11 middleweight winner: Court McGee
    First post-TUF opponent: Ryan Jensen (2-4 in the UFC)
    Result: TBA

    * The stunt-premise of The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback was that the contestants all had previous UFC experience, and the winners would get title shots for their first post-TUF fights. Rather than compare apples and oranges, we'll just exclude this season from the following data.

    ** We'll also exclude TUF 11, as McGee vs. Jensen hasn't happened yet.

    - Success rate of TUF winners in their first fights after the show: 78.6% (11-3)

    - Number of TUF winners who still compete at their TUF weights: 7 out of 14
    ...excluding the five most recent winners from TUF 8-10: 2 out of 9

    - Of the TUF winners' first post-TUF opponents, number who had winning records in the UFC at the time: 5 out of 14 (Hoger, Schafer, Miller, Brown, Struve)
    ...excluding TUF 8-10: 2 out of 9

    - Of the TUF winners' first post-TUF opponents, number who still compete in the UFC today: 6 out of 14 (all from season 6 or later)

    - Overall UFC record of TUF winners to date, excluding their finale fights: 60-32-1
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    They should have included each fighter's UFC record like for example, Forrest's UFC record is 8-4 and it shouldn't include their fights on the show, only official fights...

    Edit: I shall do this task...


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    One thing must Tuf fighters for the show need to fight in a heaveir weight class, as cutting/keeping their weight down for six weeks would be impossible/ unhealthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeyP View Post
    that was awesome
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    Forrest Griffin 8-4 (one of three TUF winners to win a belt)

    Diego Sanchez 10-4 (fighter with most UFC bouts, has one failed title bout)

    Rashad Evans 10-1-1 (one of three TUF winners to win a belt)

    Joe Stevenson 8-5 (Ultimate Fighter winner with most losses)

    Michael Bisping 9-3 (one of three TUF winners of English Descent)

    Kendal Grove 7-4 (tallest TUF winner)

    Travis Lutter 1-2 Cut (UFC record AFTER the show)

    Matt Serra 3-2 (UFC record AFTER show) (One of three TUF winners to win a belt)

    Nate Diaz 7-3 (No good trivia from Diaz, really)

    Mac Danzig 3-4 (most likely will be released if he loses his next bout)

    Amir Sadollah 3-2 (only TUF winner with all proffesional bouts in a UFC cage)

    Ryan Bader 4-0 (one of 3 undefeated UFC records, only undefeated fighter with an overall record)

    Efrain Escudero 3-1 (only TUF winner of Mexican Descent)

    James Wilks 2-1 (one of two TUF winners of England Descent, the others are Pearson and Bisping)

    Ross Pearson 3-0 (one of 3 undefeated UFC records after the show)

    Roy Nelson 2-0 (one of 3 undefeated UFC records after the show)

    Court McGee 1-0 (most recent TUF winner)

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    Nate Diaz 7-3 (No good trivia from Diaz, really)
    Only TUF winner to be involved in a brawl in a different orgs cage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TBEAR View Post
    Only TUF winner to be involved in a brawl in a different orgs cage.
    Hahahahaha...that WAS pretty good...Instantly REP'd

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    Nate Diaz 7-3 (No good trivia from Diaz, really)
    what about being the first TUF winner to go up in weight instead of down
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sword View Post
    what about being the first TUF winner to go up in weight instead of down
    You know, I was kinda thinking about that, but I had in mind all the other fighters who went down weight and that was already said in the original post by Sakara...but now that I think of it, it does make pretty good sense..Rep'd

    Fact: Diaz has not fought at welterweight officially, only at catchweight...

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