With the 13th season of The Ultimate Fighter just weeks away, I got to thinking who has had the most successful UFC career since the show. Three of the fighters have won UFC titles, but none have successfully defended them. Some of the fighters on the show fought in the UFC prior to their time on TUF. These rankings only reflect post-TUF statistics.
Rating System: Win= 3 points. Loss= -2 points. Draw= 1 point. No contest= 0 points. Title Shot=3 points. Title Win=10 points. Title Defense=5 points.
Obviously at this point, the system will show the earlier season’s contestants near the top, but remember, they have to be successful to still be in the UFC, or else they would be like Travis Lutter.
1. Rashad Evans – 10-1-1 – UFC 1-1 Title Fights – 42 points
Evans, the season 2 winner has had a great UFC career to this point, winning the light heavyweight title from Forrest Griffin. He lost his only title defense to Lyoto Machida, but has worked his way back top contender status. He was in line for a title shot, but had to pull out due to injury.
Tie-2. Forrest Griffin – 9-4 UFC – 1-1 Title Fights – 32 points
Griffin, the season 1 winner defeated Quinton Jackson to win the light heavyweight title, but quickly lost to Evans. He holds victories over four former UFC champions during his UFC tenure. He has looked bad at times (look at the Keith Jardine and Anderson Silva fights) but he is always charging forward.
Tie-2. Josh Koschek – 13-5 UFC – 0-1 Title Fights – 32 points
Kosceck is one of the most improved fighters from all the TUF seasons. Appearing in the first season, Kosceck was strictly a wrestler but has evolved his game. The public assault we all witnessed from Georges St-Pierre doesn’t take anything away from Kosh here.
Tie-4. Kenny Florian – 11-4 UFC – 0-2 Title Fights
Now entering his fourth weight class in the UFC, Florian, a season 1 fighter, has looked impressive until he fights the top fighters in those divisions. He has defeated tough guys in Roger Huerta and Takanori Gomi, but has been no match for Sean Sherk and B.J. Penn. He will make his featherweight debut at UFC 131.
Tie-4. Diego Sanchez – 12-4 UFC – 0-1 Title Fights
The man who beat Florian in the middleweight finals of TUF 1 has also made his way through various weight classes. Now in his third weight class, he has earned impressive victories over Nick Diaz, Clay Guida and Martin Kampmann, but was dominated in his lone title shot against Penn.
6. Gray Maynard – 8-0-1-1 NC UFC – 0-0-1 Title Fights – 28 points
7. Michael Bisping – 11-3 UFC – 27 points
8. Matt Hamill – 9-2 UFC –23 points
Tie-9. Chris Leben – 11-6 UFC – 21 points
Tie-9. Mike Swick – 9-3 UFC – 21 points
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