Was there ever any doubt Griffin-Bonnar would be at the top of this list? Fittingly, the first season delivered the biggest TUF final in history thanks to the incredible heart shown by both Griffin and Bonnar. The bout was sloppy at best, as much of MMA still was nearly a decade ago, but the affable fighters gave it their all to the delight of fans everywhere. Their tilt is credited with launching the UFC’s popularity and saving a company Zuffa was ready to sell after losing tens of millions of dollars building up the brand. Bonnar and Griffin will forever be linked due to their bout and were even inducted into the Hall of Fame together.
In less than a week the UFC will crown two new Ultimate Fighter winners with the historic footnote of one becoming the first ever female TUF champ. How memorable the Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale match-ups are remains to be seen, as the male bracket was a mess due to byes stemming from two separate fighters failing to make weight. Regardless, the reality franchise has delivered plenty of entertainment over the years while awarding a crystal trophy and six-figure contract to some hungry competitor looking for a shot at stardom. Here are the five best… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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