Greatest T.U.F.'ers ... so far
4. Diego Sanchez
Diego was a proud 17-0 fighter, before conceding back-to-back split decisions to Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch. Never one to be deterred, Diego brought his nightmarish pace to the lightweight division.
Having defeated Season 2 winner Joe Stevenson in his lightweight debut, Sanchez (22-2-0) will take on the frantic Clay Guida on the Season 9 finale this Saturday in a bout that may be more appropriate for the Fourth of July. A win for Sachez would have title shot implications, or at least a fight against the loser of the upcoming Penn vs. Florian championship fight.
Should Sanchez end up facing Florian, fans will be treated to a rematch of their first Ultimate Fighter Finale bout, and Diego would have a chance to, later, become one of only four Ultimate Fighter contestants to taste UFC gold.
5. Michael Bisping
This polarizing fighter was the light heavyweight division winner of Season 3. Bisping's popularity has since sky-rocketed, and he is a coach on Season 9. He will battle opposing coach, and MMA legend, Dan Henderson at UFC 100.
A win over Henderson would be the tipping point Bisping (18-1-0) needs to be considered a great fighter, and could propel him to the front of a crowded middleweight line vying for Anderson Silva's belt. If that is the case, the UFC will surely look to fill a British soccer stadium.
Bisping's only loss is a split decision to former light heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans.
6. Mike Swick
Mike Swick went 5-0 as a middleweight before running into a much bigger Yushin Okami. After the decision loss, Swick (13-2-0) dropped down to the welterweight division, where he has compiled a four-fight win streak. It's hard to believe Swick started out on Season 1 as a light heavyweight, losing to Bonnar in the semifinals.
Swick is coming off a UFC 99 win over Season 6 alumnus Ben Saunders, and has likely earned a top-contender status. He could be next on a growing list of Ultimate Fighters to earn a title shot.
7. Josh Koscheck
Koscheck (14-4-0) has been the busiest of all, having fought 14 times since his stint on the show's first season. He lost in the semifinals to Diego Sanchez only to exact revenge at UFC 69.
The win earned him a fight with Georges St. Pierre to determine the No. 1 contender at the time, though he took a unanimous loss at UFC 74.
Having suffered an upset in his latest outing, Koscheck will take on MMA veteran Frank Trigg at UFC 103, and a win will be critical to Koscheck moving forward in the welterweight division.