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Posted: Thursday June 18, 2009 2:39PM; Updated: Thursday June 18, 2009 2:42PM

Greatest T.U.F.'ers ... so far

8. Gray Maynard

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Patrick Cote
Season 4 contestant Patrick Cote (left) came out of a slump to earn a title shot.
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Maynard (8-0-1) lost to Season 5 winner Nate Diaz in the semifinals of the show. In his first UFC fight, which took place on the season's finale, Maynard was involved in a rare double KO, and the no-contest ruling is still the only blemish on his professional record.

"The Bully" is a solid contender in the lightweight division. His undefeated UFC run lands him in this spot, instead of Nate Diaz, even though they both have a promising career with the promotion.

9. Matt Hamill

Keith Jardine, who has a 14-6-1 record, or Stephan Bonnar (14-5) could possibly fill in here. Both have fought the toughest opponents the light heavyweight division has to offer. But the No. 9 slot was given to Hamill (8-2-0), a Season 3 vet, for multiple reasons.

Thought he sustained injuries that prematurely sidelined him at an early stage of the competition, Hamill earned a crack at Bisping at UFC 75, narrowly losing in one of the more controversial decisions in UFC history. A rematch was in order for UFC 78, but Hamill withdrew due to knee surgery.

Hamill's other loss is to friend, and former training partner, Rich Franklin, at UFC 88. He has an upcoming, pivotal fight against Brandon Vera at UFC 102. The bout will go a long way in determining Matt Hamill's contender status in the UFC light heavyweight division.

10. Patrick Cote

Every list needs a dark horse and, as such, Cote will be mentioned in lieu of graduates such as Diaz, Marcus Davis, Serra and Kendall Grove.

Cote (14-5-0) was on Season 4, which involved fighters who had previously enjoyed limited success in the UFC. Coming into the show with a 0-3 record, he made it to the finals, but lost to season's winner Travis Lutter.

With a less-than-stellar 0-4 record, the Canadian diligently bounced back to compile four consecutive wins, including a victory over Season 3 victor, Grove. The run earned Cote the shot at Anderson Silva's title that had previously eluded him.

At UFC 90, a tough Cote fought Anderson Silva to an unprecedented third round from the UFC champion. Unfortunately, he suffered a serious knee injury that brought his title dreams to a screeching halt.

Cote is currently recovering and eyes an October return to the Octagon. Look for the heavy handed striker to be back in the middleweight mix, possibly in a stand-up war against Wanderlei Silva.

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And there you have it: the top 10 Ultimate Fighters to date.

In time, Ryan Bader and Krzysztof Soszynski could quite possibly make an excellent case to be ranked among the show's best, as could Season 9's DeMarques Johnson.

The potential for these prospects are seemingly endless, and with another season already in the works, the top 10 could be jumbled soon.

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