Crunching the numbers: Season-by-season TUF breakdown

by • September 14, 2012 • News, UFCComments (1)

The Ultimate Fighter returns to the tubes in literally hours from now with a season coached by a pair of heavyweights with Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin. If you’ve watched this series for longer than a cup of coffee you’ve seen all the paper mache doors torn from their hinges and bodily fluids placed in or on just about anything you can think of.

This may come as a surprise to you, but actually the purpose of the series is to find high-level fighters and not to prove your worth as a serious prankster. Here I put my mathematician hat on, pulled out my calculator and crunched the numbers for each season, let’s take a look at what I uncovered shall we?

The Ultimate Fighter Season 1: Team Liddell vs. Team Couture

Series winners:  Diego Sanchez & Forrest Griffin

Number of champions to come from the series:  1

Number of title-challengers to come from the series:  4

Most successful participants from the series:  Forrest Griffin

Team Liddell participants UFC record: 51-27

Team Couture participants UFC record:  37-24

Seasons participants overall UFC record: 88-51

The Ultimate Fighter Season 2: Team Hughes vs. Team Franklin

Series winners:  Joe Stevenson & Rashad Evans

Number of champions to come from the series: 1

Number of title-challengers to come from the series: 1

Most successful participants from the series: Rashad Evans

Team Hughes participants UFC record: 20-25

Team Franklin participants UFC record: 40-33-1

Seasons participants overall UFC record: 60-58-1

The Ultimate Fighter Season 3: Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock:

Series winners:  Kendall Grove & Michael Bisping

Number of champions to come from the series: 0

Number of title-challengers to come from the series: 0

Most successful participants from the series: Michael Bisping

Team Ortiz participants overall UFC record: 30-21

Team Shamrock participants overall UFC record:  10-17

Seasons participants overall UFC record:  40-38

The Ultimate Fighter Season  4: The Comeback

Series winners:  Matt Serra & Travis Lutter

Number of champions to come from the series: 1

Number of title-challengers to come from the series:  2

Most successful participants from the series: Matt Serra

Team No Love participants overall UFC record: 19-26

Team Mojo participants overall UFC record: 36-43

Seasons participants overall UFC record: 55-69

The Ultimate Fighter Season 5: Team Penn vs. Team Pulver

Series winner: Nate Diaz

Number of champions to come from the series: 0

Number of title-challengers to come from the series: 1

Most successful participants from the series: Gray Maynard

Team Penn participants overall UFC record: 29-16-2NC

Team Pulver participants overall UFC record: 22-20

Seasons participants overall UFC record:  50-36-2NC

The Ultimate Fighter Season 6: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra

Series winner: Mac Danzig

Number of champions to come from the series: 0

Number of title-challengers to come from the series: 0

Most successful participants from the series:  George Sotiropoulos

Team Hughes participants UFC record: 5-12

Team Serra participants UFC record: 15-10

Seasons participants overall UFC record: 20-22

The Ultimate Fighter Season 7: Team Griffin vs. Team Jackson

Series winners:  Amir Sodollah

Number of champions to come from the series: 0

Number of title-challengers to come from the series: 0

Most successful participants from the series: Matthew Riddle

Team Griffin’s overall UFC record: 17-11

Team Jackson’s overall UFC record: 15-13

Seasons participants overall UFC record: 32-24

The Ultimate Fighter Season 8: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir

Series winners:  Efrain Escudero & Ryan Bader

Number of champions to come from the series: 0

Number of title-challengers to come from the series: 0

Most successful participants from the series: Ryan Bader

Team Nogueira participants overall UFC record: 15-19

Team Mir participants overall UFC record: 20-21

Seasons participants overall UFC record: 35-40

The Ultimate Fighter Season 9: United States vs. United Kingdom

Series winners:  Ross Pearson & James Wilks

Number of champions to come from the series: 0

Number of title-challengers to come from the series: 0

Most successful participants from the series: Ross Pearson

Team United States overall UFC record: 5-11

Team United Kingdom overall UFC record: 13-11

Seasons  participants overall UFC record:  18-22

The Ultimate Fighter Season 10: Heavyweights

Series winner: Roy Nelson

Number of champions to come from the series: 0

Number of title-challengers to come from the series: 0

Most successful participants from the series: Roy Nelson

Team Jackson’s overall UFC record: 1-5

Team Evan’s overall UFC record:  18-14

Seasons participants overall UFC record: 19-19

The Ultimate Fighter Season 11: Team Liddell vs.  Team Ortiz

Series winners: Court McGee

Number of champions to come from the series: 0

Number of title-challengers to come from the series: 0

Most successful participants from the series: Court McGee

Team Liddell’s overall UFC record: 12-9

Team Ortiz’s overall UFC record: 10-9

Seasons  participants overall UFC record: 22-18

The Ultimate Fighter Season 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck

Series winners:  Jonathan Brookins

Number of champions to come from the series: 0

Number of title-challengers to come from the series: 0

Most successful participants from the series: Michael Johnson

Team GSP’s overall UFC record: 10-11

Team Koscheck’s overall UFC record: 1-5

Seasons participants overall UFC record: 12-16

The Ultimate Fighter Season 13: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos

Series winners: Tony Ferguson

Number of champions to come from the series: 0

Number of title-challengers to come from the series: 0

Most successful participants from the series: Tony Ferguson

Team Lesnar’s overall UFC record: 5-6

Team dos Santos’ overall UFC record: 4-6

Seasons participants overall UFC record: 9-12

The Ultimate Fighter Season 14: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller

Series winners: Diego Brandao & John Dodson

Number of champions to come from the series: 0

Number of title-challengers to come from the series: 0

Most successful participants from the series:  Steven Siler

Team Bisping’s overall UFC record: 7-7

Team Miller’s overall UFC record: 13-6

Seasons participants overall UFC record: 20-13

The Ultimate Fighter Live: Team Cruz vs. Team Faber

Series winner: Michael Chiesa

Number of champions to come from the series: 0

Number of title-challengers to come from the series: 0

Most successful participants from the series: Call me in five years and I’ll tell you

Team Cruz’ overall UFC record: 3-3

Team Faber’s overall UFC record: 3-4

Seasons participants overall UFC record: 3-4

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  • Ray Sean Lumsden

    awesome!