Over the course of 20 American seasons and nearly 10 international seasons, The Ultimate Fighter has produced a number of good fighters, some of whom have even become champions in the UFC or other major promotions. Unfortunately for every great fighter the show has produced, there have been four or five terrible/embarrassing fighters. These fighters either could not fight the level of competition that the UFC was offering, had issues outside of the cage, or were totally outclassed on the show itself. Even then these guys have become well known and in some cases infamous for their antics on the show.
So with that in mind, this ranking is designed to look at the most embarrassing fighters from The Ultimate Fighter. The rankings were compiled by looking at the fighter’s presence while on the show, their performance in the UFC if they fought in the promotion after the show, and any notable antics that they were a part of either in or out of the cage or on the show. These are fighters who are mentioned in conversations when people talk about The Ultimate Fighter being devoid of talent anymore and that the UFC is really stretching when trying to find fighters to fill out the cast. These are the guys that people feel are many times not trying to be a fighter, but trying to become a reality TV star with how they portray themselves on the show, yet in the end they fail at both and become known for being a joke or a phony.
So please read, enjoy, and let us know what you think down in the comments section. How would you have ranked these differently? Are there other fighters that you felt should have made the list or that one of the entries should be ranked differently?
21 Bonus: Micah Miller
20 Tor Troéng
19 Kris McCray
In the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter a new addition was made to the tournament format called the wildcard where two fighters who had lost would be selected to fight each other for another chance to move on in the tournament. Team Ortiz member Kris McCray would ultimately win this match and move forward in the tournament, fighting more matches in a season than any other fighter previously.
18 Mac Danzig
17 Kyacey Uscola
16 Jamie Yager
15 Kimbo Slice
14 Andy Wang
13 Michael Hill
12 Bec Rawlings
During the course of the most recent season of The Ultimate Fighter, a small clique of fighters began to try and impose their will within the house through bullying. The group led by Angela Magaña, went out of their way in an attempt to get their way within the house. This was incredibly apparent as group member Bec Rawlings was preparing for her fight against former teammate Tecia Torres, who she did not want to fight at first because her team and her felt she deserved a bye into the next round after Justine Kish got injured in training.
11 Len Bentley
In the 13th season of The Ultimate Fighter there were many fighters who seemed to be there for the TV time rather than the learning experience and the chance to earn a chance to fight in the biggest promotion in the world. One such person was Team Lesnar fighter Len Bentley. With his constant complaining, he became a thorn in the side of not only his teammates, but his coach as well. After losing his opening round fight to Ryan McGillivray, he would complain it was because Brock Lesnar was not there to corner him due to Lesnar dealing with a personal issue at home.
10 Angela Magaña
9 Marc Stevens
After a trick played by Georges St. Pierre caused Josh Koscheck to change his picks, Marc Stevens became the first pick of the 12th season of The Ultimate Fighter. Unfortunately, being picked first went to Stevens’s head and he became cocky about how no one in the house could beat him. This image would be utterly destroyed as he was paired against Team GSP's sixth pick Cody McKenzie, a fighter who had won every one of his fights by guillotine choke.
8 Junie Browning
Seemingly of the same ilk as prior cast member Chris Leben, Junie Browning appeared to like tossing a few back and getting in the faces of those that he did not like. His most notable incident would come after eventual tournament winner Efrain Escudero won his fight against Shane Nelson and Browning took exception to him using wrestling to control the fight. Browning would attempt to jump over the cage wall in an attempt to attack Escudero, but was held back by other fighters and coaches.
7 Joe Stevenson
6 Colton Smith
The case of Team Carwin versus Team Nelson season winner Colton Smith was an interesting one. First you consider that he is an active member of the U.S. Army so the UFC had a built-in angle to promote the young fighter. Unfortunately, Smith would be the center of some controversy in his fight to get into the house as he would fake touching gloves and instead took his opponent down, a move which was criticized by both coaches.
He would be the subject of controversy again as during the tournament final against Mike Ricci, he would accidentally hit Ricci in the groin but continued attacking his injured opponent as Ricci was trying to signal he was hit below the belt. This would ultimately take away from his post fight speeches where he would dedicate his wins to his brothers and sisters in the armed forces, despite the fact he was seen using somewhat reprehensible tactics in fighting.
5 Kalib Starnes
Ah the running man himself. Originally featured on the third season of the show as part of Team Shamrock, Starnes seemed to have a good shot at winning the tournament after he knocked out Mike Stine in the first round of their elimination round fight. Unfortunately he would constantly complain during training and claim that he was suffering from a variety of injuries. He would ultimately lose in the next round to Kendall Grove after verbal submission due to a claimed injury, which was revealed to be a dislocated rib, though Ken Shamrock had doubts about Starnes's will to fight.
4 Julian Lane
Out of any fighter who may have deserved the title of “poser” on the 16th season of The Ultimate Fighter it would be Julian Lane. Complete with a pink Mohawk, covered in tattoos, and almost never seen outside the cage wearing his white rimmed sunglasses, Lane fit the mold of a guy who claimed to “trained in UFC.” Unfortunately he would lose his preliminary round fight to Team Carwin member Bristol Marunde in a very lackluster match which saw Lane on his back for most of the fight not doing much in the way of trying to get to a better position.
3 Jesse Taylor
In what is probably the second biggest blown opportunity in the history of The Ultimate Fighter, Jesse Taylor would make it to the tournament finals of the seventh season of the show against teammate Amir Sadollah. Unfortunately, shortly after the show wrapped shooting Taylor would go on a drunken rampage on the Las Vegas Strip, breaking car windows and getting into fights with casino staff while shouting that he was a UFC fighter.
2 Travis Lutter
Now the “honor” of having the biggest blown opportunity in the history of The Ultimate Fighter belongs to the Middleweight tournament winner of the fourth season of the show, title “The Comeback,” Travis Lutter. Rather than a UFC contract being offered as the prize, the tournament winners would receive a title shot against the champion of their division since all cast members were current or former UFC fighters. Welterweight tournament winner Matt Serra had already stunned the world by beating Georges St. Pierre to become the new champion so now all eyes on Lutter to see if he could do the same against Middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva.
1 War Machine
This one should have been a gimme. While War Machine had his issues in the house during his time on the show, they were nothing compared to what he was like after the show. From claiming that former Middleweight Champion Evan Tanner had killed himself, despite the medical examiner claiming otherwise, to turning down a fight offered to him by the UFC to his embarrassing run as a porn actor, there are numerous reasons to call War Machine embarrassing.
Yet those do not compare to his most recent run-ins with the law concerning the attack he is charged with against his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack. From her horrifying hospital photos to him being caught laughing during the description of the attack by the judge of his trial, War Machine wins the title of title of most disgraceful cast member from The Ultimate Fighter by a landslide.
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