The untold truth of the Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter, or TUF, is fairly unique as far as reality TV shows go. TV audiences were already familiar with physical competitions in the form of the Amazing Race and Survivor, but what set TUF apart was that episodes often culminated in brutal showdowns between two fighters.
It was the success of that very first season in 2005 that lifted the MMA from the fringes of competitive sports, turning the UFC into a household name. Thanks to the widespread accessibility allowed by social media, UFC doesn't rely too heavily on the The Ultimate Fighter for publicity these days. Still, TUF has its place in UFC history — and some pretty fascinating tidbits that every fan of the series should know.