The TUFest 10

November 12, 2008

This week, The Ultimate Fighter celebrates its 100th episode of The Ultimate Fighter, and what better way to commemorate the occasion than by going over some of our best memories from the earlier days of TUF? We all know that nothing is cheesier than a clip show, but here at Spike, we're all about pushing the envelop so we've attempted to make an even cheesier version. Hit the jump to get the Ten TUFest fights in and out of the cage. *Spoiler: number 1 is not Griffin vs Bonnar.

10) Marlon Sims vs. Noah Thomas
Nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd and, nothing attracts a bigger crowd like two drunks fighting. This is a phenomenon that always amazes me. It never fails. A good old fashioned back yard brawl is always the biggest draw, unless maybe if there's some drunken girl-on-girl going on in the other room.

Even in a group of professional fighters -people that fight professionally- two drunks going at it is still better than pay-per-view.

It pretty much always plays out the same way, too. It starts with some jawing, then some yelling, then some shoving, then someone says "Hit me first," so the other person does. Now that the fight is actually underway, we see another sequence of events unfold. One person immediately takes control and the other person, upon realizing they've been embarrassed, tries to fight back their tears as they spout off excuses why they lost. At this point, the fight is usually broken up and the loser will run back in for one last shot. He'll repeat this until he feels that he's regained enough of his masculinity to be able to claim in a crazed rant later on that even though he lost, he'd still gotten in some good shots.

I'll never understand, but damn it, that's good TV.


9) Mikey Burnett vs. The Wall
Some scientist might tell you that man has evolved a great deal since our prehistoric roots when we walked amongst the animals. That we're no longer the savages we once were.

What do they know?

Mikey Burnett disproves this theory with smashing success as he reached a whole new level of douche in this scene. After Mikey was outclassed by all the human competition, and Donned in full goggle gear, he tried to test his skills against a wall.

Three times, Burnett ran full-speed into the wall and bounced right off like a piece of rubbery douche.

"I think I hit a stud and I kinda bounced back," he said. Well, at least we know there was one stud at the house.

I have to give this bout to the Wall via split decision.


8) Sammy Morgan vs. Luke Cummo
In this scrapfest supreme, two close friends in Sammy Morgan and Luke Cummo had to battle it out for their spot in the finals. Watching this fight, it's tough to believe that they were friends. It looked like literally wanted to kill each other, but immediately after the fight was over it looked they wanted to kill themselves.

Fighting a good friend is a true lose/lose, but they left everything in the cage and that earns them this spot on my list. So in the end, I guess it was a win/win for everyone.


7) Chris Leben vs The Door
This is probably one of the most infamous TUF fights to ever take place outside the Octagon and I give this one to Chris Leben. He may put his best foot forward in this display, but he fu*ked that door up.


6) Jesse Taylor vs. the Limo
With little analysis, I have to give this fight to the stretch, because I hear the limo still works for Dana from time-to-time. Hyooooh!

5) Junie Browning vs. The World
Surprisingly, I score this one in favor of Junie. At first look, it certainly seems like the World pushed one over on the Kentucky Kid, but in late rounds Junie pulls the upset.

In a stunning display, this lightweight tried to fight pretty much anything that was breathing. He didn't even seem to mind that Ryan Bader and Krzysztof Soszynski could have literally eaten him as a snack.

He looked like he was down for the count, he had gotten pushed around by almost everyone in the house, fell in the pool, got his clothes drenched and then cried. His knees were wobbly and the World was about to land its knock out blow when Dana White walked it and called him a sick fu*k, but just then he landed one solid shot the chin of the World and Dana let him stay at the house.

Since then, he's actually had a pretty good handle on the World and it was even reported that he's joined Extreme Couture.

Score: 1 for Junie. Hopefully, he can keep up the good work.


4) Pete Sell vs. Scott Smith
This might have been the sickest thing I've ever seen -and I've been to underground S&M shows, talk about sick.


This lands on my list based purely on the shock value of seeing Scott Smith playing possum with Sell and then landing one of the most brutal right hands in the history of the UFC.

3) Amir Sadollah vs. CB Dollaway
A weird ending to a weird season. Dollaway and Sadollah make this list not because it was a particularly exciting fight, but it was one of the craziest things that have ever happened on TUF and with the improbable win, Amir solidified himself in TUF history. And isn't that's what this really all about?

Further, I would be afraid not to include Amir, per his Chuck Norris-style deal with the devil.

So Amir ends up at number 3 on this list for his very inspiring win over Dollaway.


2) Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar
There's not much you can say about this fight that has been said already, so I won't even try. This fight makes the list because it was awesome.

1) Me vs. You
Though not an actual TUF fight, this blog was the awesomest thing you've ever read and I will fight anyone who wants to argue -drunk and in a backyard, of course. Booya, bitches!