Upon the return of The Final Fighter in June, look again at three of essentially the most controversial moments within the historical past of the present.
After practically a three-year hiatus and the introduction of Dana White’s Contender Sequence, The Final Fighter will lastly make its return to tv starting in June. The 2 headlining coaches, Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega will coach middleweights and bantamweights in a quest to earn a six-figure UFC contract.
Whereas the fights dictate how the season will progress, the extreme drama and build-up to every battle on the finish of each episode are unmatched, which has led to a fair proportion of controversial moments all through the present’s historical past.
Listed below are three moments that stand out from the 28 seasons so far.
Junie Browning will get “beat off” of TUF 8 by Efrain Escudero
Lengthy-time viewers of the present keep in mind season eight, which was coached by former UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir, and former PRIDE FC legend, Antonio Nogueira. The season featured gentle heavyweights and lightweights, as Efrain Escudero and present Bellator mainstay, Ryan Bader, took dwelling contracts on the finish of the season.
Previous to the finale, nonetheless, is what followers keep in mind most. One in every of Mir’s contestants, Junie Browning, loved choosing fights with fellow crew members and fighters on the alternative crew, resulting in potential damage of the opposite contestants. It received so unhealthy that Dana White needed to be known as into the home to handle Browning’s actions.
In a surprising flip of occasions, White gave Browning quite a few probabilities to stay on the present, which led to Browning being allowed to advance to the semifinals. After having a again patio assembly, White and the remainder of the contestants felt that Browning ought to compete in his semifinal battle as a substitute of kicking him off the present.
Browning would ultimately lose to Escudero and would by no means discover success within the UFC or MMA for the remainder of his profession.
Noah Inhofer leaves TUF 3 forged due to his then-girlfriend
Noah Inhofer was the fifth choose for Tito Ortiz’s crew and was regarded as certainly one of Ortiz’s most highly-touted prospects. After defeating Jesse Forbes by submission throughout episode two, Inhofer had a foul feeling that his girlfriend was dishonest on him. With no entry to the surface world, Inhofer was overwhelmed and requested to go away the present.
The choice upset White and Ortiz, as they tried to maintain him on the present, however to no avail. Kendall Grove and Michael Bisping would ultimately win the present of their respective weight lessons, as Bisping went on to win the middleweight championship.
Kimbo Slice joins the TUF 10 forged
In a season that featured solely heavyweights, Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans led a forged that featured Matt Mitrione, Brendan Schaub, and, after all, Kevin Ferguson (higher often known as Kimbo Slice). Ferguson was a YouTube sensation that grew to become well-known after a sequence of movies went viral showcasing him knocking individuals out in alleys and backyards.
White was adamant that he wouldn’t signal Slice to a contract until he went by way of TUF. After turning skilled in Nov. 2007, Ferguson went 3-1 earlier than becoming a member of the TUF forged to the shock of many media members and followers.
Ferguson would go 1-1 within the UFC, as his lone win was in opposition to Houston Alexander. He would ultimately have a quick stint in Bellator earlier than dying of a coronary heart assault in 2016.
TUF has delivered some memorable and controversial moments through the years, because the calendar appears to be like forward to season 29.
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