Saturday Stats: The Ultimate Fighter

By: Albert Miller – Happy belated Turkey Day, everyone! Truth be told, I’m most thankful that you all have afforded me the opportunity to enjoy what I do. For that reason, I have to be one of the luckiest men on Planet Earth to have experienced what I have.

To celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I have been indulging in a marathon of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) “The Ultimate Fighter.” Watching that show reminded me of how far I’ve come as a fight fan. Before the Ultimate Fighter, fight fans had to rely on unreliable pay-per-view coverage, spotty fox coverage, and a tight network of unforgiving fans. The Ultimate Fighter was MMA’s first foray into the public spotlight and it began an era where we didn’t have to rely on internet videos and video rentals to get our fix. In fact, I was watching the Ultimate Fighter on my cellphone, hardly 10 years after the Ultimate Fighter Season 1 finale (which was shot in standard definition and wasn’t in widescreen). It truly is a great time to be alive.

This week, I’m breaking down some stats according to the Ultimate Fighter and their champions. Happy Thanksgiving!

Methodology: These stats only include the North American broadcasts of the Ultimate Fighter. Ultimate Fighters Brazil, China, and Latin America were not included. These numbers are based off of the fighters current records, not on the records during the show.

10 Winningest Ultimate Fighter Winners

  1. Chris Holdsworth (6-0) – 100%
  2. Tatiana Suarez (4-0) – 100%
  3. Kamaru Usman (10-1) – 90.91%
  4. Michael Chiesa (12-2) – 85.71%
  5. Kelvin Gastellum (12-2) – 85.71%
  6. Tony Ferguson (22-4) – 84.62%
  7. Ryan Hall (5-1) – 83.33%
  8. Ryan Bader (22-5) – 81.48%
  9. Michael Bisping (30-7) – 81.08%
  10. TIE: Corey Anderson & Andrew Sanchez (8-2) – 80%

10 Not-Winningest Ultimate Fighter Winners

  1. Amir Sadollah (6-5) – 54.55%
  2. Matt Serra (10-7) – 58.82%
  3. Ross Pearson (22-15) – 59.46%
  4. Colton Smith (6-4) 60%
  5. James Wilks (6-4) 60%
  6. Kendall Grove (24-15) – 61.54%
  7. Mac Danzig (21-13) – 61.76%
  8. Travis Lutter (10-6) – 62.5%
  9. Roy Nelson (22-13) – 62.86%
  10. TIE: Diego Brandao & Nate Diaz (19-11) – 63.33%

Ten Ultimate Fighters with the Most Wins

  1. Joe Stevenson (33)
  2. Michael Bisping (30)
  3. Diego Sanchez (27)
  4. Kendall Grove (24)
  5. Efrain Escudero (23)
  6. Tony Ferguson (22)
  7. Ryan Bader (22)
  8. Roy Nelson (22)
  9. Ross Pearson (22)
  10. Mac Danzig (21)

Ten Ultimate Fighters with the Most Losses

  1. Joe Stevenson (15)
  2. Kendall Grove (15)
  3. Ross Pearson (15)
  4. Roy Nelson (13)
  5. Mac Danzig (13)
  6. Efrain Escudero (11)
  7. Nate Diaz (11)
  8. Diego Brandao (11)
  9. Diego Sanchez (9)
  10. Jonathan Brookins (11)

Ten Ultimate Fighters with the Most Fights

  1. Joe Stevenson (48)
  2. Kendall Grove (39)
  3. Ross Pearson (37)
  4. Michael Bisping (37)
  5. Diego Sanchez (36)
  6. Roy Nelson (35)
  7. Mac Danzig (34)
  8. Efrain Escudero (34)
  9. Nate Diaz (30)
  10. Diego Brandao (30)

Ten Ultimate Fighters with the Least Fights

  1. Tatiana Suarez (4)
  2. Chris Holdsworth (6)
  3. Ryan Hall (6)
  4. Julianna Pena (9)
  5. Andrew Sanchez (10)
  6. Corey Anderson (10)
  7. Colton Smith (10)
  8. James Wilks (10)
  9. Kamaru Usman (11)
  10. Amir Sadollah (11)

The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions finale goes down on December 3rd, 2016 and yet another Ultimate Fighter will be crowned.

Until next time: Fights, Cameron, Action!

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