The Ultimate Fighter News

Julianna Pena

Julianna Pena explains excitement behind Amanda Nunes rematch: "I want to silence the naysayers"

Josh Evanoff - February 7, 2022

Julianna Pena is currently set to face Amanda Nunes later this year in a highly-anticipated rematch. The UFC bantamweight champion has given her reason why she’s so excited to fight ‘The Lioness’ again. Pena and Nunes are currently coaching the 30th season of The Ultimate Fighter. During media day for the show, ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ shared excitement over facing her rival once again.

Brian Ortega
Brian Ortega

Brian Ortega slams Alex Volkanovski for suggesting he is a “fake” and “awkward” person

Christopher Taylor - June 1, 2021

Brian Ortega was not happy to learn that Alex Volkanovksi had dubbed him as a “fake” and “awkward” person following their filming of TUF 29. Volkanovski (22-1 MMA) and Ortega (15-1 MMA) just spent weeks in each others presence while serving as coaches of Season 29 of The Ultimate Fighter.

Alexander Volkanovski, Alex Volkanovski, Henry Cejudo
Brian Ortega

Alex Volkanovski trashes Colby Covington over his TUF 29 coaching remarks: "You literally play a character to stay relevant."

Chris Taylor - May 29, 2021

UFC featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski did not hold back while responding to Colby Covington’s remarks about his TUF 29 coaching gig. Prior to Volkanovski and Brian Ortega being announced as the coaches of the new season of The Ultimate Fighter, rumors were swirling that Colby Covington could be a part of TUF 29.

Alexander Volkanovski, Brian Ortega
Brian Ortega

Alex Volkanovski dubs Brian Ortega "fake" and "awkward" following filming of TUF 29

Chris Taylor - May 29, 2021

UFC featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski has dubbed his upcoming opponent Brian Ortega “fake” and “awkward” following their filming of TUF 29. Volkanovski (22-1 MMA) and Ortega (15-1 MMA) just spent weeks in each others presence while serving as coaches of Season 29 of The Ultimate Fighter.

Alexander Volkanovski, Brian Ortega
Brian Ortega

Video | Check out the first trailer for Season 29 of The Ultimate Fighter

Harry Kettle - May 28, 2021

The UFC has released the first trailer for the return of The Ultimate Fighter as fans prepare for the 29th season of the show. The return of TUF has been a long time coming but finally, we’ve arrived at the new season with a brand new set of coaches and fighters. The divisions that’ll be featured are bantamweight and middleweight, with top 145-pounders Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega serving as the head coaches.

Juan Espino
The Ultimate Fighter

TUF 28 winner Juan Espino explains absence, gives timeframe for return

Cole Shelton - August 26, 2019

If you watched The Ultimate Fighter 28 you would know the two winners were Juan Espino and Macy Chiasson. Since winning it, Chiasson has fought twice and has her third fight booked. Juan Espino, meanwhile, has still yet to fight. He beat Justin Frazier at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale in November of 2018 and has been out of action since. There has been no news on when he will fight, and no details on whether he was hurt or on what was keeping him out of the Octagon.

Alex Schoenauer

Ultimate Fighter veteran shot with real bullets at TV audition

Tom Taylor - July 30, 2019

Old school MMA fans will remember Alex Schoenauer from season one of The Ultimate Fighter. He lost to eventual winner Forrest Griffin on the show, and then Mike Swick at the finals, and has since become a successful stuntman in Hollywood. Unfortunately, a recent audition nearly took his life.

Lodune Sincaid

TUF 1 veteran Lodune Sincaid dead at 45 years old

Tom Taylor - April 12, 2019

Lodune Sincaid, a veteran of the first-ever season of The Ultimate Fighter, has passed away at 45 years old. Sherdog was the first to report this unfortunate news. The fighter’s website,, has since issued a statement confirming this tragedy.

Dana White, Nate Diaz
The Ultimate Fighter

Dana White confirms "The Ultimate Fighter will continue" on ESPN — with some key changes

Tom Taylor - August 8, 2018

Last night, shortly after the conclusion of this season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, the UFC boss addressed the media about the future of the Contender Series and of The Ultimate Fighter. Despite widespread rumors about the show’s demise, White assured the Ultimate Fighter will continue as the UFC migrates from FOX to ESPN.

The Ultimate Fighter 20
The Ultimate Fighter

Full of the memories and all, the iconic Ultimate Fighter house is now up for sale

Drake Riggs - June 29, 2018

If the assumptions weren’t good enough already, then we may have just gotten the signal that the final nail in the coffin is drawing closer for The Ultimate Fighter. It’s no secret that one of the most unique ideas in MMA history, The Ultimate Fighter reality series has began to ran its course.

Dana White
The Ultimate Fighter

Dana White says next season of The Ultimate Fighter could be the last

Tom Taylor - May 28, 2018

From the sounds of it, The Ultimate Fighter could soon meet its end. As the UFC closes in on its new broadcast deal with ESPN, and new programs like Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series continue to gain popularity, the future of the UFC’s long-running reality show is uncertain. This, straight from the mouth of UFC President Dana White. “We don’t know yet,” White told MMAJunkie over the weekend (transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting). “We’re coming up on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter. We don’t know. It might be the last one. 13 years, The Ultimate Fighter has gone. It’s incredible.”

Cris Cyborg
The Ultimate Fighter

Upcoming TUF season to feature female featherweights, male heavyweights

Tom Taylor - April 26, 2018

The women’s featherweight division is far and away the UFC’s most talent-starved division. In fact, you can count the UFC’s female featherweights on one hand: reigning champ Cris Cyborg, top contender Megan Anderson, and former bantamweight champ Holly Holm. From the sounds of it, that will soon change.

The Ultimate Fighter 26
The Ultimate Fighter

UFC reveals cast for The Ultimate Fighter 26

Tom Taylor - August 6, 2017

Last night, during the broadcast of the UFC’s latest trip to Mexico City, Mexico, the UFC announced the cast for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (season 26). Like the Ultimate Fighter season 20, which saw contenders battle to become the first-ever women’s strawweight champ, this season will see competitors vie for the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title. The list of competitors for this latest season of the Ultimate Fighter includes several names that many fans will be familiar with, such as Barb Honchak, Roxanne Modafferi, and Lauren Murphy.

TUF house drama
Tim Elliott

VIDEO | World War III breaks out on The Ultimate Fighter

Russell Ess - July 6, 2017

"The night before my fight…and World War III broke out at the house." — @JTMoneyMMA (understatement) #TUF — FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 6, 2017

Ultimate Fighter veteran arrested
The Ultimate Fighter

Ultimate Fighter veteran gets arrested for trafficking cocaine

Tom Taylor - May 7, 2017

If you watched the first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, which was coached by Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva and aired back in the year 2012, you may remember the name Alexandre “Sangue” Ramos. The featherweight contestant did not make it into the Ultimate Fighter house, but he did compete in the tournament’s opening round, where he was eliminated by Hugo Viana, succumbing a first-round TKO. Since this first episode of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, we haven’t heard much from Ramos. Earlier this month, however, that changed. According a report from Brazil’s Combate, The Ultimate Fighter veteran was recently arrested after attempting to smuggle roughly two kilograms – 4.4 pounds – of cocaine into the country of Portugal.

The Ultimate Fighter

"The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption" cast has been revealed

Chris Taylor - February 15, 2017

The new cast for the upcoming “Ultimate Fighter: Redemption” has been revealed. The popular reality series will feature a bunch of familiar faces including former UFC lightweight title challenger Joe Stevenson.

UFC arena - ABC
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Report: Rumored roster for 'TUF 25: All-Stars'

bjpenndotcom - December 22, 2016

In an effort to once again switch things up once again, it appears as though the UFC will be making the next season of The Ultimate Fighter an all-star season, rather than bringing in a new group of contestants to compete on the show. MMAJunkie broke the news, revealing that the promotion is targeting an ‘all-star- welterweight lineup for the 25th season. The past season of the show was certainly a different one, and in the eyes of many, was the change fans were hoping for. In this past season the promotion brought in flyweight champions from various other MMA promotions, with the winner getting a fight with UFC flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson. Ultimately, UFC vet Tim Elliot earned his way back into the promotion as he won the season.

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