The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (13)

  • Rachel: (Looking through the window of Central Perk) Phoebe, look! It's Ross and that girl!
    Phoebe: (Pulling Rachel away from the window) Rachel, look at this! A bunch of ants! They're working as a team!

  • Monica: You're not gonna get going, are you? Pete: Well, let me ask you a question. Am I the Ultimate Fighting Champion? Monica: Well, no. But... Pete: Well, I'm not gonna stop until I'm the Ultimate Fighting Champion. Monica: That guy stood on your neck until you passed out! Pete: Let me tell you a story. When I set out to create Moss 865, do you think it just happened overnight? No. There was Moss 1, that burnt down my Dad's garage, there was Moss 2 that would only schedule appointments in January, and 862 others that I learned from, just like I learned from this fight, never to let a guy stand on my neck. Monica: You didn't know that already?

  • Ross: All right, so Chandler, from now on, don't give your boss a chance to get you. You know, just, don't turn your back to him. Joey: Yeah, or, you could teach him a lesson, you know? What you could do is you could rub something that smells really bad on your butt, right? Then, when he goes to smack you, his hand will smell. Now, what could you rub on your butt that would smell bad? Chandler: What if Joey was president?

  • Rachel: So, come on, what was the big news Pete wanted to tell you Mon? Or should I say Mrs. Monica Becker? Phoebe: No, no, no, oh, keep your name, don’t take his name. Monica: He didn’t ask me to marry him. All: Oh. Phoebe: Well then definitely don’t take his name.

  • Ross: (About Joey's finger in his mouth) What is that taste? Joey: What? My hands are totally clean, I just gave the duck a bath.

  • Boss: And remember, there is no "I" in team. Chandler: Yes, but there's two in "martini", so everybody back to my office!

  • Chandler: (While watching Pete's fight on TV) Run! Run you crazy, rich freak.

  • Chandler: I don't want to be the guy who has a problem with his boss slapping his bottom. Monica: I gotta tell ya, I think it's okay to be that guy.

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Notes (9)

  • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Největší šampion (The Biggest Champion)

  • This is the first appearance of Sam McMurray as Doug. Doug was in 3 episodes of Friends.

  • This is the first appearance of Christine Taylor as Bonnie. Bonnie was in 3 episodes of Friends.

  • Billy Crystal and Lisa Kudrow would later star in the 1999 film Analyze This and the 2002 sequel Analyze That.

  • This is the final appearance of Jon Favreau as Pete Becker. Pete was in 6 episodes of Friends.

  • Robin Williams and Billy Crystal were not originally in this episode. They happened to be on the lot that day and decided to visit.

  • In the DVD release Billy Crystal is put as a "Guest Star Alert" under the episode description. However Robin Williams is not.

  • Billy Crystal and Robin Williams appear in the teaser for this episode, promoting their film Father's Day, which opened the day after this episode aired.

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Trivia (9)

  • Trivia: Chandler asks if there is a town somewhere called Sample so that when you enter it the sign says "You're in Sample". There are four towns called Sample in the United States one in Colorado, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

  • Goof: Ross bought an Ultimate Fighting Combo, a large pop and popcorn, at the fight. However, after Ross and Monica sit down, they are never seen again. Furthermore, when Monica talks to Pete at the ring, you can see that the combo was not set on the floor.

  • Trivia: Near the end of the episode Hoshi yells "What the hell are you talking about?" in another language.

  • Goof: When Chandler's boss is slapping all the guys on the butt, on the side of the table closest to the camera there has a notepad with a pen on it. When the guy comes back in to get his briefcase, the pen is gone.

  • Factual Error: In the opening of the episode, Monica lists a number of tactics as legal in the UFC due to a lack of rules. Included are hair pulling and biting, both of which are in fact illegal in UFC matches. While biting has always been illegal in UFC matches, hair pulling was in fact legal in 1997, the date this show aired.

  • Factual Error: In 1997, the time the episode took place, New York had banned the UFC and MMA fights from taking place.

  • Goof: When Robin Williams calls Billy Crystal an obscenity, Monica's purse goes from on her lap, to on her shoulder, and back to her lap.

  • Goof: In the scene with Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, there is a shot of Rachel with her hair is hanging straight down. When the camera angle changes there is a section of hair behind her ear. In the shot after that it is hanging straight, and is then behind her ears again.

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Allusions (3)

  • Pete: I'm telling you, the day will come when children will argue over who will win a fight, me or Superman. Now, I'm not saying I could beat Superman, but, ya know, kids are stupid. Superman is a comic book superhero, originally created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC Comics. It was adapted into the 1978 blockbuster Superman.

  • Rachel: Wow that was depressing. I think I just bought a soft pretzel from one of the kids in Fame. Fame was a 1980's TV series and film about a New York high school for performing arts.

  • (Ross is making dinner reservations on the phone) Ross: That's right. Ryder. Winona Ryder for six. Thank you. (To the gang) Yeah. We have the reservation. Winona Ryder is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning American actress. She will later appear in "The One with Rachel's Big Kiss" as an old college friend of Rachel's.