The Ultimate Fighter

Season 1 Episode 13

Season 1, Episode 13 - "Ultimate Finale"

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 09, 2005 on Fox Sports 1
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Season 1, Episode 13 - "Ultimate Finale"
In a 2 1/2 hour extravaganza and for the first time on free broadcast television, the TUF finals will be live from Las Vegas on April 9th. In the middleweight division, Kenny Florian faces Diego Sanchez, and in the Light Heavyweight division, Forrest Griffin will take on Stephan Bonnar. Both of these final matchups will be undercards to the UFC matchup between Ken Shamrock and Rich Franklin.Mixed martial arts legend Ken Shamrock highlights an Ultimate Fighting Championship™ card featuring the two finalist bouts from Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter on Saturday, April 9 from The Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. Spike TV will telecast the fights LIVE beginning at 9:00pm ET, marking the first time ever UFC bouts will air LIVE on either basic cable or broadcast television. The co-feature bouts include the two remaining middleweights and light-heavyweights from Spike TV's hit reality series, The Ultimate Fighter, battling it out for a six-figure contract with the UFC. The middleweight and light heavyweight finalists for The Ultimate Fighter were determined on the last regular telecast of the series.

Light Heavyweight Final
Stephan Bonnar vs. Forrest Griffin

Middlweight Final
Diego Sanchez vs. Kenny Florian

Ken Shamrock vs. Rich Franklin.


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  • For the first time on cable television we are going to witness a live ultimate fighter event. Two contracts are to be given out and two UFC fighters will compete.

    Oh. My. God. What an amazing show! I'm sure everyone had bets going into this. Who do you think will win? How do you think they'll win it? I don't think anyone could've predicted what was about to take place.

    The Diego vs. Florian fight: Little did I know at the time, but this was the starting point for what I think will be a great career for Diego Sanchez. He's turned out to be one hell of a fighter and this was just the beginning.

    The Griffin vs. Bonnar fight. Wow. All I can say is Wow. This was an all out war and the exact reason I watch this show. If you haven't had a chance to see it you are really missing out. These two went at it like true warriors. They both had so mich heart and at the end of the fight when they announced Forrest for the contract it was bittersweet. I had cheered for him all season and was so glad he won it, but Stephan had really proved himself worthy and I was so excited to hear he too got a contract. They both really deserved it all.

    I only have one note for the Franklin vs. Shamrock fight. Look at Shamrock's face when it's over.moreless

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