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It’s Been More Than 14 Years Since The UFC Changed Forever


On April 9, 2005, the Ultimate Fighting Championship changed forever. The UFC was being broadcast live on Spike TV when future light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar stepped into the Octagon to determine the 205-pound tournament winner of season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter reality competition.

Griffin and Bonnar went back and forth for three rounds in a thrilling slugfest that would eventually be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame Fight Wing.

Ultimately, Griffin earned a unanimous decision win and a six-figure UFC contract. But because of how incredible the fight was, Bonnar was also rewarded a deal by UFC president Dana White. It was a fight that continues to be referenced today as a turning point for mixed martial arts as the sport then was catapulted into the mainstream with more eyeballs than ever before.

Now, more than 14 years later, it’s time to look back at the incredible fight that helped open the door for mixed martial arts to develop what it has turned into today.

The full results from The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale can be seen below.

‘The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale’ Results

Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time
Light Heavyweight Rich Franklin def. Ken Shamrock TKO (punches) 1 2:42
Light Heavyweight Forrest Griffin def. Stephan Bonnar Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Middleweight Diego Sanchez def. Kenny Florian TKO (punches) 1 2:49
Preliminary card
Light Heavyweight Sam Hoger def. Bobby Southworth Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Middleweight Chris Leben def. Jason Thacker TKO (punches) 1 1:35
Middleweight Josh Koscheck def. Chris Sanford KO (punch) 1 4:21
Middleweight Nate Quarry def. Lodune Sincaid TKO (punches) 1 3:17
Middleweight Mike Swick def. Alex Schoenauer KO (punch) 1 0:20
Welterweight Alex Karalexis def. Josh Rafferty TKO (punches) 1 1:40

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