This season of The Ultimate Fighter had a lot of hype surrounding it and without a doubt it delivered. There was also drama that went about every which way and only helped the ratings of the show. Overall the show also had a very unique spin to it as well as it was meant to crown a new champion and as a result featured many veterans of the sport. It will be exciting to see the majority of the fighters from this season in the UFC especially the rising prospects. With that let’s take a look at the major talking points of season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter:
As mentioned earlier there were several characteristics that set this season apart from the rest of the TUF seasons. Obviously the fact that the tournament was used to determine a champion is the major point which may never happen again. Second is the fact that this season was made up of all women and as a result got good ratings. A third major point is the fact that all of the women were seeded from the get go. This resulted in the teams getting the opposite of what the other team chose.
There were several women who differentiated themselves from the pack in the show, some expected and others not so expected. Veterans like Carla Esparza, Felice Herrig, Jessica Penne, and Tecia Torres were some of the women to give themselves mainstream exposure. Some of the newer prospects or overseas fighters to make a name for themselves as well were Rose Namajunas, Aisling Daly, Joanne Calderwood and Randa Markos. Markos was definitely one of the more unexpected names to break out as she was virtually unknown prior to her appearance on the show. Needless to say there should be some good match ups in 2015.
Of course one of the highlights of the season is the coaches match. This time the match took place before the season finale when Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez faced off in the co-main event at UFC 182. The first round consisted of Melendez controlling Pettis and not allowing him to execute any spectacular kicks. Round two was very similar until Pettis was able to rock Melendez and submit the BJJ black belt in a guillotine choke. The match just showed that like a true champion Pettis found a way to win despite adversity in the actual match.