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UFC Presents The Ultimate Fighter - Season 1

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The Ultimate Fighter – Season 1 is a reality TV show where 16 contestants are trained by two legendary UFC competitors, Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, and must live together while battling for a pair of Ultimate Fighting Championship contracts.

Huge muscular men bashing each other senseless with their feet, fists, knees, and elbows--if this is your catnip, The Ultimate Fighter -Season 1 is for you! This reality show, presented by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, puts 16 slabs of beef (all of them versed in boxing, wrestling, and every martial art imaginable) into a house as they undergo even more rigorous training and periodic elimination bouts in the Octogon. The show swiftly makes it clear that physical skill is only part of the picture; drive and sheer will to dominate matter just as much as muscle power (if not more). Under the guiding hand of UFC stars Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, the aspiring champions train and compete in group challenges, all the while partying and bickering back at the house. The camera gets a good look at the fighters' emotional lives. Though generally stone-faced, over thirteen episodes (including the final bouts, which were originally broadcast live) the competitors prove to be an interesting mix of loudmouths, good guys, and underdogs, some of whom are unexpectedly vulnerable. But the soap opera is just a bonus. This show is about men facing each other in the ring, and it delivers. Almost every episode culminates in an unabridged fights between middleweight or light heavyweight contenders, and some of it is brutal. The extras include undercard bouts featuring many of the show's contestants, as well as a variety of training demonstrations (all presented with coy "don't try this at home" disclaimers). The Ultimate Fighter won't appeal to everyone, but some reluctant or prejudiced viewers may find it surprisingly mesmerizing. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

  • Bonus Material
  • Finals preliminary bouts
  • Fighter Profiles
  • Training Tips
  • Definition of an Ultimate Fighter
  • Conditioning
  • Technique of the Week

Product Details

  • Actors: Willa Ford, Stephan Bonnar, Randy Couture, Kenny Florian, Forrest Griffin
  • Producers: Andrea Richter, Angela Chiu, Art Lyons, Bob Schermerhorn, Brett Boydstun
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Studio Works
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 865 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AA4KLA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,136 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "UFC Presents The Ultimate Fighter - Season 1" on IMDb

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By R.A. McKenzie VINE VOICE on September 12, 2005
Format: DVD
NOTE - This is reviewing the show only, as I have yet to see the Extra Features.


Now this is what reality television was meant to be. First off, the focus on what the show is about is dead-on. Sixteen men, who actually qualify to be here, are brought to train with and against each other in hopes of becoming a UFC fighter. The challenges, in which the winners gain the strategic advantage, are fun to watch and result in some good fights. The fights themselves would be worth the DVD alone, especially if they include the legendary Light-Heavyweight bout that finished the show (best of UFC ever!).

But with the fights come good drama, and none of it feels forced. You see, you will learn to love the competitors. You will appreciate the religion of Diego Sanchez, the cool style of Forrest Griffin, and the intelligence of Nathan Quarry. You will also meet some unpleasant fighters like the cocky Josh Koshcheck, the bitter Bobby Southworth, and the troubled Chris Leben. The important thing to note, though, is that even the semi-annoying fighters in the big house aren't unreasonably annoying. With their attitudes comes real emotions and skills that few of us possess. These men are not caricatures, but a magnificent study of how the imbalances of egos and skills clash both in and out of that intimidating octagonal arena.

The coaches are Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell (who fought 1 week after the show's finale), who are strong, wise, approachable, and skilled mixed-martial-artists. Both of these guys bring different but equally effective styles of coaching. Also present is UFC president Dana White. This guy is not executive hogwash.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Crow on September 5, 2005
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There is something radically new about placing potential Ultimate Fighters in a house, training all day and vying for a coveted contract in the UFC. This isn't Survivor or The Real World. The Fighters are only searching for the Truth via the 8-Sided Cage called The Octagon. There aren't wimpy schemes, posturing for the camera, kooks lobbying for an acting career. The Fighters are only trying to compete and win.

Who are the Fighters? Championship fighters Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, along with UFC President Dana White are there to facilitate and guide the crew to the next level. And these guys really have their hands full, with Bobby Southworth, Chris "CatSmasher" Leben, Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez and the instant Legend Forest Griffin are all major standouts in the shows reality tv moments. But the entire cast is excellent, guys you care about, surprisingly articulate and definitely original.

Great moments of note: A fighter urinates on the bed of his future opponent to "mark his territory." A drunken fighter goes on a rampage and punches a door down enraged after being teased too many times. A fighter loses 30 pounds in less than 3 days, with 20 pounds being "cut" in the last 24 hours to make weight for a fight....not to mention some great fights, surprises and villains.

America gets introduced to a true megastars in the personalities of Randy Couture, Dana White and the intensity of the Iceman Chuck Liddell.

Fight fans get to see Mixed Martial Arts(MMA) go mainstream.

The public gets to see the most exciting sport/television today.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cheese Steak Jimmy on March 11, 2011
Format: DVD
In 2005, the Ultimate Fighting Championship was in a sorry state. Sold off by SEG due to collapsing pay-per-view revenues, the new owners Zuffa [fronted by controversial president Dana White] were struggling, and ended up fronting ten million of their own money to produce this show for US Cable channel, Spike TV. The rest, as they say, is history, and [aided by a monster of a fight between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar towards the end of the show], turned MMA into the fastest growing sport since NASCAR.

So this is the show that saved mainstream MMA, and it really is car-crash television of the finest vintage, a sort of cross between Big Brother and Fight Club, with contestants alternating between alpha-male scenery chewing, trash-talking, whinging, crying, and fighting in the octagon.
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