The Ultimate Fighter 3
|The Ultimate Fighter 3: Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock|
|Created by||Craig Piligian, Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White|
|Starring||Dana White, Tito Ortiz, and Ken Shamrock|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||Spike TV|
|Original run||April 6, 2006 – June 24, 2006|
|Preceded by||The Ultimate Fighter 2|
|Followed by||The Ultimate Fighter 4|
The Ultimate Fighter 3 was the third season of the mixed martial arts reality television series The Ultimate Fighter. It premiered on April 6, 2006, immediately after the conclusion of Ultimate Fight Night 4. The season featured sixteen fighters (eight light heavyweights and eight middleweights) with still-feuding former champion Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock as coaches. The finale aired on June 24, 2006 and tied the UFC's all-time record with a 2.0 overall rating..
There were several rule changes from the previous Ultimate Fighter seasons. There were to be no team challenges. All fighters would have to win a preliminary match before advancing to the semi-finals—which in practice started the single-elimination tournament at the beginning of the series instead of near the end. The first preliminary match was set by the team who won a coin toss. All subsequent first-round match-ups were set by the team that won the previous match. Each fight was set for two rounds instead of the normal three. If there was a draw after two rounds, the match would go to a final, five-minute tiebreaker round. In such a case, the judges' final decision on the match would be based solely on the third round (unless the fight was stopped by the referee before the end of the round). Coaches were allowed to bring two other assistant coaches to assist with training, whereas in previous seasons, assistant trainers hired by the UFC worked for both camps.
This series of The Ultimate Fighter was also the first in which fighters who reside outside of North America had participated (Michael Bisping, Clitheroe, England; Ross Pointon, Stoke-on-Trent, England).
A 5 disc DVD set of the entire season, full finale, and auditions was released in stores entitled The Ultimate Fighter 3: The Ultimate Grudge.
Coaches and Trainers
- Team Ortiz (Punishment)
- Ken Shamrock, head coach
- Roman Pollock, boxing coach
- Dan Freeman, nutrition/strength coach
- Light Heavyweights
- Dana White
Episode 1: Fresh Meat (Original Air Date: 6 April 2006)
- Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock are introduced as the coaches.
- A coin is flipped (red for Ortiz, green for Shamrock) and Shamrock wins and decides to pick the first match.
- Kalib Starnes defeats Mike Stine by KO (punches) at 2:09 of the first round.
Episode 2: The Basketball (Original Air Date: 13 April 2006)
- Noah Inhofer defeats Jesse Forbes by submission (armbar) at 2:35 of the first round.
- Team Ortiz gains control of the matches.
Episode 3: Team Dagger (Original Air Date: 20 April 2006)
- Grove and Solomon Hutcherson befriend each other and declare themselves "Team Dagger," despite being on different teams. They will try to share information with each other to make sure that they both make it to the finale.
- Kendall Grove defeats Ross Pointon by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:45 of the first round.
- Team Ortiz retains control of the match-ups.
Episode 4: Hitting it Hard (Original Air Date: 27 April 2006)
- Michael Bisping defeats Kristian Rothaermel by TKO (strikes) at 3:51 of the first round.
- Team Ortiz retains control of the matches.
Episode 5: The Truce Is Over (Original Air Date: 4 May 2006)
- The fighters watch UFC 57. After Randy Couture makes a retirement announcement, Ed Herman declares he will make it to the finals and win for Couture's honor.
- Rory Singer defeats Solomon Hutcherson by KO (head kick and punches) after 0:21 of the second round.
- Team Ortiz retains control of the matches.
Episode 6: The Letter (Original Air Date: 11 May 2006)
- There is no fight in the episode, although Team Ortiz selects Josh Haynes to fight Tait Fletcher.
- Noah Inhofer decides to quit the show and return to Yankton, South Dakota after receiving a letter informing him that his girlfriend back home believes he has cheated on her. It was never explained how it was possible for him to receive a letter when a strict policy denying all external communication was in place.
- A previously eliminated fighter returns to take Inhofer's place, but it is not disclosed during the episode who this fighter is.
Episode 7: Mohawk (Original Air Date: 18 May 2006)
- Jesse Forbes returns to Team Shamrock and takes Noah Inhofer's spot in the semifinals.
- Josh Haynes defeats Tait Fletcher via split decision after two rounds.
- Officially, Team Ortiz retains control of the match-ups. However, as only two middleweights who have not yet fought remain, the next match will be Abbadi against Herman.
Episode 8: The Fuse Is Lit (Original Air Date: 25 May 2006)
- Ed Herman defeats Danny Abbadi by submission (armbar) at 4:14 of the first round.
- Officially, Team Shamrock regains control of the matches. However, as only two light heavyweights who have not yet fought remain, the final first-round match will be Matt Hamill vs. Mike Nickels.
Episode 9 :The Golden Boy (Original Air Date: 1 June 2006)
- Matt Hamill defeats Mike Nickels via unanimous decision after two rounds.
- Hamill is sent to the hospital after his victory.
- The way matches are determined appears to be changing, although it is not revealed exactly how.
Episode 10: Full House (Original Air Date: 8 June 2006)
- Most of the first-round losers are brought back to live in the house and help train the semifinalists.
- White proposes that Ortiz and Shamrock play eight ball billiards (best two out of three games) for a US$10,000 prize. Shamrock wins 2 games to 0.
- Despite winning the last match, Matt Hamill is declared out of the competition due to injury. Due to a broken nose sustained in the same fight, Mike Nickels is not an option to replace Hamill, as he was badly bruised and had a broken nose from his fight with Hamill.
- To the surprise of White and both coaches, both Tait Fletcher and Kristian Rothaermel turn down offers to replace Hamill in the semifinals.
- Ross Pointon agrees to replace Hamill and fight in the higher 205-pound light heavyweight class despite originally entering the competition as a middleweight.
- The semifinal matches are decided by White and the two coaches. Fighters on the same team are now eligible to face one another.
- The middleweight semifinal matches are Grove against Starnes and Ed Herman vs. Rory Singer.
- The light heavyweight semifinal matches are Josh Haynes vs. Jesse Forbes and Pointon matched up against Michael Bisping in a battle of the British.
- All semi-final matches will be three 5-minute rounds.
- Kendall Grove defeats Kalib Starnes by verbal submission (rib injury) at 0:30 of the third round..
Episode 11: The Jungle (Original Air Date: 15 June 2006)
- Kalib Starnes returns from the hospital and reveals that his ribs were dislocated during the previous fight.
- Singer finds his property defaced and blames Ed Herman and Jesse Forbes. Singer defaces their boxing gloves and lockers and rubs Herman's gloves against his naked buttocks.
- In retaliation, Herman hides Singer's boxing gloves and leg guards around the gym and urinates on his headgear.
- Singer finds his gear missing and goes outside to confront Herman. They get into an argument and Herman and Forbes reveal that it was Kendall Grove who had been defacing Singer's gear.
- Matt Hamill returns and is surprised to find out that he is out of the competition due to medical suspension.
- Ed Herman defeats Rory Singer by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:31 of the second round.
Episode 12: Bangin' (Original Air Date: 15 June 2006)
- Josh Haynes defeats Jesse Forbes via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:18 of the second round.
- The fighters (excluding the British) party wildly before the last semifinal fight and the TUF house is trashed.
- Michael Bisping defeats Ross Pointon by submission (strikes) at 2:13 of the first round.
Light Heavyweight Bracket
* Inhofer decided to quit the show. His semi-finals spot was then replaced by Forbes.
* Hamill was injured after his fight. Pointon stepped up one weight class to replace him.
UFC 61: Bitter Rivals was held on July 8, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Tito Ortiz defeated Ken Shamrock via TKO (punches) at 1:18 of the first round.