Season three of The Ultimate Fighter pits legendary rivals Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz against each other. As coaches, Tito and Ken train a new army of mixed martial artists from the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. The fighters are evaluated, teams are selected, and two middleweights clash in the Octagon for a chance at becoming the next Ultimate Fighter.
A basketball drives a wedge between the teams. Feathers are ruffled as Coach Ortiz takes Matt Hamill under his wing. And two light heavyweights fight for a spot in semi-finals.
An alliance is formed between two fighters who are on opposite teams. Rory is getting on people's nerves and Tito picks two middleweights to fight in the Octagon.
Team Shamrock is upset with their lack of training and take matters into their own hands. Fed up with Matt's behavior at the gym, Bisping gets drunk and goes on a tirade. And two more light heavyweights compete for a spot in the semi-finals.
After another crushing victory by Team Ortiz, Ken Shamrock searches for answers to why his fighters aren't winning. His frustration boils over and Ken loses his cool. The bad blood between coaches spills over to the next two middleweights who are preparing to bang their way into the semi-finals.
Team Ortiz selects Josh Haynes to fight Tait Fletcher. Noah Inhofer decides to quit the show after believing his girlfriend has cheated on him. He will be replaced by a former contestant.
After Noah quits the competition, Dana White brings in a fighter to replace him. With Team Ortiz's morale low, Tito lifts their spirit with a special surprise. Josh Haynes and Tait Fletcher battle it out in the Octagon in the third preliminary Light Heavyweight Fight.
Ed "Short Fuse" Herman finally gets his day in the Octagon. Will he be able to prove that Tito should have picked him first or will Danny ?The Assassin' take him out?
Tito's prodigy Matt Hamill finally gets his chance to fight in the Octagon against Mike Nickels. But Matt gets little support from his teammates have issues his superior skills and cockiness.
Some of the first-round losers are brought back to live in the house and help train the semi-finalists. Dana White proposes coaches Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock in a eight ball tournament with the winner receiving ,000. One contestant receives an injury causing him to forfeit his spot on the roster. Tait Fletcher and Kristian Rothaermel both turn down an offer to replace the injured member. Ross Pointon agrees to move up a weight class and replace the injured contestant. Kendall Grove battles Kalib Starnes.
Rory Singer blames Ed Herman and Jesse Forbes for defacing his property and gets his revenge. Matt Hamill returns and discovers he has been eliminated for medical reasons. Ed Herman battles Rory Singer in a match up.
It's the light heavyweight semi-finals with Josh Haynes facing Jesse Forbes and Ross Pointon taking on Michael Bisping. Two will move on to battle it out for the contract in The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale.
The finale of the Middleweights are on as Kendall Grove takes on Ed Herman while Light Heavyweights Michael Bisping and Josh Haynes fight with UFC Contracts and prizes at stake.
Other matches include:
Mike Nickels vs. Wes Combs
Matt Hamill vs. Jesse Forbes
Luigi Fioravanti vs. Solomon Hutcherson
Kalib Starnes vs. Danny Abbadi
Rory Singer vs.Ross Pointon
Keith Jardine vs. Wilson Gouveia
Kenny Florian vs. Sam Stout
Randy Couture was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Jens Pulver announces his return to the UFC.