The Ultimate Fighter Finale is almost here.
Ramsey Nijem and Tony Ferguson will hope to add their names to the list of Ultimate Fighter winners who have gone on to have successful UFC careers.
One fighter who they should look up to is Rashad Evans.
Evans was the TUF Season 2 heavyweight winner back in 2005.
Although he may not be the most popular fighter, Evans has had the most successful fighting career out of any of the other Ultimate Fighter winners.
Since winning the show, Evans has gone 9-1-1, including wins over UFC Hall of famer Chuck Liddell, Thiago Silva, fellow Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Bisping and former UFC light-heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Forrest Griffin.
Evans defeated Griffin by TKO to win the UFC light-heavyweight championship in 2008.
Only one other Ultimate Fighter winner—Matt Serra—has won a UFC championship besides Griffin and Evans.
Despite Serra having the biggest upset in UFC history, he lost the title back to Georges St-Pierre in their rematch. Serra has not had the same success since losing the title.
Evans, on the other hand, has put himself in position for another title shot.
Even with injuries to Shogun Rua and Jon Jones, prolonging his title bout, Evans is known as a top contender and should be next in line if he can get past Phil Davis.
No other Ultimate Fighter winner has had the amount of success as Evans has had after winning the show.
Griffin is a former champion and more beloved, but he already lost to Evans. Bisping has become more infamous and an international star, but he hasn't been able to reach a title bout.
Even Diego Sanchez has had great success after winning the show, but he too was unable to capture UFC gold.
Like many of his fellow TUF alumni, Evans has proven to be an elite fighter. The difference is he has put himself in a position to reach the top and stay there.