Michael Bisping (Photo: omnifeed.com)
TUF Season 3 Finale – Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – June 24, 2006
Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock led their troops into battle for the finale of The Ultimate Fighter Season 3.
Ortiz and Shamrock, the TUF 3 coaches, battled each other two weeks later in the main event of UFC 61: Bitter Rivals. Ortiz won by TKO in 78 seconds.
Michael “The Count” Bisping won the TUF 3 light heavyweight tournament over fellow Team Ortiz member Josh Haynes on a TKO late in the second round.
Kendall Grove, also from Team Ortiz, won the middleweight tournament by unanimous decision over Ed Herman of Team Shamrock.
Bisping was a top challenger for a several years before finally capturing the UFC middleweight title from Luke Rockhold in 2016.
Grove compiled a 7-6 UFC record over the ensuing five years. Herman was so impressive in defeat that he earned a job and was a mainstay in the Octagon over the next decade.
In the lightweight main event, Kenny Florian beat Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout with a rear naked choke at 1:46.
“The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine opened the Spike TV telecast with a unanimous decision win over Wilson Gouveia.
In a preliminary fight that aired on TV, Matt Hamill beat Jesse Forbes by TKO in 4:47.
Several other TUF 3 contestants were featured in the following preliminary fights:
- · Mike Nickels beat Wes Combs with a rear naked choke in 3:10;
- · Luigi Fioravanti knocked out Solomon Hutcherson in 4:15;
- · Kalib Starnes beat Danny Abbadi with a rear naked choke at 2:56; and
- · Rory Singer beat Ross Pointon with a triangle choke in 44 seconds.