Travis Lutter (Photo: famousbirthdays.com)
TUF 4: The Comeback Finale – Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Nov. 11, 2006
Matt Serra and Travis “The Serial Killer” Lutter won championships on the fourth-season finale of The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback.
Instead of introducing new stars, TUF 4 gave former UFC competitors the chance to earn their way back into the Octagon and earn a title shot.
Serra compiled a 4-4 UFC record and hadn’t competed in the Octagon for a year. He defeated Pete Spratt and Shone Carter to earn a spot in the welterweight finals.
The judges had varying opinions on Serra’s final bout against Chris “Lights Out” Lytle. Two judges saw it 30-27 for Serra, while the other gave the same score in Lytle's favor.
Serra earned a title shot against Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69.
Lutter was 1-2 in his previous UFC bouts and was also away from the company for a year. He defeated Scott Smith and Pete Sell to reach the final bout.
“The Serial Killer” forced Patrick Cote to tap out to armbar to win the tournament and a shot at Anderson Silva at UFC 67.
Din Thomas defeated Rich Clementi with a rear naked choke in a battle of TUF 4 competitors who dropped to lightweight.
In the Spike TV opener, Jorge Rivera defeated Edwin DeWees by TKO at the 2:38 mark.
Scott Smith and Pete Sell stole the show in their preliminary bout. Smith was doubled over in pain from a body shot when he threw a Hail Mary right that knocked Sell out.
Pete “The Secret Weapon” Spratt beat Jeremy Jackson by submission due to a neck injury in Round 2 of a welterweight prelim bout.
In other prelim fights, Charles McCarthy beat Gideon Ray with an armbar late in the first round; and Martin Kampmann beat Thales Leites by unanimous decision.