The Ultimate Fighter

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Violent, but a TKO for martial arts fans.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Even though fighters have lost their previous matches, they're given the chance to redeem themselves and work hard to make the most of their second chance. That said, the show still promotes extreme wrestling/fighting, which is very violent.


While the violence here doesn't involve weapons, sensitive viewers might be upset by the often-bloody fight scenes, which take place in a large roped- and caged-off ring.


The strongest words ("motherf---ing" and "f---ing") are bleeped out.


The matches are sponsored by advertisers.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this extreme sports reality show is quite violent. The competition pits fighters trained in wrestling and jujitsu against each other, which results in bloody battles, bruises, and sometimes severe cuts and scrapes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byclarence August 4, 2015
Adult Written bycandjoct2001 April 9, 2008

terrible for kids

Parents do not let your children watch this stupid sport. I don't have a problem with you watching it but if your child does than I do. Not for kids, peopl... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byInfectedGrifstur September 27, 2012

UFC Is A Sport

UFC is A type of MMA. It's defiantly A Sport. You get A work out from it. I'm not A big UFC fan. But my mother is. She loves it, also some of the UFC... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byCalciano355 December 2, 2008
I have watched martial arts all my life. I always viewed as a sport and it never gave me the notion that it is acceptable to go around hitting people. It is ver... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, 16 extreme martial arts experts battle it out to see who will come out on top -- and win a six-figure contract in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Each week, viewers watch two teams of competitors (who have included fan faves like Matt Serra and Shonie Carter) work with guest trainers such as Randy Couture, Georges St. Pierre, and Mark DellaGrotte. The athletes must hone their skills before the fights that end every episode (each fight consists of two 5-minute rounds and takes place in the UFC Octagon). After the fight-ending bell rings, the winner stays, and the loser is sent packing. In the season finale, one fighter from each weight class (welterweight and middleweight) wins the contract -- and a shot at the next Ultimate Fighting Championship title.

Is it any good?

While mixed martial arts enthusiasts may tune in for the episode-ending match-ups, they'll come away with a greater appreciation for the sport and the competitors. That's because the show's producers do a nice job of humanizing the men involved. Viewers find out what got them into the sport, how hard they train -- and, what's more, they get to see the guys' vulnerable sides after they experience difficult workouts and defeat in the ring.

That said, the matches can get very violent -- sometimes bloody. Parents of younger or more sensitive kids might want to pre-screen episodes to see whether the footage could be upsetting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about martial arts. What are the different kinds of disciplines? Why do some practitioners believe that martial arts help with character development and mental acuity? How have the martial arts evolved over the years? Is fighting like this a good advertisement for martial arts? Does it make them seem more violent than they typically are?

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