The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on April 9, 2005. Featured were the finals from The Ultimate Fighter 1 in both the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions.
Even though the main attraction of the event was Rich Franklin vs the UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock the spotlight was stolen by the incredible bout between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar. Hailed as one of the greatest fights in UFC history by many. Forrest and Stephan produced a 3 round stand up war that went the distance. Although Forrest would take the decision both men were given UFC contracts for their amazing performance.
Many claim that The Ultimate Finale and The Ultimate Fighter in general saved the UFC from going under and launching it into the mainstream. Had the Ultimate Finale had lackluster bouts the UFC may not have made it. Forrest Griffin went on to become the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion while Stephan Bonnar's career has been plagued with uneven performances, and a steroid scandal.