The Ultimate Fighter 4 is the fourth season of the mixed martial arts reality
television series The Ultimate Fighter. It premiered on August 17, 2006,
immediately after the conclusion of UFC Fight Night 6. The finale was aired
on November 11, 2006.
This series featured a change from the usual Ultimate Fighter format. Instead
of UFC hopefuls, the cast was composed of fighters that had fought in the UFC
but had yet to win a UFC title. The winners in the middleweight and welterweight
divisions earned a UFC title shot in their division and a 100,000 purse, along
with a 100,000 sponsorship deal with Xyience. Instead of coaches, prominent
trainers and UFC fighters acted as advisors. Randy Couture, Georges St. Pierre,
Marc Laimon, the grappling instructor from seasons 1 and 2, and Mark DellaGrotte,
Kenny Florian's kickboxing trainer, were the advisors. The cast still lived in seclusion
in the Las Vegas house.
The rules were the same as in The Ultimate Fighter 3, where preliminary round
matches were two rounds with a sudden victory round in case of a tie, and all
fighters had to win a preliminary match before advancing to the semi-final round.
The team that had won the last match decided the next match, with a coin toss
deciding which team set the first matchup.
The winners of each division were scheduled to have their title shot during the
first half of 2007. Matt Serra defeated Georges St. Pierre for the UFC
Welterweight Championship, while Lutter lost to Anderson Silva in a non-title
bout. The bout was originally to be for Silva's UFC Middleweight Championship,
however, the bout was changed to a non-title bout when Lutter failed to make weight.