Ranking every Ultimate Fighter winner

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42. Nicco Montano

The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion saw women's flyweights competing to be the UFC's inaugural flyweight champion, coached by Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje. Nicco Montano, of Team Gaethje, came into the house with a 3-2 record and beat Lauren Murphy, Montana De La Rosa, and Barb Honchak on her way to facing Roxanne Modafferi in the finale.

Montano became the first women's flyweight champion for the promotion, but her "reign" wasn't without controversy. Montano's next title defense was expected to be against Valentina Shevchenko, but the fight was canceled after Montano had weight-cut issues and was stripped of her title. Montano would then be suspended by USADA for an out-of-competition test.

Montano would return to the bantamweight division nearly two years later and lose to Julianna Pena. Montano would then pull out of four straight fights due to injuries, illnesses, and weigh-cut miscues and be released from the promotion in 2021 and hasn't fought since.

41. Eddie Gordon

Eddie Gordon competed in and won Ultimate Fighter 19: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn, fighting for Team Edgar. Gordon is part of the Serra-Longo fight team and came into the house with a 6-1 record. Gordon would beat Mike Gabel, Mike King, and Cathal Pendred, knocking out Dhiego Lima in the first round to win the middleweight finale.

Gordon would have a fate similar to Colton Smith, losing his next three fights and being released. Gordon would appear on TUF 25: Redemption, but would lose in the elimination round. Gordon would join the Professional Fighters League in 2018 but hasn't fought since.