The Ultimate Fighter: Alarming Rise In Unprovoked Door Attacks

Is it just me or do the MMA stars of The Ultimate Fighter have it in for the good old fashioned door?

Take Tito Ortiz for instance in a recent episode of season 11. Rather than just opening the door like us ordinary folks do, Ortiz decided it would be better just to blast it straight off it’s hinges instead.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the fighter later asked for this to be marked down as an official knockout on his record.

The former UFC light-heavyweight champion is already in hot water after allegations of domestic abuse this week, so he can thank his lucky stars that the door decided not to press charges…

Tito’s actions look like a minor misdemeanor compared with season 10 coach Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson’s violent assault on another door at the TUF training center.

Speaking under the condition of anonymity several other doors at the facility stated that they now fear for their lives due to the spate of unprovoked attacks in the neighborhood.

TUF 7 coach Forrest Griffin is not immune to the effects of ‘door rage’ either…

See More: Forrest Griffin • Dana White • Rampage Jackson • Luke Zachrich

This is by no means a new problem though. In fact historians points to the infamous Chris ‘The Crippler’ Leben’s drunken rampage back in season one as the starting point of this phenomenon…

So where does all this hate for doors come from?

Some suggest it simply stems from a lack of understanding about how doors actually work. Let’s face it, fighters aren’t always the sharpest tools in the box.

Take TUF 7’s Jesse Taylor for example. In the clip below we see that he clearly struggles with the basic concept of closing a dishwasher door…

With that in mind, consider the clip below from later in the series when Taylor decides to kick out the window of a limousine. At the time this looked like a random act of violence, and it cost him his place on the show.

On reflection though, could it in fact be that JT was in fact just trying to find an alternative way out of the vehicle after realizing he didn’t have the brainpower to figure out how to open the door?

Judge for yourselves…

See More: Jesse Taylor • Dana White • Forrest Griffin • Rampage Jackson

Some fighters are apparently so confused by the concept of doors that they now avoid them altogether. In season 4 Mikey Burnett decided to stop using the front door and create his own make-shift route through a neighboring wall instead…

As the situation continues to escalate the Police are now investigating rumors that a group of vigilante doors have been plotting revenge attacks.

The first reported instance of this occurred when former TUF 1 fighter Bobby Southworth fought James Irvin at a Strikeforce event. As the two began the fight the action moved towards the cage door, which “accidentally” swung open causing both men to fall out of the cage, leaving Irvin with an injured knee…

So are the doors really beginning to fight back?

As far as I’m concerned it’s an open and shut case.

Further Reading:

Where Are They Now? – The Ultimate Fighters

Have You Been Punched, Kicked Or Choked By An MMA Fighter Yet?

MMA Stars In The Movies


  1. You forgot to mention the TUF Season where Forrest Griffin was one of the coaches, he took out a door as well. After the Cale Yarbrough fight where he beat some guy named Pat.

  2. Ah, your right Andrew I did forget about that one – thanks for reminding me! I’m going to track down a video of that and add it to the article!

  3. Thank you very much for this much needed exposé on violence against doors. This trend of violence needs to stop! I for one applaud you for your courage to write this report.


  4. Thanks man. The way I see it you don’t want to get on the wrong side of a door, so I figured I’d better speak up on their behalf.

  5. These doors are made of like f*cking two pieces of particle board with a 3 inch gap of nothing. They need to invest in some new doors

  6. Rossc–

    I fully agree with you–I don’t ever “want to get on the wrong side of a door” again. Last time I did, I found myself in the outside looking in. Anyway . . . excellent report; keep up the great work.



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