Despite being Ken Shamrock’s first pick on the show, Forbes didn’t have the best of starts on TUF, finding himself out of the competition as early as episode two after a submission loss to Noah Inhofer. Forbes wasn’t finished on the show however, finding himself reinstated and through to the semi-finals after Inhofer quit the show. Forbes then fought Josh Haynes, but again came undone via a submission. Despite having lost twice in the house the young fighter made the season finale card to fight Matt Hamill, but lost again, and as a result was cut from the UFC.
Still only 21, the next step was to get more cage experience and he did just that, putting together a three fight win-streak over a six month period, including a victory over future TUF competitor Jesse Taylor. Clearly still in favor with Zuffa, Forbes found himself in the WEC in September of 2007 against Bryan Baker, but once again Forbes struggled to make his mark on the big stage, losing by TKO in the first round. Forbes went back to the drawing board, and back to the smaller promotions. He went 3-1 in 2008, and then really turned up the heat in 2009 by going on a five fight unbeaten run.
Having paid his dues Forbes, now 25, was granted a big reward for his hard work when he found himself recalled to the UFC – three and a half years after his first stint in the promotion. He can’t afford to rest on his laurels now though – particularly as his first fight back ended in a decision loss to Nick Catone at UFN 20 in January. He remains confident though and is looking forward to his next opportunity to fight in the UFC.