In the summer of 2005, the UFC and Spike TV kicked off the second season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, and in addition to the success of the series ratings-wise, hopes were high that TUF2 would produce more stars on the level of season one’s Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar, Diego Sanchez, and Mike Swick.
"To me the records were just a starting point," recalls John Paul Jones, "The most important thing was always the stage show. So many great nights. At our worst we were still better than most. At our best we could just wipe the floor with the lot of them. It was just a very good live band."