Season 23 opens with both light-heavyweight men and strawweight women facing off in 16 elimination bouts. Coaches Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha take in the fights alongside Dana White, then pick their teams from the winners.
Helen Harper is distraught after getting injured in practice; Cory and Khalil have a donut-eating contest at the house; Dana White rewards the fighters with a night of video gaming; and two strawweights face off for the first time this season.
Joanna lashes out at her team for a perceived lack of effort during training; and a Red Team rallying cry rubs Team Claudia the wrong way. Then, a classic striker vs. grappler clash determines a semifinal spot.
Season 20 winner Carla Esparza pays a visit and helps Team Joanna with training; and Abdel Medjedoub gets a call from home that puts his future in the competition in jeopardy. Then, two strawweights battle for a spot in the semifinals.
Dana chooses to intervene when Abdel's personal problems threaten his future in the competition. Meanwhile, a losing fighter eyes a second chance. Then, in the fifth preliminary fight, a determined young competitor faces a skilled veteran.
A bombshell is dropped as Joanna and Claudia compete in the biggest coaches challenge in "Ultimate Fighter" history. Then, in the first light-heavyweight semifinal, two friends battle it out for a spot in the finale.
Miesha Tate pays a surprise visit to a Team Claudia practice. Meanwhile, one of the semifinalists struggles with a difficult weight cut, putting her fight future in jeopardy. Then, two strawweights face off with a spot in the finale on the line.
The last two semifinals take place. First, two strawweights face off in the octagon. Then, two friends go to war in a light heavyweight matchup. Also: Claudia and Joanna nearly come to blows after the fights.
Coaches Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha duel for the strawweight title in Las Vegas to headline the Season 23 finale. Also: Andrew Sanchez-Khalil Rountree in the light-heavyweight final; Amanda Cooper-Tatiana Suarez in the strawweight final; and Ross Pearson-Will Brooks.