Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion 

Monica struggles to support Pete in his goal to become the Ultimate Fighting Champion. Chandler is uneasy when his boss playfully slaps his butt. Rachel becomes jealous when Ross starts dating a woman that was introduced to him by Phoebe.


Robby Benson


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Jennifer Aniston ... Rachel Green
Courteney Cox ... Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow ... Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc ... Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Matthew Perry ... Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer ... Dr. Ross Geller
Jon Favreau ... Pete Becker
James Hong ... Hoshi
Christine Taylor ... Bonnie
Sam McMurray ... Doug (as Sam MacMurray)
Steve Park ... Phil
Joe O'Connor ... Stevens
John McCarthy John McCarthy ... Referee
Bruce Buffer ... Announcer


Chandler is greatly appreciated by his boisterous boss Doug, but finds it unsettling to receive the highest praise in the form of systematical swatting of his posterior, to the point of its pain and his colleagues' envy. Millionaire Pete chooses as his new challenge after business to 'conquer' the brutal martial art of Ultimate Fighting, but despite an expensive entourage his confidence is so obviously and utterly misplaced that Monica can't watch his physical pain and public humiliation, even makes a breaking point of his persistence. Rachel gives her blessing to Phoebe presenting Ross with her friend Bonnie as date, without realizing she's no longer bald. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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English | Cantonese

Release Date:

8 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 2016, Jon Favreau stated that he would have liked to know the end of his character saga to become the Ultimate Fighting Champion, saying that Pete was a man of "tremendous focus and conviction". See more »


At the end of the episode Monica says a wrestler goes to Iran for training and pulling off thieves' arms. Iran doesn't have this rule. This rule only is used by Sonni and Wahhabi Governments, not Shia. Iran has a Shia government which is opposed to these sort of violence. See more »


Tomas: [upset] I have a feeling my wife is sleeping with her gynecologist.
Tim: Really? How do you know?
Tomas: Well, he's got access.
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References Fame (1980) See more »

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A little dated...
28 January 2018 | by rustademSee all my reviews

It's interesting to watch this episode in 2017 in the context of the "Me too" movement. The whole butt-slapping boss plotline would never get by today.

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