Friends: Season 3, Episode 24

The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion (8 May 1997)

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Monica struggles to support Pete in his goal to become the Ultimate Fighting Champion. Chandler is unnerved when his boss slaps his butt. Rachel becomes jealous when Ross starts dating a new woman.



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Episode cast overview:
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Doug (as Sam MacMurray)
'Big' John McCarthy ...
Referee (as John McCarthy)


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 chose 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 gave her blessing to Phoebe presenting Ross with her friend Bonnie as date, without realizing she's no longer eerily bold, in fact quite to Ross's taste... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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8 May 1997 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Robin Williams and Billy Crystal's cameo in the opening, coincided with the release of their film, Fathers' Day (1997), which opened the day after this episode aired. 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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The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion
3 July 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The best part of this episode is the butt slapping story of Chandler and his new boss. It is absolutely hilarious especially when other guys are jealous of it. And also when Chandler checks if it is normal by slapping Ross's butt. And also when at the end everyone is leaving the meeting room and gets a slap from their boss

I am kind of sad that Monica separated from Pete. This character could have been great for more story lines. And the break up doesn't make much sense to me too. If Monica cared so much about him she would have stayed on his side. I guess the actor just couldn't do more on the show, that would explain it

And the story with Rachel is the one most can connect to. Even though she doesn't want to be with Ross and wants him to be happy, it upsets her that he is happy so soon. Great point to make in a sitcom

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