This season of "The Ultimate Fighter" was filmed in a matter of six weeks, about half the shooting schedule of last season's live show on FX.
Not that Colton Smith needed long to realize a clash between him and TUF finale opponent Mike Ricci was inevitable.
"We are very different," Smith told FOXSports.com in advance of Saturday's event that can be seen live on FX at 9 p.m. ET/PT. "Our upbringing is very different. I come from a single-parent household. My mom raised me. She did her best and we didn't have all that much, but all I really needed were my shoes and my headgear."
And for Ricci, a Canadian the show has portrayed as being somewhat image-conscious?
"He likes to flash his money and flash just about everything else he has. I'm not like that. I could make a million dollars tomorrow, and I'd be the same guy as yesterday."
Smith's path further diverged from Ricci's when he reached adulthood. Smith enlisted in the military, served two tours in Iraq, became an Army Ranger an...