(“Luke Zachrich, Come on Down!”)
More fighters are being rumored as contestants for The Ultimate Fighter 7.
It was already reported that Luke Zachrich and Mike Marrello will be contestants on the show, and now it looks like they’ll be joined by Prince Mclean, Steve Byrnes, C.B. Dollaway, Aaron Meisner, and Matt Brown.
Mike Marrello is a Chicago middleweight with a record of 6-1-1. He has fought for the Xtreme Fighting Organization and King of the Cage, with his loss coming at the hands of Terry Davinney via kimura. Davinney has since lost three in a row. Mike Marrello is also a former Marine and joins Cincinnati-bred Luke Zachrich on the show, who is 7-1. Luke has also fought for King of the Cage and Xtreme Fighting Organization. A Dan Severn-trained fighter, Zachrich’s only loss was to Danny Ruiz via a first round armbar.
Aaron Meisner is out of Philly and is undefeated in his three pro fights – all by KO or TKO. He last fought at Extreme Challenge 78. Also reportedly joining the middleweights will be Prince Mclean and his 4-5 record. Like Luke Zachrich, he’s based in Cincy. But unlike Luke, he’s lost five straight and has proven injury prone. He is an interesting selection for the show, since he’s more on a downward spiral and not on the rise. This one is worth keeping an eye on.
C.B. Dollaway, who is 6-0 and has been impressive, will also be stepping before cameras for the show. He was a kick-ass wrestler in college and has improved his striking with every match. He’s out of Arizona and has fought with HDNet Fights, Rage in the Cage and the IFO. His debut featured a TKO slam 17 seconds into the bout.
Matt Brown is 5-6 as a pro and is yet another fighter from the Team Gurgel camp (Zachrich, Mclean). With two fighters from that team owning losing records, that sound you hear is money being passed under the table. Brown is reportedly moving up in weight for TUF 7 and also recently trained with Renzo Gracie‘s outfit. Steve Byrnes is from Hawaii and is 6-1 as a pro fighter. His lone defeat was a unanimous decision to Logan Clark at UFC Fight Night 7. Byrnes is a former Marine and has not fought in 13 months, because a knee injury has kept him out of the cage.
TUF 7 is set to rev up on April 2nd with Rampage Jackson and Forrest Griffin coaching the contestants.