Prince Mclean (4-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC), an Ohio-based middleweight who’s suffered his fair share of bad luck lately, has finally received some good fortune: he’s been chosen as a cast member for “The Ultimate Fighter 7.”
Sources close to the fighter recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) about the selection.
“The Ultimate Fighter 7,” which debuts April 2 on Spike TV, features UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson and season-one winner Forrest Griffin as coaches. Sixteen middleweight fighters vie for a UFC contract in a tournament-style competition. The show began taping today in Las Vegas.
Mclean will surely be one of the most scrutinized selections for the show, thanks to his 4-5 career record. Things started off well enough as the fighter posted four consecutive knockout victories — three of them in less than two minutes each. However, Mclean’s since loss five straight, but two of those losses resulted from shoulder injuries — including a dislocated shoulder in his most recent fight — that rendered him unable to continue.
Although all his victories have come via knockout, Mclean is quite comfortable on the ground. In high school, he was a two-time state qualifier in wrestling. Additionally, he trains at Team Jorge Gurgel, one of the country’s top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools. The Cincinnati-based team is home to Rich Franklin, Marcus Davis, Dustin Hazelett, Gurgel and other UFC fighters.
Mclean will join fellow Team Gurgel fighter Luke Zachrich (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on the show. As MMAjunkie.com previously reported, Zachrdige was also chosen for the cast, as were former UFC fighter Steve Byrnes (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and C.B. Dollaway (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
For the latest news about “The Ultimate Fighter 7,” including the latest list of rumored cast members, check out the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.
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I also mentioned Mclean’s “TUF7? selection in today’s “MMA Insider” column for the Dayton Daily News. Most of the column talked about details of the show with some additional info about Zachrich and Mclean.
However, I also talked about a new MMA organization that recently launched in Dayton, Ohio, called Bushi Combat (www.bushicombat.com). The first event took place Jan. 19 and was a pretty big success. Based on the promotion’s management group, the organization has some real potential.
Bushi Combat plans to host a total of six events at the Dayton Convention Center this year. If you’re an area fighter — either pro or amateur — you may want to check out the website for info about fighting in one of their next shows.