by MMAWeekly.com Staff (Photo courtesy of KrisMcCray.com)
The stage is set and the fighters have won their bouts to
make their way into the house on the newest season of “The Ultimate Fighter,”
and with that MMAWeekly Radio is proud to welcome Kris "Savage"
McCray to the show as an official correspondent for this season.
McCray joins MMAWeekly Radio as one of a long list of
fighters that have spent week after week on the show, giving insight, analysis,
and an insider’s view not heard on TV.
Past correspondents on the show have included Roy Nelson, Ryan Bader,
Brendan Schaub, Matt Brown, and Eliot Marshall.
A veteran of several pro fights, McCray, who was also a
former Army reserves soldier, explains the reason for taking the chance and
doing “The Ultimate Fighter” for this season.
"My dad always said you can’t get a hit unless you
swing your bat or closed mouths don’t get fed," McCray told
MMAWeekly.com. "So, I was
doing pretty good, the UWC was showing me a lot of love, and I was getting my
name out there. I was in Fight magazine after my third fight in the UWC, and I
checked out the show and I got on when I went over to the tryouts in Seattle, it
just worked out."
McCray admits that the reality show can be a fast track for
a fighter looking to make his way into the UFC, and while he believes that he
would have eventually earned his way into the Octagon, this brings with it a
certain path that can’t be ignored.
"It’s the fastest way to pump your name out
there," said McCray.
"You want to be known and you want the fans out there to know who
you are, and how you fight. It’s
exciting for them to come watch, and I like fighting for them. Getting on the show it’s like taking a
high school player and going straight to the pros. It’s like you pass go and collect your $200, and just keep
Coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz lead the way this
season, and McCray believes fans will definitely want to tune in for the
dramatic moments, but at the end of the day the fights will sell themselves.
"I think this is the best season ever, and that’s based
on solely the fights," said McCray.
"They’re all exciting, they’re going to have you on the edge of
your seat. Every fight is a good
fight, that’s what I think is really going to make this season is the