|Born||Kris Eric Johannes McCray
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Schweinfurt, West Germany
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
Middleweight (2008-2010, 2013)
|Reach||71.0 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Toms River, New Jersey, United States|
|Team||Renzo Gracie Combat Team|
|Rank||blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Since his father was in the Army and stationed in Germany, McCray lived there, as well as Alabama, for most of his early childhood. He eventually moved to Woodbridge, Virginia, where he graduated from high school at Woodbridge High School in 1998.
McCray attended college at George Mason University, while he was teaching high school wrestling in his spare time. McCray entered the U.S. Army Reserve at age 21, and spent six years in the service.
Mixed martial arts career
At age 12, McCray began learning Tae Kwon Do and Karate. In high school, McCray was a part of the wrestling team. During his time in the service, McCray began learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and upon returning home, he joined Team Gold Medal Grappling, a Lloyd Irvin affiliate.
McCray obtained a perfect 10–0 amateur record before turning pro. His pro career has mainly consisted of fights for the Virginia based promotion, Ultimate Warrior Challenge.
The Ultimate Fighter
McCray was selected as a contestant for the eleventh season of the Ultimate Fighter. Before he could move into the house, McCray had to win his entry fight against Cleburn Walker, where he won via a verbal submission after injuring Walker's shoulder.
He was selected third and fifth overall by Team Punishment, led by Tito Ortiz. For his second fight he was chosen to fight Josh Bryant. The fight was back and forth and after three rounds, Bryant was awarded the decision.
McCray was then selected as one of the season's wildcards. He then faced Kyacey Uscola in a second chance to get into the quarter finals. In the second round, having controlled a large portion of the fight, McCray was able to submit Uscola with an americana and advanced to the quarter finals.
McCray would then face good friend Kyle Noke. McCray arguably controlled the fight after succeeding in multiple takedown attempts that Noke had little answer to. Noke's submission attempts were also effectively neutralised and McCray pulled off the victory with a unanimous decision after three rounds.
That win advanced McCray into the semi-finals where he would have a rematch with Josh Bryant who had defeated him earlier in the competition. After winning by unanimous decision, McCray moved on to face Court McGee in the finals to determine the next Ultimate Fighter.
McCray set the new record for total fights competed in during a season, having fought five times in total. Dana White commented during the final episode that McCray had fought "literally every Tuesday" since he got in the house.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
At the finale, McCray lost to McGee via second round submission by way of a rear-naked choke. McCray was out-wrestled in the first and second round eventually giving up his back in the second round. McCray signed a four-fight deal with the UFC.
His first fight on the contract took place at UFC 122 in the Welterweight division. McCray faced UFC newcomer Carlos Eduardo Rocha, and lost by kneebar submission in the first round. He moved his camp from Team Gold Medal Grappling in Washington, D.C., to Toms River, New Jersey, with the Renzo Gracie Combat Team.
Following the loss to Hathaway, McCray was released from the organization.
Bellator Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||8 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||8–5||Danillo Villefort||Decision (split)||World Series of Fighting 2||March 23, 2013||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Return to Middleweight|
|Loss||8–4||Mike Wade||Decision (split)||CFFC: Wade vs. McCray||October 27, 2012||3||5:00||Richmond, Virginia, United States|
|Win||8–3||Ailton Barbosa||Decision (split)||Bellator 65||April 13, 2012||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||7–3||Gemiyale Adkins||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Fight 9||November 25, 2011||3||5:00||Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||6–3||Kevin Nowaczyk||Decision (unanimous)||HFC 9: Fall Brawl||November 5, 2011||3||5:00||Valparaiso, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||5–3||John Hathaway||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis||March 26, 2011||3||5:00||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Carlos Eduardo Rocha||Submission (kneebar)||UFC 122||November 13, 2010||1||2:21||Oberhausen, Germany||Welterweight Debut|
|Loss||5–1||Court McGee||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale||June 19, 2010||2||3:41||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost The Ultimate Fighter 11|
|Win||5–0||Marcus Ajian||Submission (shoulder lock)||Ballroom Battleground 1||November 4, 2009||1||0:45||Glen Burnie, Maryland, United States|
|Win||4–0||Igor Almeida||TKO (punches)||UWC 7: Redemption||October 3, 2009||1||0:39||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Win||3–0||Ronnie West||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UWC 6: Capital Punishment||April 25, 2009||1||0:39||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Win||2–0||Manny Okorie||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UWC 5: Man O' War||February 21, 2009||1||4:51||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Win||1–0||Joey Kirwan||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UWC 4: Confrontation||October 11, 2008||1||1:35||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
- "Kris McCray – TUF's Toughest Ever". UFC.com. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
- "Kris "Savage" McCray Bio". KRISMCCRAY.com. 2010-06-21. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
- Yahoo! Sports - 'The Ultimate Fighter' recap: Which coach has a rabbit foot?
- "Court McGee vs. Kris McCray named main event for The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale". mmajunkie.com. June 16, 2010.
- Kris McCray returns at UFC 121
- "John Hathaway vs. Kris McCray Added to UFC Fight Night 24 in Seattle". mmaweekly.com. January 3, 2011.
- "Kris McCray Released From the UFC, Vows to Return to the Octagon". mmaweekly.com. April 14, 2011.
- "UFC Veteran Kris McCray Faces Ailton Barbosa at Bellator 65 on April 13". sherdog.com. February 14, 2012.