Luke Zachrich

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Luke Zachrich
Born (1981-10-01) October 1, 1981 (age 37)
Defiance, Ohio, United States
Other namesThe Blender[1]
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
DivisionMiddleweight (185 lb) (2006–retired)
Cruiserweight (boxing)
Reach74.5 in (189 cm)[2]
StyleKickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Fighting out ofColumbus, Ohio, United States (current)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States (former)
TeamRonin Training Center[3]
Team Jorge Gurgel[4]
The Beast Academy
TrainerHead Trainer: Rob Radford
Strength: Brandon Couden
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu: Vitor Oliveira
Wrestling: Nikolai Timbs[1]
Rank     Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Vitor Oliveira[5]
Years active2006–present (MMA)
2014; 2016–present (Boxing)
Professional boxing record
By knockout2
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission7
By decision3
By knockout1
By submission3
By decision0
Amateur record
By knockout1
Other information
OccupationProfessional Mixed Martial Artist
UniversityBowling Green University
WebsiteOfficial Site
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Luke Zachrich (born October 1, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist and professional boxer who formerly competed in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship[6] A professional mixed martial arts competitor since 2006, Zachrich was a member of Team Forrest on the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, and has also fought for King of the Cage, Bellator, Xtreme Fighting Organization, and Ultimate Victory Challenge, the latter of which he was the inaugural Middleweight Champion.[7]

In the first few years of his career, he trained with professional wrestling and mixed martial arts legend Dan Severn at The Beast Academy in Coldwater, Michigan, before relocating to Team Jorge Gurgel in Cincinnati, Ohio. He now fights out his own training facility, the Ronin Training Center, where he is also one of the head instructors.[8] He currently holds a professional record of 14–4, with seven of his fourteen wins coming by way of submission.[9] As of November 29, 2015, Zachrich was ranked as the 193rd-best Middleweight in active mixed martial arts competition by Fight Matrix, and is ranked at #95 in the Middleweight rankings.[10][2]


Zachrich was born on October 1, 1981, in Defiance, Ohio. During his freshman year, Zachrich was a varsity football player at Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio. After sustaining an injury in one of the last scheduled games of the season, he chose to discontinue his upstart career in football and find a different profession.[11]

In the last couple of years in college, Zachrich was a part-time lacrosse player and then graduated with bachelor's degree in 2005. Around the same time, he stumbled upon mixed martial arts and began training with UFC legend and Hall of Famer Dan Severn at his gym, The Beast Academy, in Coldwater, Michigan and also trained with renowned Jujitsu practitioner Dave Morris.[12] An upstart, Zachrich trained for two years under the tutelage of Severn and Jorge Gurgel's team, before accepting a last-minute offer to compete in an amateur bout in early 2006.

During an interview with MMA.TV, he was asked about how he made the transition to mixed martial arts.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

In the first combat bout of his career, Zachrich faced off against fellow fighting newcomer Ben Kelley at Mega Fighting Championship's premiere event on January 14, 2006. It was a showcase of heavy stand-up striking for a majority of the bout, with Zachrich coming out on top with a first round technical knockout victory. Following more training, Zachrich would receive the opportunity to turn pro three months later.[13][14] On April 15, 2006, he made a successful transition to professional mixed martial arts, as he submitted Cliff Perillo with strikes at the Ultimate Fight Series.[15]

At 1–0, Zachrich continued his slow-and-steady climb up the divisional rankings, and would collect another victory on May 6, 2006, in the form of a thirty-one second TKO of Micah Bender in the preliminary portion of FightFest 3.[16]

King of the Cage (2006–2007)[edit]

On September 29, 2006, Zachrich fought Jason Zazelenchuk at King of the Cage: Detonator, winning the fight by a quick rear-naked choke in the first round.[17] After compiling a 1–1 record in regional promotions, getting the first loss of his career against Danny Ruiz by armbar, and rebounding by submitting Shane Krutchten with an armbar, he returned to the promotion and submitted Brad Burrick, also by an armbar, at King of the Cage: Explosion on June 15, 2007.[18]

The Ultimate Fighter (2008)[edit]

After capturing Xtreme Fighting Organization's middleweight championship with a vicious first round knockout of mixed martial arts journeyman William 'Bill' Hill, the UFC announced that Zachrich would be one of the sixteen Middleweight competitors set to take part in the seventh season of their hit reality show, The Ultimate Fighter, hosted by coaches Quinton Jackson and Forrest Griffin.[19]

Zachrich took on Patrick Schultz in the preliminary round, taking Schultz out with a quick first round rear-naked choke. Impressing the two coaches, he was the final pick by Forrest Griffin of Team Griffin.[20][21]

In the quarter-finals, Zachrich faced off against Team Rampage's Dan "Cosmo" Cramer. Despite having the considerable edge in overall experience, he was defeated with a second round TKO and was eliminated from the show.[22][23]

Post-TUF career (2008–2010)[edit]

Zachrich returned to the regional circuit soon after his Ultimate Fighter elimination, and his next fight was quickly put in place for the Full Contact Fight Series 28 event on September 6, 2008, where he took on regional journeyman Michael Musslewhite. In this contest, he continued to showcase his ever-improving boxing skills, taking Musslewhite out with a first-round knockout and moving himself to 8–1 in his growing career.[24]

For his tenth career fight, he took on Robert Thompson at ICF: Breakout on April 11, 2009. Thompson, who came into the fight with a three-fight losing streak hanging over his head, would not fare well against Zachrich, and would be submitted with a keylock in the third round.[25][26]

He faced J.R. Hines at ICF: Sacrifice on May 16, 2009.[27] Zachrich took the fight to the ground early on and submitted Hines with a keylock in the first round, and with the victory, garnered the attention of Indiana based organization, MMA Big Show, who announced that they had signed him to a multi-fight deal on October 21, 2009.[28][29] He was given Byron Sutton as his first opponent, and the two were expected to compete at the promotion's New Dawn event on January 9, 2010, however, the fight would be taken off the card by the promoter shortly after it was announced for undisclosed reasons.[30][31] It wasn't until March 24, 2010, that it was announced that Zachrich had been signed by Bjorn Rebney's upstart mixed martial arts company, Bellator MMA.[32]

Bellator MMA (2010)[edit]

Zachrich made his first and only appearance for the promotion at Bellator 16, and was matched-up against World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Eric Schambari in the middleweight tournament quarter-finals on April 29, 2010.[33][34][35] He accepted the opportunity to fight Schambari having been battling nagging back injuries in the months heading into the fight, and after a back-and-forth first couple of minutes, with Zachrich nearly catching his opponent in a guillotine choke, he lost the fight by an arm-triangle choke in the first round.[36] He was subsequently released from the promotion shortly after the bout.

Post-Bellator career (2010–2013)[edit]

Zachrich faced Nick Kraus for the inaugural Ultimate Victory Challenge middleweight title at UVC 20: Clash at the Coliseum on August 4, 2012,[37] winning the bout by unanimous decision.[38][39] He made his next appearance for UVC against Marcus Finch at UVC 23 on May 10, 2013.[40][41] Zachrich won the fight via unanimous decision.[42][43]

He faced off against Justin Gamble at AAMMA 34: Proving Ground 2 on August 10, 2013, winning the fight by a straight armbar forty-five seconds into the first round.[44][45] The quick and impressive finish would also earn Zachrich Submission of the Year honors from Bluegrass MMA, and at the end of the 2013, was the close runner-up in the 2013 Pro Male Breakout Fighter awards by BlueGrass MMA, with future UFC bantamweight Cody Garbrandt narrowly snagging the lead slot in that category.[46] Zachrich was tabbed to face UFC veteran Luigi Fioravanti at UVC 27 on February 8, 2014,[47][48] but the fight would be postponed a month to March 15, 2014.[49] However, a couple of weeks after the fight was rescheduled, the entire event would be canceled by the promoter for undisclosed reasons.[50]

Ultimate Fighting Championship (2014–2015)[edit]

When Josh Samman had to pull out of his scheduled bout against Caio Magalhães due to an injury, Zachrich was signed to a multi-fight contract and stepped up as a short-notice replacement for Samman at UFC on Fox 11 on April 19, 2014.[51][52] He lost the bout by TKO in just forty-four seconds, after being dropped by heavy body shots from Magalhães.[53]

In his second fight with the promotion, Zachrich faced promotional newcomer Guilherme Vasconcelos at UFC 175 on July 5, 2014.[54] Zachrich would earn his first UFC victory with a dominant unanimous decision verdict over Vasconcelos, effectively outworking his Brazilian counterpart on the feet and showing improved takedown defense.[55][56] He then faced touted promotional newcomer and expert Judoka practitioner Dan Kelly at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping on November 7, 2014.[57] Zachrich would be a significant betting favorite coming into the bout, however, he was outboxed on the feet and towards the end of the first round, was taken down by Kelly and subsequently submitted with a kimura.[58][59]

Zachrich announced on Twitter on August 1, 2015, that he had successfully recovered from a lingering back injury and was in the process of returning to active MMA competition.[60] However, on October 19, 2015, it was confirmed that Zachrich was released from the promotion.[61]

Boxing career[edit]

Boxing is something that I always wanted to do. It is getting harder and harder for me to get MMA fights to stick. So this is a way for me to stay active. I had a lot of fun out there tonight. I am in no way done with MMA, but boxing is definitely something I look forward to doing again.

-Zachrich, in his interview with Robert "Turtle" Whitson of Cage Passion Media.

A few weeks before making his debut with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Zachrich competed in a cruiserweight boxing bout against Strikeforce veteran and combat journeyman John "J.P." Felty at TBC: Championship Boxing, getting a technical knockout victory over Felty in the second round with two seconds left.[62]

In a post-fight interview with Cage Passion Media, Zachrich said that he simply took the fight to keep himself busy and was already planning on returning to mixed martial arts, but didn't rule out the possibility of taking another boxing bout in the future.[62]

Following his release from the UFC in 2015, Zachrich made his return to boxing on January 15, 2016, scoring a TKO over the debuting Gary Vandyne at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus, Ohio.[63] Less than two months later, Zachrich booked another boxing match and won a unanimous decision against Bill Yates on March 4, 2016.[64][65]

Personal life[edit]

Zachrich is married and has children.[66] On top of competing in mixed martial arts, Zachrich revealed in an interview with MMAJunkie that he also remotely manages three Mellow Mushroom restaurants, and plans on opening and managing more in the future.[67][68]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Bluegrass MMA
    • 2013 BGMMA Award for Submission of the Year (Straight armbar vs. Justin Gamble)
    • 2013 BGMMA Pro Male Breakout Fighter (Runner-Up)[69]
  • Ultimate Victory Challenge
    • UVC Middleweight Championship (One time; First)
  • Xtreme Fighting Organization
    • XFO Middleweight Championship (One time)

Grappling credentials[edit]

Professional boxing record[edit]

1 Win (1 knockout), 0 Losses, 0 Draws, 0 No Contests [71]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Event Date Location Notes
Win 3–0 United States Bill Yates UD 4 Arnold Classic at the Lifestyle Pavilion March 4, 2016 United States Lifestyle Pavilion, Columbus Ohio, United States
Win 2–0 United States Gary Vandyne TKO 1 (4) Hollywood Casino Columbus January 15, 2016 United States Hollywood Casino, Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 1–0 United States John Felty TKO 2 (4) TBC: Championship Boxing March 1, 2014 United States Lifestyle Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio, United States Professional boxing debut.[72]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–4 Dan Kelly Submission (kimura) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping November 7, 2014 1 4:27 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 14–3 Guilherme Vasconcelos Decision (unanimous) UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida July 5, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–3 Caio Magalhães TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne April 19, 2014 1 0:44 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 13–2 Justin Gamble Submission (straight armbar) AAMMA 34: Proving Ground 2 August 10, 2013 1 0:45 Williamstown, Kentucky, United States Won 2013 Submission of the Year (Bluegrass MMA).[46]
Win 12–2 Marcus Finch Decision (unanimous) UVC 23: Invasion May 10, 2013 3 5:00 Columbus, Ohio, United States Non-title bout.
Win 11–2 Nick Kraus Decision (unanimous) UVC 20: Clash at the Coliseum August 4, 2012 3 5:00 Columbus, Ohio, United States Won the UVC Middleweight Championship.
Loss 10–2 Eric Schambari Submission (arm-triangle choke) Bellator 16 April 29, 2010 1 3:34 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinals.
Win 10–1 J.R. Hines Submission (keylock) Intimidation Cage Fighting: Sacrifice May 16, 2009 1 2:22 Florence, Kentucky, United States
Win 9–1 Robert Thompson Submission (keylock) Intimidation Cage Fighting: Breakout April 11, 2009 3 3:07 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 8–1 Michael Musslewhite KO (punches) FCFS 28: Clash of the Titans September 6, 2008 1 1:15 Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Win 7–1 William Hill KO (punch) XFO: Xtreme Fighting Organization 21 December 1, 2007 1 4:56 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States Won the XFO Middleweight Championship.[73]
Win 6–1 Darnell Strong KO (punch) XFO: Xtreme Fighting Organization 20 October 19, 2007 1 0:35 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 5–1 Brad Burrick Submission (armbar) KOTC: Explosion June 15, 2007 1 1:51 Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, United States
Win 4–1 Shane Kruchten Submission (armbar) Dangerzone 34: Fight Farm June 2, 2007 1 N/A Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Loss 3–1 Danny Ruiz Submission (armbar) RFS 8: Invasion of the Cage February 24, 2007 1 1:49 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 Jason Zazelenchuk Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC: Detonator September 29, 2006 1 2:48 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 2–0 Micah Bender TKO (punches) FF 3: Fightfest 3 May 6, 2006 1 0:31 Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Win 1–0 Cliff Perillo Submission (punches) UFS: Ultimate Fight Series April 15, 2006 1 1:31 Auburn, Indiana, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–1 Dan Cramer TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest (Episode 6) May 7, 2008 (air date) 2 1:49 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest first round.[74]
Win 1–0 Patrick Schultz Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest (Episode 2) April 9, 2008 (air date) 1 2:29 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest eliminations.[75]

Amateur mixed martial arts record[edit]

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Ben Kelley TKO (punches) Mega Fighting Championship 1 January 14, 2006 1 N/A Marion, Ohio, United States

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