TUF Finalist, McCray likely to 170

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Kris McCray may not have won the finale for “The Ultimate Fighter Season 11,” but that doesn’t mean he’s lost his desire to be a fighter in the UFC. The winner of the first ever wild card in the reality show’s history is looking to come back just as strong as he did after a loss on the show, and prove he belongs with the best.

The decision is now on McCray’s head about where he goes from here. Coming into “The Ultimate Fighter” finale, he had lost a lot of weight and was in the best shape of his career, and that ultimately may force another change.

“I got to Vegas at 183 (pounds) without really dieting, just going to practice everyday, and that mentality. I know I can make 170. I never had a problem at 85 at all. I always coasted into 85, and I definitely think it’s possible,” McCray told MMAWeekly Radio about his possible move to welterweight.

“I’m strong enough to do both weight classes, but at 70 you always want to go as low as you can comfortably, so that may look like a good home. I’m willing to try it out and spread my wings at welterweight.”

At this point in his career, McCray knows it’s all about smart choices. Like many “Ultimate Fighter” competitors before him, dropping down to a different division is something that could give him more longevity.

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