Two years ago Zach Davis was unexpectedly diagnosed with a torn retina during pre-fight medicals and told he not only needed surgery to repair the damage but was looking at the significant possibility his Mixed Martial Arts career was over. Not satisfied with their assessment of his professional outlook, Davis took the required break to recover from the injury and returned to the ring this past November with a second-round submission win. Fast-forward to today and the strange journey he’s been on since 2009 will apparently culminate in a run at the title of Ultimate Fighter Season 13 champion.
According to a source close to Davis’ camp, the 4-1 welterweight has joined the group of individuals competing next season under the tutelage of TUF 13 coaches Brock Lesnar or Junior dos Santos. Other contestants among the fourteen attached to the show, though not officially announced, include rising prospects Tony Ferguson, Myles Jury, and Alex Garcia.
Davis has won his last three fights and finished all four of the opponents he’s beaten including two in the opening round. Three of his victories have been the result of a tap-out.
TUF 13 debuts in late March on Spike TV and will feature a cast of 170-pounders, minus past seasons’ elimination round, fighting for the honor of becoming the UFC’s next Ultimate Fighter.