The Ultimate Fighter 31 Cast Breakdown: The Newcomers

Aaron McKenzie, 34, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US, 11-2-1


  • Strong ground and pound
  • Submission threat
  • Relentless pressure
  • Good grappling
  • Throws in volume
  • Tough as nails


  • Wild striking
  • Doesn’t wear damage well
  • Tends to shell up

McKenzie is a tough veteran that’s always in these gritty fights. He’s nobody that’s going to light anyone up but he’s also not going to be run over easy.

McKenzie takes a lot of damage but is hard to put away. He throws a lot of volume and has decent power but lacks the technical ability. He should wrestle more because where he’s best at is on the mat.

McKenzie may have fared better in other seasons, but not as much against guys with equal or greater experience as is the case here. I don’t see him getting to the finals but he will put on a tough fight.