Height: 6'2" (188cm)
Weight: 203 lbs
Camp: The HardCore Gym
Cale Yarbrough (born December 27, 1986 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 7 , winning his entry and preliminary matches, by defeating John Clarke and Patrick Schultz respectively, and losing to The Ultimate Fighter 7 finalist, C.B. Dollaway. Yarbrough was picked by the original TUF winner, Forrest Griffin. Griffin coached on season 7 for the first time.
In the first episode Yarbrough fought John Clarke, winning by way of TKO and earning a spot in the Ultimate Fighter house. Yarbrough was chosen by UFC light heavy weight championship number one contender and former Ultimate fighter Forrest Griffin. Yarbrough would continue on to fight in episode seven against Patrick Schultz after a skin disease on a contestant demanded a replacement which Schultz took. Yarbrough defeated Patrick Schultz by majority decision.
There was controversy over the decision including demands from Rampage Jackson that the fight should go to a third round. This lead to a verbal argument between the coaches ending with Rampage saying he would bet his purse that his fight with Forrest would not go to decision. After verbal taunting of C.B. Dollaway from Yarbrough, he became the number one recruit's pick to fight in the quarterfinals. C.B. defeated Yarbrough by TKO in the first round.
Cale Yarbrough was originally set to make his mixed martial arts debut, against former cast mate Dan Cramer. They were set to fight at the TUF 7 finale. Cramer was forced out of the fight due to a broken collar bone. Yarbrough was then scheduled to fight fellow Team Griffin member Tim Credeur in The Ultimate Figher 7 finale, but the bout was canceled by the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to Credeur testing positive for Adderall, a banned prescription drug. The bout was rescheduled to be on the preliminary card of the UFC event, UFC: Silva vs. Irvin on July 19th. Yarbrough lost in the first round to veteran Tim Credeur by way of TKO.
After starting school at Kennesaw State, Cale began training at Knuckleup Fitness with Mateo Cutbill. After seeing his knack for the sport, Mateo encouraged Cale to pursue MMA full-time. Cale started training with Rory Singer and Adam Singer at the Hardcore Gym, after moving to Athens in 2006. Cale's amateur record is 5-0, with every bout ending by TKO. Cale currently holds the ISKA Amateur United States Light Heavyweight Championship belt.
Yarbrough was set to fight Jason Karpel at MTX Audio II on January 10, 2009. Cale's opponent did not receive medical clearance, so Yarbrough was left without a fight. Yarbrough is now set to fight sometime in March of 2009.