Former Tampa Bay Bucaneer defensive tackle Marcus Jones (4-2), former Indianapolis Colt offensive lineman Rex Richards (8-1) and former Green Bay running back Packer Herbert "Whisper" Goodman (9-6) were three former football pros who tried out.
Jones, a heavyweight, is a 35-year-old on a two-fight win streak both by way of TKO due to strikes. He trains out of Gracie Tampa, the camp which includes former "The Ultimate Fighter" competitors Corey Hill, Matt Arroyo and Allen "Monstah Lobstah" Berube.
Goodman, a middleweight, trains out of Fox Valley Grappling Club in Appleton, Wisconsin. He has knocked out former UFC competitors Jordan Radev and Adrian Serrano.
Former WWE pro wrestler Bobby Lashley has stated his interest in competing on the show but was not spotted in the casting call.
The casting call was open to middleweights, light-heavyweights and heavyweights.