TUF Fighter Named in Wrongful Death Suit

Sometimes you have to wonder about the screening process of these reality TV shows. Zak Jensen on the current The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights has been named as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit. Jensen has been reportedly implicated by a family as playing a part in their son’s death on a Mexico vacation.

It is an interesting story on one particular level. To me, I find it interesting that the UFC would take a risk on putting this guy on the show. He has no criminal charges filed against him, yet it is a bit of a shady story. Zak did get chocked out in his first fight, but what if he won? How do you promote a guy like that without answering some tough questions? The sport already has a bad public perception, and this would have done MMA no favors.

The Stillwater Gazette reports – Relatives of a Stillwater Area High School graduate who died in Mexico under unclear circumstances say they are just looking for justice and details about his death by filing a lawsuit against those who saw him last.

Elizabeth Gunderson Koll filed the suit Thursday in Washington on behalf of her son, Josh Gunderson. The suit accuses Zachery Jensen, Jason Jones and Sterling Systems, which is owned by Jones, of negligence in Josh Gunderson’s death.

The report also claims that Jensen was a bodyguard for Jones on the trip.

KSTP TV reports -An autopsy ordered by the family shows Gunderson had wounds to his face, and that he ultimately choked on his own vomit. The medical examiner says that could have happened because of a struggle.

The concierge at the Sheraton Hotel told authorities Jensen said “I just defended myself. He was attacking me.” They claim he also said “he shouldn’t be with her. He was liking her and she didn’t.”

Who knows where this is go and Jensen may be perfectly innocent here. I just question why the UFC didn’t wait for the legal mess to smooth over before putting Jensen on the show. I think it is pretty obvious by looking at this season’s cast that the UFC had very slim pickings when it came to casting heavyweights this season. The only explanation I can think of is that the hopefuls were just so bad that Jensen got in by default.

For those who have been watching the show this season, this is a pretty ironic story considering who is involved. In episode five, Jensen was accused by Wes Sims of leaving some man goo behind in the shower. Since that moment, Jensen has been an outcast in the house. Jensen was subsequently submitted in the next episode.

Let’s just say that this lawsuit on top of his appearances on The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights probably won’t do too much to help his career as a bodyguard. Thank goodness no criminal charges were filed, because the boys may not have been as nice as Wes Sims when it comes to leaving your goo behind.

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