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Saraceno was a mixed martial artist prior to considering a career in professional wrestling.
WWE Tough Enough IV (2015)
Saraceno joined Season 6 of WWE Tough Enough. Described as a hard worker and the "pack leader" in group of contestants, Saraceno was the ninth elimination during the competition. Officials were impressed by his athleticism and conditioning, but noted his lack of promotion skills as a weak point. The WWE stated their willingness to still work with Saraceno if he was still interested in improving his work as a wrestler. There is no official word suggesting (yet) whether or not he will pursue professional wrestling.
Mixed martial arts (2014-present)
After WWE Tough Enough, Saraceno resumed his career in mixed martial arts. Standing 6'1", Saraceno currently competes as a middleweight fighter (alluding to possibly weighing between 172-186 lbs by UFC and some other active MMA division weight classes). He has also competed as a welterweight (156-170 lbs). His first fight was on June 14, 2014 at UCL Fight Night, in a middleweight fight against Paul Feinberg. He defeated Feinberg by KO in .31 seconds of the first round. On August 2, Saraceno defeated Cavin Sunkins at Conflict MMA by knockout. On September 13, 2014 at Fight Lab 40, Saraceno lost to Tresean Gore due to an injury sustained during the first round.
On April 15, 2015, Saraceno returned to competition at USFFC 22: Metal and Mayhem, defeating Jay Gray by knockout. On November 14, 2015 at USFFC 25: Defiance, Saraceno challenged for the Middleweight Championship held by Tommy Metzger. He defeated Metzger by knockout in 1:45 of the first round.
Saraceno's amateur record stood at 4-1-0 (wins-losses-draws) before he competed professionally. His first professional match was on September 11, 2015 at Gladiators FC 8. As a middleweight, Saraceno lost to Eldar Eldarov.
Saraceno was scheduled to meet Bevon Lewis at USFFC 26 on March 5, 2016, but the match was cancelled. As of March 2016, Saraceno's record of overall fights stands at 5-1-0. As of March 2016, Saraceno's professional record stands at 0-1-0.
- Tanner Saraceno Profile on Tapalogy.com
- Article about Tanner Saraceno after WWE Tough Enough