When the 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter kicks off on March 9, it will be anything but another run-of-the-mill season of the reality show, so long as lightweight Chase Hackett has a say in it.

Armed with a mullet, one of the best mustaches in the business and the nickname “Prison Stare“, it’s easy to see that the Colorado-based fighter is anything but the average contestant. While he’s eager to showcase his fighting ability, the self-proclaimed dork is expecting even more.

“This is the fast track to fame,” Hackett told The MMA Corner. “To me, it’s so much more than fighting. Everyone on the show can fight, but this is the best way to show people who you are. I think that’s one of the most important aspects.”

Hackett (top) delivers an elbow (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

Hackett is hopeful for a win in the elimination round, which would earn him the added exposure of 13 straight weeks on the Fox-owned cable network FX.

“The bottom line is, we are entertainers,” declared Hackett. “People want to be entertained. The show is the biggest platform for that. I get a chance to not only showcase that I can fight, but show people my personality, my charisma.”

At 4-1, Hackett’s record may not stack up against some of the other 31 competitors, but that won’t stop him from trying to make a statement when he steps into the cage.

“I want to make people watch the show,” said Hackett. “I think a lot of these guys are going to look to win fights by being safe. I don’t want to just get by, I want to win in great fashion.”

In order to win the six-figure contract, Hackett may be forced to lock horns with fighters that he knows, something not entirely foreign to him. After all, his first professional win came against his fellow castmate Drew Dober. But like the rest of the competitors on the show, it’s all business once the cage door shuts.

Hackett (second from left) enjoys victory (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

“I’m not looking forward to having to potentially send one of my friends home, but when it comes down to it, we are all here for the same thing,” explained Hackett. “I know those guys would have no problem punching me in the face, so I may as well return the favor.”

Following the only loss of his career in 2010, Hackett suffered a severe knee injury during training, which kept him out of action for over a year. It was during that stretch that the fighter decided to try to make a career out of MMA. Now, with two straight wins since the injury, the reality show is the perfect avenue to fulfill his dream.

“To find something that you really enjoy doing and get paid for it, that’s the American dream,” Hackett proclaimed. “I couldn’t ask for more than the opportunity to make a career out of something I would do for free.”

Prison Stare (Twitter)

Further fueling Hackett’s excitement is the chance to work with championship-caliber fighters Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber, the coaches for the upcoming season.

“I wouldn’t be disappointed with either team; they’re both champions,” stated Hackett. “I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a huge fan-boy and I look up to these guys. It’s a win-win (situation) regardless of what happens.”

Beaming with confidence as he heads into the life-changing experience, Hackett has one more goal should he make the house.

“I want to make it cool to have mustaches again,” he said with a laugh. “No, in all seriousness, I’m ready to get after it and show the world what I can do.”

Chase would like to thank his coaches and teammates at Factory X Muay Thai and Crossfit Littleton, his strength and conditioning coach Wade Brinkman, all of his Twitter followers, and last, but certainly not least, his family.

Top Photo: Chase Hackett (horizontal) celebrates with his coaches (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

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