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had dawned on me that I could take it pretty far. took him to the UFC after a submission win in March over Mike Rhodes on a Resurrection Fighting Alliance card that followed his run in Instinct MMA.
you don love this sport, it not for you, he said. not for the money and its not for the glamour and all that stuff. If you don truly love this sport, you don need to be in it because there not a lot of money until you truly make it. not complaining, however.
he was just supposed to be a sparring partner but he ended up being the main training partner of Georges for both the Diaz and Condit fights. and lanky at six foot two and with elite striking skills, Thatch could mimic both opponents for GSP.
Growing up, Brandon took part in football and swimming before focusing on MMA.
Thatch (9 1) puts that record and a growing reputation on the line for the first time in the UFC on Wednesday when the 28 year old from Denver takes on Justin (Fast Eddy) Edwards on a televised card in Indianapolis.
Brandon Thatch looks to make his mark in UFC
But he still works for a living, teaching striking classes at his gym.
Thatch has a flamboyant side, shown by a red mohawk for his fights.
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was just a kickboxer trying to fight MMA. I thought I could get by with just my kickboxing experience. he took me down and laid on me and pretty much showed me what jiu jitsu and wrestling were about. Since then, I put my work into my wrestling and my jiu jitsu and I now comfortable calling myself an MMA fighter versus just a kickboxer fighting MMA. is smart enough to know there is more work to be done on the grappling side. But Thatch says he has a good defensive game and can get back to his feet if needed.
Edwards (9 2) appeared on Season 13 of Ultimate Fighter and is 2 2 in the UFC, submitting veteran Josh (The Dentist) Neer most recently.
always grown up doing and I was pretty good at, he said. it was something that came very naturally for me. started as a hobby and an outlet for energy then became something else.
Patry says Clarence taught his son well, shown by the fact that he won start celebrating a win until he sees his opponent is OK.
Thatch, a prickly striker with whirling knees and fists, looks like a natural for the UFC. He wins, usually emphatically.
telling you, this guy can beat most of the guys in the top 10 right now, not in 10 fights, not in five fights, right now. the main event Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Carlos (The Natural Born Killer) Condit and Martin (The Hitman) Kampmann meet in a matchup of top welterweight contenders.
kid Thatch, I want him in my next training camp for (Nick) Diaz, Patry, who used to manage St Pierre, recalls the champion saying.
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Thatch six KO wins each took less than a minute, including a 15 second stoppage of Patrick Vallee in December 2011. Only one of his fights has gone beyond the first round and that was the lone blemish on his record, a split decision loss to Brandon Magana on a 2008 Strikeforce card at the Playboy Mansion.
The five foot 10 170 pounder will have to be on his toes early against Thatch.
He started martial arts at the age of three under his father Clarence Thatch, a fourth degree black belt in karate who was a world champion in Sabaki (bare knuckle, full contact karate) and kickboxing and also boxed professionally. Clarence father also boxed.
want to fight, he said. not going to dance around and run I want to fight in an impressive manner and I want people to remember me. three fights in Instinct MMA lasted a total of two minutes 28 seconds. And 1:55 of that came in a submission win over hard nosed Martin (The Hammer) Grandmont in June 2012.
It been eight fights and almost five years since welterweight Brandon (Rukus) Thatch suffered a loss.
still have it, for sure, he said of the vest.
and every day I get to go to work and do something I love and get challenged. Denver, Thatch is part of the Elevation Fight Team with fellow UFC pros Nate (The Great) Marquardt, Cody (Donnybrook) Donovan, Jared (The Messenger) Hamman, Brendan (The Hybrid) Schaub, Neil Magny, Cat (Apha) Zingano, and Matt (The Immortal) Brown.
his career was a war. Nobody ever dominated him, said Patry. Thatch made him look like his sister. performance prompted UFC welterweight champion Georges St Pierre to pick up the phone.
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He also used to make his entrance wearing a red furry vest made by his grandmother. But that has been shelved, so he can showcase his sponsors.
don expect these minute fights or anything like that, he said. it happens and I see an opening, I usually take it. I been successful this far. says the loss to Magana showed him he needed more tools.
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