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"Rukus"

11-1-0

Brandon Thatch

Brandon "Rukus" Thatch

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  • Name: Brandon Thatch
  • Professional MMA Record: 11-1-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Rukus
  • Current Streak: 10 Wins
  • Age: 29 | Date of Birth: 1985.07.11
  • Last Fight: November 09, 2013 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Grudge Training Center
  • Height: 6'2" (188cm) | Reach: 74.5" (189cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $52,000 USD
  • Born: Denver, Colorado, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Denver, Colorado
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook
  • Head Coach: Trevor Wittman
  • Other Coaches: N/A

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Following in the footstep of his grandfather (a professional boxer) and his father (a world champion kick boxer and MMA pioneer) Brandon began martial arts at the age of 3 and trained with a young Duane "Bang" Ludwig in Clarence Thatch's gym 3D Martial Arts. 
Brandon began fighting in 2007 making his MMA debut against Jesse Brown and winning by RNC in the 2nd round. Brandon then started in the Colorado promotion Ring of Fire and won his next two amateur fights both by stoppage.  


In 2008 Brandon made his professional debut for Ring of Fire against Mike Crisman winning 38 seconds into round 1 with a TKO. Brandon then dropped his first pro fight to Brandon Magana at Strikeforce-Playboy Mansion 2. In Brandon's third fight he scored an 18 second KO against Michael Arrant

 
After the Arrant fight Thatch suffered a serious neck injury. Thinking it was only a pinched nerve Brandon sought the help of a chiropractor. The chiropractor didn't realize Brandon had actually slipped discs. Neck surgery left Brandon in a neck brace for more then two months.  

 
Thatch made his return to the cage 20 months later stopping Danny Davis Jr. with a 1st round RNC. In Thatch's next fight he knocked out heavy handed Chris Holland in 19 seconds to win the 170 pound RoF Young Guns Championship. Thatch's last fight to date in RoF came at Ring of Fire 41 against Chidi Njokuani with Brandon winning in 53 seconds. Brandon would then move on to the Canadian promotion Instinct MMA going 4-0 for the promotion. Thatch would sign on with RFA and returned home to Denver, CO where he faced off against Duke Roufus prospect Mike Rhodes. Thatch got another first round finish with the RNC submission at 2:22.


The UFC would take notice and sign Thatch who would make his debut at UFC Fight Night 27 against Justin Edwards. Thatch would look impressive in his debut making quick work of Edwards and earning the Knockout of the Night for his first round finish. He would follow that up with another impressive finish over veteran Paulo Thiago delivering a knee to the body that dropped Thiago in the first round forcing him to tap out. Thatch will look to make it 3 straight when he steps in for injured Thiago Alves against Jordan Mein.





 

Last updated 07.09.2014, 3:44 PM ET
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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Stephen Thompson
11-1-0 10-1-0

UFC Fight Night 60: Brown vs. Saffiedine
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.02.14
Cancelled Bout Jordan Mein UFC UFN 49 2014.08.23
Reason: Thatch Broken Toe
Win | Submission | Strikes
2:10 Round 1 of 3

Paulo Thiago
10-1-0 15-5-0

UFC Fight Night 32: Belfort vs. Henderson 2
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.11.09
Odds: -400 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:23 Round 1 of 3

Justin Edwards
9-1-0 8-2-0

UFC Fight Night 27: Condit vs. Kampmann 2
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.08.28
Odds: -270 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Rob Hinds
UFC Fight Night 27 Knockout of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
2:22 Round 1 of 3

Mike Rhodes
8-1-0 4-0-0

RFA 7: Thatch vs. Rhodes
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.03.22
Odds: -375 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 171.8 lbs | Referee: Tom Johnson
Cancelled Bout Leandro Silva RFA 7 2013.03.22
Reason: Silva Leg Infection
Win | Submission | Choke
1:55 Round 1 of 3

Martin Grandmont
7-1-0 12-6-0

Instinct MMA 4: Thatch vs. Grandmont
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.06.29
Weigh-In: 170.8 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Cancelled Bout Forrest Petz Instinct MMA 4 2012.06.29
Reason: Petz Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
0:18 Round 1 of 3

Jory Erickson
6-1-0 7-3-0

Instinct MMA 3
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.03.31
Weigh-In: 169.8 lbs | Referee: Luc Lefebvre
Cancelled Bout Martin Grandmont Instinct MMA 3 2012.03.31
Reason: Grandmont Back Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:15 Round 1 of 3

Patrick Vallee
5-1-0 7-1-1

Instinct MMA 2
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.12.02
Weigh-In: 170.2 lbs | Referee: Marc-André Côté
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
0:53 Round 1 of 3

Chidi Njokuani
4-1-0 5-2-0

ROF 41: Bragging Rights!
Main Event | Catchweight | 173 lbs

2011.08.20
Weigh-In: 169.8 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Chris Holland

Ring of Fire

2011.04.15
Win | Submission | Choke

Danny Davis Jr.

Ring of Fire

2010.08.27
Win | KO/TKO | Kick

Michael Arrant

Ring of Fire

2009.01.10
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 9:00 Total

Brandon Magana
1-0-0 5-1-0

Strikeforce at the Mansion II
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.09.20
Disclosed Pay: $2,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Knees

Mike Crisman

Ring of Fire

2008.06.13
Amateur Results Opponent Event Date
Win | KO/TKO

Doug Saiz

Ring of Fire

2007.09.15
Win | Submission | Choke

Josh Kirby

Ring of Fire

2007.04.28

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