2012 World MMA Welterweight Scouting Report: #3 – Brandon Thatch

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Photo by Isaac Hinds, Sherdog

Name: 22px-flag_of_the_united_states Brandon Thatch
Nickname: Rukus
Age: 26
Height: 6'2"
Location:
Denver, Colorado

At age 5, Brandon Thatch (6-1) had a life-altering moment that brought him to where he is today in the sport of mixed martial arts. He was adopted by Clarence Thatch, a seven-time Sabaki champion and ISK heavyweight contender, that his mother began dating when Brandon was just a child training in Clarence's karate class. Eleven years later, Brandon became enamored with the sport, and one year later at age 17 - he fought in his first official kickboxing match.

Brandon is now 26 years old, and it comes as no surprise that he's one of the fastest rising prospects in MMA, amassing a 6-1 record in four years. All six of his wins have come by way of stoppage inside the first round, five by knockout and one by submission.

The most notable win on his record is against UFC veteran Anthony Njokuani's little brother Chidi, who is also a rising prospect in his own right. It took Thatch fifty-three seconds to stop him at Ring of Fire 41 in August. He followed up the win with a fifteen seconds stoppage of France's Patrick Vallee at Instinct Fighting 2 on December 2, extending his streak to five.

Thatch's brutal brand of Muay Thai striking is his primary means of finishing off his opposition. With a 6'2" frame, Thatch can work from range and in the clinch with ease, but he's far more destructive in close quarters, shoving opponents' faces into his knees and following up with strikes.
On the ground, Thatch is an excellent grappler who has the know-how to smother opponents. Aside from the obvious advantage due to his long frame, he's adept at maintaining control from the top and accurately punching opponents out.

With the support of an exceptional training team at Grudge Training Center in Colorado, Brandon Thatch could become an upper-echelon talent in the UFC in a few years. Right now, it's deceptive to suggest he's ready for the big time without seeing him against stiffer competition. From everything we've seen so far, however, Brandon has all the skills to succeed at a higher level, possibly even in the UFC or Bellator.

Check out video footage of Brandon Thatch after the jump...

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Mike Arrant vs. Brandon Thatch
Brandon Thatch vs. Patrick Vallee
Brandon Thatch vs. Brandon Magana

Ring of Fire 32 HL

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