UFC signs RFA welterweight prospect Brandon Thatch

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The UFC has signed former Resurrection Fighting Alliance headliner Brandon Thatch to a multi-fight deal.

It would appear that a new pipeline of fighter talent is being established for the UFC. Brandon Thatch (#3 on the 2012 Bloody Elbow welterweight scouting report) is the third RFA fighter to make the jump from the mid-western regional promotion to the UFC. Before him came Tim Elliot, and Brock Larson. RFA has yet to put on even ten events, but it seems they are already viewed as a consistent proving ground for blue-chip prospects.

Thatch will enter the UFC on the back of a 9–1 record with his most notable victory coming over Chidi Njokuani, younger brother of UFC fighter Anthony Njokuani. He has finished every fight he's won with 6 KOs/TKOs and 3 submissions; his only loss is by split decision. He appears to be somewhat of a high-output striker who looks to overwhelm opponents with his offense, rather than looking to counter or set up techniques.

It will be interesting to see how that translates at the highest levels, where fighters often have the composure to survive early flurries and counter overly aggressive offense. If he lacks in technical proficiency he may find his style ill suited to the UFC. At 6'2 he's got a lot of size for welterweight, and at 27 years old the time is ripe. He can still develop and hone his game, but he has enough age and experience to make an impact quickly.

His first fight has not yet been announced, but here are a couple of brief highlights to get fans acquainted:

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