Brandon Thatch hopes to build off a sensational UFC debut when he tangles with veteran Paulo Thiago at Fight Night 32 in Brazil. Thatch will be entering hostile territory for this one as he looks to make it back-to-back wins in the Octagon.
The explosive welterweight is coming off a Knockout of the Night performance against Justin Edwards. It was quite a display as “Rukus” took out his rugged opponent in just 83 seconds, absolutely punishing him with an assortment of vicious striking techniques. The lanky 6-foot-2 Thatch has a tremendous clinch game and has worked as a training partner at the Tristar gym with current welterweight champion Georges St.Pierre.
He’s now looking to make a name for himself and is well on his way to doing that with all 10 of his career victories coming via first-round stoppage.
As for Thiago, it’s been a downhill run since making a dynamic UFC debut with a stunning knockout of Josh Koscheck. He was 11-0 at the time of that win, but is just 4-5 since then. He secured a much-needed victory over Michel Prazeres in his last time out. That win snapped a three-fight losing skid for the Brazilian.
Thiago does possess a solid ground game with eight career submissions, but there will be plenty of danger in trying to get his opponent to the ground. Thatch has a tremendous offensive arsenal and can punish and hurt opponents with crisp strikes and brutal knees and kicks. One concern for Thiago is that the last time he was in the Octagon against a powerful striker, he was blitzed in just 42 seconds by Siyar Bahadurzada.
Thatch is hoping that another impressive performance will propel him into a major fight soon in the 170-pound weight class. He’s an all-action finishing machine, which is a trait the organization tends to hold in high value. As for Thiago, he’ll need to dig deep to find his A game or it could be an early night that may possibly end his UFC tenure.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports