RFA 7 headliner Brandon Thatch recently received quite an endorsement.

According to an official Resurrection Fighting Alliance release, UFC champion Georges St. Pierre believes his training partner will perform in a big way when he meets unbeaten Roufusport product Mike Rhodes on Friday night at the 1stBank Center in Denver.

“[Thatch] is going to win by knockout. He’s going to surprise a lot of people tomorrow night,” St. Pierre said in the release. “I believe Brandon Thatch could be in the UFC right now, and I’m pretty sure he’s going to prove it to everyone in his fight tomorrow night.”

Beaten just once in nine pro outings, Thatch rides a seven-fight winning streak into his showdown with Rhodes, who recently stepped in for an injured Leandro Silva. RFA 7 airs live on AXS TV and also features a co-headlining attraction between Chidi Njokuani and Jeremy Kimball.

Normally a member of the Grudge Training Center, Thatch was initially brought into Montreal’s Tristar camp to help St. Pierre prepare for his Nov. 17 title defense against Carlos Condit. St. Pierre then called upon Thatch once again to aid him ahead of his recent outpointing of former Strikeforce king Nick Diaz at UFC 158.

“I brought [Thatch] into my training camp, because I needed a guy who had a similar style [to Condit]. Plus he can switch [stances] and was one of the best strikers I could work with,” said St. Pierre. “He returned to Montreal and helped me prepare for Nick Diaz, and it was good, because we worked really well together.”

Though Thatch was called upon for the purpose of aiding St. Pierre prepare for his bouts, the UFC welterweight king said the prospect also benefited from those trips to Quebec.

“Brandon was working a lot on his ground and wrestling in this camp. He got so much better, and he’s a fast learner. Sometimes he was taking me down,” said St. Pierre. “Brandon and I are close friends now, and I love training with him. He brought a lot to my camp, and I hope I have brought the same to him for his fight tomorrow night.”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Matt Brown Injured, Out of UFC Fight Night 78 Headliner

  • 27 days ago

The UFC Fight Night 78 card received a major blow on Monday, as main eventer Matt Brown had to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury. read news >>

RFA Returns to Southern California with RFA 33: Townsend vs. Chavez

  • 8 days ago

Resurrection Fighting Alliance recently announced that the promotion will return to Orange County, Calif., with RFA 33: Townsend vs. Chavez for the promotion's year-end event. read news >>

Kelvin Gastelum, Neil Magny react to their new UFC Fight Night 78 headliner

  • 27 days ago

Neil Magny is stepping in on late notice to fight fellow welterweight Kelvin Gastelum, but don’t expect much in the way of trash-talk heading into the fight.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Glory Kickboxing 25: Milan Fight Card, Schedule and Predictions

  • 27 days ago

Despite Glory Kickboxing recently losing its television deal with Spike TV, the shows must go on. On Friday, Nov. 6, Glory 25 in Milan will take place. The promotion's website lists the lightweight t read news >>

Cosmo Alexandre signs exclusive deal with WSOF

  • 27 days ago

Kickboxing star and Bellator veteran Cosmo Alexandre has signed an exclusive multi-fight deal with WSOF, officials recently announced.Filed under: News, WSOF read news >>

Melvin Blumer Making the Most of Opportunity, Headlines RFA 32

  • 27 days ago

Melvin Blumer is making the most of his opportunity, as he heads into Friday's RFA 32 headlining bout opposite Leandro Higo. read news >>

UFC headliner Dan Henderson finds 'passed-out drunk' guy in hotel room

  • 27 days ago

If Dan Henderson is trying to cut out distractions ahead of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 77 headliner, his hotel isn’t doing him any favors.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Bellator's Goiti Yamauchi thinks 'Pitbull' overlooking him, even ahead of Straus fight

  • 27 days ago

When Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Freire recently told MMAjunkie the promotion needed to track down some new competition worthy of challenging him, one fighter in particular took notice.F read news >>

The Comeback: UFC loses headliner, Cormier's new deal, Holm responds to Rousey

  • 28 days ago

In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Monday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”Filed under: Bella read news >>

Matt Brown says he's out of UFC Fight Night 78 headliner vs. Kelvin Gastelum

  • 28 days ago

Less than three weeks before their fight in Mexico, Matt Brown is out of his welterweight main event against Kelvin Gastelum.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>