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
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
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
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