As 2013 came to a close there was a fair amount of buzz tied to Brandon Thatch, as the welterweight quickly took out Justin Edwards and Paulo Thiago in first two, UFC bouts. Not only that, but with the wins, Thatch extended his winning streak to 10, and plenty of fans and pundits were excited to see what “Rukus” would do next.
Unfortunately for Thatch, however, his run came to a screeching halt, not because of a loss, but because of injuries. The 29 year-old went throughout 2014 without fighting even once.
Now, through a series of events / injuries, Thatch gets to fight Benson Henderson, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 60, which will go down in his native Colorado. Thatch recently spoke to UFC.com about tonight’s opportunity and his extended layoff, and here is some of what the welterweight had to say:
“At the time when I was injured, I don’t think there really was anything I could have said to make me feel good about the situation, but you’ve got to just trust in your path and keep focusing on the direction that you’re going,” Thatch said. “You have to keep focusing on your goals, regardless of if you’re injured or not, stay motivated and do anything you can to progress. That’s all I did. The time off was terrible, but the payout of having a main event in my hometown couldn’t be more exciting for me. I’m blessed to have this opportunity and I feel bad for the guy that got hurt (Saffiedine), but at the same time I’m very excited to be the main event in Colorado.”
Defeating a former lightweight champ like Henderson would certainly be a good way for Thatch to remind fans of his presence. It’s an interesting fight, as on one hand, Henderson is a ridiculously talented and well rounded fighter, but he is moving up in weight to face a brutal finisher like Thatch.
UFC FN 60 will be hosted by the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, and in the co-headliner, Max Holloway will take on featherweight Cole Miller.
Other main card bouts include Michel Prazeres vs. Kevin Lee, Patrick Walsh vs. Dan Kelly, and Neil Magny vs. Kiichi Kunimoto.