Hutcherson – ‘Enough of the TUF Killer’
A man on a mission is a tough man to stop in his tracks.
That seems to be the overwhelming attitude and spirit emanating from the camp of “King” Solomon Hutcherson as he prepares for his showdown with Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald at MFC 23: Unstoppable on December 4. Hutcherson (11-5) is under the tutelage of well-regarded trainer Duke Roufus who figured his protégé is in fine form for the upcoming fight. Roufus also noted that his student has a message in mind for MacDonald who will be facing his sixth former reality show candidate in Hutcherson.
“Solomon wants to end Jason’s ‘TUF Killer’ rep,” said Roufus. “He wants to put an end to that nickname for sure. Solomon lives by an old adage … It’s not how you start but how you finish.”
Hutcherson is certainly looking to finish strong in his fight against MacDonald and to that end his camp has started out extremely well, according to Roufus. The 37-year-old has already come under the 200-pound mark, and his camp in Wisconsin is full of talented fighters to work with. Hutcherson’s striking is being critiqued by Pat Barry, his jiu-jitsu by Eric “Red” Schafer, and veteran Alan Belcher will arrive shortly for sparring.
Hutcherson’s preparedness is at an all-time high, and so too is his confidence although that wasn’t an underlying factor in taking the fight against MacDonald.
“Jason is such a big-name fighter because of the success he’s had and being in a big-name fight really gets Solomon on the map,” said Roufus. “You have to beat someone to be someone and that’s what Solomon wants.”
Hutcherson was victorious in his previous MFC bout – a three-round unanimous decision over Dave Mewborn which he controlled from bell to bell despite a shoulder injury that ultimately required surgery to repair. The Racine, Wisconsin, native has won five of his last six fights but a victory over MacDonald would put him over the top compared to any other win under his belt. The suddenly stacked MFC middleweight division includes such luminaries as Thales Leites, Dean Lister, Travis Lutter, Bryan Baker, and MacDonald, and with a now-vacant belt up for grabs the stakes are much higher.
While MacDonald stumbled in his quest last time out against Lutter, the Hutcherson team isn’t taking anything for granted.
“I’m not overly concerned with the Lutter fight,” explained Roufus. “Travis has a unique style that can make everyone look lost and really cancel people out. I’m not focusing our training on that fight because that wasn’t Jason at his best. That was an off night and I’d rather focus our training watching Jason at his best than at his worst.
“Solomon is way ahead of the usual learning curve right now. He had the shoulder injury before and it was a hard (weight) cut for him but he’s already below 200 pounds and we’re still a long ways out. He’s training non-stop. He’s going to be ready to rumble.”