Thatch vs Grandmont to Headline Instinct MMA 3
MONTREAL (QUEBEC) January 17th, 2012 – After weeks of anticipation and meetings with officials from various cities, Instinct MMA is proud to announce that the promotion’s third event will be held on Saturday, February 25th in the beautiful city of Sherbrooke, Quebec. Actually, it is not one but TWO events that will be held in the Estrie region’s metropolis as Instinct will hold the first doubleheader in the history of Canadian mixed martial arts. A first card will be held in the afternoon showcasing young prospects from the area and abroad. That evening, at 7:00 PM sharp, the stars of Instinct MMA step into the cage for an action packed card airing on pay-per-view from coast to coast in Canada in both English and French as well as in the US on Fight Now!
Keep the bomb squad on standby as Sherbrooke, Quebec will be the site of THE most explosive striking battle of the year in MMA! The two most prolific standup fighters in the welterweight division are set to faceoff in the main event of Instinct 3 as local hero MARTIN “THE HAAMMER” GRANDMONT (12-6-0, 9 KO) takes on Denver Colorado’s “RUKUS” BRANDON THATCH (6-1-0, 5 KO). These two incredible athletes have a lot to prove and fans can rest assured that they will both bring their A-game to the cage on that night. Both men have proven to have exceptional knockout power in both their hands and feet so the slightest opening conceded may result in one of them having his lights turned out.
Brandon Thatch came to Quebec for the first time last December and was a relative unknown to the local fight fans. He brought with him a strong reputation for hard work and dedication as well as a very impressive record but how we would he fare against a man labeled as France’s top MMA prospect in Patrick Vallée? Needless to say Thatch went from unknown to superstar in the blink of an eye, almost literally, as he knocked out Vallée in just 15 seconds. Thatch is now 6-1 for his career with all his wins coming in the first round. In addition, 5 wins have come by way of knockout, all of which in the first minute of the fight! He was thus an obvious choice for Instinct President Stephane Patry to be in the main event of the promotion’s next card, but who would he face? After all, not everyone is willing to step into the cage with such a dangerous man who the top promoters in the world have labeled the next big thing in the 170-pound division.
However there was one man who, after the result of his latest fight, felt the need to prove himself. This fearless competitor has been known throughout his career to be ready and willing to take on anyone in his weight class, whether they are world-caliber superstars or blue chip prospects. That man is Martin Grandmont. The Canadian striker is well known to fans in La Belle Province and to label him a fan favourite would be a huge understatement. His never-say-die, forward moving, punch-counterpunch style has earned him the respect of all who have seen him fight over the course of his 7-year career. “The Hammer” has been on a great run lately despite hitting a bump in the road at Instinct 2 when he faced Pete Spratt in the main event. He has won 7 of his last 9 contests, 5 of which by knockout. The Drummondville native realizes that he is risking a lot on this fight but aims to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is the best striker in Instinct MMA. Grandmont is definitely the most difficult opponent Thatch has ever faced and the latter may find himself in a standup war for the first time of his career. Will “The Hammer’s” experience rule the day or will “Rukus” add another name to his growing list of victims? We will soon find out.
The year 2011 was an incredible one for the Montreal-based mixed martial arts promotion as Instinct presented its first two events in the cities of Boisbriand and Quebec City. The company made good on its promise of delivering world caliber fights to its fans as names such as Steve Bosse, Patrick Cote, Waylon Lowe, Houston Alexander and Pete Spratt have already dawned the gloves in the Instinct cage. Added to that list are local superstars Martin Grandmont, Derek Gauthier, Tim Wadsworth as well as up and coming talents such as Colorado’s Brandon Thatch, Toronto’s Todd Stoute and Saguenay’s Alexander Gauthier.
2012 promises to be even bigger and better for Instinct MMA and it all begins on Saturday, February 25th as we get ready to rock the Eastern Townships. As had been reported in many circles, many cities had submitted bids in order to host this incredible event and company President Stephane Patry has selected Sherbrooke as the site.
To quote our ring announcer Anthony Horng: “Sherbrooke, Quebec: Are you ready?!”