The Brew City has a great evening of fights lined up for the first summer night of 2013. Roufusport fighter Mike “Biggie” Rhodes (4-1) is set to battle Xtreme Couture’s Benjamin Smith (6-1). These two warriors will battle in the cage at welterweight. The Resurrection Fighting Alliance 8 lands in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the Historic Eagles Club Grand Ballroom. RFA 8 will be televised live June 21nd, on AXS.tv. The card also includes Sergio “The Phenom” Pettis (7-0) (younger brother of UFC fighter Anthony “Showtime” Pettis) vs. Jeff Curran (33-15-1) (Brother of Bellator champion Pat Curran) in the main event.
Entering this fight, Rhodes and Smith have what it takes to ignite an explosive fight that could easily be contender for fight of the night. Rhodes is an intelligent fighter who understands the psychological aspect of fighting. After suffering his first loss to Brandon Thatch via submission at RFA 7, Mike showed character by taking no time off and resuming training. The well-spoken athlete possesses a strong focus on his goals in the sport of mixed martial arts.
Rhodes decided to build on his strength and conditioning since his last fight by joining teammates Anthony and Sergio Pettis at Next Level, which is a performance training facility in Milwaukee. Since cutting weight isn’t an issue for “Biggie”, the worry of a young fighter breaking mentally while cutting won’t be a pre-fight concern. Mike is a dedicated fighter that pours sweat, blood and tears into repetitions in all disciplines of mixed martial arts.
“I’m not really worried about his takedowns; I don’t think it will be an issue in the fight.” Rhodes said. The Roufusport mixed martial artist trains with world class fighters including two UFC number one contenders, Anthony Pettis and Eric Koch, plus Bellator champion and 2008 Olympic wrestler Ben Askren.
Rhodes has set expectations to steal the show with his performance he plans to display in the cage. “You’re only as good as your last fight,” Rhodes mentioned, in regards to his last bout. He has a game plan of using his well-rounded striking technique after stuffing a takedown by the Las Vegas native Ben Smith.
The Iowa native, and Milwaukee’s adopted son has won by finishing two opponents with his powerful fists that crush dreams. His ground skills and strikes also lead to a unanimous decision in his first professional fight over Zac Ottow, whom is also on the under card. The welterweight’s sole submission victory comes by way of Arm bar in the first round over tough Matt Gauthier. Gauthier is battling Ottow on the undercard. Both fighters have only a single loss in their professional career and each defeat was delivered by Rhodes.
“A lot of people go about promoting a fight the wrong way, attacking them personally,” Biggie said. Rhodes delivered an original idea to promote his fight coming up on June 21, 2013. Using a teammates Halloween Bane mask, he created a spoof off the Hollywood blockbuster Dark Knight Rises character Bane. Rhodes set an example for other fighters. His maturity and respect for his opponent by not attacking his foe personally attracts a larger spotlight on his bout. “I have nothing against Ben Smith personally, as a fighter I’m going to have to do what I do in the cage and that’s destroy his dream to keep mine going,”
The confident Mike “Biggie” Rhodes plans to attack Smith from every angle. The Brew City’s adopted son has the support from the loud Milwaukee crowd. Expect Rhodes to put on an exciting bout the entire fight. Fans watching will parched for more of the rising welterweight, as he expects on finishing Benjamin Smith before the full fifteen minutes expire. Rhodes can be followed on Twitter @TeamRocBiggie.
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