Jerrell “Thundercat” Hodge LFA bantamweight champ on his win
Video interview Jerrell Hodge above
Jerrell “Thundercat” Hodge did not waste his opportunity in the biggest fight of his life. This past week at LFA 155: Hodge vs do Nascimento, Thundercat went the distance for a five round unanimous decision victory. Hodge is now the interim LFA bantamweight champion. as he closed the event with his arm raised and the belt around his waist. The new champ moves to 10-3 and do Nascimento falls to 8-2.
GETTING BETTER EVERYWHERE
Rell, as his friends call him, had not been in the cage for almost 18 months as he continued to work on all parts of his game. He took several boxing matches as he and his team waited for the right fight. That wait was worth the while as he would get a full camp, the main event, and a title shot on UFC Fight Pass. MyMMANews reached out to Rell to ask him about the fight and his layoff. He tells us….
“I put a lot of time the last two or three years into boxing. Every MMA fight starts standing so that’s important. These boxing matches helped me out a lot with my confidence, being more comfortable and learning how to breathe in there. There’s a lot more to boxing than just throwing punches. It’s a science.”
Check out our video interview on the link above to hear what he thought about his fight and what could be next. Rell also says he’s gotten tons of support and love from his family, teammates and coaches, as well as his boss at work, who continues to encourage him to keep chasing his dreams.
LFA has been one of the major talent producers to the UFC. Hodge has skills and cardio with that Ohio wrestling mentality. There is no reason he should not be on the short list for call to the Octagon. I’m also pretty sure that Dana White is itching to get his Contender Series rolling for 2023 so that could also be an option.
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