since to the best of my knowledge TMill doesnt cover MMA, I am officially declaring myself the Hammer and Rails MMA guy.
why the deuce does a Purdue blog need an MMA guy you ask? simple because to date 3 former Purdue stars have fought/are fighting in the UFC (and if you don't know what that is than i can't help you)
my purdue credentials = growing up a purdue fan in the shadow of the Golden Dome/graduating from Purdue with a degree in History in 2008 (the best 6 years of my life)
a brief bio to help the uniniated better know a Purdue fighter
1) "Meathead" Matt Mitrione - before Matt Mitrione was faking injuries/screaming like an insane person/destroying what was left of the myth of Kimbo Slice, Mitrione was running around like a maniac as a linebacker for the Boilermakers. He played professionally for the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings before moving on to professional Mixed Martial Arts. As of this post he has a professional record of 2-0 with wins over former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Marcus Jones and internet sensation/fraud Kimbo Slice. His next fight will be at UFC 119 September 25 in Indianapolis.
2) "Irish" Jake O'Brien - A former Indiana State Champion wrestler, Jake competed on Purdue's wrestling team until 2005. Since moving on to mixed martial arts Jake has compiled a record of 14-3 with wins over established fighters like Christian Wellisch and Heath Herring. While in the UFC he compiled a record of 5-3. his next fight will be in the DREAM Light Heavyweight Grand Prix against Gegard Mousasi (the guy who got his ass kicked by King Mo on CBS) on July 10 in Saitama, Japan.
3) Jon Fitch - Simply put, Jon Fitch is an absolute stud. If you are a Purdue fan, you should be a Jon Fitch fan. After graduating from Purdue in 2003 (and becoming the captain of the wrestling team) Fitch moved on to professional fighting. Even though he started with a pedestrian 2-2 (1 No Contest) record in his first 5 fights, Fitch would go on to win his next 16 fights (including an incredible 8 in a row in the UFC) and eventually challenge divisional kingpin Georges St. Pierre for the title. After getting the absolute hell beaten out of him (it was ugly) Fitch returned to his winning ways and today is pretty much considered the #2 welterweight in the world. His next fight is on august 7 in Oakland against highly ranked Thiago Alves at UFC 117.
basically im just going to keep you guys updated on what happens with the Purdue guys in the most exciting and fastest growing sport in the world.
and if no one reads who cares?