Stitch: It's a spiritual moment


Jacob "Stitch" Duran, 62, sat down with London Real and talked wrapping hands and closing cuts in the Octagon since 2002.

He has 55 seconds between rounds to stop the bleeding, apply the cold and pressure, calm the fighter, and give confidence with his presence. All of this is done with one goal in mind: to give that fighter "One More Round."

Born into a migrant camp in California, he was working in the fields at 5 years of age. From there he enlisted in the Air Force and went to Thailand where he would fall in love with kickboxing before returning home to America to start his own school.

He a job with a company car as a sales rep for RJ Reynolds Tobacco, but he packed it in and moved to Las Vegas to pursue his dream of being a Cutman.

"It is really a spiritual moment," said Duran. 

"When I get in there to start wrapping… these guys are in there with their camps, save, eight weeks, but when I get in there, it is just me and that fighter. And it is just one on one. I've had fighters cry when I'm wrapping their hands.

"I know that anxiety is in them. My job is to take that away from them, and give them that point of confidence. Outside of being a good cutman, wrapping hands and working cuts, psychology is a big, big issue. And I'm very good at that.

"When Miesha Tate fought Ronda Rousey, they had another guy wrapping Miesha's hands, and they wanted me to wrap them. He comes up to me and says 'Hey Stitch, the reason I want you to wrap her hands is because of that psychology that you give her, right before she goes out.

"The way I look at it, if i can give you one ounce of confidence, that one ounce might be the one ounce that it takes for you to go out there and win the fight. And so I feel very treasured in having those moments with these fighters."

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Zac Robinson site profile image  

4/7/14 2:29 PM by Zac Robinson

Saw the London Real interview, but just saw this thread, very cool. I got to follow Stitch prior to an event when I was working with him on his book. It was amazing how well everyone operates. The guys working behind the scenes know their stuff. It's a well oiled machine.

DrPeterVenkman site profile image  

4/2/14 1:03 AM by DrPeterVenkman


DreamerMMA site profile image  

4/2/14 12:52 AM by DreamerMMA

I met Stitch at a TUFF-N-UFF show last year I think it was.   The guy was so cool and genuine, I liked him instantly.

JeffersonDArcyChoke site profile image  

4/2/14 12:49 AM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

I've worked corners before. I'm not proud but also I'm not ashamed either as it made me who I am today.

gorgesjorj site profile image  

4/1/14 8:01 PM by gorgesjorj

Correct. Stitch always works the red corner. However, if a fighter from the blue corner requests him, he'll accommodate them. This is in regards to hand wrapping. When he's in the Octagon as a cutman, he works the red corner. -GG

XIII site profile image  

4/1/14 5:20 PM by XIII

I'm sure a lot of people here would love to do that behind the scenes thing he talked about in the vid. They should use that in a contest IMO. Great idea.Follow Stitch around during a UFC event? Sounds great to me.

kill joy site profile image  

4/1/14 4:14 PM by kill joy

Remember him missing the UFC to work Josh Barnetts corner at least once

3 Sided Square site profile image  

4/1/14 3:12 PM by 3 Sided Square

I thought stitch worked the champions corner / red corner.

CindyO site profile image  

4/1/14 2:50 PM by CindyO

The UFC pays the cutmen.Cindy

da Vinci 81 site profile image  

4/1/14 2:39 PM by da Vinci 81

Thanks. vu