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6/27/09 9:24 AM
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Just read this on line the CHAMP is looking good
6/27/09 11:23 AM
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nice job BRAD you are a true CHAMP!!!!
6/29/09 10:57 AM
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 Brad Burrick, version 2.0, reigns supreme.

Burrick, a software developer from Roseville on his second round through the mixed-martial arts world, claimed the King of the Cage World Middleweight Belt in a match last weekend at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant.

The 31-year-old Burrick defeated Brandon Hunt by unanimous decision to win the title.

"I don't feel like I'm done, but it feels fulfilled," said Burrick, who won world and national titles in San Da kickboxing earlier this decade before returning to MMA. "In kickboxing it was an easier road because it fit my skill set."

Burrick began his first run in mixed-martial arts in 1998 before switching to San Da in the early 2000s.

For several years, he thrived in San Da. He also enjoyed the discipline, but he needed a new challenge, so he returned to MMA, which had grown both in popularity and as a sport.

When Burrick, who is 6-1, 185 pounds, first competed in mixed-martial arts, he would go from event to event and find "completely different rules, completely different weight classes," he said. "Now it's more of a defined sport."

It also proved a more difficult challenge for him.

"Mostly, guys don't want to stand up with me at all," Burrick said. "They try to close the distance and bring it to the ground so they can take away my strength."

He has had to work on his grappling and ground game. While continuing to work regularly with his Ronin Services LLC team, he has made weekly Saturday trips to Westland for three-hour training sessions at Combat Sports and Fitness to improve his ground game.

After each session, he said, he chugged an entire water jug on his trip back to Macomb County.

"It's been a much more competitive and an up-and-down road," Burrick said.

In November, he lost a split-decision to Hunt, who neutralized his kickboxing skills by closing the distance and taking him to the ground.

For the rematch, Burrick trained specifically to combat Hunt's strategy, and the practice paid off.

Though he struggled in the second round when he had trouble with his mouthpiece — "They don't pay me that much," Burrick said of worries about his teeth — he turned the tables on Hunt by taking him to the ground twice.

When he took Hunt to the ground in the fourth round, "I really felt confident at that point," Burrick said.

In the end, the judges gave Burrick a unanimous decision to improve his record to 17-9.

"Afterward I could see the happiness in the people who supported me," Burrick said. "To see those who support me so happy really makes me feel good."

Burrick said he is open to a third bout against Hunt, a Detroit police officer.

"If they offer that to me, I would definitely do it," said Burrick, who also said that he has talked to the promoter about his future.

For now, Burrick will concentrate on the present, one that includes a championship belt.

"I'm trying to savor it," he said.
6/29/09 3:41 PM
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he's so dreamy.
6/29/09 9:49 PM
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very handsome with a wholesome smile

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