Brady Green Revisits His Recent Win at Tachi Palace Fights #1 Prospects With MMA Pixels

Not only can Brady Green deliver a brutal beating inside the cage, the Bay Area native will also explore every intricacy of his handiwork with the same rumbling baritone broadcasted across the airwaves while commentating Dragon House MMA events.

After earning a unanimous decision victory over David Ruezga at Tachi Palace Fights’ first ever all-amateur show on May 10, 2018, Tachi Palace Fights #1 Prospects, Green joined Nick Zanella (@mmapixels) for a podcast (link here) to examine the fight itself, how his training at Dragon House MMA prepared him to accept a bout with limited notice, and where he sees himself in MMA’s bustling landscape.

Fighting for Tachi Palace Fights

“It was a  lot of fun. It was definitely one of the more well put together shows I’ve fought for; it was just a blast. I believe it was the first ever all-amateur show that they’ve done, but they ran it the same way they’d run a professional show. So, it was a great show to be a part of.”

Analysis of Performance at Tachi Palace Fights #1 Prospects

“I feel like I did really well in the second and third rounds. The first round was actually a little frustrating because I was able to take him down kind of easily, but I was kind of stuck in his guard. I felt like he was going for a submission for that whole first round because he had one of my arms trapped. I don’t know if he was working for a triangle, or an arm bar, or an omaplata, but he was trying something. He was also landing shots. I thought I won the decision; it ended up being: 29-28 unanimous, so I guess I lost the first round. Even though he was on his back, he was doing more in the judges’ eyes. I knew when the second round came, I had to adjust, and that’s what my coach told me, too. My coach and cornermen were pretty frustrated with my performance in the first round. They sat me down after the first round and told me, ‘Hey, you can’t fight like that. You gotta get to work, or you’re going to lose the fight.’ So I had to make the changes in the second round. I knew what I had to do. I took him down, and I did everything I could to get mount. Once I got that full mount and started dropping some bombs, I feel like that really changed the course of the fight. It was all me from there.”

Losing A Round When Your Opponent Is On Their Back

“It was just punches. It was really frustrating, like I said, because he had my arm trapped, so my head was kind of trapped with it. I wasn’t really able to posture up. I was basically glued to his chest, and he was landing a lot of strikes because I couldn’t really move my head away as he was landing strikes. Some of them were kind of getting me in the back of the head and I was getting pretty frustrated about that. I was telling the ref, ‘Ref, he’s hitting me in the back of the head.’ In the following rounds, I didn’t want to be in that situation again, so I adjusted.”

Close But No Cigar In the Middle Frame

I ran out of time. It was only two-minute rounds, so I just didn’t have enough time to finish him. But actually, I was in mount for most of the round; I was punching him from full mount, and I was actually right next to where my cornermen were. I kept punching him, and I kept hearing my coach, Zhong Lou; he was telling me, ‘Hey, keep punching him, the ref is going to stop the fight.’ I was looking over at the ref, and the ref was really close—like he was about to step in—and I saw him going back-and-forth, back-and-forth like he was about to step in after every strike I landed. But then that ten-second tap sounded, so I figured it wasn’t going to happen. My coach, after that second round, was totally different on the stool. He was like [in the first round], ‘Hey, you can’t fight like that; you’ve gotta make some changes.’ Then, after the second round, my coach was like, ‘That’s what I’m fucking talking about.’ So I knew what I was doing was working; then, I decided to just stick with that going into the third round.”

Any Cardio Issues After Three Hard Rounds?

“No, not really, My cardio has always been one of my strong suits. Growing up and participating in various sports, my cardio has always been really good just because of the cardio training that I’m able to do. I don’t live in San Francisco, even though I train there; I live in Redwood City, so I basically live in the middle of the woods. Whenever I’m training cardio, I’m running through the forest or running through the hills. It’s just great cardio I’m able to do.”

Does Brady Green Need to Be Red With Anger to Perform?

“There was absolutely no bad blood [with David Ruezga]. Me and David were totally respectful to one another before, during, and after the fight. But the fight before last—back in November, there was definitely some bad blood, but me and that guy are cool now too. Honestly, once a fight is over, I put it out of my mind for good. You know, it didn’t really affect this fight in any way. If there’s bad blood; if shit happens, then, shit happens. If it happens before, it doesn’t really affect future fights for me.”

Training Camp for Tachi Palace Fights #1 Prospects

“I didn’t really have much of a camp, to be honest. I took the fight on one or two weeks notice, so obviously, the biggest thing that I wanted to make sure was that I made weight. Other than that, I just had faith in my training and my training partners. I train with a lot of pros. Some of my main training partners are: Brady Huang—he’s 8-0 as a pro; I train with Paradis Vaovasa, Brandon Faumui, Jamie Nievera, and a lot of amateurs that are better than me too, like David Solorzano. I just had faith in my training partners and just the training that I already have, so, basically, stay in shape and making weight were my biggest concerns for this fight. In terms of actually making a game plan, it was just sticking to what I know.”

A Welterweight Debut

“It was my first fight at 170. My debut was at 155 or 145, and I fought 145 two or three more times after that. Then, that weight cut was a little too much, just because of how frequently I was fighting. I wanted to eat, and when you’re fighting once every two months and cutting weight that frequently, it’s just not good for you. So I moved up to 155. Then, back in February, I fought Matt Reed. After I fought Matt Reed, I got very serious about my lifting. I started consuming a lot more calories, and I’ve been doing a lifting program that’s working really good for me. I’ve put on a little bit of weight and even 155 is a little hard for me, so I decided for a fight that I was taking on two weeks notice that I’ll just fight at 170. When they [Ruezga’s team] asked if I could make 165, I said, ‘Yeah, I can make it.’”

To Welterweight or Not to Welterweight

“I plan on fighting 170 or 155. The main factor is how much notice I have before a fight. If it’s another fight I’m taking on like one, two, or three weeks notice, it’ll most definitely be at 170, but if they let me know about a fight a month or two out, I have no problem dropping to 155.”

Commentating or Fighting?

“Commentating is a blast because MMA is my favorite sport, and when you get to be involved in every single fight without ever having to step inside the cage, it’s almost—almost—as much fun as fighting; but not quite as much as being in the cage. I love it so much though.”

If Not Commentating or Fighting in MMA, Then What?

“Outside of announcing, I’d be very interested in doing analysis. Other than that, my main focus is fighting. I have plans on going pro in the future. I don’t plan on stopping the announcing either. Pretty much, announcing, analysis, and fighting are my main concerns.”

Connect with Brady Green

 Twitter: @TheBradyGreen

Instagram: @thebrady


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