Interview: Patrick “Bam Bam” Hutton

“I’m ready to go 10 seconds or I’m ready to go 9 minutes, either way, I’m winning”

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Patrick “Bam Bam” Hutton

Interview and Photos by: Barry Laminack

Patrick Hutton has a lot to say, but you can be sure that whatever it is, it’s not going to be negative.  He’s not afraid to tell you what is on his mind, but he’s not the kind of guy that’s going to do a lot of trash talking.  He’s been a winner at every level of every sport he’s ever been involved in, and MMA is no different.  He’s 2-0 as a pro and is currently ranked the #2 Welterweight in the city.

He is a passionate guy.  He’s passionate about his friends, about his faith and about sports.  He’s also passionate about winning. His quest to remain undefeated continues on March 20th at the Legacy fighting championship, where he will square off against RJ Knepp (WMA/646 MMA).  I met up with Patrick at RSKA in Kingwood.  We talked about how this former gold gloves boxer ended up in MMA, his chances of a title shot and what his thoughts are on his upcoming fight.

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TCD.net: Your sports background is pretty interesting, talk a little bit about it.

Patrick: I actually started out playing football and basketball when I was young, and went on to play college football and highly ranked 1AA school [Western Illinois]. I went as far as I could go and when I got out, I started missing the contact because I like to hit things.  So I played professional rugby for a while.  Then, I moved to Dallas and played semi-pro football there.  I was doing real well, but the guys I played against kept taking cheap shots on me because they didn’t like me for scoring so many touchdowns on them [laughs], so I was like, well I’m not getting paid for this so I’m out of here.

So I started boxing again and soon started fighting in the tough man championships in Dallas. Later, I came down here and was the middleweight champ for the last Tuff Man they ever had here in Houston.  Later, I drove up to Dallas and tried out for the Contender. I did real well and they seemed to really like me, but they ended up going with welterweights for the show, so I never got on.

After that I went down to the George Foreman youth center and starting boxing out there. I met George and developed a real good relationship with him.  In fact, he’s my preacher and he even baptized me.  He’s also my mental coach and I go to him for all kinds of advice.

TCD.net: How did you end up here at RSKA?

Patrick: Well, I was on administrative leave from work because I had a wacky ex girlfriend accuse me of something I didn’t do.  So, because I had things pending and I’m a school teacher, I couldn’t be at school, so if I wasn’t at my lawyers office I was at the gym hitting the bags.  Everybody knew I didn’t do anything, but it was a process that I had to go though.

I spent all my time at the gym.  I mean, your girlfriend could dump you or your mom could die or you could lose your job, but if you can hit bags you can take a lot out on them.  You can hit them for hours if you have a lot of pain.

So I was hitting bags a lot and one day Jason Frank came up to me and asked if I boxed. I said yeah and he started telling me about his background, but I was like, OK whatever man, I let it go in one ear and out the other.  [laughs] Well, he asked me if I wanted to come to his gym and train him in boxing.  He offered to pay, but I was like, I don’t want your money man.  It gives me somebody to train with and gives me a buddy, so why not.  I started training at the Summerwood school and eventually ended up here.

TCD.net: What keeps you here?

Patrick: I might go and train at other gyms, but unlike some of these guys, I don’t have a lot of free time.  I’m a school teacher during the day (I work with autistic and mentally retarded kids) and then I teach boxing classes up here at night.  I mean, I’ve been to other gyms to get help. I went to Rocky Long and he helped me before one of my fights. I went out to Kingwood and worked with Melvin Guillard, and Raul Marquez helped me a little bit, but I’m around good enough guys that they can come in here and help me.

I really don’t trust people enough at other gyms.  Unless I know them or they are paying me, I don’t normally spar.  I mean, you’ve always got to be open to what others can teach you, but you have to be leery at a gym that you don’t know the guys that well.  You might have guys who might try and hurt you because you might have to fight them some day.

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TCD.net: Given your boxing background, what was it that made you want to get in the cage and fight MMA?

Patrick: I had a lot of guys that I used to train with at this gym, like Matt Warner, who used to say, “Dude, you should fight MMA. You can make some good money.”

I had a fiancé at the time and she wanted a ring.  Also, Jason and I wanted to not only own a clothing company [Jesus Didn’t Tap], but we wanted to be owner s that also fought.  Plus, I’m a school teacher, so I make a good living, but I’m not driving Ferrari’s or anything.

So I told my fiancé, you pick out any ring you want and I’ll make it happen.  Well, she picked out a bigger ring than I planned, so I was like, OK I guess I’ve got to fight then.

I went out and got some sponsor ship money (about 7 grand worth) and fought. I got her the ring, I got a broken hand, one of her little kids got a dirt bike and the other got an iPod.  So I was like, man this is good, I can get things that it would take longer than normal to get.

I’m not with her anymore so now I fight for me and I still fight for her 8 year old daughter. She was like my kid for a year and a half, so I still fight for her. I’m going to take the money that I make and put it towards her college.

TCD.net: Who are some of your favorite fighters?

Patrick: Boxing wise, I love Foreman, Mike Tyson, De La Hoya and Marvin Haggler.  I like all the popular guys.

MMA wise, I love Matt Hughes. I got to meet him a couple of times and he’s a great guy.  Also some of the guys from back home, like Jens Pulver and Pat Miletich.  I didn’t like GSP until he fought Thiago Alves and proved how good he was. I like Anderson Silva and Urijah Faber too. I go by a lot of the guys I met, because you can be great in the ring and a jerk in real life.  I’ve met most of the guys I named and they are class acts.

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TCD.net: In your last fight against Larry Hopkins as you were making your entrance, he was sitting down leaning against the cage. Do you think that’s disrespectful or do you not care?

Patrick: I didn’t even see it. I mean, I’ve heard that he’s done that in the past. I don’t know what’s going through his mind, maybe it helps him relax. Just like some guys talk trash and it helps them mentally, maybe it how he gets himself ready.

I know a lot of people in the MMA world say that it’s very disrespectful, but I don’t sweat it and didn’t even think about it.  I mean, he didn’t say anything about my momma or me, so if that’s how he relaxes to get ready for his fight, more power to him.

Heck, he’s a nice guy.  He came up to me at the weigh-ins, before the fight and even after the fight and he was a super nice guy. He didn’t bad mouth me before the fight on the radio and he’s always been real respectful to me.  I mean, he could have done worse things to disrespect me.

TCD.net: You’re ranked the #2 Middleweight in the city, do you think you are one of, if not the best at 185?

Patrick: As a fighter, I’m supposed to say yes, because 95% of this is mental, but I’d really have to see more guys fight before I said for sure.  I really appreciate the respect and that those people who are watching the fights think that highly of me.  On any given night I can beat anybody.  I can knock anybody out, I’m strong on the ground and I’m tough, so I think I can hold my own against anybody out there.

TCD.net: Has your chin been tested yet in MMA?

Patrick: No, not yet. I’ve never been hit in the face in MMA.   I’ve got a pretty good chin. I’ve sparred with Jermain Taylor and taken his best shots, and I’ve sparred with Melvin Guillard.

TCD.net: If you win on the 20th, you’ll be 3-0.  Do you think you should get a title shot (either at 185 or 170)?

Patrick: You know, it’s not up to me to decide. I’d take it, but part of me wouldn’t want to take it. My buddy is fighting for the title, Mike Brounzoulis and I think he’s going to win; so no, I wouldn’t want to fight him. It wouldn’t be worth the money.

TCD.net: OK, let’s assume Levi [Forrest] wins, do you think you should get a title shot then, and would you take it?

Patrick: Yeah, I do. I’d fight him for the title.  But you know, it’s up to Mick Maynard. If he thinks I should get a title shot, then so be it.

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TCD.net: Where do you hold the advantage over your upcoming opponent, RJ Knepp?

Patrick: I’m a better boxer. I’m a pro boxer. I’ve fought and held my own against guys like Jermain Taylor. I’m bigger, I’m stronger and I can fight on the ground.

But hey, it’s MMA so, if you show up you have a chance. He’s going to come to win and I’m going to come to win.

TCD.net: So, how is the fight going to end? What is your prediction?

Patrick: You know what, I’m ready to go 10 seconds or I’m ready to go 9 minutes, either way, I’m winning. I’m not going to try and pull off some crazy submission, I’m not going to try and knock him out with one punch.  When you have a plan and you try for things that aren’t there, you fail.  Even though I predicted my first fight right when I told everybody that I would knock the guy out with a right hook and break my hand [Laughs].  But, if I land clean on anybody at 170 or 185 I’ll knock them out.

Also, I know I’m in shape. I don’t know what this guy does or how he trains, but I guarantee you he won’t be in better shape than I will.  I’ll be the best conditioned fighter on that card.  No one will be in better shape than me.

TCD.net: Is there anything you want to say to RJ?

Patrick: I don’t have anything negative to say about the guy. Before my last fight he was real nice.  I’ve got respect for anyone who gets in the cage; I don’t care if you are 0-100. Anyone that gets in the cage should be respected.

I wish you the best. I’m coming to knock your head off and I’m sure you are coming to knock my head off; hopefully I do it before you get me.  We’ll be nice after the fights, but until then, I plan on winning that night, no hard feelings and nothing personal.

TCD.net: Is there anybody that you would like to thank?

Patrick: Yeah. First I’d like to thank god for giving me the ability to do this.  I want to thank my parents and my brothers. Thanks to my fight team, Jason Frank, Casey Hobson and Ron Kaufman; those are the guys that help me.  Also, thanks to all the people up here at Rising Sun Academy for supporting me.  All the people I work with at the Behavior Training Center, to Mick Maynard and Legacy, and to you guys at TheCageDoor.net for coming out here and I’d also like to give a special thanks to George Forman. He’s a great friend of mine and I love him to death. He’s my preacher and my mental mentor. I can talk to him about anything and he’s always there for me.

Thanks to all my sponsors too:

  • Rising Sun Karate
  • Jesus Didn’t Tap
  • Champions Data Solutions
  • Deerwood A/C and Heating
  • Chiron Communication Services
  • Global Pacific Financial
  • Montana’s Saloon in Humble, Texas (that’s where I do all my karaoking)
  • Mega Fluids
  • Triton Overseas Transport
  • Kaufman and Associates

Also, I have the initials of the girls I fight for on my shirt.  Including Lighting Lia, she’s my little champ.  I mean, I wouldn’t be fighting if it wasn’t for her and the girls.

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