â€œIâ€™m ready to go 10 seconds or Iâ€™m ready to go 9 minutes, either way, Iâ€™m winningâ€
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, itâ€™s not going to be negative.Â Heâ€™s not afraid to tell you what is on his mind, but heâ€™s not the kind of guy thatâ€™s going to do a lot of trash talking.Â Heâ€™s been a winner at every level of every sport heâ€™s ever been involved in, and MMA is no different.Â Heâ€™s 2-0 as a pro and is currently ranked the #2 Welterweight in the city.
He is a passionate guy.Â Heâ€™s passionate about his friends, about his faith and about sports.Â Heâ€™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).Â I met up with Patrick at RSKA in Kingwood.Â 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.
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.Â So I played professional rugby for a while.Â Then, I moved to Dallas and played semi-pro football there.Â I was doing real well, but the guys I played against kept taking cheap shots on me because they didnâ€™t like me for scoring so many touchdowns on them [laughs], so I was like, well Iâ€™m not getting paid for this so Iâ€™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.Â 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.Â In fact, heâ€™s my preacher and he even baptized me.Â Heâ€™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 didnâ€™t do.Â So, because I had things pending and Iâ€™m a school teacher, I couldnâ€™t be at school, so if I wasnâ€™t at my lawyers office I was at the gym hitting the bags.Â Everybody knew I didnâ€™t do anything, but it was a process that I had to go though.
I spent all my time at the gym.Â 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.Â 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.Â [laughs] Well, he asked me if I wanted to come to his gym and train him in boxing.Â He offered to pay, but I was like, I donâ€™t want your money man.Â It gives me somebody to train with and gives me a buddy, so why not.Â 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 donâ€™t have a lot of free time.Â Iâ€™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.Â I mean, Iâ€™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 Iâ€™m around good enough guys that they can come in here and help me.
I really donâ€™t trust people enough at other gyms.Â Unless I know them or they are paying me, I donâ€™t normally spar.Â I mean, youâ€™ve always got to be open to what others can teach you, but you have to be leery at a gym that you donâ€™t know the guys that well.Â You might have guys who might try and hurt you because you might have to fight them some day.
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, â€œDude, you should fight MMA. You can make some good money.â€
I had a fiancÃ© at the time and she wanted a ring.Â Also, Jason and I wanted to not only own a clothing company [Jesus Didnâ€™t Tap], but we wanted to be owner s that also fought.Â Plus, Iâ€™m a school teacher, so I make a good living, but Iâ€™m not driving Ferrari’s or anything.
So I told my fiancÃ©, you pick out any ring you want and Iâ€™ll make it happen.Â Well, she picked out a bigger ring than I planned, so I was like, OK I guess Iâ€™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.Â So I was like, man this is good, I can get things that it would take longer than normal to get.
Iâ€™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. Iâ€™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.Â I like all the popular guys.
MMA wise, I love Matt Hughes. I got to meet him a couple of times and heâ€™s a great guy.Â Also some of the guys from back home, like Jens Pulver and Pat Miletich.Â I didnâ€™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.Â Iâ€™ve met most of the guys I named and they are class acts.
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 thatâ€™s disrespectful or do you not care?
Patrick: I didnâ€™t even see it. I mean, Iâ€™ve heard that heâ€™s done that in the past. I donâ€™t know whatâ€™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 itâ€™s very disrespectful, but I donâ€™t sweat it and didnâ€™t even think about it.Â I mean, he didnâ€™t say anything about my momma or me, so if thatâ€™s how he relaxes to get ready for his fight, more power to him.
Heck, heâ€™s a nice guy.Â 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 didnâ€™t bad mouth me before the fight on the radio and heâ€™s always been real respectful to me.Â I mean, he could have done worse things to disrespect me.
TCD.net: Youâ€™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, Iâ€™m supposed to say yes, because 95% of this is mental, but Iâ€™d really have to see more guys fight before I said for sure.Â I really appreciate the respect and that those people who are watching the fights think that highly of me.Â On any given night I can beat anybody.Â I can knock anybody out, Iâ€™m strong on the ground and Iâ€™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. Iâ€™ve never been hit in the face in MMA.Â Â Iâ€™ve got a pretty good chin. Iâ€™ve sparred with Jermain Taylor and taken his best shots, and Iâ€™ve sparred with Melvin Guillard.
TCD.net: If you win on the 20th, youâ€™ll be 3-0.Â Do you think you should get a title shot (either at 185 or 170)?
Patrick: You know, itâ€™s not up to me to decide. Iâ€™d take it, but part of me wouldnâ€™t want to take it. My buddy is fighting for the title, Mike Brounzoulis and I think heâ€™s going to win; so no, I wouldnâ€™t want to fight him. It wouldnâ€™t be worth the money.
TCD.net: OK, letâ€™s assume Levi [Forrest] wins, do you think you should get a title shot then, and would you take it?
Patrick: Yeah, I do. Iâ€™d fight him for the title.Â But you know, itâ€™s up to Mick Maynard. If he thinks I should get a title shot, then so be it.
TCD.net: Where do you hold the advantage over your upcoming opponent, RJ Knepp?
Patrick: Iâ€™m a better boxer. Iâ€™m a pro boxer. Iâ€™ve fought and held my own against guys like Jermain Taylor. Iâ€™m bigger, Iâ€™m stronger and I can fight on the ground.
But hey, itâ€™s MMA so, if you show up you have a chance. Heâ€™s going to come to win and Iâ€™m going to come to win.
TCD.net: So, how is the fight going to end? What is your prediction?
Patrick: You know what, Iâ€™m ready to go 10 seconds or Iâ€™m ready to go 9 minutes, either way, Iâ€™m winning. Iâ€™m not going to try and pull off some crazy submission, Iâ€™m not going to try and knock him out with one punch.Â When you have a plan and you try for things that arenâ€™t there, you fail.Â 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].Â But, if I land clean on anybody at 170 or 185 Iâ€™ll knock them out.
Also, I know Iâ€™m in shape. I donâ€™t know what this guy does or how he trains, but I guarantee you he wonâ€™t be in better shape than I will.Â Iâ€™ll be the best conditioned fighter on that card.Â No one will be in better shape than me.
TCD.net: Is there anything you want to say to RJ?
Patrick: I donâ€™t have anything negative to say about the guy. Before my last fight he was real nice.Â Iâ€™ve got respect for anyone who gets in the cage; I donâ€™t care if you are 0-100. Anyone that gets in the cage should be respected.
I wish you the best. Iâ€™m coming to knock your head off and Iâ€™m sure you are coming to knock my head off; hopefully I do it before you get me.Â Weâ€™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 Iâ€™d like to thank god for giving me the ability to do this.Â 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.Â Also, thanks to all the people up here at Rising Sun Academy for supporting me.Â 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 Iâ€™d also like to give a special thanks to George Forman. Heâ€™s a great friend of mine and I love him to death. Heâ€™s my preacher and my mental mentor. I can talk to him about anything and heâ€™s always there for me.
Thanks to all my sponsors too:
- Rising Sun Karate
- Jesus Didnâ€™t Tap
- Champions Data Solutions
- Deerwood A/C and Heating
- Chiron Communication Services
- Global Pacific Financial
- Montanaâ€™s Saloon in Humble, Texas (thatâ€™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.Â Including Lighting Lia, sheâ€™s my little champ.Â I mean, I wouldnâ€™t be fighting if it wasnâ€™t for her and the girls.