Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series fighter TJ Laramie

Las Vegas – Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series fighter TJ Laramie.

Dana White’s Contender Series continues with Episode 2 which features a lineup of rising athletes looking to make their dreams come true by impressing UFC President Dana White and earning a spot on the UFC roster. The second episode of season four takes place on Tuesday, August 11 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with all five bouts streaming exclusively on ESPN+ in the US.

NAME: TJ Laramie
NICKNAME: None
WEIGHT CLASS: Featherweight
AGE: 22 years old – 10/15/97
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-6, 145
REACH: 66”
LEG REACH: –
STANCE: Orthodox
BIRTHPLACE: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
FIGHTING OUT OF: Las Vegas, NV
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English
STYLE: MMA
TRAINER: Rino Belcastro, Kara Ro, Eric Marentette
STRENGTHS: Grappling, Fight IQ
TRAINING: Morning drill session, hard live session in the afternoon. Every workout followed
by 20-30 minutes of cardio.
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 11-3

Q&A

Thoughts on opponent, Daniel Swain? He’s a fast starter and surprisingly dangerous off his back. His last seven wins have all come by way of submission.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I Started training when I was 12 years old. My dad introduced me to the sport as a fan and then I eventually tried a class. From there I was hooked. The 1 on 1 aspect really drew me to the sport.

What ranks and titles have you held? BJJ brown belt. IKF World Kickboxing Xtrm Fitness champion (amateur), WKA North American nationals champion (amateur), 2013 IBJJF blue belt world NOGI champion, TKO MMA 145lb champion, PFC 145lb champion

Do you have any heroes? Frankie Edgar is my all-time favorite fighter. Muhammad Ali

What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? The UFC is everything I’ve dreamed of since I’ve started this sport. It’s the whole reason why I do what I do.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Just high school.

What was your job before you started fighting? I’ve been a barber since the age of 16 and still currently cut hair.

Favorite grappling technique: Guillotine choke

Favorite Striking technique: Straight right hand

Twitter account name: @laramietj

Facebook account: TJ Laramie

Instagram account: @tjlaramie

OTHER KEY Points:

  • Pro since 2015
  • Six wins by KO, two by submission (Guillotine, RNC)
  • Five first round finishes
  • On three fight winning streak
  • Holds 2017 win over UFC vet Charles Jourdain

Q&A Courtesy of the UFC

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