Watch T.J. Laramie take on Brad Katona at Hard Knocks Fighting Championship HK50 on Friday, June 10 at 6:30PM MDT – LIVE on GFL.TV
T.J. Laramie has fought more than 150 times in his life. And he’s just 18. T.J.’s dad casually put him into martial arts classes when he was 13, at Maximum Training Centre in Ontario. Six months later, T.J. won his first match at a grappling tournament and he was hooked
A few years later, when he could find someone to fight him, he racked up an impressive amateur kickboxing record of 11-0-1.
His obsession with winning and training like a maniac put him into constant grappling tournaments, kickboxing fights, boxing matches over the course of five years. His experience has put him on another level, he says. T.J. is able to dominate in the cage because no one can beat his amount of experience. After years of obsessive competing, his opponents may have more matches on their pro MMA record, but T.J. has the edge over them.
Laramie walked into the cage at 17 years old as a professional, in Japan. He went to Japan because he couldn’t get licensed as a professional in north America until he was 18, and he couldn’t wait to start. His obsession with winning and burning desire for competition led him to accept a fight against a professional MMA veteran with a record of 11-13, at a weight class ten pounds heavier than he was supposed to be.
T.J. won the fight with a TKO in the first round. Laramie went on to fight two more times at a heavier weight class and he defeated both opponents. In his next bout at HK50 on June 17 he will face Brad Katona and finally compete in his desired weight class at 135 pounds. Katona, T.J. says, is not ready.
And he has a message for Katona, “Taking this fight was the wrong idea.”
Laramie does not like to be called a prospect. He has decided that he is going to create a legacy to the point where his name will be mentioned whenever someone talks about MMA, when they bring up the “greats” of the sport. He is all in, one hundred percent, to becoming a mixed martial arts legend. He has no backup plan and doesn’t need one.
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