Sunday, January 04, 2009

Brad Blackburn continues career resurrection in UFC run

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It wasn't too long ago that Brad Blackburn (13-9-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) was a lightly regarded prospect in the IFL.

Two-straight wins over Delson Heleno and Jay Hieron changed that reputation in the IFL, and two more victories over Ryo Chonan and James Giboo since coming to the UFC have left Blackburn in an enviable position.

In a recent interview with TAGG Radio (, the official radio partner of (, Blackburn said a departure from past habits has lead to his current successful run.

"I just like to fight, and (in the past) I didn't train for it," Blackburn said. "[Promoters] were like, 'You want to fight next week? And I would say, 'OK, whatever.'

"I wasn't training. So I'd go fight, and that's why I couldn't fight more than one round. If you look at my earlier fights, all my wins were in the first round. Any fight that went past the first round before the (Guatavo) Machado fight (in April 2006), I lost."

Blackburn admitted his less-than-desirable reputation.

"I was a one-round wonder," Blackburn said.

The 31-year-old broke out of that mold once and for all with his gutsy, unanimous-decision win over Chonan at UFC 92. Blackburn admitted he was tested throughout the 15-minute affair.

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