Hailing from the great State of Arkansas, Bryce “Thug Nasty” Mitchell possesses all of the ingredients for a successful MMA career. Born in 1994, Mitchell, like most fighters, began his career in the amateurs leagues. Bouncing between school and training, Thug Nasty walked away from his first six fights with a 5-1 record. Impressive wins against Zak Ort in the Legacy Fighting Championship 34 and fellow up and comer Tony Williams primed him to take his skills to the next level.
Hard work is often rewarded, and Bryce Mitchell definitely reaped the benefits of his amateur success. Beginning his pro career with a fight against Sheldon Smith, Mitchell demonstrated his quick reflexes and scored a very decisive victory. His success did not end there. Working his way up to World Series of Fighting 33, Mitchell racked up win after win, entering the event with six straight victories. The first significant fight of his professional career came against Brandon Phillips of American Top Team OKC. In that fight, Mitchell continued to display his hard work and submitted Phillips just three minutes in. This marked the moment where Thug Nasty was no longer just another Featherweight.
Fighting as a featherweight is tough. With thousands of fighters trying to climb the ladder, competition is very robust, making the physical requirements for entry a tremendous feat. Bryce Mitchell is no exception to the strong standards of MMA fighters. Standing at 5’9” and weighing in at 145 pounds, Mitchell follows the featherweight norm of packing a big punch in a small frame, though he has a slight height advantage with the global featherweight average being 5’7” and 145 pounds.
Record and Analysis
Since making his professional debut on January 25, 2015, Mitchell is undefeated with seven consecutive wins. Most of these victories have come within the first three minutes of the fight, and all have been by submission. The speed at which he submits opponents (an average. of 2:58) is astounding compared to the sports average time of victory of eleven minutes for featherweights. While seven fights may be a small sample, there is no doubting his lethal submission abilities in the cage against. Currently ranked at thirteenth in the US Southeast and second in Tennessee Mitchell's rank is climbing, just like his record
Looking to the Future
As dangerous and brutal as the sport of MMA is made out to be, it is without a doubt more popular than ever. With countless established stars and many rising stars such as Bryce Mitchell, the future is extremely bright. With ratings up and UFC finally legal in New York, it has been a great year for the sport. While no one knows how long it will take Thug Nasty to become a household name, I believe it is only a matter of time. He will ring in the new year with a fight against Isaac Ware for the Pro Featherweight title on January 14th, 2017.