Gracie Barra Chatham’s own Josh “The Ripper” Rich will fight for the TXC 135-lbs title this Saturday night in Michigan. The Dresden native, earned the title shot with a victory over Derek Smith at TXC 49 at the beginning of April.
Rich wasted no time in that fight as he came right out of the gate with punches, landed a solid takedown and quickly took Smith’s back. He beat Smith via rear-naked choke at 1:40 of the first round. It is that aggressive, all around game that has lead Rich to a 4-1 amateur record and opened up this opportunity to gain some gold on the weekend.
Josh will be facing 135-lbs champion Jake Lamb this Saturday, and according to Josh’s coach Thomas Armstrong, “The Ripper” is ready to go.
“Josh hasn’t really had any time off training since his last fight so his cardio and ability are still on point. This will be his toughest fight yet and we are looking forward to bringing the belt to Canada.”
Tilbury’s School of Hard Knocks Fighter Petahtegoose Moving Up
Also on the TXC card is Tilbury School of Hard Knocks fighter and Tilbury’s own champion Jo Petahtegoose. He is the current TXC 145-lbs title holder, but will be testing himself in the 155-lbs weight class in this fight and his title will not be on the line this weekend.