I had a good conversation with mixed-martial-arts fighter Chris Tuchscherer this afternoon. He’ll be fighting on a nationally televised undercard as part of UFC 116 on Saturday, July 3.
Tuchscherer, a Bowman High School graduate and a former All-American wrestler at Minnesota State Moorhead, is taking on Ultimate Fighter finalist Brendan Schaub of Colorado. Their fight will be one of two undercard bouts shown live on SpikeTV (Consolidated Channel 79) as a part of the pre-fight for the main event, which is headlined by Tuchscherer’s training partner, UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. The SpikeTV undercard begins at 7 p.m. while the pay-per-view begins at 8 p.m.
Lesnar, the South Dakota native and former Bismarck State College and University of Minnesota All-American wrestler, is fighting for his title against interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin. Tuchscherer said Lesnar is looking good. “He’s going to be a beast. I think you’re going to see a whole new Brock,” Tuchscherer said.
As for making his national television debut? Tuchscherer is confident enough that he’s not being bothered by it. “It doesn’t even faze me. I don’t even think about it because you don’t know when you’re going to be on TV anyway. I like it because then I know I’m going to have a good night and it’s going to be good exposure for me.”