Report: Welterweight prospect Brandon Thatch signs multi-fight UFC contract

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One of MMA's top welterweight prospects, Brandon Thatch, has signed on with the UFC and is expected to make his promotional debut later this year.

The already stacked Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) welterweight roster just got a little deeper.

Brandon Thatch, one of the top 170-pound prospects currently competing in mixed martial arts (MMA), has reportedly inked a multi-fight contract with the world's premier MMA organization and is likely to make his official Octagon debut later this year.

According to a report from MMA Junkie on Wednesday (May 8, 2013), Thatch recently signed with the UFC after competing in his first 10 professional on regional shows around the United States.

Thatch (9-1) last competed in the main event of Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) 7 last March where he submitted Mike Rhodes with a rear-naked choke just over two minutes into the first round.

First-round finishes are a common theme for Thatch, as he has earned all nine of his professional wins by stopping his opponent by (technical) knockout or submission in the opening frame.

The 27-year-old wastes no time when he steps into the cage, which will be a more than welcomed style of fighting under the bright lights of the UFC.

"Rukus" is a Colorado-based fighter who trains at Grudge Training Center in Denver alongside the likes of former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt and longtime UFC lightweight contender Melvin Guillard, to name a few.

Fighting as a professional since 2008, Thatch's most notable wins to date are the submission of Rhodes and a 53-second (technical) knockout of Chidi Njokuani in 2011.

A date or potential opponent for Thatch's UFC debut has not been announced at this time.

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