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Merkt plans to take out Friday on Friday Print E-mail
Written by Emmit Culver   
Sunday, 30 January 2011 20:44

Showdown at the Sheraton I is stacking up to be a huge card. On the card are Marcus LeVesseur, Nick Kirk and the pro debut of Donald Williams. Also that night, Brandon Merkt will return to the cage for the first time since September. MNMMANEWS.com had the chance to sit down and talk about the fight. We also found out how the loss of a family member is what drives Brandon to train so hard.

Thanks for sitting down with me to answer some questions. First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself for people who don't know much about you.

MERKT: Well I am 26 years old. I have been doing MMA now for about five or six years now and love it. I was a wrestler for New Richmond High School in Wisconsin. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it was not for my wrestling coach, Mark Neumann. He helped me be the athlete I am and also the person I am today. About two years after I wrestled, I had a buddy ask me if I wanted to try some MMA at a near by gym in my hometown. I said, 'why not?' So I did, and about three weeks later, I had my first fight in December of 2005, and it was rough. I remember thinking about 30 seconds in it after eating some big knees to the mid-section, 'what the hell am I doing, this is a bad idea.' I wanted to quit right there, but I didn’t. I stuck it out and ended up securing a takedown. After two and a half rounds, I got him in a rear-naked choke and finished the fight and the crowd went nuts. It was a great feeling. If it was not for the 33 people I had sold tickets to that were there watching me, I would have tapped out right away. I think what happened is I fell in love with the feeling of it, the crowd and the competition. I hadn't had these feelings since wrestling. I was hooked and that’s how it started. About two and a half years ago, I lost my dad in a motorcycle crash when he hit a deer. He was never awake again. It was a very hard time. We spent about four days in Regions

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