Angola native and professional mixed martial artist Patrick “Patchy” aka “No Love” Mix training out of Western New York MMA gym recently returned from a three and a half week trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he trained every day with some of the UFC’s elite fighters. Pat trained for four hours a day for six days in a row at a time wrestling, sparring, grappling, running, and swimming in the intense southwestern heat and altitude with his goal of reaching the UFC his driving motivation.
Pat, a successful high school wrestler at Lake Shore and current assistant wrestling coach at Sweet Home, is undefeated in his last fifteen amateur and professional fights spanning the last four and a half years, posting an amateur record of 11-0 and professional record of 4-0 during that time.
“I think I did very well, overall. I hung with every single guy there. I surprised myself by submitting (choke out/tap out) a lot of guys and/or dominating them in grappling exchanges” Mix said of his hours spent on the mats facing current UFC fighters including Sergio Pettis, John Dodson, Ray Borg, Lando Vannata, Joby Sanchez, and Diego Sanchez. Pat also trained alongside UFC superstars Michelle Waterson, Holly Holm, and Jon “Bones” Jones.
While training with some of the UFC’s best, Pat noted that the “diversity of striking” was one thing that really struck him as something to focus on in perfecting his game. “Different drills, fundamental work that I haven’t been exposed to” was what Mix said of focusing on his striking while in New Mexico. He added “Taking my knowledge of wrestling and grappling knowing that each drill has a different meaning, and now applying that with striking now knowing each movement has a specific structure…you move a certain way because of that.”
The plethora of partners was something that “No Love” elaborated on as well. He noted that there was around forty other fighters in and around his weight class to train with; a huge benefit to anyone looking to excel in hand to hand combat sports.
Mix will be fighting in a King of the Cage event at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino on Saturday, August 12th at 7pm. This is a number one contender fight. If he wins this fight, Pat will move to 5-0 as a professional and secure his shot at the King of the Cage world title fight in November versus current champion Tim Sosa. “If I were to win the King of the Cage, I want to keep my training diverse, going to camps, and looking to put WNY MMA and my hometown of Angola on the map by being signed to UFC. That is my goal.”
To get tickets for the August 12th fight you can direct message Pat at @TeamMixMMA on Twitter.