Chris Tuchscherer is tired of talking about his UFC debut.
What might have been a coming out party for the heavyweight from North Dakota was cut short by a brutal low blow from Gabriel Gonzaga that ultimately led to a TKO loss.
“I’m sick of people asking me about it,” Tuchscherer told Heavy.com. “I just want to get past that fight and get this next win under my belt.”
Tuchscherer will get that opportunity at UFC 109 against Canadian Tim Hague.
Hague will look to move past his own loss, a knockout loss to Todd Duffee that took just seven seconds. Tuchscherer saw that record-setting knockout up close and personal, but he isn’t reading too much into it.
“I was out there that night, I was on the same card, and I think that was a fluke deal,” Tuchscherer said. “I don’t think his chin is any question. He just kind of got caught, didn’t see it coming, and it took him down.”
Against Hague, Tuchscherer will have an aggressive fighter known for his knockout abilities. Tuchscherer’s trainer Greg Nelson thinks that the bout against Gonzaga helped emphasize what Tuchscherer needs to do to be successful in the UFC.
“In that last fight… it kind of got pounded into his head… how important that ability to read strikes and be able to be more of a rounded fighter [is],” Nelson said on the Free Roll Radio Show.
In order to become that rounded fighter, Tuchscherer is building on a solid wrestling base that made him a two-time NCAA Division II All-American at Minnesota State University, Moorhead.
He is doing so in part by going against other wrestlers at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, wrestlers that can keep sparring sessions on the feet if need be.
“He has a lot of variety and diversity with his training partners,” Nelson said.
Those sparring partners include Ultimate Fighter alum Jon Madsen, 300-pound heavyweight prospect Cole Konrad, and UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
While he has not had Lesnar in camp to prepare for this fight, Tuchscherer stresses that training without Lesnar has not hindered his preparation.
“I’ve been fighting for the past six years… and three and a half of it I trained without Brock,” Tuchscherer said.
UFC fans may get to see a little more of Tuchscherer this time around. Nelson is confident that this will be his fighter’s real debut.
“We’re going to see him showcase a little bit more the type of fighter that he is,” Nelson said.
If so, the UFC can add another dangerous heavyweight to what is quickly becoming a very interesting division.