Monessen man set for MMA show |
Other Local

Monessen man set for MMA show

Brandon Lauderback of Monessen will participate in his second MMA fight Nov. 26 at Southpointe.

Brandon Lauderback has been training Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) at Octane MMA, located in Charleroi, for nearly two years now.

In that time, he’s learned a lot of useful skills for competition. But, more importantly, Lauderback has found himself.

“MMA is a way for me to express myself that I haven’t found in any other sport,” said Lauderback, a Charleroi native now living in Monessen. “I’ve learned discipline and respect. It’s made me a better person.”

MMA combines aspects of many martial arts, including boxing, muay thai, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and wrestling.

On Nov. 26, Lauderback, 21, will put his newfound skills to the test when he takes on Vladimir Jean-Phillipe in an amateur 170-pound MMA fight as part of the Pinnacle Fighting Championships 9 event held at Southpointe in Canonsburg.

This will be Lauderback’s second fight. His first was a split-decision loss to Andrew Schrader, a fight his coaches felt he actually won.

“We felt Brandon did enough to win that first fight. A slew of people told us they had him winning on their scorecards, but the judges saw it differently,” said one of Lauderback’s coaches, Jason Weslager.

Since that last fight, Lauderback and his coaches have gone back to the drawing board and completely revamped his training.

“I felt I was a little small for 170. Coach (Chaz) Sztroin put me on a weightlifting program to gain muscle and peak for the day of the fight,” Lauderback said. “I feel a lot stronger leading up to this fight. We’ve also worked on all aspects of MMA and it’s made me a more well-rounded fighter.”

While Lauderback’s upcoming opponent holds a 1-2 amateur record, he knows better than to take any fight lightly.

“I knew a little bit about my last opponent, and I kind of underestimated him,” he said. “I was overly confident and it didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped. This time I’m a little more grounded and completely ready for whatever my opponent throws at me.”

Sztroin agrees with his student’s sentiments.

“I think Brandon is mentally ready to go,” Sztroin said. “His biggest strengths are willingness to learn, and his discipline. Those things are going to take him a long way.”

And Lauderback has a long way to go to reach his ultimate goal.

“I want to become a pro fighter within the next 2 years. But, I know I just have to take it one fight at a time,” he said.

Lauderback said he thinks his upcoming fight will be worth watching.

“I’m always looking to finish the fight,” he said. “If we’re standing, I’m looking for the knockout. If we’re on the ground, I’m attacking submissions. I won’t let it go to the judges again.”

For tickets to the fight, call Octane MMA at 724-483-1830 or email [email protected]. General admission tickets are $40 and the card features seven amateur and seven professional fights.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.