Undefeated Patrick Mix Striving to be Buffalo’s First UFC Fighter
At only 24-years-old and carrying a 6-0 professional record in MMA, Patrick Mix is starting to gain some traction as an up-and-coming talent to keep an eye on in 2018. The Buffalo, New York-native has been fighting professionally since 2016 after an extensive 11-fight amateur career and has captured the King of the Cage Bantamweight Championship in the process. For Mix, the goal is simple; to keep developing and become the first fighter from Buffalo to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Mix got his start in MMA at 15. A high-school wrestler at the time, a professional fighter friend by the name of Dennis “Downtown” Brown brought Mix in to experience the sport. The connection was instant and Mix has been training ever since. It was after a collegiate wrestling career that Mix decided to “go all in for MMA.”
We been in it from the beginning..8 years ago. Since Dennis was a pro and I was a young kid he literally dragged to training. 15 yrs old. This is not just the hard nights you see me putting in, it's a lifetime of work. I wouldn't be where I'm at or who I am without Art and Dennis. Pre fight ritual stays the same getting ready for the toughest fight of my life not only physically but mentally. I'm ready 10 days till we out it all on the line and see who wants it more !! #NoLove
Nicknamed “Patchy” from his friends and family, Mix’s first professional fight occurred in Pennsylvania in early 2016. His last five fights, however, have all come under the same banner. Once the sport of Mixed Martial Arts was legalized in his home state of New York, Mix became the focal point of an opportunity for an established lower-tier promotion to capitalize. The King of the Cage promotion has continually produced top regional talent since 1998. As a Buffalo-native, Mix was pushed hard by the promotion to draw big, local crowds.
“All my fights for King of the Cage have been local. I just put a lot of butts in seats and have a huge following locally,” Mix said. “My city really support me.”
For Mix, the relationship and treatment he’s received from the King of the Cage promotion has been very respectful and professional. Mix showed extreme thanks to the promotion for being able to fight local after having to travel all over the country as an amateur. “It’s really good to give back to my fans and those who’ve supported me.”
While he’s shown satisfaction with the promotion and his career progression thus far, Mix is also looking towards the future for larger opportunities. “[King of the Cage] is a well-refutable name, it’s a good belt to hold and I look to defend it until I can get signed by a bigger promotion,” Mix said.
With his sights set on competing on a world stage, Mix has also looked to improve his overall game. For his last two fight camps, he’s relocated from the local WNY MMA & Fitness and headed southwest to Albuquerque, New Mexico to train at the world-renowned Jackson Wink MMA Academy.
When asked about the experience training at such a prestigious gym, Mix had nothing but incredibly high-praise for the gym, training partners, and experience. “They are an amazing mixed martial arts gym, I think they are the best in the world,” Mix described. Some of the notables Mix mentioned getting to train with included John Dodson, Holly Holm, Diego Brandao, Ray Borg, Damian Stasiak, Sebastian Kotwica, Iuri Alcantara, and Steve Garcia. “I see them and it motivates me to get there, I know I can get there,” Mix concluded regarding his training partners that are on or used to be a part of the UFC’s roster.
In addition to moving camps, Mix also sought out another opportunity recently in attempt for more exposure from the world’s largest MMA promotion. When the UFC announced that the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF 27) would feature undefeated fighters only, Mix knew this was a major opportunity to go compete in front of the UFC’s talent relations’ heads, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard. Mix made it through the duration of the tryouts and was sent home unknowing of whether he had made the show. When the UFC dropped the official cast, Mix saw for himself that his name was unfortunately not on the list. While Mix enjoyed the opportunity to explore different gyms and link up with former training partners, he was disappointed he was not selected. In addition, unaware of his status for TUF, Mix was forced to withdraw from a scheduled title-defense against a surging, Tony Gravely (12-4 MMA).
“I would’ve enjoyed it a little bit more had I made the show of course,” Mix acknowledged as he laughed. “I think my personality was a little bland. I’m a plain-and-simple, strict type of guy. I don’t think I am the best for TV but I think I am the best fighter in the world.”
Just wanna fill everyone in on what's going on with myself fighting wise. So early last month I went and tried out for the ultimate fighter at featherweight. After being in Vegas for a week I made it to the very final group before being let go on the last cut.. Because it took me so long to actually find out if I made it or not, King of the cage had to still continue with their show as it was getting closer which I completely understand being the main event. They were forced to pull my bout from February 17th, Reason being All tickets are almost accounted for and I was looking at putting 300+ ppl in that building. After talking with the promoters and team they've decided May 12th on the next card when they come local Ill defend my belt against ANYONE ! I tried to do everything in my power to get back on this card because I'm 100 healthy and better than ever right now, but they just couldn't make it happen! God has his plans and everything happens for a reason ☝🏽If you need any tickets let me know Id like to get a bunch of my people together to still come support and finally enjoy the event at the casino together! #7-0 #NoLove
While Mix was not selected for the show, he agreed the exposure was good for his career. He also confirmed that his management has been in contact with the UFC and while nothing has come to fruition, Mix acknowledged that he’s “just putting my name in their ear in case anything comes up.”
While Mix’s MMA career has been on an upward trajectory for a long time, his personal life appears on the same track. Outside the cage, Mix teaches classes at his gym, coaches high-school wrestling and also serves as a substitute teacher working with students with disabilities. On top of all that, Mix and his girlfriend are expecting a baby girl in the coming months. For Mix, it’s all about being a positive role model to his students, fans and beloved city of Buffalo.
“I’m just all business these days.”
While there’s no official bout agreement or opponent determined yet, Mix is optimistic his next fight will come at King of the Cage’s event in nearby Seneca Allegheny on May 12, 2018.
Follow Patrick Mix on the following social media platforms:
Facebook – Patchy Mix
Instagram – @patchymix
Twitter – @TeamMixMMA
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