by Pete Spratt (courtesy of Ring of Fire)
2006 was a time for ups and downs for myself. I was contemplating retirement at the start of the year. Everything made a complete turnaround and by the end of the year I was full steam ahead. Technically, I had 5 fights in 2006 going with only 3 counting toward my record. With official fights I went 2-1 for the year and 2-3 unofficially.
3-3-06 Dallas Dragons vs. Denver Destroyers at WCL, Las Vegas (Lost 71-47) I had an interesting time with the WCL. It’s a very neat concept but I was just not being compensated enough for the name that I have in the fight game. I participated in 2 of theses events and really liked the team concept and enjoyed being one of the pioneers in this new sport. I fought Kevin Engle in my bout. Tough Kid and very hard puncher. He out pointed me 15-7 in the 1st round of competition.
4-25-06 vs. Serkan Yilmaz at A1 World Combat Cup, Istanbul, Turkey (Loss Unanimous Dec.) Sometimes you just dont have a chance to win and all the cards are stacked against you. This fight was Team Turkey vs. Team USA. During my fight the ref was against me deducting 2 points from me for grabbing and scoring a knockdown on a slip. I was already 3 points behind in a three round fight and had to score a KO to win. Serkan is a decent fighter but it’s hard to win when your fighting the referee too. I would love to fight him again in the future.
5-6-06 vs Matt Brown at IFF, Ft. Worth Texas (Won Unanimous Decision)This kid was very game and brought it like a champ. He was like screw Pete Spratt. It was good to finally fight a MMA bout in Texas after all these years. It had been probably 6 years since my home state had seen me fight live. It was a great homecoming and a great fight. It went back and forth all night until the final round when I dropped Brown with a left kick to the body. It was also great to be around my boys Duane Ludwig and Christian Allen. They really saved the day for me.
6-2-06 vs Chris Lytle at TUF 4. (Loss by guillotine at 2:06 of round 1)This was a very tough loss for me as I felt I let my team down. I was really wanting to show some things and revenge a loss to Lytle earlier in my career. It didn’t happen as I wanted and I was crushed. All I wanted to do was finish the show and go home.
6-16-06 vs Matt Serra at TUF 4 (Loss by Tapout at 3:29 of the 1st round-Strikes)Man I really wanted to redeem myself against Serra. I think I put on a decent showing as I was able to get off a little bit in the fight. I defended pretty well and even cut Matt with the first shot I landed. He go me to the ground and took my back after stalling for a while and punched me out. Tough loss but I wasn’t disappointed. I fought the 2 guys that ended up in the finals.
11-11-06 vs. Jeremy Jackson at TUF 4 Finale (Won by Tapout due to injury at 1:11 of second round)I was excited about this fight. I did everything right in training and was well prepared. I trained in Boston at Sityodtong Muay Thai with Mark Dellagrotti, Kenny Florian and Jorge Rivera. It was a great camp and the team welcomed me. I used all my new tricks against Jeremy and everything was working. There was no way for him to beat me that night and my year came to and end with a great finish.
In closing, I want thank my manager Sven Bean, my mentor Maurice Smith, my Grandma family and friends and my wonderful girlfriend Sandra Jones. I would not have been able to carry on if it had not been for you. I also want to thank my sponsors TapouT Clothing, EAS, Protect Mouthguards and N2Dezigns. Extra Special thanks to the cast and the crew of The Ultimate Fighter 4 for revitalizing and rejuvenating my career!
2006 was a year of ups and downs for me but the finish was extraordinary. My experiences from the show has compelled me to be the fighter that I was in the past and has jump started my career again. I went from fading off of the fight scene to back into the limelight. Thank you to all the people that love to criticize and talk trash about me because in the end I will always have the last laugh. When I lose they cant keep their mouth shut and when I win, they cant say anything. Funny how that works???
In 2007, I look to continue my winning ways in the UFC and to keep improving as an overall MMA fighter. Some people I would like to work with in 2007 are Randy Couture more extensively, Jeremy Horn, Bas Rutten and Eddie Bravo. Look for big things from Pete Spratt as a fighter, entertainer and actor.