by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
Heading into this past October’s HDNet Fights debut show, longtime welterweight fighter Pete “Secret Weapon” Spratt was in desperate need of a win.
Having lost three in a row earlier in the year, including two defeats in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Spratt’s back was up against the wall as he faced off against a fighter who had defeated him a month prior, TJ Waldburger.
Determined to get himself back on track, he imposed his will on Waldburger, controlling the fight from the get-go. Dictating pace and positioning, Spratt knocked out his young upstart opponent in just under 90 seconds, proving that there’s still life left in the cagy veteran.
Two months later, he returns to the scene of his last victory as he once again gears up for HDNet Fights in a scheduled bout against up-and-comer Tristan Yunker in a welterweight showdown.
“Any time you have a victory you’re going to feel like it went well for you,” said Spratt of his HDNet Fights experience. “Heading into the second show, I’m feeling good, I’m feeling confident, and I’m looking forward to going back in there and getting another win.
“Whether it’s HDNet or not, coming off a win I’m trying to stay on pace and keep on that momentum. I feel like I’ve gotten over the hump and I just need to pull off as many wins as I can.”
Having fought in numerous promotions, he feels that he, along with the other name veteran fighters can help bring HDNet Fights to the next level, after their “test run” first show in October.
“Me being on the card, having name recognition on the card, as well as (Frank) Trigg, Edwin Dewees, and some of those other guys that have that national name recognition, we’ll see what happens,” said Spratt.
“I’m going to do what I can to have a great showing for this show and then see what the future holds.”
Future aside, he needs to put on a good showing if he wants to continue on the comeback trail.
As he explains, it doesn’t matter who is across the cage from him, it’s business as usual for the “Secret Weapon”.
“For me, the game plan will always be the same,” explained Spratt. “Everybody that fights me knows my game plan is going to be the same, there’s no surprises – I’m going to play to my strengths.
“I’m just looking forward to the opportunity to get back in there – it doesn’t matter who it is – the name of the person across from me just doesn’t matter. If I get in there and do my thing, perform the way I’m capable of performing, I don’t think there’s anyone out there that can stop me.”
After the disappointments he faced earlier this year, he feels he’s done what’s been needed to continue to prolong his fight career in a successful fashion.
“I’ve taken the necessary steps to further my career and insure some longevity in my career,” commented Spratt. “I’ve been training nothing but strait jiu-jitsu the last six, seven months, and I’m having a good time with that and I’m learning things.
“For me, the game is fun again and I reeled off one victory in HDNet and I’m looking to continue the streak.”
And should he build a winning streak Saturday night in Dallas, he is focused on a return to the biggest stage of MMA, and more.
“My goals are simply to keep winning, because that will put me into the situation where I’d go back to the UFC or any of the other promotions out there,” said Spratt.
“My main thing is to continue to have fun with the sport, continue winning and as long as I do that, I’ll hopefully be put in a situation where I can fight for a title somewhere. At the same time, I have to keep winning – as long as I win, that’s the key.”
He will get the opportunity to work on those goals starting with his fight against Yunker this weekend and possibly make his own comeback, ala fellow Ultimate Fighter season four participant and current UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra.
“I definitely want to thank my manager Sven Bean; my new sponsor, Renegade Fight Gear, they really stepped up for me this show and I’m looking forward to a long lasting relationship with those guys; and my team, Powerteam Jiu-Jitsu,” closed out Spratt.
“For you fans, locally, within driving distance, come out to the show. It’s going to be an action-packed card. You’ve got considerable name fighters on the card and it’s going to be a great show.”