T.J. Hepburn’s Big Plans Begin with Beating LaRue Burley at RFA 25

April 9, 2015
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For welterweight prospect T.J. “Carnivore” Hepburn, his career couldn’t have gotten off to a better start.

Since turning pro in 2012 after a couple years as an amateur, Hepburn has won his first four fights, having only gone to decision once.

“I’ve taken a lot of time between fights for personal family matters and injuries, so I’m looking after this (upcoming) fight to stay pretty consistent,” Hepburn told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ll take it one fight at a time and after each fight evaluate myself.

“Right now I believe I’m on the right track. After this fight I’m looking at another fight in June. I just turned 26 so I’m looking to really stay busy and take that next step to a higher level.”

Hepburn (4-0) will have his first fight of the year on April 10 in Sioux Falls, S.D., against fellow undefeated prospect LaRue Burley (5-0) in a 170-pound feature bout at RFA 25.

“I just need to stay aggressive,” said Hepburn of facing Burley. “He’s faced some tough guys and has some good wins under his belt, so I believe I have to stay aggressive and stick to my game plan to win this fight.”

Hepburn feels with he and Burley being well-regarded up and comers that the winner of this bout could definitely find himself taking the next step in their career.

“I’m hoping to set the pace with this fight,” said Hepburn. “This fight has gotten some hype, so I think the winner of this is going to have the doors opened for some new opportunities.

“I’m looking to get more consistent fight camps and once I get those, I’m looking to start fighting full time.”

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