Q&A: Tim Hague
Interview by David L. Hudson, Jr.
Tim “the Thrashing Machine” Hague already has seen the highs and lows of the wild ride of the Octagon in his short UFC career. In his first bout in May 2009, Hague submitted the highly touted Pat Barry in the first round at UFC 98. It was an impressive victory for the Canadian battler who had plied his trade in smaller King of the Cage Canada cards. However, he also experienced a low point when he lost in a highlight-reel, seven-second knockout to the powerful Todd Duffee at UFC 102 in August.
While both fights ended early, they both produced plenty of excitement – something that Hague consciously tries to bring along with the obvious goal of winning bouts. Hague will enter the Octagon for the third time to face Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 109: Relentless in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hague can’t wait to put the loss to Duffee behind him and produce more memorable moments for MMA fans. He recently took the time to speak with Fightnews.
What challenges does your opponent Chris Tuchscherer present?
First and foremost, he’s a great wrestler. That seems to be how he was won most of his fights. He takes guys down and grinds them out. I think he is like me in that he is looking to be exciting and that means he is coming to win.
What will you do to combat his excellent wrestling skills?
I may be the type of fighter he is looking for in the sense that I come to fight. I plan on letting my right hands fly and connecting. I’m sure he’ll try to take me down but I plan on connecting and dominating the stand-up.
You have experienced the highs and lows already in your UFC career with the great win over Pat Barry and the loss to Todd Duffee. How do you deal with such highs and lows?
You just have to enjoy it when you’re up and work through the parts when you are not. The win over Barry was awesome and everybody wanted to be my friend afterward. That wasn’t the case after the fight with Duffee. But, you just work hard and do the best you can.
What happened in the Duffee fight?
When I lost to Duffee, that wasn’t the real Tim Hague in there. You are going to see a different type of animal in this upcoming fight. But, I give Duffee all the credit. It was like running into a cast-iron pipe when he connected with that punch.
When you say “that wasn’t the real Tim Hague” what do you mean by that?
I’ve fought a lot of times and always been in wars and never been hurt like that. I’ve never been rocked and am known for my great chin. But, I ran into a heck of a punch. I give him credit. It really was like getting hit with a cast-iron pipe.
You obviously are an exciting fighter. Do you intentionally go out there to put on exciting fights in addition to getting the victories?
It’s a mixture of both to be honest with you. I go in to please the fans and of course always win. I am in top-notch shape for this fight and hope to continue putting on great fights and winning. I want my career to be seen as one big highlight reel and hope to keep the fans interested.
What are your goals for your professional MMA career?
All I want to do is provide a better lifestyle for my family and myself. I will never forget all the people that helped along the way. If a title shot comes my way, I will more than happily take it. I think I’d be a great champion. In all my fights in Canada, I sold the majority of the tickets and had a good fan following.
When did you first become attracted to mixed martial arts and when did you know it was something you wanted to make a career out of?
I'd always been a fan of the sport and used to watch VHS videos of the early UFCs with my brother. One day, I heard about free training going at the University of Alberta and said, ‘let’s do it.’ I was about 23 years old at the time.
Any predictions on your fight on UFC 109?
I am a little bit superstitious about predictions, but knock on wood, I'll probably get a kayo or TKO in the second round.
Whom do you see as the top heavyweight mixed martial artist in the world?
I’d have to give Fedor the number one ranking based on performance and history, but I believe that Brock would destroy Fedor. I think the size would be too much for Fedor to handle. I know he can pull submissions from the bottom position and everywhere, but I just don't see him being able to handle Brock's size and strength.
Is there any life motto or mantra that you try to follow or adhere to?
I just always have a lot to prove to myself. I don't really have anyone to impress but I am have a very competitive nature. When I'm training or running stairs, I get mad if I even think about giving up and stopping. I’m always looking to prove something to myself.
Do you have any message for your fans out there?
I really appreciate all their support and hope to keep things exciting for them.