The epic clash between two gamed opponents only spells out a recipe for a memorable fight taking place in the cage. It takes a lot ambition, heart and drive to compete in the tough competitive sport of Mixed Martial Arts. With all of the dangers that are present the question remains: what inspires an individual to take on the challenges standing in front of him?

Whether it’s for fame, financial stability, or other reasons, every fighter carries with them a purpose told through their performance in the cage. There is no denying Brandon “Hot Rod” Hempleman’s aspirations of becoming the top bantamweight in Mixed Martial Arts.

Sports has always been a part of Hempleman’s life. At the age of five, with great encouragement from his parents, Brandon Hempleman tried his hand in every sport imaginable, seeking to find a favorite pastime to call his own. The couple had great athletic aspirations for their son which included becoming a future Olympian.

Sadly, this promising future wouldn’t last going into his teen years, as Hempleman would go from the sports playing fields to a jail cell.

“At the age of 16 when I realized I was never going to the Olympics I unfortunately went down a completely different path,” Hempleman told The MMA Corner. “Over the next two years I spent my fair time pretending to be a rock star and in jail.”

Hard times wouldn’t last long, as Hempleman would redirect his focus toward a more positive outlet for expressing himself which he would acquire through mixed martial arts.

Since the introduction, Hempleman has fully embraced the MMA lifestyle. The camaraderie, the grind, and the exhilarating sensation of competing; there’s nothing more fulfilling for the Idaho native. This outlet has allowed him to create his own lane for fully expressing himself in chase of his goals.

“Living a fighter’s lifestyle has given me just about everything a man could ever want out of life. The relationships I formed with my coaches and training partners are crucial for both spiritual and emotional growth as a fighter. It feels really rewarding to belong to such a unique group of driven individuals.”

His remarkable fight career puts him in the ranks as a must-watch rising competitor in the sport. 10-2 as a pro, former regional promotion title holder and a WSOF veteran, Hot Rod has achieved a lot of feats in his five year climb to the top. His career has also been tainted with various injuries, getting fights, and mental hurdles which seemed to put his career at a standstill. However these setbacks won’t stop Hempleman from reaching his goals.

Bouncing back from a six month layoff due to fight booking issues with the WSOF, Hempleman has returned to his roots fighting for regional promotions. February 20 will mark another defining moment in his career fighting in the main event at “FSF- Front Street Fights 4″ in Boise, Idaho against UFC veteran Steven Siler (25-14). With both fighters sharing similar issues getting fights, this match pits two hungry competitors looking to upstage the other in hopes of breaking back onto the big stage fight shows.

Relishing the anxieties of the upcoming encounter, Hempleman’s motivation and training for this fight couldn’t be better. His training at Alliance Jiu-jitsu with Mitch Coats, E2Elite, and MMA with Team Sklavos gives him a distinct advantage for come out victorious in front of a hometown crowd at the Century Link Arena.

“I feel very confident and hungry for victory, “he said.”Siler will be a good win for me.”

Confident in his skills, there is nothing stopping Brandon Hempleman from one day landing his deserving spot in the UFC. In the meantime, he looks to do what he does best — staying active and committed toward making his mark in the sport.

About The Author

Monta Wiley
Staff Writer

Monta Wiley is an aspiring sports journalist that has covered the world of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been a regular contributor to US Combat Sports. Monta has a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Administration from California State University-Los Angeles. Outside of his writing, you can find Monta at the gym honing his BJJ technique.