About three years ago, Thad Frick and I ran into each other at a gym. At the gym, we just caught up for a little and went on with our workouts. After I was done working out, Thad was still working out, and before I left, we said our goodbyes.

Fast forward to present time: Frick is a legitimate contender in the lightweight division for Cage Fury Fighting Championships and I am writing about the sport of MMA for The MMA Corner. When we ran into each other and caught up, we both did not know that we would be in the sport of MMA in our own respective ways.

Frick and I are from the same town and went to the same high school. Thad is a couple years older than I am, four years to be exact, but when I was younger, I used to watch Thad wrestler for our alma mater, Nazareth Area High School.

At Nazareth Area High School, Frick had a very impressive and successful high school career. He was a two-time district and regional champion and a state runner-up. He wrestled in arguably one of the best high school “Hot Spots” in the country: Lehigh Valley, Pa. Frick talked about growing up in Nazareth and his high school wrestling career as a Blue Eagle.

“I grew up in Bushkill Township with my three other brothers,” said Frick. “My brothers all wrestled and it was just natural for me to do it as well. Nazareth was a great place for me because they were very good at wrestling and they had great coaches too. Wrestling at Nazareth set me up for life. It taught me about loyalty, hard work, honor, pride, and all that stuff. We had a great coach and mentor in Dave Crowell and he really took the Nazareth program to the next level. We won a state title in 2006 and it was just a great atmosphere to be in. Nazareth was a place that it was hard not to succeed because of all the good kids in the wrestling room.”

Frick mentioned his brothers wrestling and his older brother Travis was a 2001 PA state champion. He also talked about his father being a role model in his life and his biggest supporter. His father, Mike Frick, was a two-time NCAA champion and a three-time NCAA All-American wrestler at Lehigh. Frick talked about the impact his father has had in his life.

“My dad is very supportive of what I am doing,” said Frick. “I have learned a lot from him. I have learned a lot about work and life from him. He has really taught me a lot in life. He is one of the hardest workers I know.”

After his impressive high school career, Frick then continued his wrestling career at East Stroudsburg University. At ESU, Frick was a NCAA Division II Championships qualifier and won 72 career matches. Frick talked about his collegiate career at ESU.

“I did not have the best career,” Frick admitted. “I am not too happy with my career in college. I did have a great coach in Joey Rivera and he showed me a lot. Honestly, I did not do too well in college. I am still disappointed in my college career. I view MMA as my second chance because I am not happy with the way I wrestled in college. I would say I am disappointed with my college career because I felt I could have done better. MMA is giving me that second chance to redeem myself and correct my mistakes from college.”

Other than his collegiate career that Frick was disappointed in, he talked about other reasons why he decided to make the jump to MMA, one that involves some pretty good UFC veterans.

“I have two cousins, Jim and Dan Miller, and I got to see them in MMA,” said Frick while he talked about his UFC relatives and why he decided to do MMA. “I got to see them have a lot of success in the sport so it was something that always intrigued me. I was always wrestling, and once it was over, I thought I should give it a shot. I know it would be something I would regret down the road if I did not try. I did not want to be that forty year old guy saying that I would have been good at the sport.”

Frick’s MMA career has been very successful so far. He won his first four amateur fights before deciding to make the jump to professional. As a professional, Frick won his professional MMA debut by submission (rear-naked choke) in round one. He then lost his next fight by unanimous decision, the first loss of his career, and he talked about that loss.

“Losing my first fight was a bummer,” said Frick when he talked about his first career loss. “I chalk that up to experience. I let the fight get away from me and I made a lot of mistakes, but correctable mistakes. I then went back to the drawling board because I am the type of guy that will not make the same mistake twice.”

Frick did not make the same mistake twice as he bounced back with a unanimous decision victory at CFFC 47 over Chris Sladky. He talked about bouncing back and earning his second career victory to take his record to 2-1.

Frick said, “It felt really good to win that fight because it would have really sucked to be 1-2,” as he laughed. “Sladky is a tough kid and luckily I was able to get to my positions where I am good. I am blessed to come out with a victory.”

Frick is scheduled to fight June 6 at CFFC 49 against Derek Brenon. Frick talked about his upcoming fight and what it is like to fight in the CFFC.

“He is a quality wrestler and it is going to be a tough test. I am looking forward to the challenge and making the next step. I just want to become a better fighter overall. In the CFFC, there are no easy fights. They prepare you for the UFC. They are going to give you quality opponents so I am going to find out if I am UFC caliber in the CFFC.”

Frick touched on how the CFFC sets you up for the UFC and I asked him where he sees himself going in his career.

Frick said, “The plan is the UFC. I would like to make it to the UFC and I would like to do well in the UFC. I would like to max out my potential and that has always been the goal. I think I have a lot of potential, but it is about putting all the work in. I think that if I max out my potential the UFC will come.”

About The Author

Jeremy Klump
Interview Coordinator / Video Manager

Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.