It should only be taken as a compliment that Pat Schultz is the living stereotype of someone from the great state of Massachusetts. Everything about him is just so…Mass. It’s not just the accent, or the toughness, or the attitude. Granted, it is those things that make Schultz who he is, but it’s the combination of those attributes that have made him so Mass-like. Look up Massachussets in the dictionary—hey, it’s a picture of Schultz!

At 38 years old, the Cape Cod native has decided his next fight will probably mark the last time he steps into a cage. He is scheduled to fight in a 195-pound catchweight fight against Steve Skrzat at Cage Titans 18 on April 5 at the Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Mass. What does Schultz look forward to the most after retirement from the sport? You’re going to have to read this in your best Mass accent: Drinkin’ beeyahs and watchin’ the Bruins at the Gahden.

“I’m just happy to be fighting right now,” Schultz told The MMA Corner. “I haven’t fought in three years, and actually there was a while where I didn’t think I was going to be fighting again. So, it just kind of came about and worked out that I’m going to be back in there.”

There were a number of reasons that kept The Ultimate Fighter 7 contestant, who now holds an 8-2-1 career mark, from competing professionally over the past several years. Schultz cited his list of responsibilities, which includes balancing taking care of his kids with owning his own gym, Cape Cod Fighting Alliance.

The main reason, however, was a major hand injury that Schultz sustained during the reality show. His hand was in such rough shape, both from a combination of the injury and years of fighting, that he had to have reconstructive surgery.

“I still don’t know, even after a year, if I can really punch with it,” said Schultz. “My hand was a mess. I busted both metacarpals. I had pins put in my hand. [The doctors] wanted to put screws in my hand, but the knuckles were too manipulated already. They were just crushed.”

Even when Schultz is describing this situation that would make the average person refrain from giving someone a high five ever again, let alone compete in MMA, there is no despair in his voice—only excitement. He sounds really happy to get in there and scrap again. It’s who he is. It’s part of his identity.

“As a fighter, I love the fact that I go out there and bang and try to make it as exciting as possible for the fans,” he said. “That’s the only thing that I really want people to understand, is I always wanted an exciting fight. I do realize it’s a show.”

With what will possibly stand as his last fight quickly approaching, Schultz was definitely reminiscent of how the sport has changed since longtime friend and trainer Mark DellaGrotte introduced him to Muay Thai. Schultz loves how the game has evolved with people throwing kicks and knees off the cage, but at the same time, not a lot is that different in these New England parts.

The Northeast is still full of wicked tough guys just like Schultz who fight in these local shows to fight because it’s who they are. A lot of their records might not be that great, and their technique might not always be superb, but never count out a New Englander’s toughness. You can still find plenty of that around here.

So win or lose, retire or not, Schultz will still be around. He’ll be around coaching the next generation of Massachusetts fighters who fight because they like to fight.

“I’m not going anywhere,” said Schultz. “No matter what happens, I’m in this sport for a long time.”

That beeyah at the Gahden watchin’ the Bruins is well deserved.

Pat Schultz would like to thank Mark DellaGrotte and Mike Gresh.

About The Author

Zach Miller
Staff Writer

Zach is a Boston native and has had a fascination with martial arts since playing Mortal Kombat at five years old. He was introduced to MMA after watching The Ultimate Fighter 5: Team Pulver vs. Team Penn. A recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Zach seeks to one day become a full-time MMA journalist. In addition to watching the sport, he has also trained in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, and tae kwon do. Zach has also written for NortheastMMA.