When Driller Promotions returns to Austin on Saturday for A-Town Throwdown IX, a familiar face once again headlines the event.
Similar to the sixth showing in Spamtown, Byron’s Heath Rud will be the final fighter to enter the cage in the night’s main event.
Rud defeated Tom Greylak at A-Town Throwdown VI in what was his first fight following a 17-month layoff.
"Wendall" enters this bout against Wayman Carter as the No. 3-ranked welterweight in the state. However, Rud and Carter have agreed upon fighting at 185 pounds Saturday.
When Rud is not fighting or training, you’ll find him working in the respiratory care center at Mayo Clinic or studying to finish up his bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Some may find it ironic that his profession contradicts his violence in the cage, but that doesn’t seem to bother Rud. His opponent on Saturday is a veteran of the sport. At 37 years old, Carter holds experience fighting for big-name promotions such as RFA, Titan FC and Bellator. Not only does he bring a maturity into this fight, but some size, too.
Carter has fought at light heavyweight and even heavyweight once. Rest assured, this fight should bring the noise and excite the faithful fight fans in A-Town.
Before the big event this weekend, we caught up with Rud to talk about his time away from fighting, what the future holds, and what we can expect from him Saturday night.
There has been some turnover in Rochester gyms over the past few years. Where are you training at now, and how has camp gone in preparation for your fight this Saturday?
RUD: Right now, I am over at Imperial Training Center in Rochester. We’ve moved a couple of times, too, actually. We’ve grown a lot and