It didn’t surprise anyone on the east coast that Tom DeBlass will be making his UFC debut.
The only surprise was the lack of preparation, given that he was offered the bout against Cyrille Diabate at UFC on Fuel TV 2 this Saturday (April 14, 2012) on just 12 days’ notice. Perhaps when you understand just how hard Tom DeBlass trains and prepares for his fights, maybe it would make a little bit more sense.
DeBlass comes from an elite heritage of training, becoming a renowned grappler under Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) black belt Ricardo Almeida, who trains under Renzo Gracie. After receiving a laundry list of accolades in BJJ competition throughout the mid to late 2000′s, DeBlass went all in after transitioning to mixed martial arts.
Working countless hours with the likes of Frankie Edgar’s boxing coach Mark Henry, Almeida and at his own academy, DeBlass has transitions masterfully to our beloved combat sport, quickly winning the Ring of Combat light heavyweight title after just over a y...