A pair of Aboriginal athletes – with drastically different backgrounds – will square off in the ring later this month in Oklahoma.
George (Comanche Boy) Tahdooahnippah, an undefeated middleweight boxer, has agreed to duke it out with Thomas (Thunderkick) Longacre, a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter who is also a former world kickboxing champion.The fight will be held at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa on Feb. 25.
Tahdooahnippah, 32, lives in Lawton, Okla., and as his name implies, is Comanche. Longacre, who is 33, is from Oklahoma’s Creek Nation (Muscogee) but for the past half dozen years has lived in Tyler, Texas.
Tahdooahnippah sports a rather impressive 26-0-1 record. As for Longacre, he only competed in one professional boxing match and that was almost a decade ago. Yet Longacre believes his kickboxing past and current life as a MMA fighter will make him more than a suitable opponent for Tahdooahnippah.
A pre-fight war of words between the pair has only fuelled the interest in this fight. Tahdooahnippah and his camp publically stated they had no idea who Longacre is.
“I haven’t heard of him,” Tahdooahnippah said. “I didn’t mean it in a disrespectful way. I don’t want to disrespect a fellow Native boy. But I never had heard of him. I’m a professional boxer. His name is not known in the boxing community. He might be known in the kickboxing community or the MMA community.”
Longacre wasn’t going to buy such talk from his opponent’s camp. “They said they had never heard of me,” he said. “We’re from the same area in Oklahoma. And I’ve been fighting for the last 13 years in Tulsa. I’ve been a headliner for many of those fights. For him to come out and say he’s never heard of me is kind of ridiculous.”
Tahdooahnippah said he agreed to take on this fight because he was challenged.
“He called me out,” he said. “He wants to fight me and take me out. I’m not going to let that happen.”
Longacre has a 28-2 record as a pro kickboxer and mixed martial artist. He’s hoping this fight will also prove he’s a legitimate boxer. So why would Tahdooahnippah be willing to help Longacre in such a way?
“This is everything for his career,” he said. “It boiled down to finances. His promoter had the money to make this happen. If the benefit wasn’t there for me, I wouldn’t do it.”
Though he refused to talk about how much he’s making from the fight, Tahdooahnippah added this is not his best payday of his career. But there were other reasons why he accepted the fight.
“It’s a new year and I’ve got to stay active,” he said. “I’m 32-years-old but I’m still building and learning.”
As for Longacre, he’s not concerned about facing an undefeated boxer. “Besides being bigger, stronger and faster, I’ve got the experience from the fighting world,” he said. “And he hasn’t experienced a fighter like me.”
Longacre added he believes his fight against Tahdooahnippah will provide him less things to worry about than some of his previous battles.
“It’s going to be a little bit easier for me,” said Longacre, adding he will not have to worry about any kicks or holds from his opponent. “I know he’s going to throw his left hand or his right hand. That’s it.”
The Tahdooahnippah/Longacre fight will be the headline one in an event being billed as Xtreme Fight Night 2. The bout will consist of six three-minute rounds.