Where do former NHL goons go after they drop their last pair of gloves? Well to MMA of course. Former NHL enforcer Donald Brashear is going to give it a go in the MMA world. One of the greatest enforcers in NHL history will make his MMA debut on June 4 at Ringside MMA 11.
You knew it was coming didn’t you? With all of the former NFL players jumping into the MMA ring, ex-hockey players in MMA sounds like a natural fit doesn’t it? Unless I am missing someone, Brashear will be the most well known ex-NHL player to fight in MMA. Man, if only Marty McSorley were 10 years younger.
NHL.com reports that Brashear has not gotten his license yet to compete in MMA. According to the story, Brashear still needs to pass a medical exam. It is expected that all should be fine and Brashear will be ready to go.
Brashear stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in at about 237. Brashear last played in the NHL during the 2009-2010 season with the New York Rangers. Brashear is regarded as one of the nastiest enforcers of his era, once named “Enforcer of the Decade” by The Hockey News in 2010. The article noted that while Brashear didn’t lead the NHL in number of fights, he would have been involved in more if he wasn’t so feared. Yes, this guy is made for MMA!
Brashear does have some experience in combat sports. Like NFL player Tom Zbikowski who picked up boxing during the NFL lockout, Brashear dabbled in boxing during an NHL lockout. Brashear trained under former heavyweight boxing champion the legendary Joe Frazier and competed in amateur boxing fights. Brashear went 2-1 in his short boxing career.
Ringside MMA told MMA Fighting that they have signed a one year contract with Brashear. According to the article, Brashear and Ringside MMA can part ways at any time after his first fight.
I think this is a pretty big deal, although the timing couldn’t be worse. I think Ringside MMA and Brashear would have gotten a lot more mileage out of this if they waited until after the Stanley Cup playoffs to make the announcement.