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Published February 06 2010

Tuchscherer looking forward to 2nd UFC bout

Chris Tuchscherer is hoping his second UFC fight goes better than his first, since his debut in the top Mixed Martial Arts tier was about as fun as a kick to the groin.

No, seriously.

Back in August, the former Minnesota State Moorhead wrestler lost his first UFC bout after taking an inadvertent kick to the groin from Gabriel Gonzaga.

“It was one of those things that you see, but this time it happened to me,” Tuchscherer said with a laugh. “It was one of the biggest groin kicks in MMA history, so I’ll always have that, I guess.”

The Fargo fighter goes back into the octagon tonight for UFC 109 in Las Vegas, where he will take on Tim Hague.

While his first bout was memorable in a way he didn’t expect, he did learn from that loss.

“The experience of getting out there in front of a huge crowd, it was good to see what that was like,” Tuchscherer said. “And the cage is twice the size of the cage you’re used to fighting in outside of these events, so that helped, too.”

Tuchscherer and Hague have actually become friends. Since getting acquainted before Tuchscherer’s debut last Aug. 29, the two also hung out at the UFC meetings in Las Vegas a few months ago.

“It’s not like a lot of people think, where you’re going in there angry at each other,” Tuchscherer said. “It’s not, ‘I’m going to beat you up because I’m mad at you.’

“It’s a sport. I’m matching my skills against his skills. The worst thing you can do is be angry out there.”

At 6-foot-1, 260 pounds, Tuchscherer is a big dude. He will be the small guy in tonight’s fight as Hague stands 6-4 and weighs around 280.

But going against big brawlers is a daily happening for Tuchscherer, as he goes up against the likes of UFC champ Brock Lesnar (6-3, 285) and up-and-comer Cole Konrad (6-4, 290) while working out at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy.

“What better training partner can you get than the UFC world champion?” Tuchscherer said of Lesnar. “I’ve gotten a lot of positives training with guys like that.

“I don’t take anyone lightly, but I feel like going against guys like that will have me prepared against anybody.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kerry Collins at (701) 241-5548