Arkansas native and UFC featherweight Bryce Mitchell is entering the music business, with “Thug Nasty” dropping his debut rap single on Tuesday.
Mitchell (14-0) remains undefeated in his professional career, and has a fight booked against Edson Barboza in March. But he takes aim at MMA in “Darkansas,” the debut single from his upcoming mix tape Pasture Fire.
“If I need some money then I’m gonna go grab it / Fighting is stupid that sh*t is sporadic / I ain’t gonna lie I ain’t been living lavish,” he raps on the track. You can hear the full tune below. The track also includes lines like “I’m straight outta the trailer,” which may or may not be a nod to Kid Rock.
Announcing his latest endeavour on social media, Mitchell stated that the full seven-song mix tape will be released Wednesday.
For fight fans, Mitchell has become on of the most promising up-and-coming 145lb’ers on the planet. On top of his undefeated record, he holds a Submission of the Year for his 2019 twister on Matt Sayles at UFC DC.
His scrap with Edson Barboza on March 5, 2022 marks his biggest step up in competition to date. Since dropping to featherweight last year, Barboza has posted a 2-2 record, but his fight against Dan Ige was razor thin, and he remains a threat to anyone in the weight class.
“Thug Nasty” is far from the first UFC fighter to try his hand at rapping. Everyone from Kajan Johnson to Tyron Woodley to Brian “Boom” Kelleher has given it a go in recent years, to varying degrees of success.