<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=451084" target="_blank"> Hey MMA: Let's do something nice for Strange Brew </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=451084" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=100&q=75&x=337&y=105&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=jason-thacker.jpg" /></a> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <p>MMA Fighting senior writer <a href="https://twitter.com/ChuckMindenhall" target="_blank">Chuck Mindenhall</a> recently wrote what is easily one of the best stories of the year, titled <a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/2015/3/24/8259545/in-search-of-strange-brew" target="_blank">In Search of Strange Brew...</a></p>
"Whatever happened to Jason Thacker, the quirky Canadian that trained out of the old abandoned truck stop?" asked Mindenhall. The show that saved the UFC, The Ultimate Fighter 1, featured the likes of Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar, Mike Swick, Josh Koscheck, Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian, Nate Quarry, Chris Leben, and a Canadian fighter who never competed in MMA before named Jason Thacker.
Thacker, who did not grow up in privilege, was bullied on the show. The closing sequence on the first episode shows him lying in his bed, not realizing that another fighter had urinated on it.
Thacker predictably failed, and when he got back home, bar fought numerous times with detractors, even taking a pipe to the face at one point. He now cares for disabled family members. He doesn’t have kids, or a wife, or a girlfriend, or a cell phone, or a car, or a job, or friends.
MMA was not good to Thacker. But it can be now.
A fan has set up a GoFundMe page. If you have the means and the inclination, a donation, however modest, would be deeply appreciated.
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