By J.E. McCollough Entering the private sector after military service is rarely...
Crazy Tim Credeur
If the nickname “Ragin Cajun” wasn’t so passé, it would fit Tim Creduer like Blue Steel fits Derek Zoolander. Born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, Credeur saw UFC 2 with his dad and set a goal to become a UFC fighter on the spot. Unfortunately he was fourteen at the time and Louisiana wasn’t exactly bustling with MMA activity, so his octagon dreams were put on hold.
After graduating high school, Credeur enlisted in the Navy to serve his country, get money for college, and…become an MMA fighter. Really?
“I figured if I got based out of San Diego I could learn MMA there,” he says. “So I joined up as a sonar tech on the destroyer, USS Milius. I enjoyed being in the military, but when it was time to get out, I did.”
But not before getting his education in MMA first. While in San Diego Credeur took Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai and sharpened his skills until opportunity knocked and he was given a chance on The Ultimate Fighter. Since then he’s been undefeated in the octagon and is working his way up the middleweight ladder.
Why we like him#1- He knows the meaning of ‘salt of the earth.’ “I worked my whole life in a Cajun restaurant,” Credeur says. “My dad has been a Cajun chef for forty or fifty years and I always shucked oysters or cleaned dishes for him. I’ve cleaned stacks and stacks of dishes in my life!”
Why we like him #2- He hasn’t had a single fight go the distance. In fourteen fights, NONE have gone to a decision and ten of his twelve wins have not made it out of the first round. Like the high school cheer, dude is A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E.
Why we like him #3- His whole corner, including Forrest Griffin, wore our Roman shirt during his fight against Nick Catone at Ultimate Fight Night 18 even though they didn’t have to. Talk about customer satisfaction.
You can get the shirt he wore at Ultimate Fight Night 18 here: http://www.rangerup.com/roman.html
Check out Tim’s ship, the USS Milius (DDG 69), here: http://www.milius.navy.mil/default.aspx