Thomas “Thunderkick” Longacre, Muscogee and Absentee Shawnee by blood, is fast becoming the Native American icon in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
With over 20 years of martial arts experience, the reigning X-treme Fighting League (XFL) lightweight MMA champion encompasses his Native American culture when preparing for a fight.
Then the war-cries begin.
Released from the depths of his soul, Longacre gives forth a warrior’s war cry. Not just one, but a continuous series of deep echoing, sometimes ear-piercing screams--a sound his opponent is definitely not expecting.
“After I pray, when I’m still in the dressing room, I begin the transformation into this warrior spirit. I want my opponent to know I’m bringing it. I want him to know I’m coming for battle. I’m coming to go to war,” says Longacre. “So I begin hollering louder and louder to make sure my opponent hears me. Then when he sees me, and I’ve got my game face on and I’m hollering directly at him, my opponent knows I’m definitely in the zone.”
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