Former Steubenville Big Red and West Virginia University football player Branko Busick has turned to mixed martial arts as his new way of life.
The ferocious linebacker was dismissed from the WVU football team and placed on five years probation, following an incident in Morgantown on July 11, 2011.
And although Busick is not ruling out a return to football, MMA is his new life. He works out and trains at the Pittsburgh Fight Club in Robinson Township, Pa.
"I don't like it, I love it," says Busick. "I want to make a statement every time I go in the ring."
Busick admits he made some big mistakes, but he's thankful for his second chance.
"I know I made some horrible choices, but I am trying to make my life better now and do something that I love."
Busick credits his good friend Branden Hinkle as his inspiration for getting into MMA, and his father Nick "Big Bully" Busick, a former Weirton Police Officer and WWF wrestler as his influence to keep training and moving forward.
Busick is part of the full MMA fight card at tomorrow's "Season's Beatings-Get in the Cage II" at the Carnes Center in St.Clairsville. Other fighters on the card include former WVU linebacker Zach Flynt, and Wheeling Park High School and Marshall University football standout Cody Tominack, along with West Liberty wrestler Jarrod Shaw. Additionally scheduled to fight is Nate Rowand, David Keys, Roosevelt Archie, and Rick Borowski.
Special guest scheduled to appear are UFC Veteran Branden Hinkle & Wes Sims, local favorite MMA Pro Travis Clark, Special Guest Ring Announcer Ted Arneault and Lingerie Football Star from the Cleveland Crush Susan "for the love of money" Cashdollar. As always card and guest appearances are subject to change.
VIP tables are avail for $400, ringside seats are $40, general admission $20.