In late 2016, Ryan Hutchinson got a call from someone who would change his life.
“Steve Coleman called me last December and asked me if I was done talking about how I want to cage fight and if I was ready to do something,” Hutchinson told BluegrassMMA. “I was all in after that.”
Coleman is the coach at Full Force MMA, and Hutchinson joined the gym shortly thereafter. The 27-year-old then took his first fight just a few months later, defeating Eli Mefford in the second round via TKO at Hardrock MMA 87. That victory earned him fight of the night honors at the event.
A second win came just over two months later, as he stopped Cameron Taylor via TKO in the first round at Premier MMA Championship 3.
With a wrestling background and expansive background that includes cross country, track, and football, Hutchinson has decided to go full force into MMA.
“In wrestling I only started in the 8th grade but I ended up going to the Indiana state championships twice,” Hutchinson said. “Also I think it is an accomplishment that I was never pinned.”
While his performances inside the cage have caused some to begin taking notice, it’s his job outside of the cage that drives his life. Hutchinson is a police officer in Corydon, Indiana.
“I have to be diligent with my time because being an officer requires a lot of my time,” Hutchinson said. “Since I began fighting I have no personal time; when I am not at work I am training. Fighting does balance well with my career because it might save my life one day and help me better serve my community.”
Hutchinson returns to the cage on Saturday night, when he takes on Patriot MMA’s Neil Mullins (2-2) in a bantamweight bout at Hardrock MMA 90.
“I think that both me and my opponent will put on an energetic and entertaining fight,” Hutchinson said.
Hutchinson is already the No. 14 ranked bantamweight in Kentucky by Tapology, and a win could propel him into the top ten. But rankings aside, he has another goal to accomplish in fighting.
“I would like to set a good example about success and never giving up,” Hutchinson said. “I came from a poverty stricken family that even struggled to keep electricity. I just want to be able to show those at the bottom that you can rise to the top from nothing as long as you just keep working hard. A loss or a setback is not a failure but an opportunity to become better, you only fail when you quit.”