MMA Fighter dedicates fight to Brad’s wife

The fight poster Mic O’Brien sent to Brad Reid and his wife Nanette. (Photo Credit: Mic O’Brien).


Amateur Bantamweight Mic O’Brien (1-7-1 MMA)  is dedicating his bout against Bryan Estrada at PA Cage Fight 28 bout to Brad’s wife April 15, 2017.

Yes, you read that right. Bradley Reid of Indiana took to Facebook to vent his frustration after his wife, Nanette was fired by a Cracker Barrel restaurant following 11 years of employment.

On Feb. 27, 2017, Reid looked for answers on why the restaurant let his wife go.

“I would really like to know why and those of you who know me these days, know that I WILL find out,” Reid wrote via his personal Facebook page. “In the mean time, if any of you would like to know also, please go to their Facebook page and ask them. I would really appreciate it.”

Internet pranksters and trolls worldwide rallied behind Reid and questioned Cracker Barrel’s decision in their own way. A combination of tweets, videos and memes swept the internet.

In addition to his original message, Reid posted on Cracker Barrel’s Facebook page, gaining even more traction.

Nanette gained another unlikely supporter through this process, an MMA fighter from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Like many of the other followers, O’Brien never met Brad’s wife, but thought this could be his chance to go viral.

“Well I like to do a lot of trolling on Facebook and that was a perfect opportunity,” O’Brien said. “I still want to know why she was fired.”

It is the question many want an answer to. As far as what O’Brien gets out of this, he is just looking to troll the restaurant even more.

For O’Brien, he never liked Cracker Barrel in the first place, but said he can relate to Nanette.

“I’ve had a lot of jobs. Never been fired, but I’ve quit a lot  because either the management treated people poorly or it just wasn’t for me,” O’Brien said. “I’ve done almost any job you can think of.”

Although he is a veteran inside the cage, the 28-year-old is new to dedicating fights. This seemed as good of a reason as any to O’Brien.

He posted to the couple’s Facebook page, attaching a photo of his fight poster and the reason why he is dedicating this fight to Nanette. O’Brien never received a response.

In the end, it is the thought that counts. Well, sort of.

“I’m a pretty open outspoken person,” O’Brien said. “I’m the guy who tries to be the center of attention, I’m the guy who says what others only think about.”

By Connor Northrup

Writing for NJ MMA New since 2011, Connor is passionate about covering local mixed martial arts. He graduated from Temple University’s School of Media and Communications with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. His love for MMA stems from his past as a high school wrestler and jiu-jitsu blue belt. Former UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino coached Connor in his senior year of high school. He worked as a Rally Sports Desk report for The Philadelphia Inquirer and interned as a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News.