Thomas Murphy was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. At 12-years of age Tom and his family relocated to Cooperstown, NY where he graduated from Cooperstown High School. Tom went on to graduate from The State University of New York at Brockport, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in Human Psychology.
Tom is currently a proud husband and father of four and resides in the city of St. Albans. Tom’s martial arts accomplishments began shortly after his move to St. Albans where he met and trained under the legendary Carlson Gracie and one of his most accomplished Black Belts, Julio Fernandez. Shortly after competing on an amateur level, Tom landed several big fights including a pay-for-view debut in King of The Cage’s (KOTC) “Payback.” Tom has also fought at the Trump Casino in Chicago and in Atlantic City. Tom then competed on Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter 2. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) called Tom shortly after the reality show and offered him a shot at fighting in UFC 58. Tom won his UFC debut fight with a TKO win over the Canadian World Heavy Weight Champion.
What is Sweethearts and Heroes?
A group of motivational speakers bringing a message of Sweethearts and Heroes to educate society about the impact bullying has on all of our schools, our neighborhoods, and individuals. Our unique perspective, action plan (for every member of the bullying cycle), and unmatched ignition to make change puts Sweethearts and Heroes at the top of the list when it comes to changing schools’ climates. We also deliver messages of bystander empowerment, empathy and leadership to all audiences, including K-12 students, colleges and universities, teaching professionals and corporations. Children, teachers, parents and all members of society need to know that we all have the potential to be someone’s Sweetheart and the power to be a Hero.
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