Cageside Seats reporter Jonathan Snowden is gearing up for a live UFC weekend and recently had a chance to talk with rising star Krzysztof Soszynski. The Team Quest star talks about:
His mentor Bad News Allen:
"I met him after he had two hip replacement surgeries. He was still on the floor in his fifties, still grappling with the kids he was teaching. I could definitely imagine how tough he was back then and how well he would have done if the sport had been around," Soszynski said. "He traveled extensively to Japan as well, learning Aikido and Jiu Jitsu. I had the privilege of meeting him during one of my circuits across Canada. He invited me out for a two-week camp at his place in Calgary and that’s where he showed me a Kimura and an armbar. I was hooked. Immediately after that two week training camp, I came back to Winnipeg, quit wrestling, and took up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Six months later I had my first fight. So, he was very instrumental to me turning into a mixed martial arts fighter. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I’d be doing something else."
About his time on The Ultimate Fighter:
"It was definitely really hard. Six weeks basically with no life outside of a house and 15 other fighters and coaches. You’re cooped up and there are no outlets. There’s no stress releasers. You have to find your own way to release that stress. Some find it with alcohol. Some find it, like myself, by pulling stupid tricks and pranks
And about whether he is ready for Brandon Vera.
"Right now I’m really comfortable fighting anybody in the 205 division in the UFC. Aside from Machida, I matchup well with the other fighters. I think Machida is on another level," Soszynski said. "But as far as looking at the other guys in the top 10, and just outside the top 10, I think I matchup well with most of them. The guys I’m training with, I’m learning so much every day. I’m mentally and physically so focused right now. At 32 years-of-age, my body is just peaking right now. It’s the perfect time for me to start fighting these guys and moving up that ladder."
But there's more than could fit in the article at Inside Fights. More Soszynski after the break.
On how the UFC is like WWE: