“I know boundaries exist. It’s all in how you choose to handle it. We knew 100% going into this that it’s a male driven sport and industry. I think we’re confident, strong women, and I knew that we could handle ourselves. It’s just about being tough and pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone. I would like to see more women do that. Whether it’s hop in the gym and train in this sport. Just because it’s mostly men doesn’t mean you can’t do that. We can make excuses and focus our effort on saying that it is male driven or we can just do it. I think we should spend more time saying ‘I want to do that, I fit there, this is what I’m gonna do.”
High-level mixed-martial artists should focus on winning their bout and nothing else.
The matchmaking, the promotion, and marketing of the fighter, and the overall well-being of the fighter should be taken care of by a management team. They are as important as the athlete in shaping a successful career.
Last Saturday Prospect Fighting Championships (PFC) put on their annual event "Knockout Kidney Disease" event AKA "Showdown in the Downtown 11" in London, ON to support a variety of charities, projects and research groups. Not only did they support a good cause but they brought a great card to the Forest City filled with a ton of Canadian talent. The card was headlined by Windsor's TJ Laramie (9-3, 6 KO's, 2 Subs), #3 ranked Canadian featherweight, against dangerous out-of-towner Paris Stanford (5-1) and the co-main event showcased the return of London standout, Jesse "The Ghost" Gross (10-4), against BJJ specialist Armando Gomes (10-3) who has cut his teeth on the Brazilian regional scene.
To say that Kingston, Ontario’s Tim Cronk is a talented athlete would be an understatement.
The 32-year-old Cronk is a former CFL football player. He represented the BC Lions, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers at various points in his career. He’s also a Grey Cup champion, having won the CFL championship in 2011.
Now, Cronk is taking his athletic talents to professional MMA.
“I’ve been training MMA for a long time,” he said. “So I decided to give [competitive MMA] a shot. I had that competitive bug and I still wanted to compete.”
Cronk is currently 5-1-0 as an amateur fighter, with four of his wins coming via KO/TKO. He makes his pro MMA debut at KOTC: Showtime 2 this Saturday when he faces off against the 0-1-0 Edward Sponeybarger.
Our own Jason Hagholm spoke to Cronk about that fight, as well as his transition from football to MMA.
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