Tim Cronk is ready for pro MMA debut.

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.