Like all fighters, Troy Sorensen entered into mixed-martial-arts hoping that one day, hours of hard work and an unwavering dedication would culminate in competing for a championship belt. Well, after several years of training, fighting and scoring four pro victories, the Canadian Combat Club fighter will get his wish on March 18th.
“I was very excited,” said Sorensen, when asked how he felt upon finding out he would fight Chad Freeman for the vacant, King of the Cage Canadian lightweight championship. “I've always dreamed of a title shot.”
“Back in 2004, a buddy and I drove seven hours to watch a MMA fight in Lethbridge,” Sorensen added, when asked about how he got into the sport. “Half-way through the show I thought to myself "I could do better than that". As soon as we got back to Edson we started the Canadian Combat Club, and in early 2005 I started with amateur fights.”
Often in mixed-martial-arts fighters will tell you, that it’s the losses, rather than the victories, that become the building blocks from which they evolve as athletes and people. In the case of Ryan Knysh, the Albertan fighter has had over one year now to reflect on his first round, submission loss to Clayton Sheen last January, and heading into his rematch with the Canadian Flyweight Champion on March 18th, the 23 year-old is adamant he’s learned from the defeat.
As 2010 came to a close, Chad Freeman had won three straight fights via first round submission, to extend his pro record to 6-3. The impressive run caught the attention of more than a few people in Canadian MMA circles, as the Kamloops fighter eventually received a call from King of the Cage Canada, who approached Freeman about fighting for the Canadian lightweight belt, March 18th.