Okay, I'm not much of a writer so I'll try to make a long story short and break this down for you as easily as possible. Today, I was sent a text from the head coach at my gym offering me an amateur MMA fight on the first MMA card in my territory. Yes, I said territory. I'm from the Yukon, in Northern Canada, right next to Alaska. We all live in igloos and take dogsleds to the grocery store, where we pay $19.75 for a can of Coke. Also, the sun only goes down for like 5 minutes a day in the summer.
In all seriousness, this is a pretty big deal. The main event of this card will feature Gabe Varga, a Canadian kickboxer who is garnering some national recognition, fighting for the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA)'s Pro K-1 super lightweight title. Word on the street is that they may be bringing in an opponent from Japan to fight him for the strap. This event is being held in a town of about 5,000 people, called Watson Lake. If you caught the video of Marcus Davis being brutally KO'd in a kickboxing match a while back, this is the same organization. The undercard is to be filled up with amateur MMA and Kickboxing fights, pitting Yukon fighters against BC fighters. That's where I come in.
The MMA scene in the Yukon has been going through a boom, much like other ventures seem to do up here when given the right circumstances (ahem, gold rush?). There are 2 gyms with well qualified coaches with connections to Xtreme Couture and other well known MMA gyms in Vancouver. Several fighters from the territory are finding success in amateur MMA bouts, including this guy, who holds a 4-1 amateur record and is one of my former training partners (he's in the long shorts and the mohawk, sorry for the awful camerawork) :
Allen "Little Bear" George Vs Miller Rogers (via DavieGeorge)
Anyway, I thought it would be cool to bring this event to the attention of BE as it's a pretty cool and unique situation and I'd be happy to answer any questions or have a dialogue about this event, the state of MMA/Kickboxing in Northern Canada, or even just why the hell I live up here. I think it'll be pretty interesting to watch this unfold as the Yukon has no laws pertaining to MMA and has never held any MMA competition - there hasn't even been any kickboxing competition for a few decades as far as I know. For my part in the story, I've been out of training for about 5 months due to a toxic combo of pneumonia and much girlfriend drama. I'm woefully out of shape but I'm going to take this opportunity to return to training and attempt to take my first step in the path of trying to make it in the crazy world of MMA. I have about 25 pounds to lose, and a lot of bad habits to shake in a short amount of time. It's going to be intense, but my coach wouldn't have asked me to take part if he didn't think I could win. Besides, I wouldn't miss out on this for the world.
Thanks a lot for reading, I'd like to continue posting updates on my training and preparation for the fight, and also updates on how this situation will unfold regarding the fact that a large combat sports event will be held in a territory that has absolutely no regulation or precedent for it. Is this something that anyone would be interested in reading?
Thanks again for taking the time to struggle through this. It's my first FanPost, be gentle for I am a delicate flower.