For WEC veteran Chris Horodecki, his life is a game of balances.
While “The Polish Hammer” is still at the tender age of 23 and just a few years removed from a world filled with Ninja Turtles and the latest edition of Pokemon cards, his life is now full of fiscal responsibilities that most at a more “mature” age may not even be accustomed to. He got a fast start out of those pre-pubescent years when he debuted as a professional Mixed Martial Artist when he was just 17-years-old and now remains one of the central figures of the popular Adrenaline Training Center in his hometown of London, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to build the legacy that his late, great trainer Shawn Tompkins has left behind.
“I mix up training and teaching but right now I’m getting back down to the focus of training for myself and getting ready for my next fight”, said the brash youngster who next steps back inside the cage on September 10th against Brad Cardinal under the Freedom Fight banner.
It’s times like these when Horodecki begins his balancing act between trainer and fighter and where he leans on his friends the most.
“Fortunately with the crew that we have here at the Adrenaline Training Center, the teaching staff and the people that work in the management, we are able to spread ourselves out so that we can delegate roles and everything will get covered”, began the Canadian striker whose teammates include some top UFC featherweights and lightweights.
“It’s myself, Mark Hominick, and Sam Stout all here and we can all split the roles. When one of us has a fight the other one has to step up, so that’s kind of what we have to do.”
Freshly removed from a successful debut under the Bellator banner this past June where Horodecki dominated Chris Saunders over the course of three-rounds, he will now continue to improve upon his three-fight winning streak while hoping to add momentum to a career that is shy of a major championship belt, a trinket that has eluded him throughout his 6-year-career despite his success in the IFL. He may now find himself in arms’ reach when he faces Cardinal with his current training regiment acting as evidence of hard work he hopes will pay off.
“I do two training sessions a day, Monday through Friday. Monday through Saturday in the morning it’s usually a technical session, whether it’s wrestling with some jiu-jitsu, working with the coach on the pads, and there are other days where I get my strength and conditioning work in with my strength trainer Brian Fletcher. My night sessions are mixed up between grappling days and striking days with more live work, sparring work at night.
“My personal goal is to be a world champion and that should be anybody’s goal if you’re in this (sport) – if you want to be something, if you want to be the best – because why else would you be in the game?”