Would you believe that Krzysztof Soszynski, 34, is still developing as a mixed martial artist?
After a career that revolved around the famed Team Quest camp, headed by MMA legend and Strikeforce champ Dan Henderson, Soszynski has since relocated himself elsewhere. “The Polish Experiment” now calls both Reign Training Center and Kings MMA home – the two academies have formed an alliance, housing some of the biggest names in the sport including former champions Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, as well as stars like Fabricio Werdum, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, and Mark Munoz among others.
“I’m slowly developing, I’m still improving much”, said Soszynski, who began his professional career in 2003 under the Absolute Ada Fights banner.
“I’ve only been in this sport for eight years, and I started with absolutely nothing, and to get to this far was a really big stepping stone for me. Now I just look forward to seeing if I belong in the top-10, hopefully one day make it in there and fight for that title.”
Since that obscure show in Minnesota all those years ago, Soszynski has been just on the cusp of cracking the Top 10 on several occasions, and currently holds an impressive 6-2 in the UFC including notable victories over the likes of Ultimate Fighter Season 1 finalist Stephan Bonnar and current middleweight contender Brian Stann.
His career is admirable thus far, but Krzysztof is certainly still a ways away from his ultimate goal of one day challenging for the title. However, one thing is for certain – he’s happy where he is right now. Currently riding a two-fight win streak, Soszynski is enjoying success inside the Octagon, but should anything happen that would derail his current position within the worlds largest mixed martial arts organization, that’s when he will call it quits.
“My career is going to end when the UFC ends my contract”, said the Canadian.
“If they don’t want me to be a part of the organization anymore, then that’s when I will end my career. I will not fight outside of the UFC – that’s where I want to finish my career and I’ve gotten this far through hard work and I’m hoping to at least put another few more years into it as well.”
With his sights set on getting back into the ring before year’s end as he continues to rehab lingering injuries, Soszynski details what a normal day of camp would look like when fight time rolls it’s attractive-yet-ugly head around. This regiment would put even Richard Simmons to shame.
“On a Monday for example, I would be over at the gym at 8:45 in the morning, I would teach a fitness class first, I would probably actually join in on that as well to kind of get a good warm up. At 10:00, we would start our mixed martial arts training with Munoz, who will probably be running the class. It would most likely be a good wrestling class, two-hour class with about 45 minutes at the end with grappling. After that, I would come home, eat, and then I would head over to my conditioning work out, or my strength training work out, depending on what calendar it is, and then I would probably finish off with a swim and a light run.”
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