Krzystof Soszynski has won back-to-back fights in the UFC but, according to the 26-11-1 light heavyweight, knows his remaining time in MMA is limited. At 34-years old and coming off a series of injuries, “The Polish Experiment” recently spoke about what he hopes to accomplish before hanging up his gloves for good including a test against one of his “Top 10” peers.
“I just want to keep building on my record,” Soszynski explained in a conversation with Five Ounces of Pain. “I want to see if I belong in the Top 10. I would love to fight somebody who’s just right there in (that group) – maybe ranked ninth, tenth, eleventh – just to see if I belong in there with those guys. Then maybe two fights from now fight somebody who’s in the Top 5 and you never know where that can take me to.”
“If I can last another two to four years then that would be great,” he continued. “I’m just going to listen to my body and see where that takes me. I would like to make my mark, see if I do belong in that Top 10 and maybe hopefully one day fight for the world title like every other MMA fighter dreams of. We’ll see where (my plan) takes me and (until then) I’ll just listen to my body. If my body tells me it’s time to finish up my MMA career, then I will finish it up.”
Soszynski has recently changed camps from Team Quest where he started running out of upper-echelon training partners in his weight-range. The move has now put him alongside some of the sport’s best like Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Fabricio Werdum.
“For my first Stephan Bonnar fight in Australia and the Brandon Vera fight, it was just me and my Thai coach…Lew Polley was my only training partner at the time and I just needed more guys to come in and it didn’t happen. So, I basically needed to find a different place to go and train at where I could have the coaching and the training partners I needed.”
While no date is set for his return, the powerful Canadian has said he hopes to fight at UFC 140 on December 10 in Toronto. Whether or not he will get his wish of facing a “Top 10” adversary remains to be seen.