'One of us is going to leave this fight bloodied up'

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

Ryan Jimmo isn't scared of The Boogeyman.

In fact, Jimmo firmly believes he's going to beat Adam "The Boogeyman" Braidwood on Saturday night in his mixed martial arts fighting debut.

"Absolutely," said Jimmo from his Halifax home.

"I have trained for 15 years (in karate), and if he thinks he is going to get in there and stand up with me, he is going to run into a buzz saw named Jimmo."

If there were odds-makers for Saturday's MFC 11 at the Shaw Conference Centre, Braidwood - the Edmonton Eskimos' rising star - would be a significant underdog.

Although both are entering the MMA ring for the first time, Jimmo has a long history of being one of the country's top karate masters.

A four-time national champion and Pan-American Games silver medallist in the sport, Jimmo is a two-time finalist for New Brunswick's male athlete of the year.

"I have had probably close to 1,000 fights in karate tournaments," he explained, "and I have wrestled (in high school). I am not too worried."

But neither is Braidwood, who has only been training in mixed martial arts for three years.

"I can't guarantee any victories, but this kid is going to be in for the fight of his life if he is coming in thinking like that," said the Eskimos' top rookie from 2006.

"One of us is going to leave this fight bloodied up.

"And I am going to come in swinging."

That is the clear difference between these two fighters.

While MMA fighting is a combination of karate, jiu-jitsu, wrestling and boxing, Braidwood's strength is likely his fists.

"My conditioning is through the roof," said Braidwood.

"My trainer says he wants to put me in some pro boxing matches.

"I have sparred with some professional Moi-Tai fighters - and I have done quite well against them.

"This isn't a karate match.

"I have seen some of (Jimmo's) karate fights and they are pretty much non contact.

"We will see what his black belt in karate does for him in a couple of days."

And it's those types of comments that are driving Jimmo crazy.

According to his camp, Braidwood and his followers have been doing plenty of talking through the fighting grapevine.

"He is like a big Chihuahua, an overgrown Chihuahua," said Jimmo.

Actually it appears that Jimmo has been running his mouth in the media more than the man he is accusing.

"By the way he is talking, you would figure he's already an MMA legend.

"He has already cemented his place in the hall of fame, apparently, from how he is talking."

Braidwood is expected to receive between $1,000-$1,500 for the fight.

Jimmo's paycheque to show up will likely be less, somewhere between $500-$1,000.


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