Mom is worried!

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

Typically soft-spoken and polite, Robin Braidwood pulls no punches when talking about her son's mixed-martial arts debut this weekend.

"I think it's a pretty brutal sport," said Adam Braidwood's mother.

"Of course, I am afraid of him getting hurt."

Adam is set to battle Ryan Jimmo - one of Canada's elite karate athletes - in Maximum Fighting Championship 11 tomorrow night at the Shaw Conference Centre.

And with MFC president Mark Pavelich boldly stating he has ordered not one but two ambulances for Saturday's card, Robin is bound to feel even more worried.

'GOING TO BE TROUBLE'

"There is going to be trouble (in that fight)," said Pavelich.

"This karate guy (Jimmo) kicks like a mule. If he hits Braidwood to the head, he's going to get knocked out."

But Adam doesn't believe he's going to come anywhere close to an ambulance.

"I'll be taking a cab home," he cracked.

Quick-witted comments aside, Adam admits there is danger involved.

"I am not going to sugar-coat it," he said. "You can get hurt."

However, Adam feels it's a safe sport.

"Is it less dangerous than boxing? I think so.

"I think there is less chance of getting brain damage," he reasoned.

"Is it more dangerous than football? As far as joint and ligament problems, there are a lot less guys with knee and shoulder surgeries in fighting."

Wearing just four ounce gloves and no headgear, nearly everything goes for fighters in the ring from boxing to wrestling to karate.

On paper, Adam seems to be at a distinct disadvantage. Jimmo is also an MMA rookie, but is a four-time Pan-American Games karate athlete who has more than 1,000 karate matches under his black belt.

But not surprisingly, that doesn't mean a thing to Adam's trainer.

"He is the real deal," said B.C.-based conditioner Blake Fredickson.

"(Adam) hangs with guys (in training) that have had 10 fights that are top of the calibre in the country.

"He's going to go there and clean house on Saturday."

Robin is definitely hoping so. Asked by Adam to stay home, Robin will anxiously be waiting by the phone after the bout.

"I am counting on him winning," she said.

And so is Eskimo head coach Danny Maciocia.

"(Maciocia) said: 'I want to hear two sounds. I want to hear the bell ring and your opponent drop,' " relayed Adam.

ABOUT THE NAME

Eskimo linebacker A.J. Gass gets the credit for Adam's fighting nickname "The Boogeyman".

"I lived in A.J.'s basement (last season) and I used to sneak up all the time on him and I told him I would get him when he wasn't looking or sleeping," chuckled Adam.

"I used to come up and scare him just so he knew that I had the mental edge on him."

After one of Adam's trademark sneaky episodes, Gass labelled his roommate.

"He goes: 'You're the El Cucuy,'" Adam recalled.

"I said: 'What is that?'

"He goes: 'It's The Boogeyman in Spanish.'

"It just kind of stuck."


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