Spreading flames of confidence

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 3:08 PM ET

Gerry Johnson knows maximum fighting can be dangerous. But it's not as dangerous as his day job.

Therefore the Edmonton firefighter is looking forward to stepping into the ring tonight as part of the undercard of the MFC 12 High Stake event at the Shaw Conference Centre.

"I think the concern with this as far as getting injured is the same as anything else," Johnson said. "You can go snowboarding and break a wrist or a guy can break a rib playing football. It's the same type of thing. If you train hard I don't expect to get hurt. That's what gives you the confidence to jump into the ring is your training.

"It's the same thing as running into a burning building. Not everyone on the street can do that. But if you have proper training, it's going to give you the confidence to do it."

Tonight Johnson, 34, is taking on Jason Biggeman in a welterweight bout. The main event features Jimmy Ambriz of Huntington Beach, Calif., against Scott Junk of Honolulu for the MFC Heavyweight Championship.

There are also a pair of big light heavyweight tilts, with Marcus Hicks of Vancouver taking on Victor Valimaki of Edmonton and Roger Hollett of Halifax going up against Shane Biever of Edmonton.

Hollett knocked out Edmonton Eskimo Mike Maurer at the last MFC event.

Johnson, an Edmonton native, has been studying Brazilian-style jujitsu for the past five years, but tonight will be the first time he steps into the ring.

"I actually went to the last show and I saw there was a member of the Edmonton police fighting and that kind of inspired me," Johnson said. "I figured if he can do it, then I can too, so I thought I'd jump in and take a shot at it."


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