Childhood passion directed Valimaki

JASON HILLS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:06 AM ET

Local mixed martial arts fighter Danny Valimaki is enrolled in film school at MacEwan College and one day has dreams of directing movies.

Currently Valimaki is writing his own script, hoping to one day join his brother Victor who is quickly making a name for himself in the UFC.

"I don't think I would make a movie about myself that may be too egotistical, but it would definitely have to have fighting in it." joked Valimaki moments after his weigh-in for the Hardcore Championship Unfinished Business card where he'll put his 3-0 record on the line against Ontario's Chester Post.

"As a kid I always loved ninjas so I would watch my Bruce Lee movies. It's funny growing up in Bon Accord, I wanted to take kung fu, but then a friend of mine got into jujitsu and I followed into that.

"If it wasn't for that I would probably be in kung fu and not here."

FOCUSED ON SCHOOL

Both Danny and Victor got involved in mixed martial arts just over three years ago. Danny's focus has mainly been about school, while Victor has focused on more on mixed martial arts.

"Seeing him get to that level is something that I would like to some day strive for, but I wanted to focus on school first. Once I am done school I want to focus on getting to the UFC," explained Valimaki, who is a jujitsu veteran of 10 years.

Growing up in a household with two older brothers, Danny said the three of them had their share of wresting matches and tussles.

ON RECEIVING END

"Back in those days we always had our rounds with each other. Me being the youngest I was always on the receiving end of it. I blame my flexibility on that because they were always bending me in knots."

Valimaki may or may not have the edge in his fight against Post, but one thing is certain: Post has the definite edge in experience.

"I am very excited, he has five times the experience I have and I am going to learn lots from this fight."


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