Puck to face floors Kulka

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

He's been bulldozed by steaming, 350-lb. gorillas in football helmets. Punched, kicked, elbowed and tossed around by gigantic wrestlers and mixed-martial arts experts. Booted around pretty good by life, too.

Yet somehow, Glenn Kulka doesn't quite remember pain hurting this much.

Last Friday, exactly one week after extending his professional MMA record to 2-0, the 44-year-old Team 1200 talk show host was beaten soundly by a puck.

Kulka was refereeing the Cops Versus Kids Hockey Classic for charity at the Bell Sensplex when he took a slap shot directly on his right eye. It cracked his orbital bone and basically left his face a mess. He's had CAT scans and is scheduled for an MRI. His fighting career will be put on hold for 6-8 weeks, it's believed, but the only permanent damage a chuckling Kulka figures he'll have is to any future modelling opportunities.

Yes, now he's really got a face for radio.

"I'll tell you what ... other than completely blowing out my knee once, this might be this might be the most painful thing I've ever dealt with," the Kulkster, his eye swollen shut and a numbness in his nose and right side of his face, said yesterday. "It was like taking your thumb and gouging it right into your eyeball. The pressure on the eye freaked me out. I'll be flat-out honest, it scared the crap out of me."

The accident did nothing at all to his sense of humour. On his morning show, Over The Edge, Kulka told co-host Lee Versage that he couldn't think of taking any medication before work because it might cause him to mispronounce words and forget names.

Later, in the typical self-deprecating style that has made him popular with listeners, he added : "I'm goofy enough ... stick a couple of (pain killers) in me and who knows what you would have got."

Unlikely to miss him much over the next couple of months will be opponents in the Octagon.

Kulka, who made his MMA debut July 26 with a beating of Wayne "X-Man" Xilon in 73 seconds, made even shorter work of 270-lb. Buddy Dixon Aug. 29 at Vipers Stadium in Calgary.

After Dixon caught him with a buckling left hook, the 6-foot-2, 256-lb. Kulka responded with a flurry.

He tossed Dixon into the side of the octagon, pounded him with right elbows and left hooks, and finally finished him off with a "rear naked choke hold."

Dixon tapped out 45 seconds into the match.

"I didn't have the same laser-like sharpness as I had in my first fight," said Kulka, who was fighting at an outside venue for the first time. "I was not prepared, plain and simple. I was not conscientious about my defence. That won't be the case again."

Kulka says he's "very, very excited" about returning to the MMA scene. When and where that will be, he is uncertain.

"There's so much room for improvement, and to step up in calibre of fighters," Kulka said. "There are so many bigger tests to face."

Just as soon as his face heals and he is allowed to do so.


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