Local fighter gets big kick out of sport

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

Scott (Bulldog) Clark doesn't worry much about where his opponent hails from.

While Muay Thai boxers from different backgrounds may differ in their style of attack, Clark's game plan never changes.

"You need a good mix of elbows, punches, kicks and knees," he said.

Sounds simple enough.

Clark will square off against Poland's Patryk Szortc in the main event of the Full Throttle Muay Thai boxing card tonight at the Telus Convention Centre (6:30 p.m.). The Calgarian hasn't been in the ring since Sept. 20, when his opponent conceded in the opening round.

The Canada-Poland showdown will also feature bouts between Sandra (Heart) Bastian and Paulina Solyts, and (Shotgun) Sean McKinnon and Filip Galuszka. John Hamm will trade blows with Malick Bah of Sweden.

Clark figures the pro-Canadian crowd could give the homeside a slight edge, even if he doesn't hear much once he steps into the spotlight.

Muay Thai is a form of kickboxing best known for its fast and furious action and saw a spike in popularity with the emergence of mixed martial arts.

While Clark admits he's not a huge fan of UFC -- "I live and eat and breathe Thai boxing. I'm in the gym pretty much 12 hours a day," he explained -- he figures those that follow Georges St. Pierre and other mixed martial arts stars will get a kick out of Muay Thai, too.

"Everything they like to in MMA, we do, because it's all standing up," he said.


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