Enemies in a cage

JASON HILLS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:14 PM ET

When Victor Bachman moved to Toronto from Edmonton 18 months ago, he was looking for a gym and a team to train with.

He ended up training with Claude Patrick's team at Toronto's Brazilian jiu-jitsu club where they became good friends and teammates.

Now Bachman is going to have to try to keep his former team member from taking away his TFC and CBF Canadian MMA welterweight championship when they meet in the main event of TFC 5-Armageddon tomorrow at the Shaw Conference Centre.

"I didn't know my previous opponents, so it's going to be a little different," said Bachman, with an MMA record of 5-1.

"Throughout my wrestling career (at the U of A) I've faced teammates before. I look at this as a competition, and I have a lot of respect for him as a fighter and as a person. Sometimes the best competition comes from fighting people you know.

"It's hard to say (who is going to have the edge), he's an experienced guy, a real technical guy and there is a lot of problems he can bring to the ring that I have to try to solve, but I have a lot of physical advantages."

This will be Patrick's first crack at an MMA title of any kind, and he relishes the opportunity, even at the expense of a friend.

"Fighting a buddy at some point happens in this sport, and now I am going to have to go through him to get my first title," said Patrick.

This will be Patrick's second fight in the TFC. He destroyed Dan Chambers in May with a choke submission just 51 seconds into the first round.

His successful debut in the TFC was his first fight in over a year and a half after he battled a serious knee injury. He wants to climb his way up the MMA ladder, and a win over Bachman will be a big step.

"TFC is where I am at now, but a couple of years from now, I want to be at the top-level shows. Every show needs a marquee fighter, and I want to be that guy."

WOMEN HIT THE CAGE:

Edmonton's Jackie Mikalsky will be making her mixed martial arts debut as part of the under-card of TFC 5.

She'll take on Victoria's Megan Williams, in the first-ever female bout in the TFC.

Women taking part in mixed martial arts at the pro level hasn't hit the likes of the UFC level yet, but it has made its mark in other brands.

"It's been something I have been working towards, it's always been an end goal of mine to get into the cage and see where all my training has led up to," said Mikalsky. "I am excited. It's a good nervous. I am eager to get in there and see how it plays out."

Ever since she was a young girl growing up in Saskatoon, she's always been a fan of fighting. She got involved in martial arts when she was a teenager and fell in love with it.

"My dad got me into it when I was younger. I used to watch boxing on the television with him and it was my favourite sport when I was younger," she said.

"I actually didn't make it known (in high school) that I was in martial arts, because I didn't want to be the target, or the girl that takes martial arts," said Mikalsky.

"Thinking about it back then, being a female professional fighter, it wasn't a reality, but now it is."

OTHER FIGHTS:

Edmonton's Chris Ade will take on fellow Edmontonian Mike Bell in the 170-pound weight class.

The Fight Club also showcases kickboxing matches. Edmonton's Levi Kump will put his TFC Canadian FFK Welterweight championship on the line against Aaron Castellvi.


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