After a couple of months of MMA inactivity, Edmonton's Nick Penner is itchin' for some action.
Now, the Quiet Assassin is stalking his victims.
Tomorrow night at the Shaw Conference Centre, Penner puts his 5-0 record on the line against Joe Fonoti, 3-0, of Anchorage, Alaska in the TFC6: Domination card.
Further on the horizon, Penner said he wouldn't mind stepping into the boxing ring with his former clubmate Adam Braidwood.
The Eskimos defensive lineman was scheduled for an April 9 fight, but his prospective opponent, Shane Beaver, was knocked out and cut up in his last fight, leaving Braidwood without a partner.
First things first, though.
"I'm doing all right," said Penner, "I'm really excited for this one, really excited. I get to scrap a guy who wants to take my head off. I don't know how else to say it. He's a game fighter and that's what I'm all about."
Penner had been searching for video of his opponent and seems anxious to step into the ring after a long period of inactivity and 12 weeks of training.
He had such a heavy pre-Christmas schedule, the former member of the Canadian Armed Forces was fatigued.
"Any time I'm honed in for a good scrap, I get really excited," said Penner. "I think I have been more for this one. Before Christmas, I was boxing, kick-boxing, MMA. I was going every two weeks. I was so beat up I didn't even want to fight my last fight.
"I had no ambition at all. Now, I've had some time off and I've trained hard. It's time for a fight now."
Penner would be more than willing to duke it out with Braidwood.
"I've never boxed him before, but I'd like to box him in the ring," said Penner. "If everything goes fine in this show, I know his opponent got hurt in his last MMA fight, so he can't fight. I'd love to step in and box him. He's definitely a guy I'd like to box."
As a sideshow, the card features a bout between 100.3 The Bear's morning radio co-hosts Paul Brown and Yukon Jack, who's also a Sun Media weekend columnist.
Proceeds from that fight will go to The Bear's Children's Fund.