There's no such thing as home-field advantage to Travis Galbraith.
The Edmontonian, nicknamed "The Gladiator," is fighting in his own backyard in tonight's MFC 21: Hard Knocks at The Venue - River Cree Resort and Casino.
"I try not to let it affect my fighting at all," said the six-foot, 185-pound light heavyweight, who has amassed a 16-6 record. "It doesn't matter where I fight or who I fight, I just try to concentrate on the fight. But it's hard sometimes."
He is taking on Tulsa, Oklahoma's David Heath (11-4), who is a veteran of the UFC Octagon.
It's a fitting proving ground for Galbraith's ambitions.
"Just recently, we decided that we're going to make a run this year for the UFC. So this is a good fight for me to win," said Galbraith. "I need this win, but like everybody says, sh-- happens. I could get knocked out. But this is where I need to be and I need this win so I'm definitely going to be bringing it.
"I've been doing it for so long, it was time to either make the move or move on," said Galbraith, whose first professional fight was a victorious decision in November 2001.
"I don't see myself doing this for my whole life. I don't want to be an old man before my time."
Galbraith jumped to a 4-0 record out of the gates.
"I never used to train," he said, adding he enjoyed the winning streak while partying and drinking. "Then I fought Joe Doerksen and hit a wall. It didn't really sink in until the last couple years that if this is what I'm going to do, I need to apply myself 100%.
"There's no easy days when you're a fighter and there's no such thing as an easy trail, especially in this sport. It has its ups and downs and it's definitely a love-hate relationship with me," said Galbraith. "Some days I love it and some days I just ask myself, 'Why am I doing this?' "
He isn't one to let something like a win-loss record define him as a fighter.
"It's best not to think about stuff. Just concentrate on your training and do what you do," he said. "It all comes down to leaving your heart in the ring or the cage. That you don't quit yourself and you'll be happy with any outcome. As long as you give it everything you've got, you can't be too disappointed in yourself."
Although he spends half of his time in B.C., Galbraith said it doesn't hurt being from Edmonton where the MFC is headquartered.
"MFC is definitely at the top of the list when it comes to Canadian fight shows," said Galbraith. "They put on an excellent production. I'm actually quite surprised how good it is. Everything is taken care of."