Valimaki feeling no pressure

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:16 AM ET

Victor Valimaki is always good for a good scrap.

Boxing, mixed martial arts, in his hometown of Edmonton or across the world in Finland or England, in the UFC, TFC or MFC, he's one guy who's always ready to rumble.

"There's a lot of events all over the place, you could fight every weekend if your body allowed it," said the 205-pound slugger, who's making his debut with The Fight Club tomorrow night at the Shaw Conference Centre.

"I fought a couple in King of the Cage, I fought in Finland, for M1, which was a really cool experience, did a couple of boxing shows, just tried to stay busy."

After freelancing around various organizations the last few years, he's settling down with Edmonton-based TFC (The Fight Club). Kind of.

"It's only exclusive in Edmonton. I can still fight elsewhere," he said. "That's a huge incentive, you never want to be locked down to one event for too long in case another opportunity comes up. These guys (TFC) are really good to deal with."

He'll be the semi-main event tomorrow, eager to put on a good show for his new bosses and the long list of friends and family who'll be there to watch him fight.

"I've been the main event or semi-main event most fights I've been in," said Valimaki, who's had a couple of UFC tilts in the past (both of them losses).

"So I don't feel any more pressure than a typical fight. But fighting at home is a little bit more pressure because I'll have 300 people that I sold tickets to come out, so you never want to lose in front of your family and friends."

He's only seen his opponent, Minnesota-based Isaiah (The Striking Viking) Larson, on tape, but thinks he has him figured out.

"I've seen quite a bit of footage on him. He's more of a wrestler. I'm not worried about his ground game, either. I've seen a lot of footage on him and I don't think he has a lot to offer."

There are eight fights on tomorrow's card, including Edmonton's Luke Harris, who made it to the final cuts of The Ultimate Fighter reality show.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.


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