Scrapper Soszynski fighting for his UFC life

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, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

The biggest fight of Krzysztof Soszynski's life takes place tonight.

The local mixed martial artist locks horns with Shane Primm as part of the undercard of an Ultimate Fighting Championship show at The Palms in Las Vegas.

"Very nice guy. We became friends. As far as a fighter, I believe that my experience ... is definitely going to be an advantage to me," the 31-year-old Soszynski said.

The UFC lists Soszynski's pro record at 16-9-1, though he has more than 30 MMA fights under his belt. Primm, 24, is listed at 1-0. The card is part of The Ultimate Fighter 8 and will determine the champions of the reality show.

Soszynski, who's been training with the Team Quest MMA squad in California during the show, is under contract with the UFC but cannot qualify for the six-figure deal up for grabs in the main event tonight.

He lost a light heavyweight semifinal to Vinny Magalhaes during an episode earlier this month, but still needs to put in a strong performance to keep himself in UFC president Dana White's plans.

"My game plan obviously, as always, is stand and bang, try and knock him out, try not to get in the clinch too much, even though I've been working really hard on my wrestling and my jiu-jitsu here at Team Quest," Soszynski said. "I'm still one of those guys who likes to stand and trade and try to get the TKO or the knockout."

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The organization named Scott the December volunteer of the month, for the hours he's put in as a coach over eight years and three years as a member of the Morden Minor Hockey Association executive committee.

Scott is the president of the MMHA and besides coaching the pee wee gold team, also assists in the organization and on-ice instruction of numerous player evaluation and conditioning camps.

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