Soszynski brings UFC expertise to 'Peg

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

Krzysztof Soszynski is preparing to fight on one of the most anticipated UFC shows of the year.

Not only can you can train right alongside him for the next couple of weeks in Winnipeg, but you can also win a prize if you survive his workout.

Let's just say, good luck with that.

The mixed martial artist works out at Professional Edge Fitness and Conditioning when he's in his hometown, and the gym's owner, Jordan Cieciwa, will give away a pair of signed Dan Henderson MMA gloves to those who can complete Soszynski's training session. Contest details will be on the Professional Edge website (pedifference.com) on April 3.

Soszynski's workout, which involves flipping tractor tires, is not for the faint of heart. Cieciwa said policemen, firefighters and members of the special forces love to give it a shot.

"They all enjoy it knowing that the fittest guy that they've ever watched fight, now they're learning from him," Cieciwa said. "They're trying what he does."

Soszynski will fight on the UFC 116 card in Las Vegas on July 3. The main event will feature the return of Brock Lesnar, who hasn't fought since last July due to an intestinal disorder that flared up last fall during a hunting trip in western Manitoba.

"It's a big card to be on," said Soszynski, who now lives in southern California but is working out in Winnipeg for the next two weeks. "It's a big honour to be part of that card, and I'm excited about it."

The speculation is Soszynski will step into the octagon with Stephan Bonnar in a rematch of their February battle on the UFC 110 card in Australia. Soszynski won the bout after delivering an accidental head butt.

Soszynski's UFC 116 fight will either be on the main event or at least land on the Spike TV broadcast.

"After the performance Bonnar and I put on last show, I was guaranteed a TV spot," he said. "So I hope to put on another great show for everybody."

The 32-year-old ran his UFC record to 3-1 with the win over Bonnar, and it's meant increased visibility for the Maples Collegiate grad. He was recently in Toronto for an autograph session, and UFC officials also wanted him to go to Iraq, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates as an ambassador, but his upcoming battle prevented it from happening.

He will also play a role in representing the circuit at the MMA Expo in May in Las Vegas.

"The UFC's starting to like me a little bit," Soszynski said.

What's not to like? The former Maples football player not only works out at Professional Edge, but he'll also help train anyone who is working out at the same time and is brave enough to ask. QX104 morning man Mookie Wilson, for example, got Soszynski to hold the boxing pads while he threw some punches on Monday morning.

"The beauty of Krzysztof is he's very able, very qualified to coach," Cieciwa said. "Having a guy like Krzysztof ... one, he knows what he's doing and two, he's just motivational for everyone."


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