Krzysztof (The Polish Experiment) Soszynski has already beaten Stephan Bonnar, but there is a big, fat asterisk beside the triumph.
So Soszynski plans on beating Bonnar again, this time on Saturday night in Las Vegas and with no punctuation marks attached.
The Winnipeg native will take on Bonnar on the main card of the UFC 116 card at MGM Grand. It’s a rematch of their February bout on the UFC 110 show in Australia, which ended with Soszynski winning by TKO.
Replays showed it should’ve been a no-contest because it was an accidental head butt that led to the fight’s conclusion. Bonnar wasn’t happy, and he wasn’t the only one.
“I don’t like the way the fight ended as well,” Soszynski said Friday from Las Vegas as he was cutting the last three pounds off his 208-pound frame. “I wanted to get the win, and I wanted to do it the right way. I kind of felt that obviously the referee made a mistake by seeing it as a punch and not a clash of the heads, so I got awarded the win.
“I won with some controversy, so I might as well go in there and do it right and actually prove to everybody that I can beat him.”
Not only does Soszynski get a chance to right a wrong, but he gets to fight on one of the most anticipated UFC cards.
The main event will pit Brock Lesnar, who has been out of action for a year, against Shane Carwin in the heavyweight championship tilt.
“This is going to be one of the biggest pay-per-views of the year, if not in the history of the UFC,” said Soszynski, whose UFC record is 4-1.
“There’s a big buzz out here. Plus with the Fourth of July coming up on Sunday, it’s going to be pretty crazy out here.
“The motivation is being on the main card of one of the biggest shows in the history of the UFC. Just being part of that is incredible. The vibe here is tremendous. Fans are already lining up for autographs and pictures, and stopping you everywhere you go. It’s going to be a blast.”
Soszynski, 32, is always concerned that his next loss will be his last, as UFC contracts are not guaranteed and fighters have been known to be clipped after only one setback. Therefore, according to the former Maples Marauders fullback, style points will be just as critical as a victory on Saturday night.
“I just have to go out there and just put on another great performance,” said Soszynski, who trains in both Winnipeg and at his main home base in California.
“Regardless of winning or losing, it’s all about the performance you put on. That’s the way I judge my career by, is the kind of performances I put on.”
The 33-year-old Bonnar, whom UFC president Dana White has said will always have a job with the world’s premier mixed martial arts circuit, appears to be on thin ice, having lost three in a row.
Soszynski, who is excited that the card is going to be broadcast live in his native Poland, plans on making it four consecutive losses for Bonnar.
“I’m feeling great,” said Soszynski, the lone Canadian on Saturday’s card. “I had a great camp, and I get to fight the same guy twice, back-to-back, so I know exactly what he’s going to do and we know exactly what we’re going to do.”