Victor Bachmann

April 4, 2010

TFC 10: High Octane

Filed under: About me,Fights — The Professor @ 7:01 pm

Pass and Smash

My last fight, just a few weeks ago, was with The Fight Club  (TFC) against Markhaile Wedderburn.

Wedderburn had called my out 2 years ago when I held the CBF MMA title. Later, he sent me a message asking if I’d be willing to fight him. Being a good style match up for me, I told him I would, no problem; it would be fun and exciting fight. I suggested we get TFC to set it up and make that my first title defense.

There are a couple popular internet forums focused on Canadian MMA. He started making noise about wanting a chance at the title with all the typical fight building smack talk. I don’t pay much attention to these things, so when some of my teammates told me I was a little surprised and really amused.

That title defense never happened. Before the fight was even set up, I seriously injured my knee and was sidelined for a few months.

2 years later, I am finally getting ready for that fight- to take place at TFC 10 on March 19. As it usually goes with my fights (and most fights) I was originally set to fight one person but as the date gets closer, people get injured and my opponent changes a few times. I have had most of my fights cancelled and it seemed like this one wasn’t going to happen.

It was 3 weeks out and I wouldn’t have been very upset if TFC didn’t find me an opponent. I got the flu mid-camp and lost a ton of weight, had a bunch of injuries, and didn’t feel that I would have been ready to fight.

Then TFC found a replacement, Markhaile Wedderburn. I have never dropped out from a fight and this was the only time I ever considered it. But we finally had a chance to make this fight happen, it was a good style match up, and I could push for the next 3 weeks and get ready enough. The fight was on.

The rest of the camp went well. Teammates Mitch Clarke and Sheldon Westcott were fighting on the same card, so I had great training partners. While I wasn’t as strong or endurant as I like to be, I had trained my game plan and was ready for this fight.

I finished the fight in the 1st round. Wedderburn was a kickboxer and as a wrestler my game plan was pretty obvious. Rush for a take down, punch him in the face and if he gives up his neck take it and choke him out. It played out perfectly and by 3:38, Wedderburn was in a rear-naked choke, tapping out.

After every fight, when talking to my opponents, I consider the amount of opponents I’ve had drop out I am always grateful to the ones who do show up and fight.

March 29, 2010

How I started

Filed under: About me — The Professor @ 3:22 am
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I am a professional MMA fighter. My record is 7-2. My most recent fight was a win over Markhaile Wedderburn at TFC 10: High Octane on March 19.

I started my athletic career as a wrestler with the University of Alberta. I had spent a couple years before fight training with some good friends and when I started university I took the opportunity to join the wrestling team.

I entered university specializing in physics. I wanted to be a researcher, an academic. All the classes I took were more challenging than I could have hoped for and the student lifestyle was fun and exciting. I saw myself spending the rest of my life around universities studying and teaching. So when I started wrestling, I did thinking that wrestling was going to be just a hobby I did on the side to relieve stress, keep in good shape, and get involved in university life outside the classroom.

As challenging as my classes were, wrestling was far tougher. I had spent a lot of time in the weight room and fighting with my friends. I was big and strong and thought I was pretty tough. The other athletes in the wrestling room had either wrestled at the CIS level or had come from years wrestling in high school. I would get beat up every day by everyone. I loved it.

I started the year doing 3 practices out the fives the team did every week. By the end of the year I never missed a practice. By my last year I was regularly placing in tournaments.

My last year, I was doing fine in school but  I was never going to be a researcher. I spent more time training than I did studying. While I was winning wrestling matches, it was my last year and I wasn’t going to win any big championships. I had been spending my summers doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at a club in Sherwood Park.

The coach, Kyle Cardinal, had trained MMA fighters and with Travis Galbraith was starting a fight team. I started with them and a group of guys getting ready for their first fights.  A few months later, it was me getting ready.

People often ask me why I fight, or what made want to start. I don’t have a good answer. I was just trying out a few different sports and by the time I considered whatd I was doing I was walking into a cage looking to beat the piss out of some kid.

It’s been the same way for every fight. I train everyday because I like it. Every now and then some asks if I want to fight an in upcoming event.

Sure. It’ll be fun.

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