The Ultimate Fighter reality series lived from the inside
Former UFC fighter Krzysztof Soszynski tells how stressful was his experience as a participant in the 8th season of the Ultimate Fighter TV series. The Polish-Canadian TUF semi-finalist reveals how difficult it was to live confined with 15 other MMA fighters, with nothing to do but drink and eat. The former Strikeforce heavyweight fighter affirms that all Ultimate Fighter participants act freely during the shooting of the series and the final TV product is absolutely legit.
“Bad News (Brown) showed me a kimura and an armbar… I was immediately hooked. I quit (pro-)wrestling that day… then, 7 years of hard work later, I’m in the UFC” – Krzysztof Soszynski, former UFC Light Heavyweight
Krzysztof Soszynski: from Poland to idolizing Hulk Hogan in Canada
Former member of the L.A. Anacondas of the International Fight League (IFL), Krzysztof Soszynski recalls immigrating to Canada from a communist Poland at age 10. At that time, both Soszynski brothers used to watch a lot of television and got hooked to WWE wrestling through Hulk Hogan‘s charismatic figure. A decade later, the former Team Frank Mir member (TUF 8) made his pro-wrestling debut in Western Canada under the nickname “The Smashing Machine”. Krzysztof Soszynski, an amateur bodybuilder at the time, explains his introduction to professional wrestling at age 23: it is under former WWE legend, the late Bad News Brown that Soszynski learned the ropes of the squared circle in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Getting addicted to Mixed Martial Arts cagefighting
Former Light Heavyweight fighter of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Krzysztof Soszynski tells how former WWE wrestler Bad News Brown influenced him into Mixed Martial Arts. Brown, born Allen Coage, was an Olympic bronze medallist in judo (Montréal, Canada, 1976) and a practitioner of aïkido and japanese jiu-jitsu: he taught Soszynski a few basic submission holds and the latter got hooked to MMA immediately. 7 years later, Krzysztof Soszynski was making his UFC debut.
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UFC fighter rankings
Light Heavyweight division (as of 29/04/16)
Champion : Daniel Cormier
- Jon Jones (Interim Champion)
- Anthony Johnson
- Glover Teixeira
- Alexander Gustafsson
- Ryan Bader