What brings fans out to MMA events is that anything can happen—it has in the past and it will in the future. When Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki (11-1 MMA) dropped the first loss of his career to Ryan “The Lion” Schultz (19-9-1) at the International Fight League’s “World Grand Prix Finals” at the end of last year, you could almost feel the reverberations of the shudders of the IFL brass. For over a year the IFL had been building Horodecki as their posterboy and the fighter poised to be the next big thing in the 155-pound weight class. Having already previously beaten Schultz, many were predicting Horodecki to be a shoe-in for the title. But it was clear that “The Lion” had other plans when he brought an abrupt ending to “The Polish Hammer’s” winning ways with a TKO victory at of the first round.
Horodecki returns to the ring next Friday for the first time since the loss to take on Nate “The Future” Lamotte (8-2 MMA), a fighter relatively unknown outside of
Lamotte began his martial arts training at the age of eight when he started studying Shaolin Kempo with Sensei John Burgess. From there he went on to wrestle in high school and college. When Lamotte heard that
“I have a very similar style to Ryan Schultz, who just beat Horedecki,” Lamotte said. “I believe that I’m a little bigger than him and I believe I can win this fight convincingly… On his back he’s vulnerable. I don’t think he can take me down if he needs to. His stand-up is great—I won’t deny that—but he’s not that good getting pressured. And I fight forward. I don’t like to wait; I like to attack.”
The fight with Horodecki takes place at 155-pounds which will, admittedly, be a weight suck for Lamotte, who has had to cut to fight at 170 throughout his entire career. But “The Future”—who earned his nickname from a friend who told Lamotte he is “the future of the sport”—is undeterred by the challenge. “I want to be number one in the world eventually,” Lamotte said during the show. “Whatever weight I have to be, whatever company I have to do it for—I will.”