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Nate Lamotte: IFL made a mistake

ground-pound.jpg Editor’s Note: The following article is a special contribution to by Matt Peterson of the New England Fights! podcast, which can heard free of charge at

By Matt Peterson

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 2:51 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 New England. Undoubtedly the IFL wants to see Horodecki return to his winning ways—after all, they have invested a lot into building him as one of their feature faces. But if the powers-that-be at the IFL brought in Lamotte to lose, he’s saying they picked the wrong guy.

“I think it’s a bad match-up for him,” Lamotte stated to host Matt Peterson on a recent episode of the New England Fights! Podcast, which can be downloaded and listened to free-of-charge at “If they wanted to solidify him as their posterboy, I think they made a mistake.”

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 New Hampshire was scheduled to hold its first sanctioned Mixed Martial Arts event in April of 2006, he knew he had to be a part of it. He’s never looked back since, amassing an MMA record of 8-2 with only one unavenged loss standing. Lamotte needed less than a minute to accomplish his most recent win when he secured a rear naked choke submission on Stepehen Stengel in just 39 seconds into the fight. While he recognizes that it may take him a little longer on April 4th, Lamotte predicts a similar outcome against Horodecki.

“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.”

When Lamotte faces Horodecki, the IFL’s signatue fighter, at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. on April 4, he’ll have his chance to show the world that he’s ready to begin his climb toward the top. “It’s going to be fireworks. I’m going to pressure him, put his back against the ropes, take him down and either submit or ground and pound him,” Lamotte predicted on the show.

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