Skidmore, Bourgeois hope to be King of the Cage
AMHERST - Tim Skidmore knows he's facing the fight of his career when he steps into the ring on Saturday at Supremacy: King of the Cage in Halifax.
The 35-year-old Springhill resident is up against a tough Shawn Marchand of Ontario in a middleweight match that could either make or break his goal of making it to the big leagues, the UFC.
"It's going to be quite a challenge. My opponent is a kickboxer and Muay Thai champion who usually fights at a heavier weight," Skidmore said. "I'm probably going to have to take him to the ground."
Skidmore has two Extreme Cage Combat tilts under his belt and has jumped to King of the Cage in hopes of getting an invite to the UFC. By doing so, he has been blacklisted by ECC and feels there's no turning back if he's unsuccessful.
"If I can get a win from this fight, I imagine both of us could do some travelling for King of the Cage," he said. "This is a big step for me because King of the Cage has a lot more opportunity to fight at a higher level ."
It's also a big night for fellow Springhiller Justin Bourgeois, who'll be making his professional debut against Wolfville's Matt Hamilton in a lightweight bout.
"I'm hoping to come out with the win, I'd like to knock him out, but I know it's going to be a tough fight," the 24-year-old Cumberland Freestyle Academy member said. "I'm a little nervous about it, being my first professional fight, but once I'm in there I should settle down pretty quickly."
Bourgeois has been studying his opponent since learning he'd be facing Hamilton. He knows his opponent is strong at Jiu-Jitsu and believes he will have to stay on his feet if he's to have a chance.
"I'll have to box him, beat him at something he's weak at," said Bourgeois, a former Canada Games wrestler. "I've been training four or five nights a week for this and I think I'm ready."