Skidmore training for June ultimate fighting event

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Coming off first pro win in Halifax

Skidmore training for June ultimate fighting event

AMHERST Coming off his first pro win, Tim Skidmore is looking forward to his return to the ring in June and a possible appearance in the giant King of Cage competition later this year in Halifax.

It feels really good to get that first one under my belt, Skidmore said. I was really nervous in my first fight and that probably figured in my loss. I was more relaxed this time and had a good fight.

Mixed martial arts is a combat sport in which competitors attempt to achieve dominance by using a wide variety of martial arts techniques, including striking, kicking and grappling as well as submission holds. It combines karate, jiu-jitsu and boxing techniques along with wrestling and includes stand-up, clinch and ground fighting.

Theres another extreme cage combat in June and theres King of the Cage in July. That will be huge. Im hoping this will be a stepping stone for me, Skidmore said.

In his win, Skidmore defeated Tim Kelly of Halifax by submission, weathering a flurry of punches in the early going.

He came at me pretty hard, hes a hard puncher. I had welts all over my forehead, he said. I took him down after the first minute and pretty much controlled it from there.

Skidmore, who operates the Cumberland Freestyle Academy on Acadia Street, said the sport is growing in popularity across the province as well as in Cumberland County. For a long time, Skidmore trained on his own and even after he opened the academy there werent many people coming through the doors.

All that has changed in recent months and hes hoping some day to take a team from this club to a major competition in Halifax.

Two years ago you never heard tell of mixed martial arts tournaments because they were illegal in this province, Skidmore said.

Skidmore, who fights as a middleweight, said opponents to extreme combat or ultimate fighting really dont understand the sport. Participants follow strict rules and safety is enforced.

Organizations: Cumberland Freestyle Academy

Geographic location: Halifax, Acadia Street, Cumberland County

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