Skidmore takes just seconds to win first match in new MMA weight class
SPRINGHILL: Now fighting out of Amherst, Springhill's Tim Skidmore recently came away with the Submission of the Night during the Standoff at the Stadium in New Glasgow.
To prepare for the match Skidmore went from the 180-pound weight class down to the 170-pound weight class.
When Skidmore was still fighting at 180 and preparing to go down a weight class he said, "I fight at 185 but I'm a small 185. I'm a middleweight. I walk around at 185.
"At 185 I'm in a weight class where I'm fighting guys who walk around at 210- 220 and that makes a difference," he added.
This was the first match Skidmore fought at his new weight and it certainly paid dividends.
The East Coast Fight Productions MMA (mixed martial arts) event had Skidmore forcing his opponent, Jon Swinamer, to tap out 48 seconds into the first round after succumbing to a rear naked choke.
All of Skidmore's three wins have come via submission.
"I fight better on the ground," Skidmore said. "My best weapon is probably control on the ground."
Skidmore said getting in the cage can be a nerve-wracking experience.
"You get butterflies in the stomach, but once the fists start flying and you go into survival mode," he said. "It can be exhilarating."
Skidmore set up a MMA facility in the basement of Your Place Fitness in Amherst about six months ago and he and several other fighters can be found training there most weeknights.
"It's just a group of people getting together to train." Skidmore said a lot of guys get into MMA for the conditioning
"We got big strong guys come down and do an MMA work out and realize they have body parts that are out of shape," Skidmore said.
What do friends and family think about his chosen sport?
"They thought I was crazy at first but now they realize I'm in it for the long haul."
Skidmore is 36 years old and he has two daughters; Haley Skidmore and Kasi Holden.
Growing up Skidmore played soccer and started boxing when he was 10 years old.
His favourite Mixed Martial Artist is Wanderlei Silva: "He really lays it on, and he's not scared to mix it up," Skidmore said.