Ready and raring to fight
Although Ryan Machan is coming off back-to-back stoppage wins over Dan Chambers and Keto Allen, the established vet continues to go out of his way to improve his skill set. In fact, the fighter has been driving countless hours throughout southern Alberta, so that the best version of Machan to date fights Brandon MacArthur on September 8th.
To prepare for Battle for the Border in Cranbrook, Machan has continued to train under veteran instructor Gary Vig and his Arashi Do team in Red Deer In addition, Machan has also been heading south to Calgary regularly to train at Champion’s Creed. The gym’s staff includes noted trainers Brian and Sheila Bird, as well as UFC middleweight Nick Ring and veteran fighter Brad Cardinal.
“I can’t wait to get back into the cage and complete,” said Machan, who hasn’t fought since May, when he stopped the aforementioned Chambers in 54 seconds while competing for Pure Fighting Championship. “It’s a passion of mine and I want to fight as often as I can.”
When Machan steps into the cage to fight MacArthur, it will mark the second time the two have met. While Machan submitted MacArthur with a second round, guillotine choke in their first meeting, the middleweight believes plenty has changed since the two fought in October, 2009.
“Since mine and Brandon’s first fight I’ve had three years to improve my game,”said Machan, who has also scored wins over vets like Kajan Johnson, Dave Hulett and Spencer Rohovie since that tilt. “I’ve fought the best in Canada over the last couple years.”
“I really can’t wait to see how different this fight will play out,” the fighter noted about the bout, which will be hosted by Cranbrook’s Western Financial Place (formerly Cranbrook RecPlex). “I believe I’m twice the fighter I was then.”
Machan will be looking to build on the momentum he’s gained since he was submitted by John Salter at a PFC card in Red Deer last December. The Ultimate Fighting Championship vet and decorated wrestler is the only man to defeat Machan in his last five bouts.
“After my loss to Salter, it really exposed the weakest part of my game; I got out wrestled,” said Machan. “Since that fight I’ve been working my wrestling three days a week with a wrestling coach and I feel like its been the tool I’ve been missing in my game.”
The upcoming Battle for the Border event will be officiated by renowned ref “Big” John McCarthy. Tickets are available by calling 250-426-7328 or 1-866-580-7328.
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