Krzysztan Returns to Tough Test in Richardson at XFFC 20

With the hometown crowd behind him, Conrad Krzysztan is looking for the biggest win of his career.

Krzysztan (3-3) will welcome Winnipeg’s Thomas Richardson (5-1, 1 NC) into the cage at XFFC 20 on Friday night in Grande Prairie, Alta.

Krzysztan, 30, said he’s looking forward to the opportunity to earn a big win over a talented opponent in front of his family and friends.

Conrad Krzysztan
Conrad Krzysztan weighs in ahead of his XFFC 14 bout. (Photo by Rob Trudeau)

“It would definitely feel good, that’s for sure,” said Krzysztan.

“I’m just treating him like I do every opponent, where I don’t underestimate anyone. I’ll just expect him to be a tough fight.”

The last time Krzysztan stepped into the cage was back in April 2017, a third round submission loss to Chris Day. Prior to that bout, he hadn’t seen cage action for three years.

But despite just one fight in the last four and a half years, Krzysztan isn’t worried about any aspect of cage rust creeping in.

“I don’t think I felt rusty after the three years off. I just made some stupid mistakes,” said Krzysztan.

“I’m not really the type of guy who takes fights and then starts training. I’m just always training.”

Although he’s had six career fights, this will be Krzysztan’s first time competing at welterweight, after competing as a lightweight in the past.

Krzysztan said although he never had a problem cutting down to lightweight, welterweight is simply going to be a better fit for him going forward.

“Because I work so much, the weight cut just completely screwed up everything for me,” said Krzysztan.

“155 was a big cut for me. I used to be more worried about making weight than training.”

Richardson’s Confidence Sky-High

Richardson, 24, will feel right at home at 170 pounds, having fought the majority of his career in the weight class.

He said he believes Krzysztan is making a mistake with his jump up to welterweight, and doesn’t see it ending well for him.

Thomas Richardson
Thomas Richardson prepares to enter the cage at Hard Knocks 50. (Photo by Hard Knocks Fighting)

“Take a look at my last fight. It was a 155er with a similar record coming up to 170, and it wasn’t an easy night for him,” said Richardson in an interview.

“It’s going to be the exact same thing.”

Other than his lone loss, Richardson hasn’t gone the distance, finishing all five of his professional victories, plus another four amateur stoppages.

Although he’s preparing for a tough test from Krzysztan, Richardson said he’s expecting to walk out of the cage with another finish.

“I’m sure you can take a look at my record and my wins and see how it’s going to end,” said Richardson.

“But I’m still preparing like he’s a top-notch world champion fighter. I’m ready to go and I hope he is too.”

Throughout his career, Richardson’s cardio has been known to be one of his strong points, and is an area he devotes a lot of time to.

With Krzysztan only having one fight in the last four years compared to his six fights in that same time, Richardson said his cardio is going to play a major factor come fight night.

“My cardio is top notch. I run marathons. I don’t mess around,” said Richardson.

“I don’t know why he’s taking this fight to be honest, but it’s better for me.”

Krzysztan’s Shoutouts

“I’d like to give a shoutout to all my training partners, my coaches, Bill Mahood and Adam Link.”

Richardson’s Shoutouts

“I’d just like to thank my coach at WAMMA, Curtis Brigham, all my training partners, and all my family and friends.”