Six straight first round submission victories.
That’s what Colton Cronkite (1-0) can achieve at Fight Night 6 in Lethbridge when he welcomes Ergys Sigeta (1-0) into his hometown for a middleweight showdown at the Enmax Centre on Saturday.
Cronkite, 27, has won his last five fights, four as an amateur, all by first round submission. But despite his knack for forcing his opponents to tap out, he said it’s not something he’s going in looking to achieve.
“I just go in there, see what happens and take what they give me, and that’s just how it goes,” said Cronkite in an interview.
“I’ve just gotten lucky with five submissions.”
He’s no stranger to a run like this, however, as all 10 of his MMA victories, professional and amateur, have come by way of submission, making him a force to be reckoned with on the ground.
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Cronkite was originally set to face Leroy Noltcho, who was forced out due to injury. He said he doesn’t no a lot of about his new opponent, Sigeta, so he’s been preparing for the fight to go anywhere.
He said he has some of the best training partners in the country at Canadian Martial Arts Centre and they’ve helped him prepare for any situation he may encounter against Sigeta.
“I’ve got everything I need. I’ve got everything from strikers, to wrestlers, to grapplers, to jiu jitsu guys,” said Cronkite.
“We’re pretty well-rounded at our gym, so it’s nice that I get a little bit of a look at everything.”
One of Cronkite’s training partners is current UFC fighter Jordan Mein, which he says is a big asset to have.
“It’s quite helpful to have the experience and knowledge he brings to the team. He trains hard, and it’s nice to have him around.”
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Coming in from Vaughan, ON, and Grant’s MMA, Sigeta, 20, also brings an impressive record into Fight Night 6, as he has yet to taste defeat, dating all the way back to his amateur career.
Sigeta said he knows he’s in for a tough test on Saturday, and is aware of what Cronkite’s capable of on the ground.
But despite his opponent’s strong track record with submissions, Sigeta still feels he has the edge on the mat.
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“I feel like my ground game is stronger, but I’m not going to underestimate his grappling skills,” said Sigeta in an interview.
“I’m going to be mindful of his submissions and attacks.”
Sigeta said, other than a few small tweaks to adjust for Cronkite’s style, he hasn’t made any major changes in his training camp.
He’s prepared for wherever the fight may go when the cage doors close, and feels like no matter where it goes, he will come out on top.
“I plan on winning and executing the game plan I’m setting out to do,” said Sigeta.
“I feel wherever the fight goes, I’ve got the upper hand.”