When Mark Mosure enters the cage Friday night to compete for the welterweight championship, he’ll do so with the support of his hometown Fort McMurray crowd.
Mosure, 22, said he couldn’t be happier to have a shot at the title in front of his family and friends, and is expecting he and RunningRabbit to put on a show.
“It’s honestly really exciting,” said Mosure in an interview.
“It feels a little bit weird having my first fight at 170 pounds for a belt, but he’s obviously a game opponent, so it’s going to be a good fight.”
Prior to Friday’s matchup, Mosure’s first two fights were fought at catchweights of 187 pounds and 190 pounds.
Mosure said he didn’t have to cut any weight for his previous two contests, and feels the welterweight division is where he belongs.
“I’m really liking where my weight’s at now,” said Mosure.
“I’m feeling a lot healthier, faster, and equally as strong.”
Mosure had little trouble with his first two opponents, scoring the TKO victory 1:01 into the second round in his most recent bout at Prestige FC 9, and needed only 27 seconds to secure the knockout victory in his MMA debut at Rumble in the Cage 56.
He said he’s expecting RunningRabbit to present a much tougher test on Friday night, and has been preparing as such.
“It’s definitely going to be a fight,” said Mosure.
“I’m expecting it to be more of a battle, with not having faced much adversity in my last two fights.”
RunningRabbit Presents Tough Test
And RunningRabbit agrees.
In addition to MMA, RunningRabbit is also well-versed in kickboxing, having had several fights in that discipline throughout his career.
“Mark Mosure has never been in the cage with someone like me,” said RunningRabbit in an interview.
“It’s going to take him a lot more than one round, and a lot more effort to put me away.”
While he feels strongly about his strengths entering the matchup, RunningRabbit said he’s not looking past the well-rounded game Mosure possesses.
RunningRabbit said he’s anticipating Mosure to be strong on the feet and on the ground, and has been training for exactly that.
“During this camp, I’ve been training all areas for this guy,” said RunningRabbit.
“If the fight goes to the ground, I’ll be ready. If the fight stays standing up and we’re swinging at each other, I’ll be ready.”
Much like Mosure, this will be RunningRabbit’s first title fight in his young MMA career.
He said this is the moment he’s been waiting for ever since he first got his start in combat sports, and said he’s not going to let it slip by him.
“It’s something I’ve dreamed about ever since I was young. I’ve always wanted to fight for a strap,” said RunningRabbit.
“You don’t really get these chances too often, and I’ve just been training my butt off and I’m totally prepared for a championship fight.”
“I would like to give a shoutout to my people of Siksika Nation. I would like to send a message that if you work hard in this world, great success will happen.”