Doll, Lee Square Off for Light Heavyweight Gold at Rumble in the Cage 61

It’s been a long road to get where he is today, but for Sheldon Doll, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Doll (7-3) faces Kris Lee (4-3) in the main event of Rumble in the Cage 61 for the vacant light heavyweight championship in Lethbridge, Alta. on Friday night.

Doll explained how he’s been competing in MMA for nearly 11 years and feels the time is right to be in the position he’s at in his career.

Sheldon Doll
Sheldon Doll works against the cage in his Rumble in the Cage 59 bout with Marcus Hicks. (Photo by Joel Griffith)

“It’s a culmination of a lot of years’ work. I never felt the need to rush the process. It’s been a long road and I’m excited to showcase now that I feel I’m at my best, or on my way to my best,” Doll said.

Doll and Lee were scheduled to compete two previous times, but one way or another the fight never came to fruition. Now, Doll is eager to get in there and compete with Lee.

“He’s well-versed, and he’s got a lot of weapons I need to be aware of. I respect him, and look forward to competing against him.”

As for the fight itself, Doll doesn’t like making predictions, but he feels that if an opportunity arises, he’s going to capitalize and leave with the win.

“A fight is a very dynamic environment. Whatever opens up I’m going to take that and whatever I see, that’s what I’m going to take,” Doll said.

“I’m more of an opportunistic capitalist on whatever opens up.”

The Cranbrook native has called Lethbridge home for the past three years while training at Canadian Martial Arts Centre (CMC) and is excited to compete in the main event for the light heavyweight title.

“To do the main event is awesome. Lethbridge is slowly becoming my hometown now and I got a lot of support here.”

Lee Eager to Get Back to Competition

It’s been nearly two years since Lee has stepped foot inside the cage, and he’s excited he gets the chance to do just that in the main event of Rumble in the Cage 61.

Kris Lee
Kris Lee makes the walk to the cage for his Hard Knocks 53 bout with Bruno Cesar. (Photo courtesy of Hard Knocks Fighting)

“The fight didn’t happen before, but I’m super excited now that it’s happening for the belt,” Lee said.

Lee knows he’s in for a tough test against Doll, but he said he’s heading to Lethbridge to get a win by any means necessary.

“I know it’s going to be a very tough fight, but I’m coming in and fighting hard.”

Not one for predictions, Lee said he’s coming into the fight with an open mind, but plans to dictate the pace on fight night.

“I know anything can happen in there. But I’m going to be aggressive and use my hands a lot, make him move backwards and dictate the pace of the fight,” Lee said.

He said the belt is nice, but he’s just eager to get back competing and plans to have a successful year and rise up the ranks in Canada.

“The belt is extra. I want to get in there and fight the best guys. Beating Sheldon, for me, would be absolutely amazing.”

The 33-year-old feels the time is now to get the momentum going in his career and looks to start things off by beating Doll on Friday.

“To get back in there and have a chance to get back into the top 10 in Canada if I put Sheldon away, it’s exciting.”

The Newfoundland native has been training in southern Ontario, at UFC Gym Mississauga for this fight,  although he will be representing his gym from back home in St. John’s, Michael Foley’s Academy of Martial Arts.

Doll’s Shoutouts

“Thank you to my coaches and team at CMC. Thank you to my sponsors, Peppermint Hippo Tattoo and Honeyman Morris Inc.”

Lee’s Shoutouts

“Sponsors from Labrador; Forteau Sales and Services, and Northern Light Inn Hotel. My brother Keith for all of his help during this camp. Michael Foley, and Michael Foley’s Academy of Martial Arts in St. John’s. All my training partners, and everyone else that showed me support for this fight.”

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