As he always does, Josh Kwiatkowski is set for another violent showdown.
Aldergrove, B.C.’s Josh Kwiatkowski (5-5) is confident heading into a featherweight matchup with Quebec City’s Maxime Soucy (2-1). It’s another chance to live up to his nickname and reputation at BFL 73 Thursday night in Vancouver, B.C.
“Yeah, I don’t really know how to take a backwards step,” Kwiatkowski said in an interview with MMA Empire.
“I’m just going to go in there and I just feel so good I see him crumbling in front of me. I see him against the cage in that Rockhold position. He’s either going to be laying against the cage or looking up at the lights. However the fight gods see it is how it’ll happen, but I just see me crumbling Max this weekend.”
Coming up short in his last three outings, Kwiatkowski, 28, is looking to right the ship this weekend.
Win or lose, he feels there’s something to take away from every fight.
“Each fight was its own lesson,” Kwiatkowski explained.
“I think the Rohovich fight was the most valuable lesson; never ever take your foot off the gas pedal and realize the fight is never over until the clock runs out and your hand is raised. It’s a lesson that will stick with me for the rest of my career.”
With Soucy coming from a world renowned gym like Tristar, Kwiatkowski is preparing for a well-rounded adversary while putting emphasis on the striking department.
For Kwiatkowski, tactics are most important when the toughest part of the fight arrives.
“I really do try to focus on myself. But the beautiful thing with fighting is that every single person has a different style you need to game plan for,” Kwiatkowski said.
“If you’re not game planning in your pro career then I think you’re doing yourself an injustice because when the hard points of the fight come you can resort back to it. The thing about Tristar Montreal fighters is they all move well and they have great footwork. You gotta prepare to cut off the cage and make them pay. This fight is no different.”
With just three of his professional fights going to the judges scorecards, Kwiatkowski is always pushing the pace and trying to add to his highlight reel.
He said he expects to overwhelm Soucy on fight night with his durability, unique style and straight up savagery.
“I know he’s a high-level striker and I’m sure he’ll have some slick submissions, but I like my game against his,” Kwiatkowski said.
“I feel I have a few more tools in my pocket and more god-given intangibles with my body and my toughness and grit that I don’t think he’ll be able to withstand. When I’m in there I’m just trying to hurt them and break them until I find an opening. I don’t think Maxime has ever fought anybody as determined to hurt somebody as I am. I’m the most violent and dangerous guy he’s faced in his career.”
After a long amateur career followed by turning professional back in 2018, it’s been a journey of ups and downs for Kwiatkowski.
More than anything, Kwiatkowski is looking to make small improvements every time out as he climbs the rankings and puts on exciting fights for the fans.
“It’s kind of like the whole 10,000 hours theory. I’ve been grinding since I was 15 or 16 and this last year it’s really been clicking,” Kwiatkowski explained.
“It’s an accumulation of hard work starting to pay off. Even in my last fight, I didn’t get the win but I think it’s the best performance I’ve had so far, the best showing of my skill set. And the cool thing about that is the best is yet to come this weekend.”