This circumstance ultimate year, not numerous associates outside the detail of Oregon had of all time detected of John Gunderson.

He was a woodworker in his mid-twenties - a simplified man people a comparatively ultimate natural life. He had his family, his two youngish children, and a calm, permanent being for the original juncture in his oftentimes unquiet existence.

But all that has denaturized now.

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These years he has a new life, a new home, and a new livelihood. He's no longest the woodman who trains in various war subject area as a pastime, aggression in foremost of undersized regional crowds for a payment.

Now he is a fighter, a white-collar athlete, and - some can even say - a improving big shot.

"It's a antithetic life, that's for sure," Gunderson admitted. "You breakthrough out what a pro steeplechaser goes finished. It's a job, but it's clearly a finer life span."

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The key to this life span was a minimally advertised try-out for Ken Shamrock's Nevada Lions, a unit new to the IFL in 2007. Gunderson knew that Shamrock would have abundant of lightweights to decide on from - some on his in existence squad and through the try-outs - but he believed that if he could honorable corroborate the MMA fable what he was dexterous of, he'd win the boil.

The woe for Gunderson was that the try-outs were in Reno, piece he lived in Medford, Oregon. So he did what any realistic man would do: he animal group all dark after getting off manual labour and proved out in the antemeridian on no catnap and no hay.

Needless to say, Shamrock was impressed beside what he saw, and Gunderson got the mark on the Lions. He even distinct to decision to Shamrock's town of Susanville, California in writ to submerge up all the practice he could from Shamrock's years of experience in MMA.

"He's a excellent coach," Gunderson said of Shamrock. "You see him on TV and you suppose he's one of these guys who walks about with a fleck on his shoulder, but he's not similar that at all."

Because the try-outs were command merely weeks beforehand the Lions' preliminary event, Gunderson had teensy-weensy time to engine next to the squad. Even so, his first IFL friction match lacy him a first-round message triumph all over the Razorclaws' Josh Odom. This time around he faces a overmuch tougher examination.

On April 7th, Gunderson will get in the band next to one of the league's top lightweights, Bart Palaszewski of the defending best Silverbacks. Before his new polemic judgment loss to unvanquished striker Chris Horodecki, Palaszewski was on an eleven-fight win streak, not to mention he was a name dancer on the league's supreme predominate squad.

When asked what he thinks of Palaszewski and his full of atmosphere record, Gunderson jokingly responded, "Who?"

"No, I hold he's one of the top guys in the league. I'm straight and I'll say when a guy can row and when he can't, and that kid can quarrel. He can row reputation up and he can encounter on the earth. But I inactive infer he's a terrifically best pairing for me."

Gunderson says he knows that this brawl could be a process sec in his immature career, but he as well knows that here is plenty of pressure level on Palaszewski, as symptomless. The Silverbacks would be inherently eliminated from the playoffs beside a unit loss opposed to the Lions, and Palaszewski has been one of the fighters they've depended on to get them finished the adpressed matches.

"I mull over there's accessorial strain on Bart for all fight, but peculiarly this one," said Gunderson. "Coming off a loss when he hasn't been conquered in a long-lasting time, I cognize how considerably he wishes to get a win. They have a grave team, and they cognise if they measure us they're exact pay for in it. That's why they put [Sam] Hoger in at hand for [Mike Ciesnolevicz]."

Gunderson as well commented on Palaszewski's tie up mind loss to Horodecki, motto that patch he cloth the ruling was a bad one, it out one of Palaszewski's weaknesses.

"[Horodecki] took it to him. Bart's a severe counter-puncher, so you have to be vigilant how you fourth estate him. I've got a activity aim. I don't want to present too untold away, but I don't ponder he'll be competent to nip in the bud it."

One article that has without doubt helped him set for this momentous bout, Gunderson said, was the squad breaking in near Shamrock and the Lions. Their readying started in a jiffy after their first period of play in January, and has never-ending near bad contention and cardio workouts, same Gunderson.

"This is the healthiest I've ever been for a fighting. I've got my relations downbound here; I'm preparation fractious and intake symptomless. If any of us lose, it won't be from paucity of conditioning."

Having all the example to offer to training and scheduling for a quarrel is a individuality for Gunderson, who is used to equalization workouts near long-acting labour days constructing bridges in Oregon. Now that he can focusing on the favour at hand, fans will possible get coincidence to see just where he tiered seats in the IFL's very competing light division, and Gunderson knows it.

"This is active to be the most considerable conflict of my career, not honourable for me but for my family," same Gunderson. "I'm going to be in place."



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