Winnipeg’s Nick Penner at UFC on Fuel 4
I’m happy to say that my good friend (and former client) Nick Penner will be fighting in his second UFC event on July 11th on UFC on Fuel TV 4, in San Jose, California. He’ll be fighting Tom DeBlass, and trying to improve his professional career record to 12-2.
Nick grew up near Winnipeg in Blumenort, MB. Nick’s a tough guy who can fight standing up, or on the ground, though I think he’s his best when he’s on his feet. He’s got shocking power and he’s quick as a fox. His ability to knock people out with quick kicks to the head is fun to watch.
After coming off a tough loss to Anthony Perosh at UFC on FX2, this is going to be an important fight for Nick (ref called the fight with less than a second remaining in the 1st round, one of the more bizarre things I’ve seen in a UFC fight). Hopefully he can pull off the win, and hopefully it’s an entertaining fight! I think his last loss probably taught him a lot about fighting some of the best MMA fighters in the world, and hopefully he can build off of that learning experience. He’s also been able to train with some of the best UFC fighters at ATT (American Top Team) in Florida, one of the most respected MMA gyms in the world.
Nick’s only had two professional fights in Winnipeg during his career, which isn’t nearly enough. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll be able to come back home and fight in a UFC event in Winnipeg. Dana White has mused about bringing the UFC to more Canadian cities, and Winnipeg was on his short-list of possible venues. Here’s hoping! On the other hand, I was also hoping he’d be on the card in Calgary this summer, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen, unfortunately.
Cross posted at nathangiesbrecht.info.
Check out Nick’s sweet highlight reel below:
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