Local fighter Adriano Bernardo is getting ready to administer a beating during the biggest fight of his career, at the King of the Cage Canadian Heavyweight title championship, August 17.
He’s set to fight Tim Hague for the title in the mixed martial arts style of fighting.
Although this is the biggest fight of his career, he’s been competing since January at various events, placing reasonably well during different Western regional championships. He also placed third in the Canadian Senior Championships for judo. These placings were what qualified him to compete in Edmonton.
His January 27 mixed martial arts debut is what Bernardo describes as the most ridiculous fight so far in his career. It was held in a bar, and he had to do three fights in one night.
“I thought it was absurd,” Bernardo said.
He ended up winning a $5,000 prize for beating fellow fighter Logan Jerral during a one minute, 48 second winner take all submission fight.
Adriano Bernardo is 31 years old, six feet and 250 pounds.
Bernardo has been fighting for about two years, and began as a result of his friend Murray Sholty’s Jiu Jitsu club, located next to Jolly Market Foods West of Prince George on Highway 16.
“Me and Murray were friends for about seven years… It just kinda happened,” Bernardo said.
“Training is the hardest part,” he added.
His training takes place Monday to Thursday every week. Monday and Wednesday are devoted to six five-minute fights, two in boxing, two in kick boxing, and two in mixed martial arts, in addition to additional basic drills. On Tuesday and Thursday he practices grappling and technical moves. Monday and Wednesday also sees circuit training at the gym.
Although the event is in Edmonton, Sholty said “a lot of guys from Prince George are going out.”
Should Bernardo win this fight he will be considered the King of the Cage Canadian heavyweight champion, and be given a four-fight deal over one year, guaranteeing him at least four more fights.
“Usually they don’t guarantee fights,” Sholty said.
In addition to the honour linked to receiving the award, it should also earn Bernardo some money in fighting awards.
The event is August 17 in the Events Centre in the West Edmonton Mall. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the fights start at 8:30 p.m. The fighting style at the competition is mixed martial arts, meaning fighters can make use of various martial arts.
The next Prince George Ring King Fight Challenge will take place September 22, at the Prince George Civic Centre.
Sholty said that there is usually an impressive turnout in Prince George for King of the Cage matches.
“It’s the up North mentality… People here are interested in combative sports,” he said. “I think it’s a good place to start” because of the strong fighting community here, he added.
Details for both upcoming events will be posted at www.promovibe.com. Video footage of past fights, including those of Adriano Bernardo, are also on the website.