Collin Baikie from North West River and of ‘Last Stop Garage’ fame has been tirelessly training and preparing for his upcoming fight with Michael Dufort of Quebec in Montreal on Friday, March 16 as part of the TKO42 MMA Fight Night.
Baikie has spent the last few months living in London, Ontario training full time at the Adrenaline MMA Training and Fitness Gym where he has been lucky enough to be mentored by current UFC Welterweight fighter, Chad Laprise who also trains at the same gym.
“Basically, I am down here in Ontario living in a house, and going to the gym every day to train,” Baikie told The Labradorian. “I am pretty lucky with the garage (CRB Automotive) that I can be away from work as I have a really great team of people who I trust to look after the business while I am away”
It will be over three months when Baikie steps inside the cage on March 16 with his last fight being December 8th, 2017 at TKO41, where he defeated David Daigneault by Knock Out, 44 seconds into Round number one.
Michael Dufort, Baikie’s opponent for his upcoming fight traditionally fights as Lightweight, but has had issues cutting the weight to come under the 155 pounds maximum allowed to fight in this division, and has thus decided to step up to the Welterweight division. Dufort was originally scheduled to fight at TKO41 event back in December 2017 but had to withdraw as he was not able to make the weight.
His last fight was previously in September 2017, where he defeated Robert Seres by way of a Guillotine Choke Submission.
Baikie said “Dufort is a real Lightweight fighter, there is a big difference from the Lightweight to the Welterweight division. I know when I have dropped back to the Lightweight division that I lost a lot of power in my punching and kicking. I know that he has fought a lot of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) in the past where it’s easier for a guy who weighs 170 pounds to fight a guy who weighs 190 pounds because it all about manoeuvring the body into different positions. With me being a traditional Welterweight, I know I will be stronger than him”.
This fight is a match up on contrasting styles. Baikie brings his ability to strike with both his hands and feet to the cage, whereas Dufort will want to take this match to the floor to maximise his background in BJJ. Dufort has won his previous four MMA fights by way of submission, three of which were by way of ‘Rear Naked Choke’.
When asked how he has prepared for the fight, Baikie said “We have very different styles, he is a BJJ fighter and will want to take the fight to the mat, that’s something that I expect. I believe that good striking, good defence, good set up and patience will win me the fight. I don’t mind if it comes down to a wrestle, I train for all possible situations in a MMA fight, but with my striking skills, I just want to knock him out. When I beat Michael, I think I will be in line for a Title Match”.
When asked about future aspiration to one day make it to the UFC, Baikie said “It has been my goal, my dream since the first day I saw an MMA fight. I remember watching George St Pierre defeat Matt Hughes and thinking – I want to do that!”
TKO42 is scheduled for Friday March 16th at Place Bell in Montreal, Quebec. The Baikie v Dufort fight is part of the undercard for the main card title fight between TJ Laramie and Joao Luis Nogueira in the Featherweight division.