If anything has thwarted middleweight Brendan Kornberger throughout his MMA career, it’s that his other profession has prevented him from having the kind of output he’d like.
Since turning pro in 2010 shorter after his only amateur fight, Kornberger has only fought five times.
“My main purpose was to become a firefighter in the city of Vancouver and when they hire you, they put you on a probation period, and if you get hurt they can fire you, so I’ve had to take breaks as a result of that,” Kornberger told MMAWeekly.com. “That’s why I’ve only had the six (total) fights.”
While he hasn’t fought as much as he’d like, he has been working non-stop to improve his game and has seen himself develop his fighter’s mentality.
“I feel I’ve progressed quite well and have been successful throughout the six fights I’ve had,” he said. “It’s a lot of man hours and lots of time with my coach.
“In my first fight I was definitely super nervous and a little scared, which I think is just fear of the unknown and not knowing what your body is about to go through. Since then I’ve been through it a few times and I know what to expect now.”
Kornberger (5-0) will look to keep his perfect record intact when he faces fellow undefeated prospect Krasimir Mladenov (11-0) in a feature 185-pound bout at Saturday’s World Series of Fighting 17 in Las Vegas.
“He’s a pretty good wrestler, so the biggest key for me is movement and really being active,” said Kornberger of facing Mladenov. “When he shoots in for takedowns, I can’t let him put it on me the way I usually do to guys.
“He’s probably as good as I am at what I do, so it’s going to be interesting to see that battle when we clinch up and go up against the cage and see who takes who down and who can get back up.”
Kornberger knows he’s viewed as the underdog against Mladenov, but he feels he can pull off the upset and put himself on the map in the process.
“I’m taking this fight on two weeks’ notice against a guy who is 11-0 and was supposed to fight Jesse Taylor, so in everyone’s mind I’m sure they’re wondering who the hell I am,” said Kornberger. “I’m just some kid from Canada who took the fight, but I’ve worked hard the last six years, so I feel it will have me ready and able to take the victory from this guy.”