Though it’s been a year since he last stepped into the cage, welterweight Bobby Voelker is not stressed out too much about it.
Having been fighting for almost 20 years from the amateur to the pro ranks, Voelker has learned to take things as they come and make the best of any situation he finds himself currently in.
“Not much has changed for me,” Voelker told MMAWeekly.com. “It’s just back to work, training, trying to stay in shape, then when a fight comes around start hitting it real hard and start feeling like a beast again.
“I just kind of go with the flow. I love to fight. I love doing what I do. I just want to keep on doing it as long as I can, as long I stay healthy, and so far, so good, so let’s keep it going.”
Though he’s one of MMA’s longest tenured veterans, Voelker continues to pick up new skills, and as long as he’s feeling into training and fighting he’ll continue to work to move forward in the game.
“I always make sure I learn from everybody,” said Voelker. “Of course age is going to catch up with everybody, even me, so I’m just going with the flow; when I’m feeling it then it’s time to quit, it’s time to be done, but until then I’m going to keep on knocking people around.”
This Saturday in Kansas City, Missouri, Voelker (33-14) will have his first fight of 2021 when he takes on Josh Weston (8-9) in the 170-pound main event of Shamrock FC 332.
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“He’s a very composed, relaxed, tries to keep it at his pace (kind of guy),” Voelker said of Weston. “He can go the distance. He’s got knockout power. He’s a well-rounded fighter, but he’s like me and wants to keep it standing.
“He wants to stand-up, (but) we can both do takedowns if need be, and knock each other around, but I plan on it being a stand-up war for a little bit. I just go in my trained, tough, hard-headed self, and get after him.”
Approaching 50 pro fights, Voelker continues to enjoy every minute of his MMA journey, and doesn’t see an end to his career anytime soon.
“Back then I never thought this far ahead,” said Voelker. “I stayed doing it because I feel like when I don’t train, when I don’t get hit in the face, I get injuries. Maybe my body’s just used to getting smacked around, so that’s the way it needs to be.
“Why not keep on doing it? I still get the rush when I get in there and the smell of the blood and going in for the kill.”